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‘The World Is Yours’ Review: Isabelle Adjani Revitalizes the Comic Caper
Culture, Yesterday

Adjani’s turn as a flamboyant con artist sends up her own aloof image in this fun and sophisticated comic caper from Romain Gavras.

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‘Tyrel’ Review: Drowning in a Whirlpool of Drunken Dudes
Culture, December 4

Sebastián Silva’s film is a racially charged cringe comedy-drama about being stuck with a group of guys you barely know.

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‘The Charmer’ Review: Desperate Man Seeks Willing Lover. Watch Out.
Culture, December 4

This Danish thriller is the first feature from the writer and director Milad Alami. Details are revealed in “nail-biting” style, our critic writes.

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‘Head Full of Honey’ Review: Alzheimer’s Gets the Wacky Grandpa Treatment
Culture, November 30

Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon and Emily Mortimer star in this tonally disheveled, occasionally offensive movie.

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‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ Review: A Demon Makes for a Noisy Corpse
Weekend, November 29

This horror film from Diederik Van Rooijen establishes a tense mood by alternating between ear-shattering demonism and extended periods of suspenseful silence.

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‘Happy as Lazzaro’ Review: This Modern Fairy Tale Is an Instant Classic
Weekend, November 29

A man’s journey from the feudal countryside to the modern city has the urgency of a news bulletin. A.O. Scott calls it one of the year’s best films.

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‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Review: They Sing, Dance and Get Eaten
Weekend, November 29

This zombie musical, about a Scottish high school student, feels more like a sketch than a developed movie.

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‘Sicilian Ghost Story’ Review: Fairy-Tale Love Meets Real-Life Crime
Weekend, November 29

Flipping from bucolic to brutal with distressing ease, this beautifully realized movie views a Mafia kidnapping through the prism of first love.

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‘DriverX’ Review: Behind the Wheel and Ready for Anything
Weekend, November 29

In this film, starring Patrick Fabian, a new driver for a rideshare company experiences dark nights of the soul.

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‘United Skates’ Review: A Rallying Cry for Black Roller Skating Culture
Weekend, November 29

Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s elegiac, euphoric documentary is a passion project in the best sense of the word.

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‘Mirai’ Review: A Charming Animated Trip Into a Family’s Past
Weekend, November 29

The birth of a sibling can feel like the end of the world to a child, but for a little boy named Kun, envy turns to wonder as a new universe opens up.

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‘People’s Republic of Desire’ Review: A Virtual Craze Makes Actual Cash
Weekend, November 29

The documentary looks at live-streaming culture in China, where show hosts shill for money, and fans willingly pay up.

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‘Song of Back and Neck’ Review: A Painful Comedy About Pain
Weekend, November 29

In the film, Paul Lieberstein plays a man who just needs to learn to scream. Viewers will feel his pain.

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‘The Mercy’ Review: Sailing Around the World, or Maybe Not
Weekend, November 29

Colin Firth’s touching performance as the flawed British sailor Donald Crowhurst lends soul to James Marsh’s starchy English tragedy.

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‘Electro-Pythagorus’ Review: An Experimental Look at an Innovator
Weekend, November 29

Luke Fowler imbues this film about the electronic musician Martin Bartlett with a numinous quality reflective of the subject’s work and aesthetic.

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‘Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer’ Review: A Miniature Horse Hoofs His Way to the Top
Weekend, November 29

Elliot has trained patiently to be “Santa’s first non-reindeer reindeer.” Moviegoing audiences might not show the same patience.

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‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ Review: A Boy and His Digitized Wolves
Culture, November 28

This film version of Rudyard Kipling’s story collection has a lot more dirt, blood and death in it than other adaptations.

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‘Rams’ Review: The Man Who Made Our Machines Beautiful
Culture, November 27

Easy-to-use products with clean lines started with Dieter Rams. Meet the German designer in this elegant new documentary.

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‘Shoplifters’ Review: A Family That Steals Together, Stays Together
Weekend, November 22

In this beautifully felt drama, the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda dives into the mess of life with a story about a family on the ragged edge.

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‘Becoming Astrid’ Review: A Children’s Author Finds Her Voice
Weekend, November 22

This biopic of the Swedish writer of the “Pippi Longstocking” series hits familiar beats, but its performances are pitch perfect.

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‘Family in Transition’ Review: A Parent Prepares for Change
Weekend, November 22

The documentary tells the story of Amit Tsuk, who comes out as transgender, and the effect it has on the family.

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‘Invisible Hands’ Review: The Children Fueling Global Capitalism
Weekend, November 22

Shraysi Tandon’s dense investigative documentary jumps into the murky and shameful world of child trafficking and forced labor.

