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‘Dateline-Saigon’ Review: Challenging the Official Story
Weekend, Yesterday

This documentary focuses on five reporters who covered the early years of the Vietnam War.

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‘F11 and Be There’ Review: Burk Uzzle, a Photographer Worth Knowing
Weekend, Yesterday

This documentary explores the life of Uzzle, who doesn’t have the name recognition of others in his field, but whose work you’ve probably seen and remember.

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‘Palm Springs’ Review: Déjà Vu All Over Again
Weekend, July 9

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti star in a fresh and funny comedy that might remind you of something you saw before.

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‘The Old Guard’ Review: Fighting to the Death, and Beyond
Weekend, July 9

Charlize Theron leads a group of immortal warriors in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s fresh take on the superhero genre.

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‘The Tobacconist’ Review: Playing Dress-Up in 1930s Vienna
Weekend, July 9

A coming-of-age drama with attractive cinematography and production design, but no political or philosophical weight.

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‘Tito’ Review: An Oddball Character Study
Weekend, July 9

The filmmaker and actor Grace Glowicki steps into a gender-bending role in an experimental indie that muddles its moral lesson on sexual predation.

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‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’ Review: Over Drinks, a Blurry Line Between Truth and Fiction
Weekend, July 9

Bill and Turner Ross’s portrayal of a group of barflies tests the boundaries of documentary filmmaking.

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‘Widow of Silence’ Review: Burden of Proof
Weekend, July 9

Praveen Morchhale’s newest drama explores a Kashmiri woman’s desperate quest for freedom and agency.

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‘Olympia’ Review: When the Moon Hits a Documentarian’s Eye
Weekend, July 9

In his fawning documentary about Olympia Dukakis, Harry Mavromichalis doesn’t distinguish the disarming from the banal.

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‘Guest of Honour’ Review: Burying a Father, Unburying Secrets
Weekend, July 9

Atom Egoyan indulges his obsessions in his newest drama, but the core revelations are pretty silly.

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‘Never Too Late’ Review: The Vietnam Vet as Lovable Codger
Weekend, July 9

Former soldiers known as “The Chain Breakers” take on a romantic mission involving nursing homes in this movie from Mark Lamprell.

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‘Relic’ Review: A Haunted House and a Clouded Mind
Weekend, July 9

Natalie Erika James’s arresting debut deftly merges a classic horror genre with an allegory of dementia.

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‘We Are Little Zombies’ Review: Rocking Away the Pain
Weekend, July 9

Wry humor, absurd dialogue and unflagging energy propel this dazzling, manic debut from Makoto Nagahisa.

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‘Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly’ Review: On the Irony of Personal Freedom
Culture, July 8

This documentary from Cheryl Haines about Ai, a Chinese artist and activist, explores the tension between the idea of liberty and the fate of those who pursue it.

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‘The Beach House’ Review: No Fun Memories for These Vacationers
Culture, July 8

By the time it dawns on a couple that “maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to go to the beach,” it’s way too late.

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‘Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo’ Review: Prison, Recovery, Stardom
Culture, July 8

A man’s journey from behind bars to in front of the cameras.

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‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ Review: The Life of Walter Mercado, Mystic
Weekend, July 7

Mercado was a Puerto Rican astrologer whose career in television and radio began in 1969. His image was broadcast to millions around the world every day.

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‘Greyhound’ Review: At Sea in World War II, With Tom Hanks in Command
Weekend, July 7

Based on a 1955 novel, the film follows a Navy captain who must shepherd men and ships across the perilous Atlantic Ocean to join the war.

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‘The Truth’ Review: Being Catherine Deneuve
Weekend, July 2

Following his Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters,” the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda visits some of the glories of France.

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‘The Outpost’ Review: At War, in a Worst-Case Scenario
Weekend, July 2

U. S. soldiers in Afghanistan fight to defend themselves against the Taliban in this fact-based war drama from Rod Lurie.

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‘Bungalow’ Review: Young, Restless, Drifting
Weekend, July 2

Ulrich Köhler’s first film, newly available in the U.S., is a secretive and beautifully observant study of teenage disaffection.

