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  • It's a great relief to confirm that Black Panther is genuinely worth rooting for, a clear standout on the Marvel movie roster. It's only Ryan Coogler's third feature, but it's executed with the confidence of a far more experienced...

  • Your enjoyment of the sumptuous 1979 Taiwanese ghost story Legend of the Mountain will likely depend upon your tolerance for this 192-minute Buddhist parable's deliberate pace and tangent-filled plot. For starters, you must steep in...

  • "Fuck ball," coach Louis Adams tells his team at the start of Dustin Nakao Haider's powerful documentary Shot in the Dark. "We're not talking about basketball." Rightly so: One of his teen players has just been shot at a party days before...

  • Through the restricted prism of his loved ones and the heated, hermetic existence they shared, Jan P. Matuszynski's based-on-real-events drama The Last Family surveys nearly 30 years in the life of the Polish painter Zdzisław...

  • Immersive, involving, sometimes revelatory, sometimes curiously naive and on occasion thuddingly obvious, Joao Moreira Salles' found-footage study of revolutionaries in the streets of Paris, Prague and other countries in 1968 would stand as an...

  • Some dead filmmakers we miss not for the emotional delivery systems they can no longer manufacture, but for their company, sweet and simple. Abbas Kiarostami, the great, modest Gandalf of the Iranian New Wave, didn't make works so much as have...

  • I regret to inform you, dear readers, that Scorched Earth, Peter Howitt's post-apocalyptic Western about a lady bounty hunter who avenges her sister's death, possesses much promise in premise but onscreen shows no signs of life. A more...

  • The agreeably pulpy Canadian action thriller Braven finds man-mountain Jason Momoa -- our one-time Conan, now and future Aquaman, and eternal horselord Khal Drogo – gets to conquer the last world left to him. Here he's playing an...

  • Bilal: A New Breed of Hero is itself in the new breed of computer-animated family filmmaking. Producer/co-writer/co-director Ayman Jamal completed the film in 2015 (it played at festivals before getting released in the Middle East and...

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