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In ‘Galveston,’ on the Run With Nowhere to Go
Weekend, October 18

Ben Foster and Elle Fanning star in this on-the-lam scenario that goes past film noir and lands at film murk.

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Bright Young Men Stoop to Scam in ‘Nigerian Prince’
Weekend, October 18

This engaging debut feature film by Faraday Okoro asks if there is an honest way for young people to thrive in a country like today’s Nigeria.

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In ‘The Waldheim Waltz,’ a Nation Reckons With Its Nazi Past
Weekend, October 18

The Austrian documentarian Ruth Beckermann focuses on Kurt Waldheim, and she is clear on where she stands: She participated in protests against Waldheim.

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In ‘What They Had,’ a Family Bickers While a Mother Drifts Away
Weekend, October 18

A stellar cast barely rescues Elizabeth Chomko’s predictable first feature about a family matriarch’s slow slide into dementia.

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‘On Her Shoulders’ Follows Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad
Weekend, October 18

The documentary spotlights the hope and weariness of Murad, who was held captive by the Islamic State in Northern Iraq.

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In ‘Wildlife,’ Passions Run Rampant
Weekend, October 18

The film, directed by Paul Dano and starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, is a domestic drama both sad and terrifying.

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In ‘Caniba,’ a Killer Tries to Make His Case
Weekend, October 18

Issei Sagawa, who killed and cannibalized a woman in 1981, is the subject of a new documentary by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor.

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‘The Guilty’ Places a Troubled Police Officer on Hold
Weekend, October 18

Gustav Moller’s ingeniously lean thriller builds tension from little more than one police officer, two rooms and a frantic telephone call from a kidnapped woman.

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‘Halloween’ Review: Babysitters (and Jamie Lee Curtis) Beware!
Weekend, October 17

David Gordon Green’s sequel to the horror classic brings Michael Myers back for blood.

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‘Halloween’ Review: Babysitters (and Jamie Lee Curtis) Beware!
Movies, October 17

David Gordon Green’s sequel to the horror classic brings Michael Myers back for blood.

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‘Mid90s’ Skates Back to a Less Innocent Time
Weekend, October 17

This period-specific coming-of-age story was written and directed by Jonah Hill.

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‘Halloween’ 1978: The Times Finally Reviews a Horror Classic
Culture, October 17

We didn’t review “Halloween” in 1978 because of a newspaper strike. Forty years later, our critic takes a new look at John Carpenter’s masterpiece.

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A Restless Spirit Haunts a Family in ‘A Season in France’
Weekend, October 17

Dangerous uncertainty, and a bit of hope, hangs over a family seeking political asylum in Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s latest feature.

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Melissa McCarthy Is Criminally Good in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
Weekend, October 16

Marielle Heller directs a true story of literary fraud, set amid the bookstores and gay bars of early ’90s Manhattan.

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‘The Price of Everything’ Asks $56 Billion Questions About Art
Weekend, October 16

This documentary examines the global art market, and pauses to look at some pictures along the way.

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‘Charm City’ Vividly Captures the Streets of Baltimore
Culture, October 16

Marilyn Ness’s documentary is dedicated to the memory of the more than 1,000 people said to be killed in Baltimore during the film’s making.

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‘Impulso’ Goes Backstage With a Flamenco Innovator
Culture, October 16

This documentary follows Rocío Molina, a cutting-edge dancer, as she prepares for a Paris show.

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Paul Butterfield’s Story Is Told in ‘Horn From the Heart’
Culture, October 16

A documentary explores the life of the blues musician who was prominent in the 1960s and ’70s.

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Hard-Boiled Play in ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’
Weekend, October 11

The writer-director Drew Goddard has fun with genre and a cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cynthia Erivo and Chris Hemsworth.

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In ‘Beautiful Boy,’ a Writer Confronts His Son’s Meth Addiction
Movies, October 11

Two memoirs are brought to the screen in a father-son drama starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.

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‘Watergate’ Shocks Anew With Its True Tale of Political Scandal
Weekend, October 11

Charles Ferguson delivers a comprehensive documentary about the not-so-distant past, with its eye very much on the present.

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A Russian Gymnast Goes ‘Over the Limit’
Weekend, October 11

Margarita Mamun endures injury and abuse in Marta Prus’s brilliantly constructed documentary.

