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‘Ten Tricks’ Review: Trying to Drum Up Some Magic
Movies, Today

In Richard Pagano’s indie comedy, Lea Thompson plays a brothel’s business-savvy madam with a ticking biological clock.

‘Bros’ Review: Boy Meets Boy Meets Multiplex
Movies, Today

Billy Eichner plays a moody podcaster who has sworn off relationships, but just might find himself in one anyway, in this gay romantic comedy.

‘God’s Creatures’ Review: A Crisis of Conscience
Movies, Today

Emily Watson is terrific at telegraphing how a mother’s love grinds against her moral code in this atmospheric seaside drama.

‘Argentina, 1985’ Review: All the Prosecutor’s Men
Movies, Today

Santiago Mitre’s impassioned dramatization of the Trial of the Juntas benefits from a gentle evocation of collective memory.

‘Dead for a Dollar’ Review: How the Western’s Done
Movies, Today

Walter Hill’s lean, mean shoot-’em-up is a master class in B-movie craft.

‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Review: Still Spelling Trouble
Movies, Today

The Sanderson sisters return, bringing the same spooky humor with some modern twists.

‘Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon’ Review: Escape From New Orleans
Movies, Today

This hyper-stylized quasi-superhero movie by Ana Lily Amirpour follows a mental hospital patient with supernatural abilities; it looks a lot more fun than it actually is.

‘What We Leave Behind’ Review: A Father’s Final Project
Movies, Today

At 89, Julián Moreno began building a home in Mexico for his children who had immigrated to the U.S. His granddaughter made the poignant documentary “What We Leave Behind.”

‘I Didn’t See You There’ Review: A View From His Seat
Movies, Today

The filmmaker Reid Davenport, by turns pensive and irritated, takes viewers inside his life as a disabled person through footage shot entirely from his perspective.

‘InHospitable’ Review: Fight for Survival
Movies, Today

Patients push back on a medical behemoth in this persuasive health care documentary.

‘From the Hood to the Holler’ Review: A Race to Galvanize the Poor
Movies, Today

A new documentary revisits the former Kentucky state representative Charles Booker’s 2020 campaign to unseat Mitch McConnell in the Senate.

‘Sirens’ Review: The Risk in Rocking Out in Beirut
Movies, Today

A documentary about an all-female metal group in Lebanon shows the difficulties of asserting complex identities in a repressive environment.

‘The Justice of Bunny King’ Review: No Way Out
Movies, Today

In this unsteady drama from New Zealand, Bunny, a chronic rule-bender, wants to pay a birthday visit to her daughter, but first she needs a house.

‘The Good House’ Review: Expending Emotional Real Estate
Movies, Today

Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline star in a film that hides a story about alcoholism inside a soft focus romance.

‘Vesper’ Review: Seeds of Hope
Movies, Today

This elegantly visualized dystopian fantasy envelops us in the world of a gifted girl fending for survival with her sickly father.

‘Smile’ Review: Grab and Grin
Movies, Today

A young psychiatrist believes she’s being pursued by a malevolent force in this impressive horror feature debut.

‘Blonde’ Review: Exploiting Marilyn Monroe for Old Times’ Sake
Culture, Yesterday

She was an actress of uncommon talent. But once again a director is more interested in examining her body (literally, in this case) than getting inside her mind.

‘Lou’ Review: Unfinished Business
Weekend, September 22

A child’s kidnapping ignites a protracted bid for redemption in this down-and-dirty thriller.

‘A Jazzman’s Blues’ Review: Tyler Perry Revisits a Jim Crow-Era Romance
Weekend, September 22

The writer-director returns to his first screenplay — a dark melodrama with soulful musical numbers — after two decades.

‘The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales’ Review: A Spotlight on Income Inequality
Weekend, September 22

This documentary by Abigail E. Disney and Kathleen Hughes is a critique of the Walt Disney Company, but its lessons are basic and obvious.

