• Moonlight (R)

    A film written and directed by a black man (Barry Jenkins), adapted from a play by a black man (Tarrell Alvin McCraney of Steppenwolf Theatre), and focused on three stages in the life of a gay black man (Alex Hibbert in childhood, Ashton Sanders in adolescence, and Trevante Rhodes in adulthood) qualifies as exceptional for those reasons alone. more...
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  • Paterson
  • Paterson (R)

    The eponymous New Jersey town proves to be a hotbed of poetry and art in this comedy from writer-director Jim Jarmusch, thanks to his beautifully loony conceit that all ordinary Americans are closet poets and artists of one kind or another (even if they don't always know it). more...
  • Moonlight (R)

    Earlier this year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences faced a torrent of criticism when, for the second season in a row, it nominated only white actors and actresses in the four performing categories. more...
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  • Samba (R)

    Though a considerable box office success in France, The Intouchables (2011)—a dramatic comedy about a wealthy, white quadriplegic who bonds with his poor, black caregiver—inspired an impassioned cultural backlash. more...
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    Newlyweeds (R)

    Like Keith Miller's Welcome to Pine Hill and Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot (both 2012), Shaka King's low-budget debut feature is slim on plot but rich in attitude and on-the-ground detail of New York neighborhood life. more...
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    Death Rides a Horse (R)

    John Philip Law plays a farmer hunting down the bandits who killed his family when he was a boy; Lee Van Cleef is the mysterious gunman who offers his help. more...
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    Fat Kid Rules the World (R)

    Based on K.L. Going's young adult novel, this Seattle-set feature charts the friendship between a sullen high school outcast (Jacob Wysocki, playing a variation on his character in Azazel Jacobs's Terri) and the punk rocker who recruits him, as a gag, to play drums in a band. more...
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    2 Days in New York (R)

    In Julie Delpy's screwball comedy 2 Days in Paris (2007), a Frenchwoman living in New York (Delpy) brings her neurotic boyfriend (Adam Goldberg) home to meet her fractious family; in this sequel the family returns the favor, dropping in on her in Brooklyn, though by this time she's with a new guy (Chris Rock) who has to tolerate their uninhibited behavior. more...
  • Lola Versus (R)

    Greta Gerwig plays a well-to-do Manhattanite whose fiance (Joel Kinnaman) dumps her unexpectedly, driving her to the arms (and beds) of a longtime platonic friend (Hamish Linklater) and a smarmy architect (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). more...
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    High School (R)

    When a crap comedy opens in Chicago, the publicist will corral critics into a public screening where gales of laughter from "real people" are supposed to cow us into writing a favorable review. more...
  • Safe (R)

    Through a string of plot developments too convoluted to recount here, former cop Jason Statham takes a brainy Chinese girl under his wing and goes on the run from Russian gangsters, Chinese gangsters, and his estranged buddies in the NYPD. more...
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    The Lady (R)

    This biopic tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi, a tireless advocate of democracy in Burma who was recently elected to political office there after spending nearly two decades under house arrest. more...