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In ‘The Oath,’ a Pledge of Allegiance to a President Creates Chasms
Weekend, October 11

This satirical comedy, written, directed by and starring Ike Barinholtz, turns dark and ham-handed.

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In ‘Barbara,’ a Fictional Biopic of a French Chanteuse
Weekend, October 11

It’s a film of scenes rather than of one unified narrative, but each scene is a showcase for the magnificent talents of its star.

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‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’ Is Toothless Terror
Weekend, October 11

This sequel to the movie adaptation of R.L. Stine’s horror series is more goofy than scary.

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In ‘The Sentence,’ a Woman Gets Prison, Her Family Also Pays
Weekend, October 11

The documentary denounces minimum sentencing laws that put Cindy Shank behind bars.

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In ‘All Square,’ Taking Big Bets on Little League
Weekend, October 11

Michael Kelly, Pamela Adlon and Josh Lucas enhance the small-town bookmaking shenanigans of this comedy-drama.

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The Disturbing Obsession of ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’
Weekend, October 11

Maggie Gyllenhaal is riveting as a dissatisfied teacher who’s obsessed with her 5-year-old pupil’s poetic talent.

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The Drama ‘Sadie’ Finds a Teenager in a Tough Situation
Weekend, October 11

The film stars Sophia Mitri Schloss as the title character, a 13-year-old girl who grows angry at the men who are courting her mother.

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In ‘Classical Period,’ a Deep Dive — Really Deep — Into Dante
Weekend, October 11

This highly original feature is technically in English, but it might as well be in liberal-arts-speak.

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‘Bikini Moon’ Finds a Documentary Crew Under Its Subject’s Spell
Weekend, October 11

Condola Rashad plays the title character, a homeless women who manipulates, and is manipulated by, filmmakers who soon have their own problems.

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In ‘After Everything,’ a Young Love Blooms in Crisis
Weekend, October 11

This cancer drama focuses less on the high stakes of illness than on how two young people talk to each other in sickness and in health.

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‘First Man’ Takes a Giant Leap for Man, a Smaller Step for Movies
Weekend, October 10

Damien Chazelle’s sweeping and intimate yet underwhelming film revisits the first lunar landing, with Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong.

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Looking Anew at a Norwegian Massacre in ‘22 July’
Culture, October 9

The director Paul Greengrass tries to make sense of a 2011 mass murder by a right-wing extremist who railed against women, Islam and Marxism.

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In His Last Years, Oscar Wilde Is Far From ‘The Happy Prince’
Culture, October 9

Written and directed by Rupert Everett, who also stars, the film opens as Wilde is released from prison after serving two years for gross indecency.

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In ‘Liyana,’ Swaziland Orphans Turn Hardship Into a Folk Tale
Culture, October 9

The film follows a group of orphans as they take part in a storytelling workshop.

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In ‘Venom,’ Tom Hardy as a Weirder-Than-Usual, Not-Quite Superhero
Weekend, October 4

The film, which focuses on a popular Marvel character, feels like a body-horror movie played for slapstick.

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In ‘Wajib,’ a Father and Son Trek Through Nazareth
Weekend, October 4

The writer-director Annemarie Jacir adds quiet warmth to the story of a strained but loving relationship in a Christian Palestinian community.

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In ‘Bayou Caviar,’ the Main Course Is a Cold-Blooded Noir
Weekend, October 4

A Russian gangster, a blackmail scheme and some hungry alligators in the directorial debut of Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Against the Odds, ‘Studio 54’ Sheds Light on the Club
Weekend, October 4

The documentary is at its best when focused on Ian Schrager, one of the founders, who hasn’t shared his side of the story in such depth before.

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‘Above and Beyond,’ a Heartening Salute to NASA
Weekend, October 4

Rory Kennedy’s new documentary is an informative chronicle of American achievements in space.

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In ‘Wobble Palace,’ a Relationship Hangs by a Stringy Toupee
Weekend, October 4

The movie is a sendup of broke-artist types that shimmers with abashed affection.

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In ‘Viking Destiny,’ a Warrior Princess Reclaims Her Throne
Weekend, October 4

This low-budget Nordic caper is about a Viking princess and her stolen throne.

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In ‘Await Further Instructions,’ a Family Home Becomes a Battleground
Weekend, October 4

A British family turns on itself when a mysterious substance seals its home in this genuinely upsetting horror-sci-fi hybrid.

