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‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Review: They Fought the Law
Weekend, Today

Aaron Sorkin and an all-star cast re-enact a real-life ‘’60s courtroom drama with present-day implications.

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‘Misbehaviour’ Review: Pretty Women, Some Pretty Angry
Weekend, Today

This British comedy about a feminist protest against the 1970 Miss World contest stars Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

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‘Public Trust’ Review: Saving National Lands
Weekend, Today

This documentary follows individuals pushing back against political forces that want to privatize federal lands.

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‘Myth of a Colorblind France’ Review: Artistry Abroad
Weekend, Today

The documentary focuses on the history of African-American expatriates in France and the writings, paintings and music they made there.

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‘Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles’ Review: Pastries of the Gilded Age, Made Modern
Weekend, Today

This documentary follows the star chef Yotam Ottolenghi as he assembles a crack team to make sweets for an event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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‘The Last Shift’ Review: Passing the Fast-Food Torch
Weekend, Today

Richard Jenkins gets a starring role as a man training his replacement at a job he’s worked at for nearly 40 years.

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‘Bird Island’ Review: Avian Therapy
Weekend, Today

This compact, whimsical film about a bird rehabilitation center in Switzerland is perched wryly between fiction and documentary.

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‘Secret Society of Second-Born Royals’ Review: A Princess With Powers
Weekend, Today

Streaming on Disney+, Anna Mastro’s incoherent origin story follows a rebellious princess who learns she’s even more special than she thought.

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‘The Artist’s Wife’ Review: Strife on Canvas
Weekend, Today

Lena Olin and Bruce Dern play married artists whose lives are abruptly reconfigured when one receives a diagnosis of dementia.

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‘Kajillionaire’ Review: California Scheming
Weekend, Today

Miranda July’s third feature follows a family of small-scale swindlers in a deceptively sunny Los Angeles.

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‘Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’ Review: All Was Not Well With the Doctor
Culture, Yesterday

A new documentary explores the fascinating and sometimes troubled life of the famed neurologist.

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‘Console Wars’ Review: In Nintendo vs. Sega, Mortals Combat
Culture, Yesterday

The 16-bit duel in this CBS All Access documentary is charged up to Sonic the Hedgehog speed.

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‘Enola Holmes’ Review: She’s Beyond Elementary, and Not Your Dear
Culture, September 22

Millie Bobby Brown stars as a teenager with sleuth skills that rival her famous brother’s in this charming feature.

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‘Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story’ Review: A Woman’s Right to Fight
Culture, September 22

This new documentary is a showcase for stunt performers in Hollywood, but it fails to capture the best of the action.

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‘Kiss the Ground’ Review: Regenerating Hope for the Climate
Culture, September 22

An optimistic climate documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson argues for the healing power of soil, which could offer a solution to the climate crisis.

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‘Rifkin’s Festival’ Review: Woody Allen Travels to Movie Memory Lane
Culture, September 18

The filmmaker seems to acknowledge the world has changed in this light tale of a director (Wallace Shawn) at a European film festival.

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‘H Is for Happiness’ Review: Using Fuss to Fight Off a Funk
Weekend, September 17

The cuteness and cheer of this film is offset by a refreshingly direct take on depression and despair.

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‘God of the Piano’ Review: How Far Will Mother Go?
Weekend, September 17

A family drama and psychological horror story, this directorial debut examines a parent’s projection of her own failed dreams onto a talented child.

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‘The Way I See It’ Review: Hailing Days Not Too Far Past
Weekend, September 17

Pete Souza, the White House photographer for the Obama administration, casts a warm eye on the past and a cold eye on the present in this Dawn Porter documentary.

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‘A Chef’s Voyage’ Review: Not the Freshest Ingredients
Weekend, September 17

This documentary is a tedious chronicle of a California restaurant staff’s French tour.

