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‘Cyber Hell’ Review: When Chat Rooms Become Sites of Exploitation
Movies, May 20

This true-crime documentary, subtitled “Exposing an Internet Horror,” recounts a South Korean case in which chat room operators blackmailed young women into sending explicit videos.

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‘Hold Your Fire’ Review: Ending a Siege
Movies, May 19

A new documentary directed by Stefan Forbes centers on a 1973 hostage negotiation led by a police officer known for his pioneering techniques.

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‘Cane Fire’ Review: Here Am I, Your Plundered Island
Movies, May 19

Burning resentment at colonial exploitation on Kauai, seen through the veil of history’s smoke.

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‘The Valet’ Review: A Crowd Pleasing Buddy Comedy
Movies, May 19

What seems like a standard rom-com takes a spin in a different direction.

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‘Torn Hearts’ Review: Sequins and Savagery
Movies, May 19

In this horror movie with a Southern twang, an aspiring country duo seek guidance from their unhinged icon.

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‘Men’ Review: Putting the ‘Male’ in Malevolent
Movies, May 19

Alex Garland’s latest film stars Jessie Buckley as a woman whose peaceful trip to the countryside turns creepy and allegorical.

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‘Mondocane’ Review: Fractured Friendship, Fractured World
Movies, May 19

Two orphaned boys fall in with a criminal gang in this post-apocalyptic thriller.

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‘Fire in the Mountains’ Review: The Mother of All Struggles
Movies, May 19

Vinamrata Rai plays a rural Indian woman driven to the edge by family pressures in Ajitpal Singh’s tough and generous first feature.

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‘Cordelia’ Review: Going Underground
Movies, May 19

A traumatized young woman and a strange musician form an unsettling connection in this disquieting psychodrama.

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‘A New Old Play’ Review: Even the Clown Show Must Go On
Movies, May 19

Qiu Jiongjiong’s absurdist epic of 20th century China is both a movie and a play, both tragedy and farce.

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‘Digger’ Review: A Man Defends the Land Against Development
Movies, May 19

The Greek filmmaker Georgis Grigorakis takes an elemental theme and layers it with family conflict.

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‘Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers’ Review: Remember Them? (No?)
Movies, May 19

This Disney reboot combines animation and live-action comedy with an irreverent, self-referential attitude.

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‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Review: Gilded, Aged
Movies, May 19

The latest entry in the “Downton Abbey” franchise is amiable enough — though despite its subtitle, it rests most of its extravagant weight on cozy familiarity.

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‘Deception’ Review: Verbal Fetishism
Movies, May 19

In Arnaud Desplechin’s sly adaptation of Philip Roth’s 1990 novel, a middle-aged writer draws inspiration for his next book from discussions with his mistress.

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‘Emergency’ Review: Party Over
Movies, May 19

A celebratory evening takes a turn when college friends find a young woman passed out in their house.

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‘Family Camp’ Review: Born to Be Mild
Movies, May 16

There’s little new in this comedy about parents and kids on a church outing in the wilderness.

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‘Diamond Hands: The Legend of WallStreetBets’ Review: Is This Loss?
Movies, May 16

In this documentary, the Reddit users who spawned the GameStop gold rush recall their speculation creation.

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‘Firestarter’ Review: A Horror Remake With No Spark
Movies, May 13

Zac Efron stars as the father of a girl, Charlie, who is learning to control her powers.

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‘Senior Year’ Review: Oops! She’s Prom Queen Again.
Movies, May 13

Rebel Wilson stars in a back-to-school comedy that gets its laughs and drama — strained as they sometimes are — from the ways high school experiences have changed for Gen Z teens.

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‘Our Father’ Review: A Doctor’s God Complex Revealed
Movies, May 12

A new documentary tells the story of siblings who unite to bring to justice the fertility specialist who impregnated their mothers with his sperm without consent.

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‘Pleasure’ Review: She’s a Go-Getter
Movies, May 12

Bella Cherry (psst, it’s not her real name) has come to Los Angeles looking for success. What happens next is a surprisingly complex take on the porn industry.

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‘Kamikaze Hearts’ Review: Truth or Fiction
Movies, May 12

Juliet Bashore’s porn-world quasi documentary is a delirious and distressing portrait of two women’s tempestuous relationship.

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‘Il Buco’ Review: Notes From Underground
Movies, May 12

A 1961 Italian spelunking expedition is the subject of Michelangelo Frammartino’s contemplative new film.

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‘Sneakerella’ Review: Beauty and the Hypebeast
Movies, May 12

This musical remake follows an orphaned boy in Queens as he falls head over sneaker heels for the daughter of a Manhattan footwear magnate.

