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  • The Square
  • The Square (R)

    "Do you want to save a human life?" asks a woman distributing flyers outside a museum of modern art in Stockholm; the unvarying reply from people on the street is "No." Welcome to the world of Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund, who takes some wicked pot shots at the business of art but more broadly ponders the breakdown of the social contract among all people. more...
  • Paterson
  • Paterson (R)

    The eponymous New Jersey town proves to be a hotbed of poetry and art in this comedy from writer-director Jim Jarmusch, thanks to his beautifully loony conceit that all ordinary Americans are closet poets and artists of one kind or another (even if they don't always know it). more...
  • Elle
  • Elle (R)

    Dutch writer-director Paul Verhoeven, making his first French-language film, returns to the themes of sexual perversion and errant womanhood he mined in Basic Instinct (1992) and Showgirls (1995). more...
  • Whiplash
  • Whiplash (R)

    "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job," declares Terence Fletcher, the viciously demanding jazz instructor in Damien Chazelle's Whiplash. more...
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  • The Armstrong Lie (R)

    Liars are Alex Gibney's specialty: among the subjects of his best documentaries are such world-class prevaricators as Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), Jack Abramoff (Casino Jack and the United States of Money), and Eliot Spitzer (Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer). more...