Zac Efron as Cole in We Are Your Friends.
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August 27, 2015 Zac Efron is little more than a good-looking void in this story of dance music in the San Fernando Valley, but the film is intermittently engaging as a medley of themes and genres.
Darwan (Ben Kingsley) and Wendy (Patricia Clarkson) in Learning to Drive.
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August 20, 2015 A charming performance from Patricia Clarkson can't overcome the conventional notes of a story about a privileged woman and a struggling immigrant.
Brooke (Greta Gerwig) takes Tracy (Lola Kirke) under her wing in Mistress America.
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August 13, 2015 The latest film from Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig is a jumbled tale of a college student and her future stepsister.
Jesse Eisenberg (left) plays journalist David Lipsky and Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour.
July 31, 2015 The movie, which draws from journalist David Lipsky's interviews with Wallace in 1996, offers an intriguing (if not altogether convincing) portrait of the Infinite Jest author.
A scene from A Gay Girl in Damascus.
July 24, 2015 A new documentary looks at a blog ostensibly written by a Syrian woman that turned out to have an entirely different origin story.
A scene from Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary The Look of Silence.
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July 16, 2015 The documentary The Act Of Killing looked at a brutal slaughter through the lens of action films. Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up, The Look Of Silence, is just as powerful and more subtle.
Madeline (Natalie Martinez) and daughter Anna (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) with Young Damian/Edward (Ryan Reynolds) in Self/less.
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July 9, 2015 Self/less is a dull rumination on familiar themes about body-swapping and life-swapping, exploring none of the actually provocative questions it raises.
Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde, spokesman for the Autodefensas, a militia organized against the Knights Templar mob.
July 3, 2015 A new documentary tells a riveting story of the way power and violence intersect along the Arizona border and in embattled Michoacan, Mexico.
Josh Hutcherson and Benecio Del Toro in Escobar: Paradise Lost.
June 25, 2015 Loosely inspired by actual events, this story of cocaine baron Pablo Escobar and the young man in love with his beloved niece benefits from the powerful presence of Benicio del Toro.
Felix De Givry in Eden.
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June 18, 2015 Director and co-writer Mia Hansen-Love tells the tale of a young man, based on her own brother, who finds and then loses a deep attachment to the electronic dance music of Paris in the 1990s.
Elijah Wood in Set Fire To The Stars.
June 11, 2015 While this black-and-white historical drama struggles to find a satisfying conclusion to its storytelling about the poet Dylan Thomas, it's stylishly made and intriguingly staged.
Paul Dano plays a young Brian Wilson in Love and Mercy.
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June 4, 2015 Played at different stages of his life by Paul Dano and John Cusack, the Brian Wilson who emerges from this film is a less engaging and complex creator than the real Beach Boy.
Hervé (Niels Schneider) and Gemma (Gemma Arterton) in Gemma Bovery.
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May 28, 2015 Based on a graphic novel, this updating of Madame Bovary almost manages to maintain its feather-light touch in spite of the heavy source material.
Seeds of Time
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May 21, 2015 Sandy McLeod's documentary is a portrait of Cary Fowler, an agriculturalist who is building a biological archive to maintain crop diversity.
A scene from the 1941 Nazi propaganda film Homecoming by Gustav Ucicky. As seen in Felix Moeller's Forbidden Films.
May 14, 2015 A new documentary looks at the history of quarantined Nazi propaganda films and considers the consequences of trying to keep them away from the public eye.
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