Ronald Zehrfeld (Johnny) and Nina Hoss (Nelly) in Christian Petzold's Phoenix.
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July 23, 2015 Director Christian Petzold sets his thrillers in critical periods of German history. Phoenix follows a concentration camp survivor returning to 1945 Berlin.
Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes.
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July 16, 2015 While many versions of the classic detective rely on a lack of expression of emotion to define his character, the aging Sherlock played by Ian McKellen has feelings — regrets especially.
Filmmaker David Thorpe (middle) explores whether there's such a thing as a "gay voice."
July 9, 2015 In a new documentary, a gay man tries to change the sound of his voice and wonders why, exactly, he thinks he should.
July 2, 2015 A new documentary about singer Amy Winehouse goes beyond biopic standards to reveal a woman whose pains and successes were both well-earned.
Kate Mulvany and Damon Herriman in The Little Death.
June 25, 2015 Josh Lawson's first feature, a sex comedy, visits with couples who agree to explore their fantasies and find unexpected consequences for real life.
Mark Ruffalo, Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide in Infinitely Polar Bear.
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June 18, 2015 Mark Ruffalo plays a father struggling with bipolar disorder in Maya Forbes' domestic comedy based on the director's experience with her own dad.
Krsna Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, Bhagavan Angulo, Mukunda Angulo, Narayana Angulo and Govinda Angulo in The Wolfpack.
June 11, 2015 The documentary The Wolfpack follows a family led by parents so anxious about the outside world, that for years they largely kept their children from encountering it at all.
Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander in Testament Of Youth.
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June 4, 2015 A new adaptation of Vera Brittain's memoir Testament Of Youth isn't really necessary, but a strong turn from actress Alicia Vikander is a highlight.
May 28, 2015 The delightful romantic comedy Results, from mumblecore director Andrew Bujalski, has sympathy for the earnest aspirations of its gym-dwelling characters.
When Marnie Was There
May 21, 2015 The latest film from the beloved Studio Ghibli weaves a tale of a girl learning to face her past.
Dakota Fanning in Every Secret Thing.
May 14, 2015 A thriller directed by noted documentarian Amy Berg and written by Nicole Holofcener is stacked with plenty of talent, but it can't quite live up to the promise of its twisty-sounding plot.
Gaspard Ulliel as Yves Saint Laurent.
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May 7, 2015 Bertrand Bonello's portrait of famed designer Yves Saint Laurent is cannily edited so that the film recalls the designer's impeccably cut styles.
Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan in Far From The Madding Crowd.
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April 30, 2015 Carey Mulligan plays the role once occupied by Julie Christie, but her very different take may be too controlled for its own good.
Hadas Yaron and Luzer Twersky in Felix and Meira.
April 16, 2015 To its credit, this story of an Orthodox Jewish woman struggling with her faith doesn't shortchange all it offers. But her encounter with a man who might offer a different future doesn't satisfy.
Olivia DeJonge, Georgie Henley, Willa Cuthrell, and Kara Hayward in The Sisterhood Of Night.
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April 9, 2015 Ella Taylor says this heartfelt first feature appears at the beginning to be trafficking in cliches about teenage girls, but it ultimately asks questions about secrecy and the growth of public fear.
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