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Family drama

Fences

A classic family drama for the ages

Manchester by the Sea

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.

Trash Fire

With more than a touch of Grand Guignol horror, this indie desperately wants to be a midnight movie,

Mia Madre

John Turturro has a high old time chewing the scenery as an egomaniacal American actor who blows his lines and delights in trolling everyone around him.

Don’t Call Me Son

The Brazilian drama takes on social class, shifting identities, and what happens when a newcomer knocks a family dynamic off balance.

Little Sister

Familiar works such as Garden State and even Donnie Darko come to mind as Little Sister rolls on, albeit with a looser, more determinedly madcap feel.

The Commune | Toronto 2016

Based in part on director Thomas Vinterberg’s experiences growing up in a Copenhagen commune during the 1970s and ’80s and featuring a great performance by actress Trine Dyrholm.

The Hollars

A Middle-American-family-reconnects movie, the kind that marries the goofball antics of a dysfunctional family with dramatic questions like: What’s it all about? What are we all even doing here?

A Tale of Love and Darkness

A lovely tribute to a great writer and his Jewish mother-muse.