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‘Inquiring Nuns’ Review: A Simple Question Yields Many Profound Answers
Weekend, November 22

In this newly restored 1968 documentary, two nuns ask a variety of passers-by in Chicago: “Are you happy?”

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‘Write When You Get Work’ Review: Backstreet Boy Seeks Uptown Girl
Weekend, November 22

A petty thief stalks his former lover in Stacy Cochran’s messy, maddening New York City romance.

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‘The Favourite’ Review: Scheming for Power in a Kinky Palace Triangle
Weekend, November 21

Yorgos Lanthimos’s new film, starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, turns 18th-century royal intrigue into sublime and ridiculous comedy.

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‘Roma’ Review: Alfonso Cuarón’s Masterpiece of Memory
Culture, November 20

Cuarón uses both intimacy and monumentality to express the depths of ordinary life in this autobiographical movie set in Mexico City in the 1970s.

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‘Creed II’ Review: A Poignant Boxing Movie Blends Old and New
Culture, November 20

Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone reunite in a terrific follow-up to “Creed.”

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‘Robin Hood’ Review: A New Version Strains to Be Relevant
Culture, November 20

This is not your father’s, or grandfather’s, “Robin Hood,” and it’s not very good, either.

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‘The World Before Your Feet’ Review: Walk a Mile — or 8,000 — in Another Man’s Shoes
Culture, November 20

Not everyone can spend several years walking every block of New York. But spending 90 minutes doing that in this documentary is swell.

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‘¡Las Sandinistas!’ Review: Women Remember Revolution in Nicaragua
Culture, November 20

In focusing on the testimonies of women, the documentary aims to memorialize an overlooked feminist “revolution inside the revolution.”

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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Review: Disney Gets Caught in the Web
Culture, November 19

John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman return to voice the characters in this social satire sequel that is downright scary.

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‘Green Book’ Review: A Road Trip Through a Land of Racial Clichés
Weekend, November 15

A real-life story starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen becomes a feel-good fable buoyed by its lead performances.

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‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Review: An Exquisite Portrayal of van Gogh at Work
Weekend, November 15

A magnificent Willem Dafoe stars in Julian Schnabel’s film, a work that Manohla Dargis calls “an argument for art.”

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‘Of Fathers and Sons’ Review: A Look at Terrorists in Training
Weekend, November 15

In this documentary a filmmaker embeds himself with a jihadist family, presenting himself as a sympathizer, but sheds little light on their inner lives.

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‘Miss Dalí’ Review: A Disorienting Biography of Surrealist’s Sister
Weekend, November 15

Anna Maria Dalí died four months after her brother, Salvador Dalí. This film is set during that period and is full of reminiscence.

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‘The Last Race’ Review: Long Island’s Fading Car Craze
Weekend, November 15

This documentary explores the region’s long history of auto racing and the lively and eccentric culture it attracted.

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‘Instant Family’ Review: The Adoption Option, Hollywood Style
Weekend, November 15

“Instant Family” is a Sean Anders comedy with good intentions that’s not entirely hellish, but is reliably anodyne.

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‘Jonathan’ Review: Ansel Elgort as Two Brothers Sharing One Body
Weekend, November 15

This often clever sci-fi feature puts new permutations on the concept of burning the candle at both ends.

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‘Mobile Homes’ Review: Imogen Poots Gives a Riveting Performance
Weekend, November 15

In this film about a troubled, unwed mother, director Vladimir de Fontenay struggles to match the expressive power of his lead actress.

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‘Under the Wire’ Review: Portrait of a War Reporter
Weekend, November 15

The emotional testimony of the war photographer Paul Conroy dominates this heated and harrowing account of Marie Colvin’s last weeks.

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‘Cam’ Review: The Techno-Perils of Online Performance
Weekend, November 15

An online sex worker has her identity hijacked in this unusual techno-thriller with an oddly feminist twist.

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‘The Clovehitch Killer’ Review: Unsolved Murders Haunt a Small Town
Weekend, November 15

Favoring atmosphere over action, this slow-burning thriller follows the search for a serial killer in a Kentucky town.

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‘Widows’ Review: Viola Davis Commands the Screen in a Somber Heist Film
Movies, November 15

The Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen has delivered a sullen, slow thriller driven by grief and dread, A.O. Scott writes.

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‘The Wild Boys’ Review: Women as Boys, and Violence as Art
Weekend, November 14

The film casts five women in the roles of juvenile delinquent boys and takes them on a rough journey to a bizarre island.

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‘Shoah: Four Sisters’ Review: Harrowing Tales of Survival in the Holocaust
Culture, November 13

Claude Lanzmann’s documentary shares the stories of four women through installments that can be watched independently or together.