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Dragged Against Concrete is a film of flawed partnerships that nevertheless gives people a sense of solidarity in a time when they feel none otherwise exists. Read more

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Twitchy and confrontational, Eisenberg often feels like he’s playing a foul-mouthed version of his role as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. Read more

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Whether exploring the Chicano-American experience or perspectives of female directors, this dynamic film program highlights the vast scope and ambition of modern Latinx cinema. Read more

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Christian Petzold’s eerie, achingly beautiful new thriller, Transit, transplants wartime fears and desperation of its source material (Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel, Transit Visa) to envision what our collective future may look like as new waves of fasci Read more

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As the first film centered on a female superhero in this epically never-ending series, Captain Marvel thankfully refuses to align itself with Marvel’s corporatized brand of patriarchy. Read more

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Most gangster films follow the same rise-and-fall arc: young enterprising criminals make a name for themselves by killing their way to the top. Read more

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Blurred lines are Greta’s specialty. The gaps between companionship and obsession, kindness and guile, trust and doubt are much thinner than most like to admit. Read more

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Ruben Brandt, Collector is itself a manic compiler of iconography, archetypes, and symbols that have obviously haunted the director for decades. Read more

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High Flying Bird (which is currently streaming on Netflix) makes the case that without passionate stakeholders invested in both the past and present of basketball, the game’s future identity will be forever at risk. Read more

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Iranian dramatist Asghar Farhadi makes films about secrets; the unforgivable kind that tears families apart, dissolves marriages and rattles entire communities. Read more

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Every year, the Oscars and its preceding awards season gauntlet produces celebratory highs, cringe-worthy lows and many momentum swings. Read more

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ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

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Visually, much of Alita: Battle Angel is predictably vibrant and dense with specific mechanical and physical details. Read more

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Apparently, Never Look Away is loosely based on the life of painter Gerhard Richter, who has gone on record chastising the film’s gross manipulation of his biography. With something this tedious, it’s easy to see why he’s so pissed off. Read more

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Billed as a way to get the upper hand in your Oscar pool, the shorts programs nevertheless provide a unique showcase for new filmmaking talent. Read more

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Two new documentaries set to premiere at the 2019 Human Rights Watch Film Festival examine these eerily similar struggles by showcasing the voices of social activists, politicians and community organizers. Read more

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Peter Jackson’s films initially present danger as a thrilling proposition. This especially holds true for young characters naïve to the world’s many horrors. Read more

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The list of screenings includes Ernst Lubitsch’s saucy Design For Living (March 3). The film, about a constantly oscillating love triangle, works as a wonderful introduction to the director’s seamlessly sexy style. Read more

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This safely entertaining film was made for the middlebrow crowd and not the hardcore cinephiles. Read more

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Destroyer

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Kidman goes all in on a grief-stricken, morally compromised cop character trying to make things right with her rebellious teenage daughter. Read more

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In a year of many great documentaries (Bisbee ’17, Minding the Gap, Did You Ever Wonder Who Fired the Gun?), Ross’ film stands out for its curiosity and questioning of stylistic norms. Read more

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