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Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2017

The annual New York festival of French film presents some fine movies this year in a program of high quality overall—women directors especially display a great range of talent here.

Punching Henry

A meta comedy about a singing comedian named Henry Phillips, played by comedian Henry Phillips, with Sarah Silverman and J.K. Simmons.

Best of 2016

It was a very good year, so much so that there were numerous ways to come up with a credible best-of list featuring a wide range of movies.

The Edge of Seventeen

It’s the rare achievement for a movie about teenagers: they have layers.

Gimme Danger

A rockumentary on the seminal band the Stooges, “the greatest rock ’n’ roll band ever,” at least according to filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.

A Stray

Shot documentary style, this affecting film focuses on lives not typically seen in American films, centering on a young Somali refugee and his tag-along dog.

La La Land | Toronto 2016

From the set design to direction, Damien Chazelle’s new film, a musical, has a big heart on for golden-age Hollywood.

Lion | Toronto 2016

Inspired by a real-life story, Lion is an intimate contemporary weepie with an epic sweep.

Ixcanul

You might have seen a lot of movies, but you probably haven’t seen one about native Mayan pig farmers in Guatemala, with dialogue in Kaqchikel.