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  • The Past
  • The Past (PG-13)

    Iranian director Asghar Farhadi follows his masterful A Separation (2011) with another elaborate moral puzzle, though this one, his first film to be shot in France, is notably devoid of the Islamic fundamentalism that figured so heavily in the earlier drama. more...
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  • Persepolis (PG-13)

    Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical comics about growing up in postrevolutionary Iran have been condensed by Satrapi and codirector Vincent Paronnaud into a beautiful black-and-white animation (2007) that both preserves their simplicity and incorporates more fanciful imagery, sometimes from traditional Persian art. more...
  • Philomena (PG-13)

    Adapted from a book by Martin Sixsmith, this absorbing drama recounts the British journalist's relationship with Philomena Lee, an Irish woman who bore a child out of wedlock in the 1950s and was forced by nuns at the Roscrea convent to surrender it for adoption. more...
  • The Post
  • The Post (PG-13)

    Veteran New York Times reporters have complained that they were written out of this drama about the Pentagon Papers, the classified government study of the Vietnam war whose June 1971 publication in the Times became a turning point in the national debate. more...
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Princess Mononoke (PG-13)

    This folkloric animated epic (1997)—set in the 14th century but with ecological trimmings and occasional anachronisms such as hand grenades—was Japan's all-time box office champ before Titanic. more...
  • Project Nim (PG-13)

    This trenchant documentary by James Marsh (Man on Wire) exposes the foolishness of our tendency to anthropomorphize animals. more...
  • The Promise (PG-13)

    Chen Kaige clearly intended this Chinese fantasy-action spectacle (2005) to top Zhang Yimou's Hero, and I must admit that I prefer it to the earlier movie: the digital effects are sometimes excessive, yet Chen's story of a loyal slave, his master, and a wealthy, seemingly doomed princess is more affecting, especially in the closing stretch. more...
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  • The Promise
  • The Promise (PG-13)

    As the Ottoman Empire mounts a genocidal campaign against its Armenian population, an Armenian woman raised in Paris (Charlotte Le Bon) returns to her native land with her lover (Christian Bale), who works for the Associated Press, and the growing political crisis drives her into the arms of a soulful Armenian medical student (Oscar Isaac). more...