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  • 93Queen joins the long and expanding list of bad documentaries covering a fantastic subject. The focus is Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a determined, brilliant and righteous Hasidic woman in Borough Park, Brooklyn, actively reforming that...

  • Some religious mumbo jumbo prattled over a white screen. A vaguely apocalyptic image, in smudgy black-and-white, of billowing smoke. A blindingly bright color shot of a swanky pool on a lavish estate probably owned by assholes. This is how...

  • Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s contemporary fairy tale is a heady blend of heightened reality and grounded fantasy set in a São Paulo envisioned as an orderly steel-and-glass fortress surrounded by the colorful chaos of improvised neighborhoods....

  • This live-action reworking of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is devoid of social or political undercurrents and untethered from recognizable reality — precisely the kind of fantasy film that should appease moviegoers critical...

  • Brawling yet tender, wild yet rigorously controlled, first-time feature director Jeremiah Zagar’s We the Animals is an impressionistic swirl of a film about masculinity, about abuse, about growing up queer, about chaotic family life, about...

  • Crystal Moselle’s wildly fascinating observe-and-report coming-of-age drama Skate Kitchen opens with teen skater Camille (Rachelle Vinberg) doing flip tricks by herself at the park. Two little boys eye her, kids at least seven years her...

  • How far would you go to preserve the legacy of great minds? Director Rodrigo Cortés attempts to answer this in his humdrum adaptation of the 1974 young-adult novel Down a Dark Hall. Troubled teen Kit (AnnaSophia Robb) is shipped off to the...

  • Director Björn Runge’s slow-burn marital-implosion drama The Wife explores a sad cliché: the literary titan whose wife is the real talent, trapped on the periphery of craft conversations, never asked her opinion. This is a portrait...

  • There’s a pretty great fake-out early in Jesse Peretz’s adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked. We meet the usual regressively boyish Hornby protagonist Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), assuming we’ll watch him fumble through a romance,...

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