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  • Robin Campillo's profoundly moving AIDS-crisis drama BPM plops us in its opening scenes into a meeting for the Paris chapter of ACT UP, one of the most effective international AIDS-activist organizations during the crisis of the late 1980s...

  • The day you first hear Chavela Vargas is the best day you'll have that year. A majestic and inimitable performer, and a lesbian trailblazer of gender nonconformity, the Mexican chanteuse stripped ranchera music to its wounded heart, singing...

  • My favorite biopics — those that tell any portion of a real person’s story faithfully — are those that borrow from other genres. Pablo Larrain’s Jackie possesses the kinetic punch of a horror film. Mario Van Peebles’ Baadasssss! is a sharp...

  • You’re right not to trust a film critic who calls a move stunning. But let me say this about Human Flow, the epic new documentary surveying the scope of the global refugee crisis, from Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei: It stunned me, in the...

  • Brett Morgen's tightly woven immersive doc Jane plunges into the early life of trailblazing primatologist Jane Goodall. Through gorgeous footage -- once thought lost -- shot by Goodall's late ex-husband Hugo van Lawick in the 1960s, we see...

  • "The goal is for you to experience 'departure,'" the Rinzai Zen monk Ittetsu Nemoto tells the visitors to his temple in rural Japan early in The Departure. "Today we're holding this retreat for you to find out what it means to die." Lana...

  • New Yorkers will immediately recognize the opening shots of One of Us, the new documentary from Jesus Camp filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady: ultra-Orthodox Jewish families roaming the big city, the women and girls in skirts...

  • In the pretend-documentary Killing Gunther, the directing debut of actor Taran Killam, a motley assemblage of killers-for-hire joins forces to orchestrate and document an attempt to eliminate the world's most notorious assassin (Arnold...

  • Voyeuristically creeping cinematography, opaque plot twists, and unnerving sonic hums/whooshes/crackles may be hallmarks of that imprecise descriptor "Lynchian," but there's more substance than pastiche in performance artist and documentarian...

  • In the same year that an abusive anti-Semitic drunkard and all-around terrible human is in a high-profile family comedy after having been nominated for Best Director, a film like Naoko Yamada's anime A Silent Voice, about a violent man...

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