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Francofonia

One man’s meditation on art, history, culture, and oppression, Francofonia manages to be grandiose and confining at once. It feels vital because one of the story lines the film pursues—and there are many—is the fate of the Louvre Museum’s art collection under the Nazis.

T-Rex

Claressa “T-Rex” Shields in T-Rex (ZCDC/Film Collaborative )

A deft and subtle look at the world of a boxer, a woman, an African American woman, and an athlete.

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Frank Zappa appearing on What's My Line in 1971 (Fremantle Media North America/Sony Pictures Classics)

This portmanteau of the 1960’s counterculture figure creates a portrait of a prickly, uncompromising man. It eschews the normal rock bio-doc format, and it’s all the better for it.

Breaking a Monster

From left, Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse, and Jarad Dawkins in Breaking the Monster (Abramorama Films)

The 13-year-old members of the heavy metal band Unlocking the Truth are not old enough to attend high school, but they have already signed a $1.8 million recording deal.

The Neon Demon

Elle Fanning in The Neon Demon (Cannes Film Festival)

Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film is a candy coated, neon drenched homage to classic 1980’s psychodramas, and a loud, pretentious mess.

Wiener-Dog

Greta Gerwig in Wiener-Dog (Amazon Studios/IFC Films)

If you haven’t experienced a Todd Solondz film yet, then brace yourself. You are in for some heady cynicism.

Nuts!

A Kansas farmer is inspired by the local livestock in Nuts! (Artist: Drew Christie/Courtesy of Cartuna)

Yes, the “nuts” of the title is a double entendre, and what starts out as a movie that seems to be the quirky story of an intriguing, forgotten man turns into an exploration of the dangerous traps of the documentary format.

Elle | Cannes 2016

Isabelle Huppert in Elle (Cannes Film Festival)

Though rife with sexual violence and graphic dialogue, the last film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival was also the most elegantly made in the competition: Paul Verhoeven’s blunt, button-pushing, stinging comedy.

Tickled

TJ in Tickled (Magnolia Pictures)

An addition to a new class of investigative documentaries focusing on the devastation that can result when those who have money at their disposal do whatever they want.

Parched

Radhika Apte as Lajjo in Parched (Wolfe Video)

Director Lena Yadav has turned first-hand knowledge into an intriguing script that, combined with Russell Carpenter’s (Titanic) rich and varied cinematography, gives voice to women who have little or no say over their own lives.