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'Moonlight': Searing, Splendid Night Vision

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:29:02 EDT

Barry Jenkins has created a novelistic film about personal transfiguration and reinvention.

'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' Review: Who Needs Acting When You Have Action?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:57:26 EDT

Tom Cruise stars as the nomadic ex-military hero in a sequel that turns on treason, murder and a paternity suit

'The Handmaiden' Review: Serving the Perversity of Human Nature

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:27:01 EDT

Little is as it initially seems in Park Chan-wook’s surprising tale set in colonial Korea

'Certain Women' Review: A Fine Web of Loose Ends

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:36:03 EDT

Based on the short stories of Maile Meloy, Kelly Reichardt’s film is built on some extraordinary performances

'The Accountant' Review: Economics of Emotions

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:23:54 EDT

Ben Affleck plays an autistic numbers man who helps gangsters and terrorists cook their books

'Desierto' Review: Blood-Soaked Border Patrol

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:14:06 EDT

When a truck full of migrants trying to cross into the U.S. breaks down, a vigilante begins to kill them one by one

'The Birth of a Nation' Review: A Struggle to Match Its Fiery Subject

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:53:38 EDT

Nate Parker directs and stars in a film, surrounded by controversy, about Nat Turner and his 1831 rebellion.

'The Girl on the Train' Review: A Literary Ride

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 23:44:16 EDT

Paula Hawkins’s best-selling psycho-thriller gets a big-screen treatment.

'37' Review: An Ever-Shifting Image

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:23:43 EDT

Puk Grasten’s haunting dramatization of Kitty Genovese’s murder offers a chance to once again reconsider her and the crime

'Deepwater Horizon' Review: Fire on the Water

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:40:12 EDT

Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell star in an action film that recreates the 2010 drilling-rig explosion from the crew’s point of view.

'American Honey' Review: Door-to-Door Revelations

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:46:24 EDT

Andrea Arnold’s road movie tracks the odyssey of a wayward teen across the Bible Belt.

'Queen of Katwe' Review: A Gambit as Fresh as Life

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:45:40 EDT

A poor Ugandan girl’s chess skills take her around the world.

'The Lovers and the Despot' Review: Kim Jong Il: Mad Dictator, Cinéaste

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:45:53 EDT

A documentary recounting the North Korean leader’s quest to invigorate his country’s film industry, starting with a kidnapping.

'The Magnificent Seven' and 'Storks' Reviews: Vacant Vessels

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:47:29 EDT

A remake of an iconic western and an animated buddy movie are heavy on promotion but light on content.

'Snowden' Review: A Complex Life Turned to Stone

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:06:35 EDT

Oliver Stone’s biopic about the NSA contractor turned secrets-spiller is a fragmented vision of Edward Snowden’s journey.

'The Beatles: Eight Days A Week---The Touring Years' Review: Watching the Lads Grow Up

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:16:52 EDT

A documentary from Ron Howard traces the history of the Fab Four from their jubilant beginnings to the rigors of international fame.

'Bridget Jones's Baby' Review: Patchy Prepartum Production

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:07:02 EDT

Renée Zellweger returns as the titular diarist, trying to identify her baby daddy.

Telluride: Good Movies, Welcome Back

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:45:57 EDT

At the Telluride Film Festival, ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Graduation’ and other films provide a tonic to the grim offerings of summer movies.

'Sully' Review: The Power of Experience

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:36:48 EDT

Tom Hanks stars as Chesley Sullenberger, the veteran airline captain whose Hudson River landing made him a national hero

'The Light Between Oceans' Review: Emotions Amid Artful Grandeur

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:10:49 EDT

A couple on a remote island discover a baby and decide to raise it as their own.

'Yoga Hosers' Review: Friends vs. Fascists

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:05:41 EDT

In Kevin Smith’s new comedy, a pair of convenience store workers have to defeat a Canadian Nazi cult

'Morgan' Review: Growing Pains

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:30:30 EDT

A young girl created and raised in a lab has powers—and a mean-streak—well beyond her years

'Dekalog': Where Biblical Law and Polish Cinematography Meet

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:49:10 EDT

The cycle of 10 films pairs each episode with one of the Ten Commandments, resulting in a sprawling work that searches for meaning in a complex world.

'Hands of Stone' Review: A Fistful of Drama

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:14:43 EDT

The rise, fall and return of the talented boxer Roberto Durán.

'In Order of Disappearance' Review: A Tongue-in-Cheek Revenge Thriller

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:39:55 EDT

After his son turns up dead and the authorities refuse to help, a man takes matters into his own hands

'Mia Madre' Review: A Grave, Ethereal, Italian Dream

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:39:18 EDT

A boorish actor drives a director to distraction in Nanni Moretti’s surreal film

'Hell or High Water' Review: Robbers Who Leave Us Richer

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:29:24 EDT

Two brothers hit a series of Texas banks in David Mackenzie’s expansive film.

'Kubo and the Two Strings': Animated Odyssey

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:03:40 EDT

A visually stunning stop-motion story set in feudal Japan.

'Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World' Review: Werner Herzog Surfs the Web

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:43:02 EDT

From hackers to robots, the legendary director explores the internet in his latest documentary.

'Florence Foster Jenkins' Review: From Glittering Failure, Mixed Success

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:06:06 EDT

Meryl Streep stars as the would-be diva who became a legend in 1940s New York despite—or because of—her hideous voice.

'Pete's Dragon' Review: CGI That Can Fly

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:38:08 EDT

The 1977 Disney film about a boy and his scaly best friend gets a lively remake.

'Anthropoid' Review: Black Ops Blunder

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:36:28 EDT

A sleepy account of the World War II mission to assassinate the Nazis’ third in command.

'Suicide Squad' Review: Weapon of Mass Depression

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 15:58:53 EDT

A team of DC Comics bad guys takes on worse guys in this summer extravaganza.

'The Little Prince' Review: Flights of Imagination

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 16:37:30 EDT

An old aviator tells a girl about his magical encounter with a little prince in this animated take on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic story.

'Little Men' Review: Matters of Money and the Heart

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:17:21 EDT

Two boys struggle to remain friends as their families work through a commercial dispute.

'Gleason' Review: Inspiration Off the Gridiron

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:55:40 EDT

Clay Tweel’s documentary about the courage of former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011

'Jason Bourne' Review: Looping Old Loops

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:33:41 EDT

Matt Damon returns as the as the action hero, renewing his campaign against rogue elements in the CIA while avoiding an omniscient surveillance network

'Indignation' Review: Life and Love in the '50s

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:38:11 EDT

A Jewish boy from New Jersey heads to college during the Korean war, but things don’t go as he had hoped in this adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel.