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Shirley Clarke’s Films Collected and Restored

Every short film, documentary and home movie here tells you something about this indefatigable dynamo and largely overlooked artist.

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Bryan Cranston Struggles With Vulgar Sensibilities in ‘Why Him?’

Director John Hamburg’s holiday comedy is stuck between bawdy farce and syrupy feel-gooder.

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The Surprisingly Entertaining, Eccentric ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

Screeching her way to another successful performance, Meryl Streep makes Florence Foster Jenkins much more than the traditional historic biopic.

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‘Nocturnal Animals’ Is a Riveting Cinematic Mess

Though Tom Ford's follow-up to A Single Man derails at the end, getting there proves to be a thoroughly exhilarating experience.

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They Don’t Make ‘em Like ‘La La Land’, Anymore

Peppy, smart, and almost intolerably romantic, this is the finest movie musical since John Carney's Once.

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In ‘Abattoir’, There’s No Place Like Home, Thankfully

Abattoir warns us of the mad terrors that lie at the borders of human company, that lurk on the verge of wilderness.

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At Long Last ‘Luna’, or, a Boy’s Worst Friend Is His Mother

Long missing in action, Bertolucci's alleged "incest" movie is gloriously restored.

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Rage Plus Time Equals Prophecy: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

James Baldwin’s requiem for three Civil Rights martyrs is also a letter addressed to future America and its “vast, unthinking, cruel white majority.”

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How Britain Won the War: Two Propaganda Classics on Blu-ray

Leslie Howard's Pimpernel Smith and Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger's One of Our Aircraft Is Missing take opposite approaches to credibility

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Best Foreign Language Film Nominee ‘Sand Storm’ Swirls Around a Contentious International Debate

First time director Elite Zexer explores the tensions among what Bedouin women want, what they think they should be, and what restrictions they face.

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‘Miss Sloane’ Presents DC Corruption Lite

Lobbyists can only win or lose, no in-betweens, no moral victories.

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Pete Townshend Expands His Musical Explorations for All the World to See

Any time Townshend dances, which happens frequently and enthusiastically here, the preposterousness comes out.

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‘Loving’, An Urgent Work of Compelling Quietude

Loving is particularly resonant at a time when many in America may feel as if their own inherent rights are on shaky ground.

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‘Man Down’ Has the Dubious Distinction of Going Nowhere in Three Different Directions

Director Dito Montiel’s lack of subtlety cheapens a subject that calls for thoughtful examination.

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Minutia Fuels the Masterful ‘Boyhood’

Richard Linklater's bold cinematic experiment pays off in ways that the more brash family dramas fail to.

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The Painful Beauty in ‘Moonlight’

In his sophomore effort, writer-director Barry Jenkins' exacting calibration results in an experience that is deeply moving.

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Instead of a Black Comedy, ‘The Executioner’ Offers Varying Shades of Gray

Instead of hitting us in the gut with it themes, this Spanish gem plays a more subtle and satisfying game.

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Rediscovering an Overlooked Non-Masterpiece: ‘The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend’

Preston Sturges' funny western farce has a few subversive ideas.

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‘My Love, Don’t Cross That River’ Showcases Love, Loss, and Nothing In-between

Mo-young Jin's debut documentary fails to develop its characters or story, and only scratches the surface of the universal emotions with which is grapples.

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The Kids in ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ Are Adorable. You Know They’re in for Trouble

The kids in The Edge of Seventeen can't anticipate their mistakes like you do.

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