Natalie Portman in Jackie (Stephanie Branchu/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)


An equally straightforward title for this biopic could be Deconstructing Jackie.

Two Trains Runnin’

A scene from Two Trains Runnin' (Avalon Films)

June 1964, two quests in the Mississippi Delta, both with lasting impact.

Death by a Thousand Cuts

A ranger stands at the border between the Dominican Republic and the deforested mountains of Haiti (Juan Mejia Botero)

A compelling documentary that shines a light on tensions on the island of Hispaniola.

Bobby Sands: 66 Days

Bobby Sands, from Bobby Sands: 66 Days (Content Media)

A terrorist? A martyr? Hear his own words.

Old Stone

Chen Gang in Old Stone (Zeitgeist Films)

A tightly wound gem of a movie that wastes none of its brisk 80 minutes.

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

From left, President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and former President George W. Bush on January 16, 2010 (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A rousing call to arms for anyone interested in honest, issues-based journalism, this documentary could not be timelier.

Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck, left, and Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea (Claire Folger)

It’s hard to imagine another American film this year with as many fine acting moments. Watching actor Casey Affleck, who looks like an eternally youthful choir boy, fight his inner demons is worth the price of admission alone.

Daughters of the Dust

From right, Alva Rogers, Trula Hoosier (center), and Barbara-O in Daughters of the Dust (Cohen Media Group)

Julie Dash’s layered, poetic, and timeless film garnered lavish praise when it came out in 1991. It has now been rereleased on its 25th anniversary,

I Am Not Madame Bovary

Fan Bingbing in I Am Not Madame Bovary (Well Go USA)

Lian (Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing) is a woman on a mission, but she’s neither Norma Rae nor Mother Courage.

Blood on the Mountain

A United Mine Workers of America Patriot Rally in Charleston, WV (Abramorama)

The fraught relationship between the residents of Appalachia and the coal in their ground.