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  • Pete's Dragon is as cuddly as the mountains of plush toys Disney hopes to sell from it. A disarmingly homespun blockbuster, this loose remake of the studio’s 1977 live-action/animation hybrid is perhaps best defined by all the things it's not:...

  • Women He's Undressed offers a warm, revealing portrait of one of Golden-Age Hollywood's behind-the-scenes heroes. Gillian Armstrong presents the life of Orry-Kelly, who went from Australia to the bohemian New York of the 1920s to...

  • Set mostly in the town of Pine Point, on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota, Jack Pettibone Riccobono's documentary follows two men: Rob is a 37-year-old gang leader and drug dealer who, when we meet him, is preparing for...

  • Ellen Page's complicated onscreen relationship with children continues in Tallulah, which reverses the Juno dynamic — this time her title character wants a kid who isn't hers. Orange Is the New Black scribe Sian Heder...

  • Can We Take a Joke? is a surprisingly self-righteous and unfunny documentary in which shelf-dated comedians spend 74 minutes misinterpreting the First Amendment to mean that behaving like an asshole should have no social consequences. The...

  • Brady Corbet has emerged as the face of millennial malaise on the strength of roles in films like Simon Killer, Clouds of Sils Maria and Melancholia, but what he really wants to do is direct -- and direct he does in The Childhood of a...

  • Writer Keith Gessen once said that Philip Roth wasn't a misogynist and didn't hate women because he spent all his time "thinking about fucking them." But he did concede that Roth probably thought "women were a foreign country." In James Schamus'...

  • Early in Hooligan Sparrow, her tremendous documentary about Chinese activist Ye Haiyan (whose alias is the film's title), director Nanfu Wang turns the camera on herself. "Please," she beseeches the viewer. "Seek justice for me." The plea...

  • Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice stands as the best, most revealing film about comedy people and one of the best about artistic collaboration. It's a boisterous and sensitive work of many facets: tender group portraiture, bang-on media...

  • Anna Gunn actually gets to do things in Meera Menon's expansive high-finance drama Equity, which itself is almost reason enough to recommend it. The Breaking Bad co-star tears into the role of a rainmaking banker taking a Silicon...

  • With unflagging honesty and compassion, Clay Tweel's documentary Gleason charts the journey of former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason as he copes with the ruinous nerve disease ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. That description,...

  • The ludicrous but amusing teen social-media thriller Nerve is committed to pinning its characters into a world we understand as ours. It opens with Skype, Spotify, Gmail and Chrome, all on the MacBook screen of a mousily beautiful teen,...

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