‘Petrov’s Flu’ Review: Roaming a Grim, Rowdy Underworld
Weekend, September 22

In this fever dream of a movie by Kirill Serebrennikov, a Russian man wanders a wild urban landscape that he regularly hallucinates his way out of.

‘Sidney’ Review: A Lovingly Assembled Career Portrait
Weekend, September 22

Sidney Poitier is memorialized in this thorough, and thoroughly conventional, documentary.

‘My Imaginary Country’ Review: Chile in Revolt
Weekend, September 22

Patricio Guzmán, Chile’s cinematic conscience, chronicles the uprising that shook the country starting in 2019.

‘My Imaginary Country’ Review: Chile in Revolt
Movies, September 22

Patricio Guzmán, Chile’s cinematic conscience, chronicles the uprising that shook the country starting in 2019.

‘Athena’ Review: Oh Brothers, Where Art Thou?
Weekend, September 22

A besieged French housing project is the setting for Romain Gavras’s relentlessly kinetic action movie.

‘On the Come Up’ Review: Battle Rap’s Next Big Thing?
Weekend, September 22

This film adaptation of the Angie Thomas novel follows a teenage rapper with a dream.

‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’ Review: Vietnam on the Rocks
Weekend, September 22

Zac Efron plays a man trying to deliver brewskis to his Vietnam War buddies in Peter Farrelly’s film.

‘Invisible Demons’ Review: Capturing an Air Quality Crisis
Weekend, September 22

The filmmaker Rahul Jain assembles a series of devastating panoramas in this documentary about air and water pollution in New Delhi.

‘Nothing Compares’ Review: Sinead O’Connor’s Rise and Fall
Weekend, September 22

This new documentary shows many faces of Sinead O’Connor and highlights her genuinely incomparable voice.

‘Railway Children’ Review: A Nostalgia Trip, With Lessons
Weekend, September 22

This winsome reboot of a British children’s classic, directed by Morgan Matthews, also addresses racial segregation in the armed forces during World War II.

‘Carmen’ Review: You Will Live in Bliss
Weekend, September 22

After her priest brother dies, a woman masquerades as a village’s irreverent new spiritual leader in this delightful drama.

‘Catherine Called Birdy’ Review: Ye Olde Lady Bird
Weekend, September 22

Bella Ramsey plays a 13th century adolescent in Lena Dunham’s winning film.

‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Review: Burning Down the Dollhouse
Weekend, September 21

Florence Pugh plays a seemingly happy housewife whose world starts to crack apart in Olivia Wilde’s wobbly feminist gothic.

‘Meet Cute’ Review: Live. Date. Repeat.
Weekend, September 21

This time-loop rom-com takes another swing at the tried-and-true “Groundhog Day” premise.

‘Escape From Kabul’ Review: Evacuation in Recap
Weekend, September 21

This documentary from Jamie Roberts on the evacuation of the airport at Kabul in August 2021 feels more like a lengthy news segment.

‘Do Revenge’ Review: Strangers on a Text Chain
Weekend, September 16

Two high school girls with grudges form a bond to get back at those who wronged them.

‘God’s Country’ Review: A Solitary Woman Isn’t Left Alone for Long
Weekend, September 15

In this simmering thriller, Thandiwe Newton plays a professor in rural Montana who confronts two hunters who say they’re just passing through.

‘The Silent Twins’ Review: Keeping the World at Bay
Weekend, September 15

A beguiling look at the complicated story of the real-life twins June and Jennifer Gibbons, who lived in a mental institution for over a decade.

‘The Woman King’ Review: She Slays
Weekend, September 15

Viola Davis leads a strong cast into battle in an epic from Gina Prince-Bythewood, inspired by real women warriors.

‘Pearl’ Review: A Farmer’s Daughter Moves Up the Food Chain
Weekend, September 15

A horror-movie killer gets a surprising origin story in Ti West’s prequel to “X.”

