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  • If you're one of those people who eagerly waits for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo to show up at the Joyce just before Christmas, well, this is not your year. But a consolation prize is Rebels on Pointe, a delightful documentary...

  • The central image of Hong Sang-soo's On the Beach at Night Alone is that of a woman quietly curled up and lying motionless on the sand, her back turned to us. It's not repeated all that often in the film -- we just see it twice, really. In...

  • Mr. Roosevelt is the breeziest movie centered on the death of a cat you'll see all year. This comedy – written by, directed by, and starring Saturday Night Live alum Noël Wells -- has many of the trappings of indie...

  • Like rivers or the moment to come just after this moment, you can't step into the same Jean Renoir film twice. Whether the release of this restoration marks your first or your 50th time seeing The Crime of Monsieur Lange -- the...

  • On the heels of Ann Marie Fleming's joyful animated indie Window Horses comes Nora Twomey's thematically similar but far darker The Breadwinner. Parvana (Saara Chaudry) is an 11 year-old girl living in Afghanistan under Taliban rule...

  • Mariam Shaar is a problem-solver -- she has to be. Shaar spent her entire life in the Bourj el-Barajneh Refugee Camp in the suburbs of Beirut, established in 1948 for Palestinians and now home to thousands of Syrians. In the nourishing...

  • Director Gabe Klinger's narrative feature debut Porto dissects a passionate one-night stand between a thirty-something French student, Mati (Lucie Lucas), and a 26-year-old American ex-pat, Jake (Anton Yelchin), who lock eyes in a cafe...

  • I Love You, Daddy is a natural next step for Louis C.K., a button pusher who for the past five years has been dogged by rumors of sexual misconduct with female comedians. With a deliberately provocative plot and the undeniable homage it...

  • The humor in Shady Srour's Holy Air isn't entirely satirical, but the bone-dry wit is breathtaking. In one instance, Adam (Srour), a Christian Arab in Nazareth, tries to convince an international group of Holy Land tourists that the...

  • Campy humor and Freudian terror collide in supernatural psychodrama Angelica, a winningly batshit ghost story about a Victorian-era British couple whose fears of sex manifest in the form of a man-sized bacteria monster. Queer...

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