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‘Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story’ Review: An Event With Unique Flavor
Movies, May 12

Gumbo, fried oysters, po’ boy sandwiches. And then there’s the music. This documentary gives an overview.

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‘Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life’ Review: A Gay Porn Star Is Born
Movies, May 12

The director Tomer Heymann situates the notion of celebrity in the context of not just performance and gay culture but also familial intimacy.

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‘The Innocents’ Review: Head Games
Movies, May 12

Four children develop unusual abilities in this wonderfully eerie Norwegian horror movie.

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‘Foxhole’ Review: A History of Violence
Movies, May 12

This small-scale dramatic military anthology tells a familiar story of the endless cycle of war.

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‘The Village House’ Review: A Family and the Walls That Enfold It
Movies, May 10

Over two decades, babies are born, elders die, young people move on, but a home remains, even though visitors dwindle.

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‘Along for the Ride’ Review: Becoming a Kid Again
Movies, May 5

A Netflix adaptation turns a best-selling novel by Sarah Dessen about a perfectionist teenage girl into a slick and breezy, Instagram-friendly story.

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‘Happening’ Review: An Abortion Story, an Existential Drama
Movies, May 5

In this powerful French movie set in the early 1960s, a young woman struggles to obtain an abortion when the procedure was criminalized.

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‘Reflection’ Review: Through a Looking Glass of Horrors
Movies, May 5

The film, set against the backdrop of fighting in the Donbas region in 2014, would be bracing and haunting even if it weren’t so timely.

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‘In Front of Your Face’ Review: Clumsy Interactions, Pensive Revelations
Movies, May 5

This film is a minor addition to the South Korean director Hong Sangsoo’s continuing investigation of human embarrassment.

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‘Randy Rhoads: Reflections of a Guitar Icon’ Review: Beyond ‘Crazy Train’
Movies, May 5

Forty years after Rhoads’s death, small rock venues across the nation still host tribute shows honoring him. This new documentary explains why.

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‘The Sanctity of Space’ Review: Such Great Heights
Movies, May 5

In this mountaineering documentary, climbers chronicle their obsessive quest for alpine glory.

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‘Sheryl’ Review: The High Highs and Low Lows of Pop Stardom
Movies, May 5

This documentary about Sheryl Crow depicts a musician whose work ethic did not allow a lot of time for frivolity.

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‘Human Factors’ Review: Paranoia is the Family Business
Movies, May 5

This thriller, about the invasion of a fractured home, is elevated by a talented cast but hampered by a stubbornly intellectual tone.

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‘Shepherd’ Review: Solitary Assignment
Movies, May 5

An island of ghosts and an ocean of guilt plague a grief-stricken widower in this moody horror movie.

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‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Review: Nothing Out of the Ordinary
Movies, May 4

Benedict Cumberbatch returns for some more mystic Marvel mumbo-jumbo, though Sam Raimi manages to inject a sense of horror every now and then.

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‘In a New York Minute’ Review: Love or Freedom?
Movies, May 3

This drama from Ximan Li teases time in telling the stories of three Chinese women living in a city that tempts promise but delivers frustration.

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‘Inbetween Girl’ Review: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman
Movies, May 3

Mei Makino’s coming-of-age drama depicts an artsy, biracial high school student grappling with the guilt of sleeping with another girl’s boyfriend.

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‘Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known’ Review: Rock ’n’ Roll High School
Movies, May 3

This film about the hit 2006 musical is a sure-handed blend of making-of explainer, theater-kid scrapbook, and jukebox documentary.

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‘All My Puny Sorrows’ Review: Every Day, a Little Death
Movies, May 3

A sister tries to persuade a sibling that her life is worth living.

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‘Black Site’ Review: Stranger Danger
Movies, May 3

A murderous detainee and a damaged C.I.A. agent face off in this uninspired action movie.

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‘Anaïs in Love’ Review: Portrait of a Woman on the Run
Movies, April 28

A restless woman discovers herself in a seductive French romance that throws out the usual dusty script about women, desire and pleasure.

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‘Bad Roads’ Review: A Wartime Anthology
Movies, April 28

The movie, with its four vignettes about Ukraine, was the country’s submission for best international feature film for the Oscars.

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‘Hello, Bookstore’ Review: A Bibliophile and His Shop in Close-Up
Movies, April 28

This documentary makes it clear why, when the pandemic threatened Matthew Tannenbaum’s store, book lovers weren’t ready to say goodbye.

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‘Vortex’ Review: A Split Screen and a Shared Fate
Movies, April 28

Gaspar Noé’s new film chronicles the decline of an elderly couple in remorseless, mesmerizing detail.

