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‘The Chambermaid’ Review: Amid Luxury, an Entrancing Drudgery
Movies, Yesterday

Lila Avilés’s modest and miraculous first feature finds pathos and a hint of magic in the routines of a young hotel worker.

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‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Review: An Evil Doll Returns and She’s Not Alone
Movies, June 24

This lethargic film delivers an abundance of haunted-house clichés and few genuine scares.

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‘Anna’ Review: a Curiously Familiar Female Assassin
Movies, June 21

Luc Besson’s latest film often turns on seduction and shifting power dynamics between men and women.

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‘Starfish’ Review: A Sci-Fi Mystery Shrouded in Grief
Movies, June 20

A.T. White’s experimental debut feature is patient and introspective horror, anchored by a charismatic performance by Virginia Gardner.

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‘Endzeit’ Review: Once Upon a Zombie Apocalypse
Movies, June 20

A German movie goes into the woods with the dead, morphing into a fairy tale that is by turns uneasy and beguiling.

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‘Child’s Play’ Review: A Robot Chucky Goes Rogue in a Soulless Remake
Movies, June 20

This slasher retread adds a cautionary tale about artificial intelligence, but its plausibility makes the character less scary.

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‘Toy Story 4’ Review: Playtime’s Over
Movies, June 20

In this latest entry in the long-running series, Woody and Buzz hit the road and cross paths with a scary, scarily unloved doll.

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‘The Quiet One’ Review: Bill Wyman Opens His Archives, and His Mouth
Movies, June 20

A new documentary explores the Rolling Stones bassist’s musical prowess and avoidance of excess.

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‘Burn Your Maps’ Review: The Mongolian Steppes as a Stage for Grief
Movies, June 20

Vera Farmiga plays a mother who has lost a child and travels all the way to Central Asia to help heal her still-living one.

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‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’ Review: A Bustling, Whimsical Voyage
Movies, June 20

Dhanush plays a poor Indian magician whose trip to Europe takes a series of unexpected turns.

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‘The Command’ Review: A Real-Life Submarine Tragedy Gets the Big Screen Treatment
Movies, June 20

Thomas Vinterberg’s new movie relives the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk.

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‘Wild Rose’ Review: A Glaswegian Singer Walks the Line
Movies, June 20

Jessie Buckley shines as a working-class performer with aspirations of country music stardom.

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‘Billboard’ Review: An Underdog Story Misses the Mark
Movies, June 20

Zeke Zelker’s film about a radio promotional stunt gone awry suffers from awkward pacing and stilted dialogue.

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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ Basks in the Presence of a Beloved Writer
Movies, June 19

An informative, admiring documentary is brought alive by the charisma and brilliance of its subject.

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‘Edge of Democracy’ Looks at Brazil With Outrage and Heartbreak
Movies, June 18

Petra Costa’s documentary chronicles the impeachment of one president, the imprisonment of another and the triumph of authoritarian politics.

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‘Murder Mystery’ Review: A Whodunit on the High Seas
Movies, June 14

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler reunite for what plays like an updated but sluggish version of “Clue.”

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‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Review: Zombies Gobbling Up Scraps of Pop Culture
Movies, June 13

Jim Jarmusch’s movie, starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton and a bunch of other interesting people, respects the genre without committing to it.

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I’m Talking About ‘Shaft.’ Yes, Again.
Movies, June 13

How did a bad mother (shut your mouth) turn into a bad dad joke?

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‘Plus One’ Review: Navigating a Marathon of Nuptials
Movies, June 13

Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid are single friends who agree to be each other’s dates to a series of weddings.

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‘Our Time’ Review: An Enthralling and Exasperating Take on Infidelity
Movies, June 13

The Mexican director Carlos Reygadas explores a couple’s fraught relationship from a languid, deep-focus perspective.

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‘In the Aisles’ Review: A Store With Everything, Except Fulfillment
Movies, June 13

Franz Rogowski and Sandra Hüller star in this peculiar not-quite-comedy from Germany.

