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  • In a wet Indonesian tobacco field, a slew of children pick at leaves with no protection from nicotine poisoning. Asked if she ever gets sick, a little girl replies sheepishly: "Only coughing." At a rehab facility for rescued Indian youth...

  • R&B singer Trey Songz must want to prove he’s more than just a brotha who sings about stealing your girl and making “love faces” with her. Why else would he star in Blood Brother, a so-called crime thriller where his character — and...

  • Straight from the “Here’s Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” Department, Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s vital United Skates works as a celebration, lament and exciting overview of its subject: the roller rink as African-American community...

  • Here’s a man-vs.-nature sailing story with a significant difference. Rather than a rousing testament to the human spirit, James Marsh’s The Mercy examines a failure to triumph, the kind of tragedy that rarely gets blown up into a movie. In...

  • This warm-hearted biography of Astrid Lindgren isn’t less about the making of a writer than the formation of the woman who would become the prolific writer of beloved children’s books. Director Pernille Fischer Christensen sprinkles Becoming...

  • Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda is fascinated by the forces that shape families — be those families biological, estranged, surrogate or even just symbolic. In Shoplifters, which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival,...

  • Any concern that an elegantly mounted, star-studded period piece set during the War of Spanish Succession might have diluted Greek surrealist Yorgos Lanthimos’ particular brand of sadism turns out to be entirely unwarranted. That becomes clear...

  • For all their triumphant simplicity, the original Rocky and the original Creed were what we used to just call “movies,” by which I mean Hollywood underdog fables told with sincerity and an attention to life as it’s actually lived....

  • Imagine a 2018 Robin Hood done right: a real wealth-redistributing, anti-fascist hero fighting against a rich tyrant who uses political power to only get richer. That Robin Hood could have been a real hoot, some biting commentary...

  • Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s most personal film to date, is being (rightfully) hailed as a masterpiece. It’s a portrait of the soul of a culture carried, birthed, nursed and loved by women, and it is perfection. The writer-director shot in...