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Arrival

Science fiction and the woman’s picture rarely collide, but here Villeneuve proves that they don’t have to be exclusive from each other.

Notes on Blindness

A gut-wrenching depiction of one man’s gradual loss of sight and a visceral immersion.

Viktoria

A near-epic unspooling of grandiose allegory, deadpan satire, absurd magic realism, and depressive family drama, all co-existing in one movie.

We Are X

X Japan is the premier Japanese metal band, a mélange of thrash, glam, and symphonic rock.

Moonlight

Barry Jenkins’s film is like three short films strung together to tell one sweeping story.

Do Not Resist

The film could not be timelier, and it offers answers to one of the most vital questions of our time—why are citizens being treated like enemy combatants?

Theo Who Lived

A vivid documentary about the two-year imprisonment of an American freelance journalist in war-torn Syria. A remarkable chronicle of empathy.

13th | NYFF 2016

With clarity and focus, Ava DuVernay traces a history of inequality that has resulted in the United States having the highest incarceration rate in the world.

Kicks

em>Kicks has a rich, magical realism that elevates it above the run-of-the-mill coming-of-age or gangland film