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Biopic

Agnès Varda and Jean-Luc Godard | Cannes 2017

Two seminal figures from the French New Wave come roaring back to Cannes (in one form or another).

The Lost City of Z

“We might be too English for the jungle.”

A Quiet Passion

The biopic delves into the poet Emily Dickinson’s life of self-restraint. It’s not just a character study but a look at a bygone era.

Christine

At times, watching Christine is akin to witnessing a disaster unfold in slow motion.

Hidden Figures

It’s the triumphant historical crowd-pleaser we need right now.

The Founder

Viewers learn what went on behind the scenes at McDonald’s—and then some—in this biopic of businessman Roy Kroc, played by the film’s life force, Michael Keaton.

Jackie

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

Loving

In so many ways, Loving is this year’s Spotlight, another re-creation of the righting of a wrong—the movies focus on different issues but have a similarly hushed, just-the-facts, plainspoken approach.

Neruda | NYFF 2016

Chilean director Pablo Larraín turns a standard biopic inside out in this stylish thriller with a literary bent.