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Interstellar

  • Rated as: 5/5

Christopher Nolan’s overwhelming, immersive and time-bending space epic, Interstellar, makes Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity feel like a palate cleanser for the big meal to come. Where Gravity was brief, contained and left the further bounds of the universe to our imagination, Interstellar is long,

  1. Thu Nov 27 - Tue Dec 2

Nightcrawler

  • Rated as: 5/5

It's no news to anyone who watches TV—especially local crime coverage—that the beat has devolved into a cesspool of gore, jittery witnesses and "hot content." What was once prophetic in movies like Network and Broadcast News is now commonplace. Writer-director Dan Gilroy's supercharged

  1. Thu Nov 27 - Tue Dec 2

Gone Girl

  • Rated as: 5/5

Transformed into the kind of wickedly confident Hollywood thriller you pray to see once in a decade, Gillian Flynn's absorbing missing-wife novel emerges—via a faithful script by the author herself—as the stealthiest comedy since American Psycho. It's a hypnotically perverse film, one that

  1. Thu Nov 27 - Tue Dec 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1

  • Rated as: 4/5

This is the film where it’s all supposed to go horribly wrong for The Hunger Games: With the trilogy’s final book chopped into two, this second-to-last film should be more drag than drama—the cash machine that everyone knows is just a teaser for next year’s epic send-off. But while it

  1. Thu Nov 27 - Tue Dec 2

The Theory of Everything

  • Rated as: 4/5

At its best (which is often), director James Marsh’s affecting biopic of the cosmos-rattling astrophysicist Stephen Hawking plays deftly against schmaltz. Hawking, a great wit, has always seen the dark humor in his bodily predicament, the ALS-like disease that began robbing the intellectual

  1. Thu Nov 27 - Tue Dec 2

Force Majeure

  • Rated as: 4/5

A Swedish family’s skiing trip seems to be going just fine: Apart from a little whining from the kids, all appear to be enjoying themselves. But on that second day, disaster strikes in Ruben Östlund’s remarkably assured and subtle comedy, a film with a delicious sense of unraveling

  1. Thu Nov 27 - Tue Dec 2

Happy Valley

  • Rated as: 4/5

The Penn State scandal was a perfect storm of American anxieties: hometown pride under siege, the spectacular fall of a revered football coach, and a terrible chain of crimes involving the very young. There might be no full recovery from the 2012 conviction of Jerry Sandusky on 45 counts of child

  1. Fri Nov 28 - Tue Dec 2

Dumb and Dumber To

  • Rated as: 3/5

Exactly two decades after Dumb and Dumber first introduced Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, respectively), cinema’s most improbably tolerable pair of morons is back for a proper sequel that looks like a cash grab but works like a time machine. The Farrelly brothers’

  1. Thu Nov 27 - Tue Dec 2

Citizenfour

  • Rated as: 4/5

In June 2013, after several months of coded messages back and forth, U.S. security worker Edward Snowden summoned three people to a hotel room in Hong Kong to reveal who he was and what he wanted. Two of the three were journalists: freelancer Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian’s Ewen MacAskill. The

  1. Thu Nov 27 - Tue Dec 2
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