‘Moonage Daydream’ Review: David Bowie’s Sound and Vision
Weekend, September 15

Brett Morgen’s new documentary about the singer uses archival material, not talking heads. But the film is more séance than biography.

‘Drifting Home’ Review: A Sinking Development
Weekend, September 15

Two friends visit their old apartment building and make haunting discoveries in this animated film from Hiroyasu Ishida.

‘I Used to Be Famous’ Review: Hold On to That Feeling
Weekend, September 15

A boy band veteran teams up with an autistic teenager in this film about friendship and music.

‘See How They Run’ Review: An Agatha Christie Mystery Spoof
Weekend, September 15

Unraveling a murder case backstage at a Christie play in 1950s London.

‘Casablanca Beats’ Review: Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead
Weekend, September 15

Nabil Ayouch’s exuberant musical declares that the genre hasn’t faded; it has just been hiding in a Moroccan slum.

‘Riotsville, USA’ Review: A Fake Town to Explore Ongoing Unrest
Weekend, September 15

A documentary delves into the responses to the 1960s protests, revealing uncomfortable truths about that time and ours.

‘Four Winters’ Review: The Jewish Resistance
Weekend, September 15

The men and women in this densely story-filled documentary recount taking up arms as members of the Jewish resistance in the forests of Eastern Europe.

‘The African Desperate’ Review: Double Speak
Weekend, September 15

Martine Syms’s whip-smart satire brings the invisible, everyday negotiations of a Black artist to startlingly visual life.

‘Goodnight Mommy’ Review: Behind the Mask
Weekend, September 15

Twin boys worry that their mother might be an impostor in this disappointing remake.

‘Heathers: The Musical’ Review: For the Cliques
Weekend, September 15

This musical may lack the 1989 movie’s nihilism, but the gags still work and the songs are great — who are we to quibble?

‘Confess, Fletch’ Review: Solving a Crime, Eventually
Weekend, September 15

Jon Hamm bops along amiably enough as the carefree, wiseacre detective once played by Chevy Chase.

‘Terra Femme’ Review: How Women Have Seen the World
Weekend, September 14

An assemblage of travelogues shot by women from the 1920s through the 1950s, this experimental essay film can be seen with either live or prerecorded narration.

‘Gameboys: The Movie’ Review: An Online Relationship Gets Real
Weekend, September 13

This spinoff film from a web series deals with how a young couple handles the highs and lows of a relationship during the pandemic.

‘About Fate’ Review: Love the One You’re With?
Weekend, September 9

Thomas Mann’s beguiling performance drives this Emma Roberts vehicle, but the romantic comedy creaks under the weight of its coincidences.

‘End of the Road’ Review: Thrill Ride
Weekend, September 8

Queen Latifah and Chris Bridges anchor a predictable thriller that also manages to spin a charming tale of family unity.

‘Dos Estaciones’ Review: A Tequila Factory’s Story, Sip by Sip
Weekend, September 8

A woman tries to keep her family business running in this film that employs dreamlike rhythms and documentary-style realism.

‘Barbarian’ Review: This Rental Is Hell
Weekend, September 8

Two strangers explore the basement of their Detroit rental home in this gleefully twisty horror movie by Zach Cregger.

‘True Things’ Review: Escape Routes
Weekend, September 8

This character study from Harry Wootliff bottles the lightning of a torrid fling.

‘The Bengali’ Review: A Woman Reconnecting to Her Roots
Weekend, September 8

In this travelogue-meets-mystery documentary, a granddaughter seeks out her grandfather’s past.

‘The Anthrax Attacks’ Review: Strange Behavior and an Incriminating Flask
Weekend, September 8

This documentary by Dan Krauss revisits the case against a scientist the F.B.I. maintained was responsible for a series of bioterrorism attacks after Sept. 11.

‘Hold Me Tight’ Review: An Étude in the Key of Grief
Weekend, September 8

In Mathieu Amalric’s new film, Vicky Krieps plays a mother who tries to stay close to her family by running away.

