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By the end, Crazy Rich Asians (opening wide on Wednesday, Aug. 15) becomes less concerned with rote plot machinations than ensuring its effervescent style will live on. more

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post (opening Friday Aug. 24, at Landmark Cinemas) provides Cameron with the obvious clues to better understand the faith-based immorality that drives religious fear mongering more

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In BlackKklansman, Lee beautifully re-writes history with thunder, and with Ron’s story subverting and destroying the mechanisms of white supremacy from the inside out. more

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Archival footage, both from Sakamoto’s early performances and curated film clips, reveal him to be an artist who embraces the world’s soundtrack on its own terms. more

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Without pretense or sentiment, Araby (opening Friday, Aug. 3, at the Digital Gym Cinema) is one of the year’s richest cinematic experiences. more

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Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth doubles as both societal critique and self-reflection. more

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While over-stylized at times, Eighth Grade (opening Friday, July 27, at Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas) manages to reveal constant social frustrations young people experience during this potentially unnerving time in life. At more

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Like any classic genre, the Film noir has gone through much iteration during the last century. more

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Van Sant recognizes that complexities about John’s relationship with disappointment and redemption can be revealed more thoroughly with such an approach, and his charming new film is all the better for it. more

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Thankfully, nothing about Leave No Trace comes across as tragic. Granik only sees hope and endurance in her worn out characters. more

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The cinema of Swedish master Ingmar Bergman grapples with themes of religious doubt, false virtue and emotional repression. more

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Two wildly different documentaries opening on Friday, July 6, grapple with the troubling correlation between childhood trauma and adult culpability. more

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The romantic comedy and superhero saga doesn’t always nicely cohere, but at least the resulting standalone had heart. more

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While Villeneuve’s original film surveyed the loss of ideological fortitude, Day of the Soldado suggests that the next generation hasn’t even been given the chance to develop a moral compass. more

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David and Nathan Zellner’s Damsel (opening Friday, June 29, at Landmark Ken Cinemas) firmly plants Samuel at the center of an off-kilter Western nightmare where caricature and sincerity are often confused for one another. more

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Summer 1993 (opening Friday, June 22, at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park) concludes in mesmerizing fashion with a beautiful release of unchecked human sentiment that’s neither forced nor rushed. more

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On the whole, though, Incredibles 2 (opening wide Friday, June 15) celebrates parental flexibility—compromises made and pride swallowed—as an art form perfected over a life’s work. more

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Most important of all, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (opening Friday, June 15) offers viewers respite from the Trumpian culture that’s taken root in this country. more

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Looking to consume a year’s worth of dread all in one sitting? Hereditary will gladly oblige. The debut film from writer/director Ari Aster is an intoxicating and draining exercise in omnipresent possession. more

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American Animals (opening Friday, June 8, at the Angelika Film Centers—Carmel Mountain) chooses to disavow the truth entirely to flip off the sanctity of traditional documentary models. more

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