From left, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gael García Bernal in Desierto (STX Entertainment)


A band of migrants brave the scorching desert, hunted by a serial killer as they cross the U.S./Mexican border.

A Stray

Barkhad Abdirahman in A Stray (IFP Screen Forward)

Shot documentary style, this affecting film focuses on lives not typically seen in American films, centering on a young Somali refugee and his tag-along dog.

Aquarius | NYFF 2016

Sonia Braga in Aquarius (Victor Jucá/Film Society of Lincoln Center)

Writer/director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s highly observant film follows Sonia Braga in a tour de force performance.

Miss Hokusai

O-Ei in Miss Hokusai (GKids)

A visual delight and a beautifully rendered, intriguing imagining of a little-known female artist’s life.

King Cobra

Christina Slater in King Cobra (IFC Films)

Based on the true story that rocked the gay porn industry, King Cobra recounts the events that left one man brutally murdered and two men in prison for life.

We Are X

X Japan as seen in We Are X (Drafthouse Films)

X Japan is the premier Japanese metal band, a mélange of thrash, glam, and symphonic rock.

Before the Flood

Leonardo DiCaprio, as seen in Before the Flood (National Geographic)

A wide-ranging, impressively-photographed documentary on the far-reaching effects of climate change.

Fire at Sea

Pietro Bartolo in Fire at Sea (Kino Lorber)

The award-winning film brings the viewer along for an extended stay on the European front line in the refugee crisis.

In a Valley of Violence

Ethan Hawke in In a Valley of Violence (Focus World)

Director Ty West takes his inspiration from the spate of second-rate Hollywood and third-rate Italian spaghetti westerns of the early- to mid-’70s.


Alex Hibbert, floating, and Mahershala Ali in Moonlight (A24)

Barry Jenkins’s film is like three short films strung together to tell one sweeping story.