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Our Critics' Picks for End-of-Summer Movies


Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">Neither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hardNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">Neither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hardNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">tangibleNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searchingNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspectiveNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">

Neither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film MovementNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
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For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">Little Men: "Little Men complicates and completes the cycle: The impassioned teens of the titleNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">spend their hours playing video games and dreaming of getting accepted into the LaGuardia high school for the artsNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">really. What tingles between themNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">is the mysterious attraction of boyish friendship and the gently dangerous chance that it might flower into something more." —Alan ScherstuhlNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
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For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">For moreNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">For moreNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">Argentine director Daniel Burman mixes reality with fiction in inventive ways. In Buenos AiresNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement
Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement">grand) on a one-week trip from New York to Buenos Aires to visit his fatherNeither Heaven Nor Earth: "Most war movies try to shock us with hard, brutal, tangible, sick-making images, demanding that we look at the visible proof — the blood and guts and other gore — that results from guns and bombs. In the searching, cogent Neither Heaven Nor Earth, director Clément Cogitore examines the horrors (and futility) of combat from a much different perspective, centering his feature debut on a French unit in Afghanistan whose soldiers inexplicably begin to vanish." —Melissa Anderson

For more, read our review of Neither Heaven Nor Earth.; Credit: Courtesy of Film Movement

Our film critics spent serious time in front of the big screen this month to pick their favorite films of August 2016. If a few haven't opened in a theater near you just yet, don't fret: There's always a chance you'll be able to stream them on your small screen.

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