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‘Race’, Jesse Owens, and the Fictions of History

With its nods to Leni Riefenstahl's filmmaking, Race, at least, reminds you that history is not static, but formed by storytelling.

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‘Love on the Dole’’s Portrait of ‘30s Poverty Retains Its Power

John Baxter’s touching portrait of social deprivation in 1930s Salford gets an excellent BFI reissue that reveals the film as a now under-celebrated British classic.

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‘Risen’ Is a Bit Like an Ancient Cop Procedural

Belief may be the hardest thing to capture with a camera, and it's not because of its wholly internal nature.

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‘The Other Side’ Shows a World Turned Inside Out

This film offers art that is alarming, life that is ruined, rage that is ongoing.

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In ‘The Witch’ the Old Fantasies Are Terrifingly True

A family in 1630 New England is tormented by dark forces, suggesting the Puritan witch-hunters were right all along.

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The American Story in 6.5 Hours: Criterion Restores Jan Troell’s Emigration Epic

Jan Troell's masterful double header looks like two films and plays like one as it takes the Nilsson family from 19th century Sweden to life in the new world.

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Insider Out: ‘Black Mass’ Depicts the Shifting Fortunes in Whitey Bulger’s Criminal Life

In Black Mass, Johnny Depp stunningly inhabits South Boston’s notorious Whitey Bulger, the man who aided and eluded the F.B.I. for decades.

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‘Deadpool’ Is, as Trump Would Put It, “Like a Retweet”

Contradictory and unapologetic, Deadpool doesn't have to do anything new, he only has to say he's doing something new.

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In ‘Mountains May Depart’ China’s Future Is Coming, Like It or Not

Jia Zhangke’s quasi-surreal triptych captures a fractured China losing its bearings amidst momentous changes.

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‘How to Be Single’, Until You’re Not

While you might know that being single and being coupled need not be antithetical, romantic comedies don't tend to embrace emotional or moral complexities.

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Instead of Mocking Modern Fashion, ‘Zoolander 2’ Is Undone By It

Dumb can only take you so far, and Zoolander 2 proves that stupidity's shelf life is very short, indeed.

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Elvis Costello’s ‘Detour: Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Featuring Larkin Poe’

Elvis Costello has a rich body of songs, so it's no surprise that when he turns up on the stage he bests even some of the greats.

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‘Sun Ra: a Joyful Noise’ and the Joy of Ra’s Mythocracy

This film serves as an excellent way to try to begin to comprehend the enigma that was Sun Ra.

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Daniel Craig’s James Bond Doesn’t Break a Sweat in ‘Spectre’

The 24th (official) James Bond film delivers with sleek, sexy cool and better realism, to the degree that Bond can really be "real".

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Brown Lives Don’t Matter in the Dark and Cruel World of ‘Visaranai’

Visaranai compels us to interrogate our presumptions about the bourgeois state apparatus.

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‘Jim: The James Foley Story’: Remembering and Not Knowing

Jim: The James Foley Story makes you aware of the need for more storytelling and more visibility, more open doors and more lessons shared.

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‘Take Me to the River’, Please

This promising documentary about the past and future of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta music scene is overcrowded with too many captains who steer the boat aground.

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When Talkies Were Red Hot: ‘Gold Dust Gertie’ and ‘Her Majesty, Love’

From the era of Hollywood's creative borrowing of Broadway come two scandalous comedies that predate the Production Code's thematic restrictions.

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‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Is in Pursuit of Brains

Lizzy and her sisters spar in the basement while debating the merits of one suitor or another, slamming one another into walls and bearing posts.

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‘Hail, Caesar!’ Is a Comedy Without Laughs

The Coen brothers’ artfully conceived but strained satire of '50s Hollywood gets the look right, but little else.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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