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  • Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (NR)

    A fascinating (and fascinatingly dated) 1925 silent documentary by Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack, the codirectors of King Kong, about a U.S. travel expedition through the mountains of Turkey and Persia—more specifically, about the annual migration of more than 50,000 Bakhtiari tribesmen with their cattle in search of fresh pastures. more...
  • 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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  • The Accountant
  • The Accountant (R)

    Flashbacks scattered throughout this crime thriller show an autistic boy being harshly raised by a military father; years later the child, a mathematical savant, has grown up into a "black money" specialist for various underworld figures and also a trained killer (he compulsively finishes off every victim with a double head shot). more...
  • Other People
  • Other People (NR)

    I hate the term dramedy—it discounts the potential for humor in any drama, and movies designated as dramedies typically follow the rigid Terms of Endearment template of laughs in the first half, tears in the second. more...
  • Morris From America
  • Morris From America (R)

    Morris is a 13-year-old black kid transplanted from New York to Heidelberg, Germany, where he struggles to learn the language, endures the racist jokes of his ignorant classmates, and yearns hopelessly for the love of a pale, blond heartbreaker two years ahead of him. more...
  • Little Men (PG)

    Writer-director Ira Sachs was raised in Memphis before moving to New York City, but you can tell he's a New Yorker now because he's so preoccupied with real estate. more...
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  • Gleason
  • Gleason (R)

    Diagnosed with ALS in 2011, former NFL player Steve Gleason agreed to let filmmaker Clay Tweel document his battle with the disease, partly so his newborn son would have a record of him before he lost the ability to speak. more...