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‘Family Romance, LLC’ Review: Werner Herzog’s Comfort for Hire
Weekend, July 2

This hybrid work of fiction and documentary begins with a creepy feeling that is eventually replaced by an empathetic fascination.

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‘Spark’ and ‘The Observer’ Review: A Filmmaker’s Past, and China’s
Weekend, July 2

A pair of documentaries serve as an introduction to Hu Jie, a documentarian whose films memorialize the horrors of the Mao era.

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‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’ Review: Past Progress, and More to Come
Weekend, July 2

A profile of the civil rights leader and longtime Georgia congressman has an urgent message.

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‘Denise Ho: Becoming the Song’ Review: Pop With a Message
Weekend, July 1

This moving documentary profiles a singer who has become an influential activist in Hong Kong.

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‘Scheme Birds’ Review: Soft Gaze for a Hard Life
Weekend, July 1

This documentary turns a tender eye toward a bright teenager who hopes to never leave her decaying Scottish hometown.

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‘Viena and the Fantomes’ Review: A Roadie and a Bad Band
Weekend, July 1

Dakota Fanning plays a young woman who attaches herself to a pouty punk group in this drama from Gerardo Naranjo.

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‘Welcome to Chechnya’ Review: A Vital Indictment of Mass Persecution
Weekend, June 30

David France’s documentary follows a group of courageous Russian activists working to rescue victims of an anti-L.G.B.T.Q. crackdown.

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‘Hamilton’ Review: You Say You Want a Revolution
Weekend, June 30

The filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s founding-father Broadway musical arrives just in time — vital and more challenging than ever.

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‘Four Kids and It’ Review: A Family-Friendly Magical Beach Troll
Culture, June 30

Andy de Emmony directs this by-the-book adaptation of a children’s novel about a magical creature that can grant wishes.

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‘Skyman’ Review: Ready for an Alien Reunion
Weekend, June 30

Daniel Myrick’s mock documentary about a man’s belief in extraterrestrial contact is a subdued and touching outsider portrait.

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‘Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America’ Review: Embracing a New Home
Culture, June 29

A documentary on L.G.B.T.Q. refugees becomes progressively engaging as its subjects’ paths diverge.

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‘Eurovision Song Contest’ Review: Over the Top and Around the Bend
Weekend, June 26

Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play Icelandic singing hopefuls in this over-egged musical comedy.

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‘A Regular Woman’ Review: A Family Murder, as Told by the Victim
Weekend, June 25

Sherry Hormann’s new film dramatizes a 2005 “honor killing” in Berlin, using a fictionalized version of the woman who died as narrator.

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‘Irresistible’ Review: The Voters Are Red, the Message Is Blue
Weekend, June 25

Jon Stewart’s new political satire, which presents a homespun cliché of Middle America, is a lecture on old news.

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‘The Last Tree’ Review: Struggles of a New Life
Weekend, June 25

Shola Amoo’s film is a visually compelling coming-of-age narrative that explores the definition of family.

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‘My Spy’ Review: A Secret Agent Gets Outsmarted
Weekend, June 25

Dave Bautista bumbles as a C.I.A. field agent, and has a 9-year-old help him along the way.

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‘Beats’ Review: A Last Hurrah, and a First Trip
Weekend, June 25

Set in Scotland in 1994, the film tells a tender, moody story of friendship.

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‘The 11th Green’ Review: Investigating Aliens, Eisenhower and Golf
Weekend, June 25

The director Christopher Munch’s first feature since 2011 is both whimsical and dark.

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‘All I Can Say’ Review: A Rock Star Captures His Own Rise and Fall
Weekend, June 25

This new documentary is assembled from voluminous footage shot by Shannon Hoon, the lead singer of Blind Melon, until the day he died.

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‘Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things’ Review: Words Without Much Music
Weekend, June 25

This documentary from Leslie Woodhead gives the first lady of song a dry, PBS-ready treatment.

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‘The Audition’ Review: A Violin Teacher on the Verge
Weekend, June 25

She’s not happy, and her student isn’t laughing, either. Nina Hoss is impeccable in this film by Ina Weisse.

