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  • Yes, Steve McQueen's Widows is a heist film, set in Chicago, with a group of four women plotting and planning their way to a sweep of millions of dollars that would ultimately free each of them from bills, debt and neighborhood violence....

  • The Coen brothers' new Western anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was born from their penchant for disorder. In six vignette tales of mischief and wonder, hopelessness abounds while daft characters reign. But this time, unlike in...

  • Just over an hour long, Ofir Trainin's documentary Family in Transition opens with the 1996 wedding of longtime sweethearts Amit and Galit Tsuk, the young couple singing "All for You," an early '90s duet with painfully sincere lyrics. But...

  • In early 2012, as the regime of Bashar al-Assad rained bombs on civilians in the Syrian city of Baba Amr, war photographer Paul Conroy found himself refusing to leave. He was wounded from the government's relentless shelling, as were other...

  • In Vladimir de Fontenay's Mobile Homes, Imogen Poots gives a performance of such multifaceted distinction that it might be hard to believe you're watching the same actress from frame to frame. Her character, a young, unwed, transient...

  • Cameron Yates' intimate doc Chef Flynn is part celebration, part experiment, part cautionary tale, part drama of coming-of-age singular. Above all that, it's a mother's story, with Yates following not just Flynn McGarry but also Meg...

  • Much like its tormented subject, Julian Schnabel's marvelous film about the last days of Vincent van Gogh stares at and savors its world and then renders what it's seen in incandescent art. Far from another reductive life-of-the-artist Oscar job,...

  • There's nothing preachy about Jinn, even though Nijla Mu'min's elegant debut feature is about a teenager coming to terms with her mother's newly embraced religion. Summer (Zoe Renee) is in limbo during the spring of her senior year,...

  • Too often, viewers just have to take a movie love story's word for it that its characters actually belong together. Not so in Carlos Marques-Marcet's loose, observant Anchor and Hope, a three- (or four-) way relationship drama with a cast,...

  • It's been a hot minute since we've had a cute racism movie like Green Book. These are usually a period piece set in a time (the '50s or '60s) and a place (the South!) when black people or some other systematically oppressed minority are...

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