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‘The Woman in the Window’ Review: Don’t You Be My Neighbor
Weekend, May 13

Amy Adams plays a reclusive psychologist who witnesses a crime in a glossy new Netflix thriller.

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‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ Review: Slicing Up Bad Apples
Weekend, May 13

This addition to the “Saw” universe stars Chris Rock as a misanthropic detective pitted against a Jigsaw copycat.

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‘The Killing of Two Lovers’ Review: What Lies Beneath
Weekend, May 13

Under the veneer of an unusual marriage is an uncontrollable undercurrent to which everyone is susceptible.

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‘Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm’ Review: Rockers Ripping It Up
Weekend, May 13

A documentary explores the Welsh farm-turned-studio, Rockfield, where Black Sabbath, the Stone Roses and others made music.

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‘The Djinn’ Review: A Boy Whose Wish Comes True
Weekend, May 13

This film by David Charbonier and Justin Powell has the trappings of a fairy tale. Don’t be fooled.

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‘High Ground’ Review: Two Worlds Collide in the Outback
Weekend, May 13

Directed by Stephen Johnson, this western set in Australia doesn’t follow the expected narrative.

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‘The Perfect Candidate’ Review: Paving the Way
Weekend, May 13

Haifaa Al-Mansour crafts a story that’s part family drama and part parable of female activism, set in Saudi Arabia.

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‘La Piscine’ Review: Pretty, Rich People Behaving Poorly
Weekend, May 13

Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin are among the reasons this restoration of a French thriller is worth watching.

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‘Enfant Terrible’ Review: I Can Sleep When I’m Dead
Weekend, May 13

The packed biographical film “Enfant Terrible” races to keep up with the blazing life of the filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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‘Riders of Justice’ Review: Just Give Me a Reason
Weekend, May 13

Mads Mikkelsen goes berserk in this gleefully violent, yet gold-hearted deconstruction of the revenge thriller.

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‘Stop Filming Us’ Review: Wary of Their Close-Up
Weekend, May 13

The Dutch documentarian Joris Postema’s Congo-set film aims to reckon with neocolonialism.

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‘Los Hermanos/The Brothers’ Review: A Long-Deferred Duet
Weekend, May 13

In this documentary, two musician siblings — one who lives in Cuba, the other in the United States — get a chance to tour together.

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‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Review: A Desperate Scramble to Survive
Weekend, May 13

This thriller starring Angelina Jolie takes its time but doesn’t waste any time.

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‘Profile’ Review: Screen Sharing With Extremists
Weekend, May 13

Interactions between a journalist and a recruiter for the Islamic State play out over screens in this hackneyed thriller.

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‘Oxygen’ Review: The Thrill of Claustrophobia
Weekend, May 12

Trapped in a cryogenic chamber with oxygen levels dwindling, a woman must learn how to team up with the machine in order to escape.

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‘Wrath of Man’ Review: ‘H’ Has Some Fury
Weekend, May 6

Jason Statham plays H, a movie tough guy you don’t want to mess with, in Guy Ritchie’s action film.

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‘State Funeral’ Review: Saying Goodbye to Stalin
Weekend, May 6

Sergei Loznitsa’s new found-footage documentary illuminates Soviet life in the immediate aftermath of the dictator’s death.

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‘The Columnist’ Review: Confessions of a Female Troll Hunter
Weekend, May 6

A writer slaughters her online nemeses in this low-stakes serial killer movie from the Netherlands.

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‘Paper Spiders’ Review: Maternal Melodramatics
Weekend, May 6

Lili Taylor plays a mother who spirals into madness in this unfortunately bland melodrama.

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‘Silo’ Review: When Life on a Farm Is Far From Wholesome
Weekend, May 6

A mainstay of American agriculture, corn can become a suffocating trap when a human comes up against tons of it in a vertical storage bin.

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‘The Paper Tigers’ Review: Reliving the Glory Days
Weekend, May 6

A trio of aging martial artists reunite in this fresh, if uneven, debut by the director Tran Quoc Bao.

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‘Citizen Penn’ Review: A Portrait of Sean Penn as an Advocate
Weekend, May 6

The documentary follows the actor’s work helping Haiti, starting in 2010.

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‘The Boy From Medellín’ Review: A Dizzying Week in J Balvin’s World
Weekend, May 6

A documentary about the reggaeton star from Colombia is a relatively sophisticated form of celebrity publicity.

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‘Pink Skies Ahead’ Review: Partying Through Anxiety
Weekend, May 6

Kelly Oxford’s ’90s-set coming-of-age story follows a college dropout as she navigates a new romance and a new medical diagnosis.

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‘The Water Man’ Review: Oyelowo Directs With a Touch of Magic
Weekend, May 6

As a newly transplanted family tries to adjust to the countryside, the son is desperately pulling strings to cure his seriously ill mother.

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‘Monster’ Review: Teenager on Trial
Weekend, May 6

In this drama, a young man’s future is threatened when he is accused of participating in a deadly bodega stickup.

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‘In Our Mothers’ Gardens’ Review: Creating Space for Black Women
Culture, May 6

The Netflix documentary sets out to show how maternal lineages have shaped generations of Black women.

