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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...
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette (PG-13)

    A profoundly serious film despite its lighthearted surface tone, Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel is a critical (if characteristically humane) assessment of American society in spiritual crisis. more...
  • Late Night
  • Late Night (R)

    Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling shine in this comedy about Katherine Newbury (Thompson)—the first and only woman, in this fictional world, to helm a long-running late-night network talk show—and her unlikely protege, Molly Patel (Kaling), a former chemical plant employee who’s yearned to work in comedy. more...
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (R)

    Superior exercises in action-movie formalism, the John Wick movies evoke everything from Fritz Lang’s silent thrillers (in their imagining of vast, underground criminal networks) to Gene Kelly’s musicals (in their inventive and breathless fight choreography) to Brian De Palma’s self-aware genre pastiches (in their allusions to high art and the way they veer close to parody). more...
  • The Best of Enemies
  • The Best of Enemies (PG-13)

    A bevy of sterling performances and writer-director Robin Bissell's crackling screenplay (based on Osha Gray Davidson's nonfiction book, The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South) propel this civil rights-era drama into the arena of significant American political movies. more...
  • Happy Death Day 2U
  • Happy Death Day 2U (PG-13)

    One of the only horror films I’d describe as cute, the 2017 Blumhouse hit Happy Death Day was a slight but engaging riff on Groundhog Day, following a college student doomed to relive the day of her murder until she figures out the identity of her masked killer. more...
  • American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel
  • American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel

    A documentary that calmly disassembles the fallacies of the religious right skirts despair by focusing mainly on an uplifting church congregation in deep-red Oklahoma City that dares to call itself “liberal.” Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ is an outlier in the Bible Belt; its ethos mirrors Christ's example of loving and welcoming all people, including refugees seeking asylum. more...