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‘Tom & Jerry’ Review: Chasing the Mouse of Nostalgia
Culture, Yesterday

This feature-length expansion of the popular cartoon is too brainless for adults, but its kid-friendly title characters are barely supporting players.

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‘Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry’ Review: Fame and Family
Weekend, February 25

A documentary captures the creation of Eilish’s multiple-Grammy-winning debut album, recorded at home but poised to go global.

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‘’Til Kingdom Come’ Review: An Unusual Religious Bond
Weekend, February 25

Maya Zinshtein’s revelatory documentary explores the political and philanthropic alliance of American evangelical Christians and Israeli Jews.

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‘Cherry’ Review: A Very Different Tangled Web for Tom Holland
Weekend, February 25

Joe and Anthony Russo, the M.C.U. filmmaking brothers, stretch out into the real world of war, crime and addiction in a gritty drama based on a best-selling novel.

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‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Review: Singing for Her Life
Weekend, February 25

Lee Daniels’s hectic biopic portrays the singer as a victim of abuse, addiction and government persecution.

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‘My Darling Supermarket’ Review: Cosmic Tales From the Checkout Lane
Weekend, February 25

The director Tali Yankelevich applies an experimental flair to her documentary about supermarket workers in Brazil.

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‘The Vigil’ Review: What Could Go Wrong Watching Over the Dead?
Weekend, February 25

Money pulls in a night watcher, but a malicious spirit gets into his head in this feature debut from Keith Thomas.

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‘Crisis’ Review: Finding a Fix
Weekend, February 25

Nicholas Jarecki’s new crime drama, which examines the opioid epidemic from different angles, is well-paced but often strains credulity.

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‘The Father’ Review: A Capricious Mind
Weekend, February 25

Anthony Hopkins gives a scalding performance as a man stricken by dementia in this clever drama.

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‘Un Film Dramatique’ Review: Students Record the Paris Suburbs
Weekend, February 25

This documentary gives middle school children a chance to show their experiences.

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‘My Zoe’ Review: Julie Delpy’s Provocative Family Drama
Weekend, February 24

The characters can be confoundingly self-involved, but Delpy finds unusual threads to pull you closer to them and their crises.

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‘This Is the Life’ Review: A Valuable Part of Hip-Hop History
Culture, February 23

Ava DuVernay’s 2008 documentary, now streaming on Netflix, is a personal love letter to a slice of Los Angeles’s 1990s hip-hop scene.

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‘Pelé’ Review: A National Treasure
Weekend, February 23

This Netflix documentary surveys the Brazilian soccer player’s pioneering career.

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‘Nomadland’ Review: The Unsettled Americans
Weekend, February 18

Frances McDormand hits the road in Chloé Zhao’s intimate, expansive portrait of itinerant lives.

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‘Flora & Ulysses’ Review: A Hero Tale That Lets the Fur Fly
Weekend, February 18

A 10-year-old cynic, a bushy-tailed superhero and a cast stacked with beloved comic actors make this lovable Disney film something to see.

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‘The Violent Heart’ Review: Secrets and Lies
Weekend, February 18

A man who witnessed the murder of his sister tries to rebound in this subtle melodrama.

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‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’ Review:
Weekend, February 18

Adapted from a graphic novel, this comedy pits a teen against his mother in a battle to get through a long summer together.

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‘Silk Road’ Review: A Digital Drug Kingpin’s Undoing
Weekend, February 18

Tiller Russell’s new fact-based thriller about Ross W. Ulbricht could have been a nail-biter, but ended up a limp snooze.

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‘Sin’ Review: Man of Marble
Weekend, February 18

The second feature in recent months from the Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky is a grimy, austere Michelangelo biopic.

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‘Test Pattern’ Review: Refocusing the Lens on Race and Gender
Weekend, February 18

Shatara Michelle Ford’s lean, smart debut feature confronts us with our presumptions about what rape and victimhood look like — onscreen and in life.

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‘Blithe Spirit’ Review: Dead, but Not Loving It
Weekend, February 18

Dan Stevens stars as a writer taunted by the ghost of his dead wife in this grating adaptation of the 1941 play.

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‘I Care a Lot’ Review: The Art of the Steal
Weekend, February 18

Nasty people do terrible things in this wildly entertaining Netflix caper about guardianship fraud.

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‘Mafia Inc’ Review: The Business They Have Chosen
Weekend, February 18

This Montreal crime saga is never dull despite a sense of déjà vu.

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‘Shook’ Review: Unliked and Followed
Culture, February 18

A killer with a mysterious agenda hunts down social-media influencers in this horror movie.

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‘Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar’ Review: Kitsch Fever Dream
Weekend, February 11

The “Bridesmaids” writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo nix the raunch for an absurdist adventure complete with musical numbers, an evil underground lair, and a talking crab.

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‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever’ Review: Love Sweet Love
Culture, February 11

This final installment of the Netflix rom-com trilogy is earnest, bright-eyed and without a hint of cynicism.

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‘Minari’ Review: Sinking Korean Roots in the Arkansas Soil
Weekend, February 11

Steven Yeun plays the patriarch of an immigrant family adjusting to American rural life in Lee Isaac Chung’s lovely new film

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‘French Exit’ Review: A Not-So-Merry Widow
Weekend, February 11

Michelle Pfeiffer is sensational as a newly insolvent socialite in this strange, sad comedy.

