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The Little Hours

Jeff Baena takes a relatively simple plot and, through the kinetic performances of his troupe, crafts one of the funniest comedies of its kind in a long time.

Swim Team

It is impossible not to root for the Jersey Hammerheads, a Special Olympics–bound swim team for autistic teens and young adults.

Nowhere to Hide

The film is perhaps the best document of the consequences of the American invasion of Iraq.

The Ornithologist

A sensual, mystical lost-in-the-woods fable with breathtaking imagery—it’s a different kind of nature film.

The Hero

The material is familiar, but be ready for tears along the way.

My Journey Through French Cinema

The college film course you wish you had taken. There are enough hors d’oeuvres here to whet the appetites of Francophiles and fans of film noir.

The Big Sick

A romantic comedy with a singular premise, starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano.

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

At 47, a star ballerina faces the end game, retirement