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‘Being Frank’ Review: An Embarrassment of Daddy Issues
Movies, June 13

In Miranda Bailey’s new film, an opportunistic son bonds with an absentee father who turns out to have a second family.

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‘Blue Note Records’ Review: A Smart, Exhilarating Look at an Influential Label
Movies, June 13

Featuring Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and other luminaries, a new documentary examines Blue Note’s legacy from Thelonious Monk to hip-hop.

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‘American Woman’ Review: A Considered, and Cautious, Working-Class Character Study
Movies, June 13

Sienna Miller is a single mother whose daughter’s disappearance pushes her over several edges, both literal and metaphorical.

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‘Hampstead’ Review: A Low-Key and Lively Look at an Unlikely Romance
Movies, June 13

Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson fall in love, with a little help from a picturesque London park.

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‘Back to the Fatherland’ Review: Israelis Who Look to Put History Aside
Movies, June 13

The documentary follows several young Israelis who move to Germany and Austria, countries that once set out to exterminate Jews.

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‘Daughter of the Wolf’ Review: Snow, Ice, and Dramatic Inertia
Movies, June 13

This kidnapping thriller will leave you cold in more ways than one.

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‘Men in Black: International’ Review: A Case of the Blahs
Movies, June 12

The fourth installment in this decades-old franchise sputters (while you groan), despite its inherently watchable leads.

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‘Rolling Thunder’ Review: A New Ballad of Bob, Sung by Marty
Movies, June 11

In his new documentary, Martin Scorsese revisits a famous Bob Dylan tour that included Joan Baez and Allen Ginsberg.

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‘The Reports on Sarah and Saleem’ Review: An Extramarital Affair With Geopolitical Implications
Movies, June 11

An often gripping drama from the Palestinian director Muayad Alayan chronicles a high-stakes affair between a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman.

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‘Alles Ist Gut’ Review: Surviving Sexual Assault, and All the Mornings After
Movies, June 6

The first-time director Eva Trobisch has made a searing drama about the everyday interactions that all women must navigate carefully.

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‘The Raft’ Review: A Crew of 10 Set Adrift With a Moody Svengali
Movies, June 6

A fascinating documentary re-examines a notorious anthropological experiment from the 1970s.

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‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ Review: Lost in a Dream City
Movies, June 6

An indelibly beautiful story of love, family and loss in America from two childhood friends turned filmmakers.

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‘Framing John DeLorean’ Review: The Man Who Flew His Car Too Close to the Sun
Movies, June 6

Mixing documentary and fictionalized re-enactment, a new film about the mythic automaker tells a quintessentially American story of ambition and greed.

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‘Dark Phoenix’ Review: X-Women Power? Nah
Movies, June 6

The new installment in the long-running franchise has blowouts and Jessica Chastain channeling Tilda Swinton (so it could be worse).

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‘Nureyev’ Review: His Life Was High Drama. This Film Could Use More.
Movies, June 6

A new movie about the superstar ballet dancer has a familiar documentary problem: great story, not-so-great storytelling.

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‘This One’s for the Ladies’ Review: Stripping to Pay the Bills
Movies, June 6

Gene Graham’s documentary portrays male exotic dancers as hard-working performers, and their clients as looking for escape.

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‘Ghost Fleet’ Review: A Quest to End Slavery at Sea
Movies, June 6

Unwitting migrants are tricked into lives of bondage aboard fishing vessels.

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‘Papi Chulo’ Review: Another White Person Goes on a Journey
Movies, June 6

A lonely weatherman hires a day laborer to be his pal in John Butler’s racially naïve buddy comedy.

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‘Funan’ Review: An Unflinching, Animated Story of Survival
Movies, June 6

Denis Do tells a grim tale of captivity and oppression in 1970s Cambodia.

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‘16 Shots’ Review: Chicago’s Rage After a Killing by the Police
Movies, June 6

The documentary recounts the shooting of Laquan McDonald and the resulting trial of Jason Van Dyke.

