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  • The makers of the compelling documentary character study Beuys effectively convey Cold War-era German performance artist Joseph Beuys' infectious presence and democratic ideals by emphasizing photographs and video recordings of Beuys at...

  • Cover your eyes and weep for your soul, here comes Dmitrii Kalashnikov's horror show of exploitative chutzpah, a 70-minute feature consisting of nothing but incidents recorded by the dashcams of Russian motorists. There are wipeouts and head-ons,...

  • Eshom and Ian Nelms' Small Town Crime, starring John Hawkes, seems to promise a quirky Long Goodbye-like detective story in a mountain town, following an alcoholic ex-cop who finds a dead body and pursues the killer at all costs...

  • Greg Barker's engaging and resolutely un-dishy travelogue, The Final Year, finds a film crew trailing President Barack Obama and several cabinet members and staffers — Samantha Power, U.N. ambassador; Secretary of State John Kerry;...

  • Damon Cardasis's excellent feature debut Saturday Church is a sensitive look at a young man's exploration of his identity and sexuality. Ulysses is a black, genderqueer 14-year-old whose father recently died. His loving-but-overworked...

  • The small-town-Louisiana-set Forever My Girl kicks off with a Hallmark-perfect setup: In about 12 minutes, beloved local Josie Preston (Jessica Rothe) is set to marry her high-school sweetheart, Liam Page (Alex Roe), in the very church in...

  • "The glory and pride of exultation must be in it," Chicago architect Louis Sullivan insisted of his passion, the skyscraper, not long before the turn of the 19th century. Sullivan reached as high as the buildings he designed, like the flowered...

  • At first glance, Pastor Eli (David Rysdahl) seems the picture of calm piety at the pulpit; behind him is wood paneling polished to a patina of soft reflection and the gentle jewel tones of stained glass set alight by the morning sun. But Eli's...

  • Before you even ask, yes, Nicolas Cage does go over the top in Mom and Dad -- and, dammit, it's a beautiful sight to behold. Cage pretends to be all suburban as a working-class family man who longs for the crazy days of his youth....

  • Documentarians Kate McIntyre Clere and Mick McIntyre take fellow Australians to task for their treatment of kangaroos, the free-roaming indigenous animal that elicits loathing as much as wonderment. The adorable marsupials may serve as the go-to...

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