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‘Triumph’ Review: Going to the Mat
Weekend, April 30

The film tells the story of an aspiring high school wrestler with cerebral palsy.

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‘Marighella’ Review: Battle for Brazil
Weekend, April 29

Wagner Moura’s provocative feature debut chronicles the armed struggle led by Carlos Marighella against Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1960s.

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‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Review: When Bots Attack
Weekend, April 29

A family of lovable kooks are the last hope against a robot apocalypse in this hilarious animated Netflix film.

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‘The Virtuoso’ Review: A Paid Killer, Hitting Bum Notes
Weekend, April 29

Anson Mount plays the title character, who gets his assignments from Anthony Hopkins. But he keeps messing things up.

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‘Things Heard & Seen’ Review: Another Real Estate Nightmare
Weekend, April 29

Amanda Seyfried and James Norton move into a haunted house in this busy, creaky Netflix thriller.

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‘About Endlessness’ Review: Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
Weekend, April 29

Roy Andersson’s latest feature is a somber, exhilarating collection of self-defeating human specimens.

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‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ Review: Reframing an Urban Classic
Weekend, April 29

Burhan Qurbani’s film reinterprets a classic German novel into the story of a 21st-century immigrant from Guinea-Bissau surviving under the thumb of a brutal drug dealer.

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‘Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse’ Review: A Routine Mission
Weekend, April 29

Aside from a few set pieces, this action film, starring Michael B. Jordan, is a surprisingly dull adaptation of Clancy’s 1993 novel.

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‘The Outside Story’ Review: Brooklyn as No One Has Ever Known It
Weekend, April 29

In this listless comedy by Casimir Nozkowski, a moping homebody locks himself out, but the resulting interaction with others helps to change his outlook.

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‘Four Good Days’ Review: Repairing a Mother-Daughter Relationship
Weekend, April 29

In this drama, Mila Kunis plays a heroin addict and Glenn Close the mother trying to help her get clean.

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‘Cliff Walkers’ Review: Double Crosses and Double Agents
Weekend, April 29

Zhang Yimou turns his hand to a fast-paced spy thriller set during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria.

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‘Eat Wheaties!’ Review: Chasing Ms. Banks
Weekend, April 29

In this film, Tony Hale plays a man whose obsession with Elizabeth Banks almost ruins his life.

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‘Lucy, the Human Chimp’ Review: Far From Home
Weekend, April 29

A domesticated chimpanzee is disastrously relocated to the wild in this deeply troubling documentary.

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‘Limbo’ Review: A Musician in Exile Tunes Out
Weekend, April 29

A Syrian refugee deposited on a remote Scottish isle seeks meaning in his isolated surroundings, with wryly funny results.

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‘Percy vs Goliath’ Review: Growing Pains
Weekend, April 29

Christopher Walken plays a beleaguered farmer in this understated environmental drama.

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‘Best Summer Ever’ Review: Not Just Another Song and Dance
Culture, April 27

A largely disabled cast leads this charming teen musical.

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‘Mortal Kombat’ Review: Battered and Bloody
Weekend, April 22

The latest screen adaptation of the video game shows again that trying to construct a coherent plot around these characters is a fatal trap.

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‘Sisters With Transistors’ Review: How Women Pioneered Electronic Music
Weekend, April 22

This far-reaching documentary from Lisa Rovner looks back at the female composers and artists who shaped modern music.

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‘Tu Me Manques’ Review: Traces of a Lost Love
Weekend, April 22

A conservative father who could not accept his son’s sexuality is led on a contemplative tour of queer life in New York in this Bolivian film.

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‘Wet Season’ Review: Teacher’s Pet
Weekend, April 22

An immigrant schoolteacher finds solace in a relationship with one of her students in this suggestive drama from Singapore.

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‘Paris Calligrammes’ Review: Recalling the 1960s With Fondness and Passion
Weekend, April 22

The German artist and filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger takes us on an unhurried journey through her past.

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‘My Wonderful Wanda’ Review: The Secret Life of a Caretaker
Weekend, April 22

The writer/director Bettina Oberli weaves a satirical family drama knotted with infidelity, among other complications.

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‘Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street’ Review: Making of a Sunny Day
Weekend, April 22

Even nostalgia-resistant viewers can learn something from this documentary version of a book on the making of the show.

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‘Together Together’ Review: A Conceivable Plan
Weekend, April 22

A man and his surrogate navigate a bumpy road to fatherhood in this endearing dramatic comedy.

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‘8 Billion Angels’ Review: Giving Earth Top Billing
Weekend, April 22

This documentary about climate injustice feels defanged by its unfocused structure.

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‘Stowaway’ Review: An Outer-Space Drama, Lacking Gravity
Weekend, April 22

This Netflix film pushes a crew of space explorers to moral and physical extremes when an unexpected passenger accidentally compromises their oxygen supply.

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‘Red Moon Tide’ Review: A Village Paralyzed in Grief
Culture, April 20

Subjects stand frozen against majestic landscapes in Lois Patiño’s meditation on how Galician mythology intersects with a village’s search for souls lost at sea.

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‘The Marijuana Conspiracy’ Review: Grass Fed
Weekend, April 20

Five young women find that getting paid to get high isn’t quite as much fun as they imagined.