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‘I Love America’ Review: The Gauche Rituals of Modern Romance
Movies, April 28

The determinedly uplifting comedy follows a 50-year-old French filmmaker as she dates in Los Angeles.

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‘Memory’ Review: Getting Too Old for This
Movies, April 28

In this action thriller, Liam Neeson plays an assassin struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not as interesting as it sounds.

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‘Firebird’ Review: Square Jaws and Cold Shoulders
Movies, April 28

In this clandestine romance, a Soviet soldier and pilot find love while stationed in Estonia in the 1970s.

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‘Los Conductos’ Review: Lost Souls Above Medellín
Movies, April 28

A former cult member tries to restore his life.

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‘Hatching’ Review: The Best-Laid Plans
Movies, April 28

Scrambling creature feature with psycho-horror, this inventive oddity brings tween anxieties to monstrous life.

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‘The Survivor’ Review: Clenched Fists
Movies, April 27

In this drama from Barry Levinson, Ben Foster plays a Jewish boxer who, during the Holocaust, was forced to fight his fellow Jews for the Nazis’ entertainment.

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‘The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes’ Review: Gossip Girl
Movies, April 27

This documentary teases a vague conspiracy surrounding Monroe’s death — but mostly rehashes well-circulated facts and rumors.

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‘Luzifer’ Review: Finding the Devil in Everything
Movies, April 25

A son must save his ailing mother in this disturbing, ambitious religious thriller.

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‘Navalny’ Review: Speaking Truth to Power in a Corrupt System
Movies, April 24

Even with its subject in prison, the documentary plays like a crowd-pleaser.

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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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‘American Son’ Review: Missing Teen, Missing Story
Weekend, October 31

The son of an interracial couple disappears, but something else gets lost along the way as well.

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‘Cubby’ Review: Offbeat? Definitely. Out of Touch? That Too.
Weekend, October 31

It’s written and directed by its star, Mark Blane, playing the anagrammatic Mark Nabel, who seems to live in some alternate reality.

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‘Stuber’ Review: There’s an App for That (Riding With the Law)
Weekend, July 10

Hampered by eye surgery but in pursuit of a killer, Dave Bautista’s detective finds a partner in Kumail Nanjiani’s driver.

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‘Be Natural’ Review: Rescuing Alice Guy Blaché, a Film Pioneer, From Oblivion
Weekend, April 25

This lively documentary shows how a founder of two national cinemas — director, producer and studio boss — was almost forgotten.

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‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Brings Him Back to Life
Weekend, April 18

Terry Gilliam’s long-deferred tribute to Cervantes’s knight errant finally arrives, starring Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver.

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‘Little Woods’ Review: Life Is Thicker Than Blood
Weekend, April 18

Tessa Thompson holds the center in this drama about a former drug smuggler on probation who is forced to find a new life for herself and her sister.

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‘Grass’ Review: Eavesdropping in the Coffee Shop With Hong Sang-soo
Weekend, April 18

A sense of dislocation hangs over the South Korean director’s latest feature as a young woman writer observes mostly melancholy people, old and young.

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‘Red Joan’ Review: I Spy, Reluctantly
Weekend, April 18

Trevor Nunn’s listless period drama about an English physicist who leaks atom-bomb secrets, drags when it should zing.

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‘Family’ Review: Better Living Through Childcare
Weekend, April 18

Taylor Schilling plays a cold workaholic who improves her life by babysitting her unhappy niece.

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‘Guava Island’ Review: Donald Glover’s Island Getaway Is a Casual Charmer
Culture, April 13

The star, along with Rihanna and his “Atlanta” collaborators, crafts a freewheeling paean to the pleasures of taking it easy.

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‘Mary Magdalene’ Review: A Revision in Need of Revision
Weekend, April 11

Mary Magdalene’s reputation as a temptress is set aside in Garth Davis’s revisionist depiction of her life as a follower of Jesus.

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‘The Most Dangerous Year’ Review: A Personal Look at Transgender Rights
Weekend, April 11

The director, Vlada Knowlton, who also narrates, is the parent of a transgender daughter.

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‘Her Smell’ Review: The Road to Rock ’n’ Roll Transcendence Goes Through the Gutter
Weekend, April 10

Elisabeth Moss is raw and charismatic in Alex Ross Perry’s portrait of a musician running off the rails.

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‘Stockholm’ Review: Seduced by a Hostage-Taker
Weekend, April 10

Ethan Hawke is the main reason to see this movie, which revisits the 1973 crime that inspired the condition known as Stockholm syndrome.