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Wakefield

This savage journey of self-discovery is that rarest thing nowadays: a film for adults.

Radio Dreams

A delightfully droll and deadpan meditation on exile and belonging that focuses on a small Iranian radio station in San Francisco.

Letters From Baghdad

An effective and fascinating portrait of Gertrude Bell, who helped establish the borders of Iraq and would aid in the formation of its government.

The Wall

A welcome addition to the growing collection of films depicting the Iraq War.

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.