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‘House of Hummingbird’ Review: Picture a Girl, Picture a World
Weekend, June 24

In this delicate movie, a teenage girl in Seoul tries to find a sense of self amid calamities small and large.

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‘Nobody Knows I’m Here’ Review: Letting a Repressed Tune Ring Out
Culture, June 24

Gaspar Antillo makes a narrative strategy out of withheld information, abrupt elisions and possible fantasy sequences in his debut feature.

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‘Athlete A’ Review: A Web of Abuse and Cover-Ups Come to Light
Culture, June 24

A new documentary from Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk delves into the years of ignored sexual abuse of girls and young women by the Olympic doctor Larry Nassar.

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‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers’ Review: Inside a Cursed Comedy
Culture, June 23

This documentary tells the mesmerizing story of a horrendous film shoot and the psychological flotsam left in its wake.

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‘Lost Bullet’ Review: Fast Cars and Quick Fists
Culture, June 22

This tight French Netflix thriller reminds us how deeply satisfying action can be when you strip it of Hollywood flab.

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‘You Should Have Left’ Review: This Haunted House Is Familiar
Culture, June 19

Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried play parents taking a much-needed break in Wales, only to find their vacation home isn’t what it seems.

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‘Feel the Beat’ Review: Tough Love in the Dance Studio
Culture, June 19

A prickly professional dancer becomes a reluctant instructor for a preteen dance troupe in this formulaic dramedy.

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‘Disclosure’ Review: A Transgender Lens on Film and TV History
Weekend, June 19

A Netflix documentary features interviews with Jen Richards, Laverne Cox and others in its look back through the decades at the representation of transgender people on screens.

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‘Babyteeth’ Review: Love Means Never Having, Well, You Know
Weekend, June 18

Eliza Scanlen plays a seriously ill high schooler who falls for the wrong guy who turns out to have the right stuff, after all.

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‘Babyteeth’ Review: Love Means Never Having, Well, You Know
Weekend, June 18

Eliza Scanlen plays a seriously ill high schooler who falls for the wrong guy who turns out to have the right stuff, after all.

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‘Mr. Jones’ Review: Bearing Witness to Stalin’s Evil
Weekend, June 18

In Agnieszka Holland’s historically informed drama, a Welsh journalist travels to 1933 Ukraine, then in the grip of famine.

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‘7500’ Review: Claustrophobia and Ethical Dilemmas on a Hijacked Plane
Weekend, June 18

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be locked in a cockpit while hijackers bang on its door, this movie from Patrick Vollrath delivers.

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‘Wasp Network’ Review: Fleeing Cuba With Loyalties in Question
Weekend, June 18

Olivier Assayas has created his most mainstream film yet, a spy story replete with double-crosses and romance.

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‘Picture of His Life’ Review: A Shot Too Much to Bear
Weekend, June 18

The documentarians Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin follow the nature photographer Amos Nachoum on his mission impossible: to capture a polar bear while swimming with it.

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‘My Darling Vivian’ Review: The Forgotten Wife of Johnny Cash
Weekend, June 18

The singer-songwriter’s romance with June Carter is well-known, but this new documentary shines the spotlight on Cash’s first wife, Vivian Liberto.

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‘Bully. Coward. Victim.’ Review: The Paradox of Roy Cohn
Weekend, June 18

A new HBO documentary looks at the man who helped send the director’s grandparents to their execution.

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‘Miss Juneteenth’ Review: Celebrating Black Girlhood
Weekend, June 18

The debut feature from Channing Godfrey Peoples explores how black women and girls support each other in a world that often fails them.

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‘The Pollinators’ Review: Fight of the Honeybee
Culture, June 16

Colorful close-ups of thriving bees and interviews with experts show the trials that the bees and the food supply face in the United States.

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‘My Father the Spy’ Review: To Embrace a Parent or Denounce Him?
Culture, June 16

In this documentary, a journalist and translator relives the disorientation of defecting.

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‘Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth’ Review: When He’s Expecting
Culture, June 16

In this absorbing documentary, a transgender man experiences pregnancy.