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Tangerine/Mala Mala

Directed by Sean Baker Produced by Marcus Cox, Karrie Cox, Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou Written by Baker and Chris Bergoch Released by Magnolia Pictures USA. 87 min. Rated R With Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan and Alla Tumanian Writer/director Sean Baker has made wonderful indie films that are sparkling […]

52 Tuesdays

Directed by Sophie Hyde Produced by Bryan Mason, Matthew Cormack, Rebecca Summerton, and Hyde Written by Matthew Cormack, story by Cormack and Hyde Released by Kino Lorber Australia. 114 min. Not rated With Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbet-Jane, Imogen Archer, and Sam Althuizen Prior to filming, director Sophie Hyde and screenwriter Matthew Cormack set specific ground […]

Futuro Beach

Directed by Karim Aïnouz Produced by Geórgia Costa Araújo and Hank Levine Written by Aïnouz and Felipe Bragança Released by Strand Releasing Brazil. 107 min. Not rated With Wagner Moura, Clemens Schick, Jesuita Barbosa, and Savio Ygor Ramos Swathed in gleaming jewel tones and with a soundtrack of the pacifying acoustics of crashing waves, Futuro […]

Drunktown’s Finest

Written and Directed by Sydney Freeland Produced by Chad Burris and Mateo Frazier Released by Indion Entertainment USA. 89 min. Not rated. With Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore, MorningStar Angeline, Shauna Baker, Kiowa Gordon, Elizabeth Frances, and Richard Ray Whitman Drunktown’s Finest is about identity in its many forms: race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and nationality, […]

Eastern Boys

Edited, Written, and Directed by Robin Campillo Produced by Hugues Charbonneau and Marie-Ange Luciani Released by First Run Features French, English, Russian, and Ukrainian with English subtitles France. 128 min. Not rated With Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov, Danil Vorobyev, Edea Darcque, Camila Charnirova, and Beka Markozashvili In the discreet, subdued, and wholly engrossing Eastern Boys, […]

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

Produced and Directed by Michele Josue Released by Run Rabbit Run Media USA. 88 min. Not rated Through director Michele Josue’s choice to use the casual, familiar moniker of “Matt” in her documentary’s title, she indicates her intent to reveal a personal, untold side of the young man that, for profoundly tragic reasons, we have all […]

Appropriate Behavior

Written and Directed by Desiree Akhavan Produced by Cecilia Frugiuele Released by Gravitas Ventures USA. 90 min. Not rated With Scott Adsit, Desiree Akhavan, Anh Duong, Halley Feiffer, Rebecca Henderson, and Arian Moayed Films, TV shows, novels, even webcomics about urban 20somethings haltingly trying to make it are practically a genre unto themselves. With Appropriate […]

The Case Against 8

Produced and Directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White Released by HBO Documentary Films USA. 112 min. Not rated In comparison to some of the acute, trenchant social issues currently informing U.S. political discourse—racial injustice, police brutality, biased judicial systems, third-wave feminism—the dialogue concerning same-sex marriage may now seem, to some, to be a bit […]

The Imitation Game

Directed by Morten Tyldum Produced by Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, and Teddy Schwarzman Written by Graham Moore, based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. Released by the Weinstein Company USA/UK. 114 min. Rated R With Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, and Mark […]