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Felix and Meira

Felix and Meira

In Fill the Void, Hadas Yaron played an independent woman who decides to become a conservative Jew. In Maxime Giroux’s Felix and Meira, Yaron does it in Read More

Appropriate Behavior

Appropriate Behavior

At the start of Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behavior, a love affair has ended in a bitter split as twenty-something hipster Shirin (Akhaven) loads up an empty Read More

Bound (2015)

Bound (2015)

One might expect a review of Bound to open by noting that the movie shouldn’t be confused with the 1996 Jennifer Tilly/Gina Gershon thriller of the Read More

Zero Motivation

Zero Motivation

On the surface, Zero Motivation looks like a military satire. But this dark comic gem, the debut feature from Israeli writer-director Talya Lavie, is really a Read More

Big Bad Wolves

Big Bad Wolves

Quentin  Tarantino made waves late last year when he declared Big Bad Wolves the best film of 2013. It didn’t reach U.S. shores until early 2014 — Read More

National Gallery

National Gallery

“A painting,” one of the lecturers in National Gallery explains carefully, “has the speed of light to tell you a story.” He’s comparing a painting to Read More

The Great Invisible

The Great Invisible

The hot lowlands sprawling around where the Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico seem both disaster-prone and fated to be ignored when it comes time Read More

Hollows Grove

Hollows Grove

Indie filmmakers think the found footage style is easy to pull off. They look at something like Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project, see the Read More

Believe Me

Believe Me

Believe Me is a faith-based film that tries really hard not to play like a traditional faith-based film. It doesn’t contain any big miracles, and none Read More

The Decent One

The Decent One

Just in time for the high holy days comes The Decent One, Israeli filmmaker Vanessa Lapa’s epistolary documentary of SS leader and mass executioner Heinrich Himmler, Read More

Rome, Open City (1945)

Rome, Open City (1945)

Roberto Rossellini’s neo-realist masterwork, Rome Open City, was shot with shards of film in bona fide war-torn Rome locations in the winter of 1945 while the Germans Read More

God Help the Girl

God Help the Girl

When we’re young, music means everything to us. It’s our first connection to culture, our own insular soundtrack to the comedy/tragedy of our unexplainable, developing lives. Read More

One Chance

One Chance

For the true story of Paul Potts, the down-on-his-luck Welsh cellphone store clerk with dreams of becoming an opera star, you don’t expect much in the Read More

Made in America

Made in America

The documentary Made in America brings together Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and rap impresario Jay-Z. Stop and think about that collaboration for a second. The sheer Read More