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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...
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  • BPM (Beats Per Minute) (NR)

    The confrontational tactics of ACT UP Paris in the 1990s offer lessons for today's nonviolent protesters and human rights strategists, though politics never eclipses eros in this vibrant French drama about love at the height of the AIDS pandemic. more...
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  • Marjorie Prime
  • Marjorie Prime (NR)

    Adapted from a play by Jordan Harrison, this painful but acutely reflective chamber drama opens with a prolonged scene in which 86-year-old Marjorie (veteran actress Lois Smith, reprising her stage role) tries to develop a relationship with Walter Prime (Jon Hamm), a hologram of her late husband in his 40s that responds to her through advanced artificial intelligence. more...
  • Okja
  • Okja (NR)

    This eccentric children's fantasy from South Korean writer-director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) premiered on Netflix, to the consternation of art-house moviegoers, so this limited theatrical engagement represents a rare chance to consider its grand scale. more...
  • In Syria
  • In Syria (NR)

    Chamber drama doesn't begin to describe this gripping French feature (2017) by writer-director Philippe Van Leeuw, because the chamber in question is a dingy apartment building in Damascus at the height of the Syrian civil war. more...
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  • Risk
  • Risk (NR)

    "The film has become a severe threat to my freedom, and I'm forced to treat it accordingly," wrote WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a message to Oscar-winning documentary maker Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) that she reads in voice-over near the end of Risk. more...
  • Obit.
  • Obit. (NR)

    Patrick Creadon's documentary Wordplay (2005) looked at Will Shortz, creator of the New York Times crossword puzzle, and Andrew Rossi's Page One (2011) focused on reporter David Carr and the paper's media desk; now director Vanessa Gould introduces viewers to Times obituaries editor William McDonald and the handful of writers responsible for summarizing some of the greatest lives ever lived. more...
  • Princess Cyd
  • Princess Cyd (NR)

    Writer-director Stephen Cone (The Wise Kids) ventures into Eric Rohmer territory with this philosophical, dialogue-driven comedy about a bright 17-year-old girl (Jessie Pinnick) spending the summer in Chicago with her novelist aunt (Rebecca Spence). 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...
  • Nocturama
  • Nocturama (NR)

    Nocturama, Bertrand Bonello's arty French thriller about a coordinated terror attack in Paris, wrapped production just before ISIL staged its horrifying November 2015 assault on multiple targets in the city, claiming 130 lives. 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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