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‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Review: I Was a Panther for the F.B.I.
Weekend, February 11

In Shaka King’s historical drama, Daniel Kaluuya plays the radical leader Fred Hampton, with Lakeith Stanfield as the informer who betrayed him.

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‘Dead Pigs’ Review: Tales of Class and Corruption
Weekend, February 11

Cathy Yan’s film weaves together a colorful confection of stories set amid the corruption and class inequities of modern-day China.

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‘Breaking News in Yuba County’ Review: Lampooning Suburbia
Weekend, February 11

“Awkwafina head-butts Wanda Sykes” could be a satisfactory one-sentence recap of this movie.

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‘Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words’ Review: Still Notorious
Weekend, February 11

This documentary puts her words front and center, relying on clips to provide a sweeping view of her ideals.

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‘The Mauritanian’ Review: A Tale of Truth-Seeking
Weekend, February 11

Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster star in this dogged, uninvolving drama based on the story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi.

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‘Land’ Review: True Nature
Weekend, February 11

In her feature directing debut, Robin Wright plays a woman who moves alone to the mountains.

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‘The World to Come’ Review: Cold Comfort
Weekend, February 11

Katherine Waterston and Vanessa Kirby play two women who share a gradually recognized love in upstate New York in 1856.

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‘Lapsis’ Review: Cable Not So Basic
Weekend, February 11

Noah Hutton’s good-humored sci-fi movie takes aim at corporate greed and worker exploitation.

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‘There Is No “I” in Threesome’ Review: Monogamy Alternatives
Culture, February 11

A director and his fiancée chronicle their yearlong open relationship in this documentary that offers a clever examination of perspective.

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‘Music’ Review: A Woefully Misguided View of Disability
Weekend, February 11

The pop star Sia’s feature directorial debut, about an autistic teenager, at times seems indistinguishable from mockery.

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‘The Map of Tiny Perfect Things’ Review: Another Do-Over
Weekend, February 11

This film from Ian Samuels aspires to be “Groundhog Day” for teenagers.

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‘Young Hearts’ Review: Movie Love by Algorithm
Weekend, February 11

The brother and sister filmmakers Sarah Sherman and Zachary Ray Sherman deliver romance, unadorned.

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‘Cowboys’ Review: Abduction on Demand, by Horseback
Weekend, February 11

Steve Zahn excels as the father of a trans child in this Western-flavored family drama, “Cowboys,” from Anna Kerrigan.

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‘Twilight’s Kiss’ Review: A Hidden Romance, Late in Life
Weekend, February 10

In this drama, a married taxi driver and a retiree try to find love together.

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‘Life in a Day 2020’ Review: A Video Diary of a Difficult Year
Culture, February 5

This YouTube documentary seeks to be a time capsule during a period of great racial divide and pandemic distress.

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‘Little Big Women’ Review: Heartbreak is a Family Affair
Culture, February 5

In this maudlin melodrama, a Taiwanese family grapples with what it means to mourn someone who was already absent from their lives.

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‘Strip Down, Rise Up’ Review: An Emotional Spin
Culture, February 5

This Netflix documentary looks at a pole dancing class led by the celebrity instructor Sheila Kelley.

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‘A Glitch in the Matrix’ Review: Is This All Just a Simulation?
Weekend, February 4

This documentary, from the director of “Room 237,” is a lively yet superficial exploration of the theory that our reality is actually a computer simulation.

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‘Little Fish’ Review: Do You Remember Love?
Weekend, February 4

This sci-fi romance imagines a world with widespread memory loss through the eyes of one couple.

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‘Rams’ Review: Ailing Sheep and Quirky Characters
Weekend, February 4

This comedy-drama starring Sam Neill, Michael Caton and Miranda Richardson depicts a catastrophe for a farming community in Western Australia.

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‘Bliss’ Review: A High Concept, Under-Designed
Weekend, February 4

Not even the charisma of Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek could energize this science-fiction film about telekinetic drifters.

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‘Malcolm & Marie’ Review: Fight Flub
Weekend, February 4

A gorgeous Hollywood couple has an extended, exhausting argument in this claustrophobic example of pandemic filmmaking from Netflix.

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‘M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity’ Review: Is It Art?
Weekend, February 4

A documentary examines the methods and interests of this Dutch printmaker, who felt his work was also indebted to mathematics.

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‘Falling’ Review: Father and Son Reunion
Weekend, February 4

Viggo Mortensen writes, directs and stars in this lacerating drama about a son dealing with his father’s mental decline.

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‘Son of the South’ Review: Tale of an Alabama Activist
Weekend, February 4

Sometimes absorbing, sometimes mortifyingly tone-deaf, the film dramatizes the memoir of the white civil rights figure Bob Zellner.

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‘Two of Us’ Review: Thwarted Love
Weekend, February 4

An older lesbian couple is met with unexpected devastation in this aching romantic drama by Filippo Meneghetti.

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‘Earwig and the Witch’ Review: Domestic Incantations
Weekend, February 3

A headstrong orphan girl gets taken in by a witch and a demon in this computer-animated film from Studio Ghibli.

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‘Palmer’ Review: A Crisis of Masculinity
Culture, January 29

Justin Timberlake stars as an ex-convict who interrogates his gender biases after he comes to care for a young boy in this prosaic melodrama.

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‘Saint Maud’ Review: A Passion for Sinners
Weekend, January 28

A disturbed young nurse becomes obsessed with a dying artist in this exceptional horror movie debut from the director Rose Glass.