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Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

A nebbishy Richard Gere rises to the heights of influence by becoming a mensch.

Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982–1992

A comprehensive, insightful look at a major historical event with repercussions that are all too easily felt to this day.

Obit.

Everybody dies, but not everybody makes it onto the obituary pages of the New York Times.

Free Fire

The slick dialogue, soundtrack, and editing, reminiscent of Scorsese (one of the executive producers), serve as a reminder that there are filmmakers out there who appreciate the bare bones approach.

Gifted

A return to the fold for (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb.

God Knows Where I Am

The scariest, saddest film of the year.

Win It All

Win It All may have a very familiar-sounding story, but Joe Swanberg’s artistry lies entirely in the details and execution.

Graduation

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu skillfully genre-hops, with forays into kitchen-sink drama, morality play, and even psychological thriller.

The Death of Louis XIV

The Sun King is going down. The monarch’s eyes, baleful, shrewd and world-weary all at once, take in the royal court’s intrigue around his approaching death.