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  • The Blind Side (PG-13)

    Based on the nonfiction book by Michael Lewis, this potent tearjerker tells the story of Michael Oher, a gigantic black teenager from impoverished West Memphis who, accepted as a charity case by a local Christian academy and taken in by a wealthy white family, became an All America offensive tackle and was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. more...
  • Coco Before Chanel (PG-13)

    Fashion is so consistently portrayed as a measure of money and status that one can easily forget it’s a means of personal expression, which may be the reason this biopic of French designer Coco Chanel is so satisfying. more...
  • Eddie the Eagle
  • Eddie the Eagle (PG-13)

    Based on the true story of Eddie Edwards, an amateur ski jumper who defied the odds to represent Great Britain at the 1988 Winter Olympics, this inspirational heart-warmer from director Dexter Fletcher (Bugsy Malone) is the cinematic equivalent of a hug. more...
  • 42 (PG-13)

    Like many Hollywood sports movies, this Jackie Robinson biopic seems to be pitched at high schoolers, but writer-director Brian Helgeland still manages a pretty absorbing account of Robinson's rookie year as the first black player in major league baseball. more...
  • Genius (PG-13)

    Good editors strive to make themselves invisible, which is what makes this affectionate biopic of Maxwell Perkins—who guided Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe into print—such an odd surprise. more...
  • Get On Up
  • Get On Up (PG-13)

    As an artist, an icon, and a person, James Brown is such an elusive quarry that no biopic writer could hope to do more than circle around him—which is exactly how brothers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game) approach the singer in this straightforward but highly entertaining feature. more...
  • Lincoln (PG-13)

    Steven Spielberg's long-gestating drama about the 16th president opens with an atrocious scene in which weary Union soldiers, both white and black, recite the Gettysburg Address for their visiting commander in chief. more...
  • Lion
  • Lion (PG-13)

    This unabashedly emotional drama is based on a memoir by Saroo Brierley, who was only five when he got separated from his family in rural India and ultimately wound up fending for himself in Calcutta. more...
  • The Lost City of Z
  • The Lost City of Z (PG-13)

    Based on the nonfiction book by David Grann, this gripping historical epic chronicles the years-long quest of English explorer Percy Fawcett (played with clear-eyed determination by Charlie Hunnam) to find a fabled Amazonian city whose early innovations may have put the British Empire to shame. more...
  • Loving
  • Loving (PG-13)

    Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are exceptional as Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, the interracial married couple who sued the State of Virginia to recognize their union and, in 1967, took their case all the way to the Supreme Court. more...
  • Loving Vincent
  • Loving Vincent (PG-13)

    Tampering with an artist's memory can be dangerous business: In 2011, Gregory White Smith and Steven Naifeh published Van Gogh: The Life, an acclaimed biography arguing, among other things, that the Dutch painter's gunshot death in July 1890, in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise, was no suicide, as scholars had agreed for years, but homicide at the hands of a local bully. more...
  • Maudie
  • Maudie (PG-13)

    This Irish-Canadian drama tells the true story of Maud Lewis (played beautifully by Sally Hawkins), an arthritic woman in Nova Scotia who taught herself to paint and became an internationally recognized folk artist. more...
  • Megan Leavey
  • Megan Leavey (PG-13)

    Kate Mara sets the tone for this gritty Iraq war drama, playing a young burnout who flees her dead-end town and nagging divorced mom (Edie Falco) to join the marines. more...
  • Miss Hokusai
  • Miss Hokusai (PG-13)

    Katsushika Hokusai was among the most celebrated and prolific Japanese painters of ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world"), and bound volumes of his woodblock prints were best-sellers in 19th-century Japan and Europe. more...