‘Clerks III’ Review: From the Heart
Weekend, September 8

Kevin Smith revisits his convenience store characters, and his life, with this sequel.

‘The Story of Film: A New Generation’ Review: The Case for Modern Movies
Weekend, September 8

The latest installment in the filmmaker-critic Mark Cousins’s survey of movie history focuses on 21st-century developments.

‘Speak No Evil’ Review: Impolite Company
Weekend, September 8

A weekend visit turns nightmarish for an innocent Danish couple in this coldblooded satirical thriller.

‘House of Darkness’ Review: If You Prick Them, Do Bros Not Bleed?
Weekend, September 8

The writer-director Neil LaBute takes a crack at the post-#MeToo revenge parable but offers more irony than insight.

‘Medieval’ Review: Flaying Alive
Weekend, September 8

Living up to its title, this ultraviolent ode to a Czech national hero bludgeons you into submission.

‘Pinocchio’ Review: As the Story Grows
Weekend, September 8

This live action and animated reimagining of the classic fairy tale takes too much time relaying its narrative.

‘This Land’ Review: Revisiting the 2020 Election
Weekend, September 7

Matthew Palmer’s documentary may serve as an intriguing time capsule of the 2020 election in the years to come.

‘A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff’ Review: Reflections on a Scandal
Weekend, September 6

A whimsical hybrid of musical, memoir and documentary looks at Bernard Madoff through the lens of Jewish identity.

‘We Are as Gods’ Review: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
Weekend, September 6

The pioneering freethinker and 1960s folk hero Stewart Brand makes a case for so-called de-extinction in this documentary.

‘Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.’ Review: Resurrecting a Megachurch
Weekend, September 1

Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown star in this satire about a fallen megachurch pastor and his first lady praying and angling for a comeback.

‘Loving Highsmith’ Review: The Patricia You Didn’t Know
Weekend, September 1

A new documentary makes the case that under her hardened exterior, the novelist Patricia Highsmith was a longing romantic.

‘The Cathedral’ Review: A Boy, a Home, a World
Weekend, September 1

In this striking, formally rigorous drama, the director Ricky D’Ambrose revisits his Long Island childhood with restraint and tenderness.

‘Our American Family’ Review: How Addiction Affects the Household
Weekend, September 1

In this intimate documentary, a Philadelphia family of six reels from a daughter’s recent overdose.

‘The Book of Delights’ Review: A Heady Romance
Weekend, September 1

A schoolteacher’s odyssey into erotic self-discovery and existential desire fuels this Brazilian drama, which is based on a novel by Clarice Lispector.

‘Gigi & Nate’ Review: A Tender Bond
Weekend, September 1

A young man with quadriplegia and his helper monkey pair up in this overstuffed feel-good drama.

‘Peter Von Kant’ Review: Fassbinder and Friends
Weekend, September 1

The prolific French director François Ozon puts a metatextual spin on “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant,” the classic German tale of amour fou.

‘Kaepernick & America’ Review: A Narrative
Weekend, September 1

A documentary examines race in football via Colin Kaepernick’s career.

‘Waiting for Bojangles’ Review: Endless Love
Weekend, September 1

Set in Paris in the 1960s, the film tells the story of two irrepressible lovers, and their young son, whose tale turns tragic.

‘McEnroe’ Review: Regrets, He’s Had a Few
Weekend, September 1

In this documentary about his life and career, the tennis player John McEnroe, known for his temper, doesn’t bother trying to apologize for his behavior.

‘Burial’ Review: Corpse Ride
Weekend, September 1

The film, about a Russian intelligence officer’s covert mission at the end of World War II, begins on a suspenseful note, but the tension soon dissipates.

‘Saloum’ Review: A Paranormal Showdown in the Desert
Weekend, September 1

A team of African mercenaries encounters supernatural foes in this fable-like adventure.