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Passage to Mars

This documentary chronicles a NASA team’s efforts to man a vehicle across 2,000 miles in the Arctic to simulate an actual manned mission to Mars.

Danny Says

Danny Fields and Nico in Danny Says (Linda Eastman/Danny Fields archive)

Like a transgressive Forrest Gump, Danny Fields is at the nexus of pretty much every major alternative moment in rock and roll from the 1960s to the ’80s.

A Man Called Ove

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The redemption of a Swedish Scrooge wields dark themes with a comic lightness. Don’t be surprised if you find a tear rolling down your cheek.

My Blind Brother

Adam Scott and Jenny Slate in My Blind Brother (Starz Digital)

Nick Kroll stars as a mid-30s slacker who acts as his blind brother’s Seeing Eye dog and sports trainer, rolled up in one resentful package.

Snowden

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden (Toronto International Film Festival)

Oliver Stone’s film covers a nine-year period in the life of security systems administrator turned whistleblower Edward Snowden, from an idealistic Special Forces enlistee to becoming the most wanted man in the world.

Tanna

Dain at the volcano Yahul in Tanna (Lightyear Entertainment)

Australia’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contender combines beautiful imagery and compelling human drama.

Closet Monster

Oscar (Connor Jessup) holding a bloody piece of rebar in Closet Monster (Strand Releasing)

Canadian writer-director Stephen Dunn’s first feature film offers a fresh take on that endangered genre—the coming-out tale.

Dancer

Sergei Polunin in Dancer (David LaChapelle/Sundance Selects)

Ukrainian-born Sergei Polunin, the current bad boy of ballet, is the subject of this documentary profile.

The Dressmaker

Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker (Amazon Studios/Broad Green Pictures)

In a dusty, desolate corner of the world in the 1950s, Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) is back for answers and revenge.

The Ruins of Lifta

Menachem Duam, left and Yacoub Odeh in The Ruins of Lifta (Oren Rudavsky Productions)

Opening up a space for Palestinian and Jewish dialogue outside Jerusalem