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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...
  • 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (NR)

    According to the online bookmakers, the odds-on favorite to win this year's Oscar for best animated short film is Alan Barillaro's Piper (6 min.), an adorable frolic in which a baby sandpiper discovers the ocean as a source of food and fun. more...
  • Hunter Gatherer
  • Hunter Gatherer (NR)

    By turns whimsical and touching, this intimate character study (2016) stars the versatile Andre Royo (HBO's The Wire) as a struggling, middle-aged ex-con. more...
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  • 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...
  • Diary of a Chambermaid
  • Diary of a Chambermaid (NR)

    Léa Seydoux stars in this third screen adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's fin de siècle novel, making the title character more cynical than in Jean Renoir's 1946 adaptation and more downtrodden than in Luis Buñuel's 1964 version. more...
  • Sweet Bean (NR)

    Japanese writer-director Naomi Kawase has crafted a poignant tale about a middle-aged man (Masatoshi Nagase) whose small dorayaki bakery is reinvigorated after he reluctantly hires an elderly woman (Kirin Kiki) for her culinary skills. more...
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  • Abortion: Stories Women Tell
  • Abortion: Stories Women Tell (NR)

    Produced for HBO, this engrossing documentary by Tracy Droz Tragos comes down hard on the state of Missouri, where women who seek abortions have a choice of exactly one provider and are further constrained by a 72-hour waiting period. more...
  • Unbroken Glass
  • Unbroken Glass (NR)

    When filmmaker Dinesh Das Sabu was a six-year-old boy growing up in Louisiana, his father died of cancer and his schizophrenic mother committed suicide. more...
  • Death in the Terminal (NR)

    This horrifying Israeli documentary reconstructs the 18 minutes of chaos that ensued in October 2015 after a Bedouin gunman attacked a bus station in Beersheba; security forces shot the man dead but also fatally wounded a young Eritrean immigrant they mistook for his accomplice, whom bystanders then kicked and bludgeoned as he lay on the floor bleeding. more...
  • Aquarius (NR)

    Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho turned heads with his ambitious feature debut Neighboring Sounds (2014), in which a middle-class high-rise in his hometown of Recife becomes a sort of social ecosystem. more...
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  • Neruda
  • Neruda (NR)

    As in Jackie, his other 2016 release, Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín employs an unconventional, nonlinear structure for this biopic of politician and poet Pablo Neruda. more...
  • Time to Choose
  • Time to Choose (NR)

    Documentary maker Charles Ferguson has a reputation for adding fresh perspective to widely reported national crises—the Iraq War (No End in Sight), the 2008 financial collapse (Inside Job)—and this movie about climate change offers a comparatively hopeful assessment of the situation. more...
  • The Handmaiden
  • The Handmaiden (NR)

    Nightmare monger Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) skillfully transplants the Sarah Waters novel Fingersmith, about Victorian grifters preying on the aristocracy, to his native South Korea during the Japanese occupation. more...