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‘Blackbird’ Review: The Goodbye Girl
Weekend, September 17

Susan Sarandon plays a dying matriarch hosting her family one last time in Roger Michell’s vacant tear-jerker.

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‘The Nest’ Review: New Home, Old Wounds
Weekend, September 17

In Sean Durkin’s film, a move to Britain widens a family’s rifts.

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‘I’ve Got Issues’ Review: Seeking a Point, Starting to Break
Weekend, September 17

Sensitive souls wrestle with existential anxiety in Steve Collins’s absurdist comedy.

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‘Alone’ Review: Catch Her if You Can
Weekend, September 17

An emotionally fragile young woman takes a terrifying road trip in John Hyams’s bare-bones thriller.

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‘Residue’ Review: When the Old Neighborhood Is No Longer Yours
Weekend, September 17

In Merawi Gerima’s first feature film, a failed screenwriter returns to Washington, D.C., and finds gentrification has overrun his home.

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‘Antebellum’ Review: Look Away, Dixie Land
Weekend, September 16

Janelle Monáe stars in a muddled attempt to revisit the horrors of American slavery.

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‘The Devil All the Time’ Review: Down-Home Livin’ and Dyin’
Weekend, September 16

In this period drama, Tom Holland plays a country boy surrounded by Gothic ghouls, including Robert Pattinson’s preacher man.

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‘The Secrets We Keep’ Review: Confessions All Around
Weekend, September 15

A possible case of mistaken identity has a dark fallout for two couples in post-World War II America.

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‘#Alive’ Review: From Great Graphics, to Graphic
Culture, September 11

A laid back gamer is homebound with no food, no weapons, and zombies knocking at the door in this spirited Korean twist on siege movies.

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‘I Am Woman’ Review: Singing Against Sexism
Weekend, September 10

Unjoo Moon’s film is a superficial hustle through the career of Helen Reddy and the recording of her most famous song.

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‘Buoyancy’ Review: Enduring Horrors on the Sea, and Struggling to Survive
Weekend, September 10

In this sobering, moving drama, a Cambodian teenager runs away from home and is sold into slavery on a Thai fishing boat.

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‘Black Boys’ Review: Young Lives in the Balance
Weekend, September 10

This documentary addresses the dehumanization of Black boys by attempting the reverse: reconstructing them to show they are worth the care they are denied.

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‘Coastal Elites’ Review: Confined Confessions
Weekend, September 10

This collection of monologues written by Paul Rudnick initially for the stage, has been adapted for the screen.

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‘Space Dogs’ Review: No Dogs Go to Heaven
Weekend, September 10

This documentary uses the lives and legends of Moscow’s street dogs to present a brutal vision of humanity and nature.

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‘Suspension’ Review: Roads to Nowhere
Weekend, September 10

This documentary looks at a stretch of road in Colombia known as “the springboard of death.”

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‘Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President’ Review: A Musically Enlightened Commander in Chief
Weekend, September 10

Bob Dylan, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and more celebrate the 39th U.S. president in this documentary.

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‘Our Time Machine’ Review: A Picture of the Past
Weekend, September 10

In this documentary, the Chinese artist Maleonn enlists his aging parents, both artists themselves, in an ambitious memory play.

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‘Rent-A-Pal’ Review: You Don’t Want to Borrow This VHS Tape
Weekend, September 10

Set in the 1990s, this thriller features Wil Wheaton — on a videotape — as a bearded, sweater-vest wearing “friend” to a lonely man.

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‘Unpregnant’ Review: Friendship Is a Long and Winding Road
Weekend, September 10

Former besties reunite for a road trip in this teen buddy comedy, which is the second movie this year to feature young women crossing state lines to obtain an abortion.

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‘Red, White & Wasted’ Review: Dirty Driving
Weekend, September 10

A beloved swampland subculture is under threat in this raucous yet melancholy documentary.

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‘Sibyl’ Review: Diagnosing Problems, and Creating More
Weekend, September 10

A troubled psychotherapist becomes unhealthily embroiled in a patient’s life in this unhinged melodrama.

