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‘The Platform’ Review: An Accidentally Timely Political Allegory
Movies, March 26

Netflix’s gnarly class commentary certainly isn’t subtle. But it gets the job done.

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‘Resistance’ Review: Save the Children
Movies, March 26

In this disjointed Holocaust drama starring Jesse Eisenberg, a French actor leads Jewish orphans to safety.

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‘The Occupant’ Review: Knock First
Movies, March 25

A once-successful man becomes a stalker in this Netflix thriller.

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‘Crip Camp’ Review: After Those Summers, Nothing Was the Same
Movies, March 24

This feel-good documentary recounts the ties of a Catskills summer camp to American disability rights activism in the 1970s.

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‘Human Capital’ Review: The Waiter’s in a Coma. Tennis Anyone?
Movies, March 19

This movie seems set to deliver riffs on class, but offers up only indifference and an amusing turn by Marisa Tomei.

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‘Hooking Up’ Review: Why Don’t We Do It on the Road?
Movies, March 19

Brittany Snow and Sam Richardson embark on a different kind of physical therapy in this sex comedy.

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‘Justine’ Review: A Bittersweet Intersection of Lonely Lives
Movies, March 19

A single mother befriends a young girl with spina bifida in this earnest character study.

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‘Lost Transmissions’ Review: Fuel for the L.A. Music Scene
Movies, March 17

A record producer played by Simon Pegg wants to live “without a filter” in this movie that also stars Juno Temple.

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‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Review: A Woman’s Heroic Journey
Movies, March 12

In this stirring drama, the director Eliza Hittman tells an intimate story that is also a potent argument about self-determination.

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‘Inside the Rain’ Review: A Dramedy About Mental Illness
Movies, March 12

Aaron Fisher’s movie has a strange, inconsistent rhythm that ultimately works as a reflection of its lead character’s manic and depressive states.

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‘The Dog Doc’ Review: How Puppies Heal (and Heel)
Movies, March 12

In this documentary, the animal patients at one veterinary clinic are treated with a standard of care that might make a person jealous.

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‘The Roads Not Taken’ Review: Alternate Lives, All of Them Hellish
Movies, March 12

Sally Potter’s new film stars Javier Bardem as a man tormented by visions of his other potential lives. But there’s little lightness negotiating with the dark.

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‘Human Nature’ Review: We Can Now Alter Our DNA. But Should We?
Movies, March 12

Adam Bolt’s new documentary focuses on Crispr technology, which can edit genes, thus giving people the ability to change human, animal and plant life.

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‘Heimat Is a Space in Time’ Review: All History Is Personal
Movies, March 12

The German documentarian Thomas Heise shares his family’s stories, and Germany’s, through letters and other writing in an experimental format.

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‘Big Time Adolescence’ Review: Pete Davidson as Role Model
Movies, March 12

A high school student comes of age under the misguidance of his stoner B.F.F. in this comedy by Jason Orley.

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‘Stargirl’ Review: A Familiar but Charming Romance
Movies, March 12

This kindhearted novel adaptation offers a welcome message of embracing one’s true self.

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‘Lost Girls’ Review: Honoring the Gone Girls, With Sorrow and Rage
Movies, March 11

Amy Ryan stars as a mother searching for her daughter in a movie that revisits a spate of unsolved murders on Long Island.

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‘Bloodshot’ Review: Shoot to Kill? Good Luck With That.
Movies, March 11

Vin Diesel brings the right balance of contemplativeness and meatheadedness to this action film.

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‘The Hunt’ Review: The Culture War, With Heavy Casualties
Movies, March 11

Betty Gilpin battles the snowflakes in a bloody satire of polarized America.

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‘Spenser Confidential’ Review: Good Guy P.I.
Movies, March 6

The movie may be an easily forgettable action comedy, but as a Mark Wahlberg vehicle it is also easily watchable.

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‘Bacurau’ Review: Life and Death in a Small Brazilian Town
Movies, March 5

In this sensational genre whatsit, a town finds itself fighting for its very existence. (Good thing Sônia Braga lives there.)

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‘Swallow’ Review: Objects in Stomach May Be Sharper Than They Appear
Movies, March 5

Haley Bennett plays a woman whose dangerous new habit is presented as a way to gain control over her life.

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‘Go Back to China’ Review: Making Toys and Growing Up
Movies, March 5

After living in Los Angeles, a young woman returns to China to work in her father’s factory.

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‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’ Review: Modern Art, Misogyny and Murder
Movies, March 5

Mick Jagger returns to the big screen in his first non-cameo feature role in almost 20 years in this Giuseppe Capotondi film.

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‘Run This Town’ Review: What Happens When the Mayor Smokes Crack?
Movies, March 5

A Canadian scandal is the inspiration for this film about a struggling young journalist and aspiring political operatives.

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‘The Wild Goose Lake’ Review: A Noir Thriller in Wuhan
Movies, March 5

This film is dark and moody like the old classics, but the director Diao Yinan has created a very contemporary crime drama.

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‘The Booksellers’ Review: They Like Big Books and They Cannot Lie
Movies, March 5

Eccentricity and charm abound in this documentary about the rare book world.

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‘Only’ Review: A Desperate Dystopia Where Women Are Erased
Movies, March 5

A pandemic, quarantines and the death of half the population. Is Eva the only surviving woman in the world?

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‘Extra Ordinary’ Review: A Reluctant Ghostbuster in Ireland
Movies, March 5

Maeve Higgins and Will Forte star in this supernatural comedy that includes requests for exorcisms and, yes, even some ectoplasm.

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‘Hope Gap’ Review: A Thin Line Between Love and War
Movies, March 5

Annette Bening and Bill Nighy play a couple that has lost its way after 29 years of marriage.

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‘The Banker’ Review: Wheeling and Dealing Toward Equality
Movies, March 4

Anthony Mackie plays an entrepreneur who takes on white power in the civil rights era with Samuel L. Jackson as his ally.

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‘Onward’ Review: An Expected Journey
Movies, March 4

This road movie set in a world of elves has its moments, but by Pixar standards, it doesn’t quite cast a spell.

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‘Sorry We Missed You’ Review: The Human Toll of That One-Click Buy
Movies, March 4

In this Ken Loach film, a British family that’s barely getting by faces the peril that is the gig economy.

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‘The Way Back’ Review: Seeking Redemption on the Basketball Court
Movies, March 4

Ben Affleck stars in this film that has the outward trappings of an inspirational sports drama, but is primarily a recovery movie.