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‘The Black Godfather’ Review: The Music Executive Who Made It All Happen
Movies, June 6

Reginald Hudlin’s documentary about Clarence Avant includes many golden anecdotes.

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‘Leto’ Review: Love and Rock in Leningrad
Movies, June 6

Kirill Serebrennikov’s gentle mood piece brings an underground music scene to vivid life.

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‘Pavarotti’ Review: A Charmed Life on the High C’s
Movies, June 6

Ron Howard’s documentary puts the opera singer back in the spotlight.

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‘Late Night’ Review: Emma Thompson Takes On the Old Boys of Network TV
Movies, June 5

Mindy Kaling wrote and co-stars in a sharp and sincere comedy about sexism in broadcasting in the era of #MeToo and social media.

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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Review: Funny, Furry and Forgettable
Movies, June 5

Some clever gags redeem this otherwise meandering sequel.

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‘Joy’ Review: In Austria, a Nigerian Woman Finds a Life Without Hope
Movies, May 31

The name of this Netflix feature is the precise opposite of its mood.

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‘Too Late to Die Young’ Review: Big Changes, Quietly Observed
Movies, May 30

Dominga Sotomayor’s new film is set among artists vacationing in Chile in 1990.

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‘For the Birds’ Review: From an Overcrowded Chicken Coop Springs Unusual Life
Movies, May 30

What makes the film stand out is its editing, which carefully builds a story from multiple perspectives.

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‘The Image You Missed’ Review: From Son to Father and Filmmaker to Filmmaker
Movies, May 30

Donal Foreman looks back at the documentaries of his father, Arthur MacCaig, who made films about the Troubles.

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‘Echo in the Canyon,’ Capturing a California Musical Moment
Movies, May 30

Stars from bands of the 1960s and beyond share their memories of a time and place that made lasting changes in popular music.

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‘Yomeddine’ Review: A Leprosy Survivor’s Journey Under the Desert Sun
Movies, May 30

A.B. Shawky’s empathetic feature film follows a former leper through Egypt as he searches for the family who abandoned him.

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‘The Russian Five’ Review: Out of the Iron Curtain, Onto the Ice
Movies, May 30

A documentary looks at the Detroit Red Wings and the hockey players they recruited from the Soviet Union.

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‘The Spy Behind Home Plate’ Review: Play Ball, Fight Nazis
Movies, May 30

A documentary tells the story of Moe Berg, a major-league catcher who went undercover during World War II.

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‘XY Chelsea’ Review: A Whistleblower Out of Focus
Movies, May 30

This hazy profile of Chelsea Manning features more glamour shots than psychological insights.

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‘Domino’ Review: All Voyeurism, All the Time
Movies, May 30

In Brian De Palma’s new film, a personal revenge story line is subsumed by horrific visions of television-friendly acts of terror.

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‘The Fall of the American Empire’ Review: A Satirical Take on the Crime Story
Movies, May 30

A philosopher faces a dilemma in Denys Arcand’s film packed with pointed social and political commentary.

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‘Ma’ Review: Octavia Spencer Serves Up Liquor, Terror and a Killer Performance
Movies, May 29

A psycho-revenge thriller from the director of “The Help”? Why not! Just don’t expect a coherent story line.

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‘Always Be My Maybe’ Review: Romance, Food and Fame Through a Sitcom Lens
Movies, May 29

Ali Wong and Randall Park struggle to find chemistry in this romantic comedy with an appealingly diverse cast.

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‘Godzilla, King of the Monsters’ Review: For Once, the Title Says It All
Movies, May 28

Ghidorah, Mothra and even Kong make appearances in this film, which is firmly in franchise territory.

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‘Rocketman’ Review: The Fantastical Tale of Elton John, Survivor, Rock God, Camp Icon
Movies, May 28

Taron Egerton brings understated flamboyance and flamboyant understatement to his portrayal of the former Reginald Dwight.

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In ‘Leaving Home, Coming Home,’ Robert Frank Recounts His Career
Movies, May 28

In Gerald Fox’s documentary, the photographer looks back at his life and work.