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  • The Best Man Holiday (R)

    Even though they made good money and filled a crucial niche, the 1990s' and early 2000s' romantic entertainments targeted to -- though not made exclusively for -- black audiences disappeared almost as mysteriously as they arrived. more...
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  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (NR)

    Wrenching Israeli divorce drama Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem's strict focus on courtroom sparring constantly threatens the film's fine balance of gorgeously lensed, body-language-centric reaction shots and expertly paced interrogatory dialogue scenes. more...
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  • Paddington (PG)

    While never quite resembling the quiet hug of the books it's based on, Paul King's Paddington is far from the noisome Penguins of Madagascar experience. more...
  • Selma (PG-13)

    Ava DuVernay's quietly remarkable Selma, in addition to being a meticulously detailed historical drama, is the right movie for the moment: In telling the story of the three marches — from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama — led by Martin Luther King in 1965 as a protest against restrictions that prevented African Americans from registering to vote, DuVernay has also opened a window of hope on the present. more...
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  • The Theory of Everything (PG-13)

    If the universe is infinitely finite, an entity whose mystery is knowable only through an evolving progression of theories and equations, it's nothing compared to a marriage. more...
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  • Timbuktu (Le chagrin des oiseaux) (PG-13)

    Based on the real-life occupation of Timbuktu by Islamic fundamentalists in 2012, Abderrahmane Sissako's gorgeous fourth feature reflects upon the role religion currently plays in Africa, and the foundational clash of cultures that shaped the continent.The strategy of the jihadists is briskly made clear in the opening sequence: A gazelle sprints across the dunes, desperately attempting to outrun assault rifle fire. more...
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