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‘The Social Dilemma’ Review: Unplug and Run
Weekend, September 9

This documentary from Jeff Orlowski explores how addiction and privacy breaches are features, not bugs, of social media platforms.

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‘All In: The Fight for Democracy’ Review: Electoral Collage
Weekend, September 9

This documentary, with snapshots and stories of voter suppression yesterday and today, carries an urgent message: Vote!

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‘Gather’ Review: The Struggle to Remain Sovereign
Weekend, September 8

This documentary wonderfully weaves personal stories with archival footage that contextualizes the continued violence against Native Americans.

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‘Mulan’ Review: A Flower Blooms in Adversity (and Kicks Butt)
Weekend, September 3

In Niki Caro and Disney’s live-action version of the ancient story, a young woman rides off to war and discovers herself.

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‘Mulan’ Review: A Flower Blooms in Adversity (and Kicks Butt)
Movies, September 3

In Niki Caro and Disney’s live-action version of the ancient story, a young woman rides off to war and discovers herself.

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‘Feels Good Man’ Review: The Evolution of a Poisonous Frog
Weekend, September 3

A new documentary looks at how the cartoonist Matt Furie’s creation Pepe the Frog became a symbol of hate.

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‘Critical Thinking’ Review: All the Right Moves
Weekend, September 3

John Leguizamo directs and stars in this warmhearted drama about underprivileged teenagers who enter a national chess championship.

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‘Measure for Measure’ Review: Rising by Sin in Melbourne
Weekend, September 3

A forbidden love affair causes havoc in Paul Ireland’s ponderous update of Shakespeare’s play.

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‘Love, Guaranteed’ Review: Swiping Left on Online Dating
Weekend, September 3

Rachael Leigh Cook stars in this rom-com about a lawyer and her charming new client who wants to sue a dating website for falsely promising love.

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‘Children of the Sea’ Review: Finding Beauty in the Watery Depths
Weekend, September 2

Exploration is at the heart of the mostly stunning and totally mystifying Japanese anime feature.

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‘Chuck Berry’ Review: The Quest to B. Goode
Weekend, September 2

Jon Brewer’s documentary about the musical legend is far more traditional than its subject.

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‘Isadora’s Children’ Review: Variations on Sorrow
Weekend, September 2

The work of a 20th-century dance innovator inspires four women of the present day in this film, composed like a piece of music by Damien Manivel.

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‘The Golden Girl’ Review: A Lose-Lose Proposition
Weekend, September 1

This documentary follows a Romanian gymnast’s quixotic attempts to reclaim the Olympic title she was stripped of years ago.

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‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Review: Where to Begin?
Weekend, September 1

Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons play a couple on a trip to some very odd places in Charlie Kaufman’s latest film.

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‘The Mole Agent’ Review: Undercover, Where You Least Expect Him
Weekend, September 1

A very senior spy burrows into the secrets of a nursing home in this sometimes unsettling mix of documentary and drama.

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‘Class Action Park’ Review: Thanks for the Injuries
Culture, September 1

The HBO Max documentary details the joys and horrors of New Jersey’s Action Park, a no-rules bacchanal of water slides and broken bones.

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‘I Hate New York’ Review: The Club Kids Are Still Standing
Weekend, September 1

A documentary follows Amanda Lepore, Sophia Lamar, Chloe Dzubilo and T De Long over a 10-year period.

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‘Robin’s Wish’ Review: Celebrating a Life, Highlighting a Disease
Weekend, September 1

This documentary on Robin Williams alternates between paying tribute to him and shedding light on Lewy body dementia, which was diagnosed in him after his death.

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‘The New Mutants’ Review: Maybe All the Cool Super Powers Were Taken
Culture, August 28

This much-delayed “X-Men”-related film from Josh Boone features five teens with not-so-great powers.