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Family drama

The Family Fang

The Family Fang rises above standard family dysfunction fare and is fearless about pursuing some of its darker themes to the fullest.

L’Attesa (The Wait)

Cinematographer Francesco di Giacomo never lets an amazing shot go to waste, whether in sumptuous interiors or starkly beautiful landscapes. He is a master of chiaroscuro, rich texture, and, above all, framing.

Viva

The film takes measure of what kindness and love for our fellow human beings can do in life, even where brassy, loudmouth drag queens are concerned.

The Meddler

Susan Sarandon plays a recently widowed New York City woman who has relocated to sunny Los Angeles to live near her daughter and imposes her unasked-for advice on every single person she encounters.

Wedding Doll

Depicting a mental disability on film is always tricky, but actress Moran Rosenblatt does a fine job balancing her character’s inherent sweetness with an underlying sense of frustration.

The Automatic Hate

An engaging and steady-paced drama, driven by the mystery of a family grudge and by its well-drawn characters.

Songs My Brother Taught Me

The cinematography, the subtly paced storytelling, and the doleful music score combine to form an artistic expression akin to free verse poetry.

The Wave

There is room for big, loud, dumb expensive movies in the world, but Michael Bay, you just got schooled on how to make a disaster flick by the Norwegian upstarts behind The Wave, which is a hell of a fun ride.

Glassland

Framed by a doorway, a young man in darkness seems to hold back from moving forward into the next room—he’s so still I wondered if the film had stalled. The lead character in Gerard Barrett’s Glassland often hesitates to move onward, with good reason. His mother is an incorrigible alcoholic on a slow-motion death train, […]