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‘Shine’ Puts the Focus on Salsa Dancing in Spanish Harlem
Weekend, October 4

The movie focuses on two estranged brothers who are at odds, until they head out on the dance floor.

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‘A Crooked Somebody’ Finds a Con Man Caught Up in His Own Plan
Weekend, October 4

This thriller follows an opportunistic psychic who furthers his career with the help of a murderer.

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‘Trouble’ in Vermont, as Two Siblings Fight for Land
Weekend, October 4

Anjelica Huston and Bill Pullman play feuding siblings in this dull comedy.

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‘Private Life,’ a Piquant Look at a Couple’s Campaign to Conceive
Weekend, October 4

Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti star in Tamara Jenkins’s perfect new comedy.

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In ‘The Hate U Give,’ a Police Shooting Forces a Teen to Find Her Voice
Weekend, October 3

The timely film, based on Angie Thomas’s young-adult best seller of the same name, takes a wonky leap from page to screen.

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The Gorgeous Heartbreak of ‘A Star Is Born’
Weekend, October 3

Bradley Cooper, who directed and stars with Lady Gaga, creates thrills with a steadfast belief in old-fashioned, big-feeling cinema.

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‘The Great Buster’ Brings a Deadpan Genius Back to Life
Weekend, October 3

Peter Bogdanovich’s documentary is an affectionate and informative tribute to Buster Keaton, one of the silent era’s great innovators.

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‘Moynihan’ Is a Conventional, Entertaining Political Documentary
Culture, October 2

Joseph Dorman and Toby Perl Freilich’s film traces the career of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

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‘All About Nina,’ a Funny Lady (With Issues)
Weekend, September 27

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays a stand-up comic in Eva Vives’s ragged feature debut, is so good that she shows you what the movie could have been.

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In ‘Summer ’03,’ Coming of Age Is More Bitter Than Sweet
Weekend, September 27

The movie’s meanspirited humor is out of place with the perky conventionality of its film style.

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In ‘Scaffolding,’ Graduation Is Near. But the Real Lessons Are Ahead.
Weekend, September 27

A bullheaded 17-year-old is the focus of this coming-of-age film from Israel.

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In ‘Free Solo,’ Braving El Capitan With Only Fingers and Toes
Weekend, September 27

This invigorating portrait of the free climber Alex Honnold presents an engaging study of a perfect match between passion and personality.

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‘Smallfoot’ Struggles to Leave an Impression
Weekend, September 27

Channing Tatum plays a yeti who prefers the examined life in this animated film.

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‘Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.’ Melds a Rapper’s Music and Activism
Weekend, September 27

From a childhood in Sri Lanka to an appearance in the Super Bowl halftime show, a new documentary explores M.I.A.’s eventful life and career.

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‘Black 47,’ a Revenge Thriller Set During the Irish Famine
Weekend, September 27

A quiet soldier turns into a 19th-century killing machine in Lance Daly’s new film.

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In ‘306 Hollywood,’ an Excavation — at Grandma’s House
Weekend, September 27

This documentary argues that everyone’s life is worth archiving.

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‘Bad Reputation’ Argues for Joan Jett’s Importance
Weekend, September 27

A new documentary looking at Ms. Jett’s long career — from her all-girl band, the Runaways, in the 1970s to today — casts her as a feminist heroine.

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‘Cruise’ Rides Around the ’80s, With Affection
Weekend, September 27

The movie, directed by Robert Siegel, finds Spencer Boldman chasing Emily Ratajkowski through the 1987 streets of Queens.

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In ‘Monsters and Men,’ Racism Disrupts a Neighborhood
Weekend, September 27

Reinaldo Marcus Green’s ambitious debut feature follows the ripples from a police shooting.

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Robert Redford Aims to Charm in ‘The Old Man & the Gun’
Weekend, September 26

Mr. Redford plays a grandfatherly gent with a bank-robbing habit in David Lowery’s new film.

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In ‘Hold the Dark,’ Wolves, Gloom and Blood in Alaska
Weekend, September 26

In Jeremy Saulnier’s murky follow-up to “Green Room,” Jeffrey Wright goes on an adventure with Riley Keough, Alexander Skarsgard and a pack of wolves.

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‘Night School’ Has Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and a Few Laughs
Weekend, September 26

The stars are joined by a motley collection of comic performers in pursuit of a G.E.D.