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Love Is Strange

  • Rated as: 5/5

New York-based filmmaker Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On) creates a special kind of urbanity: softer and more inclusive than Woody Allen's, openly gay but family-focused, alive to the city's tensions and lulls. His latest movie also features a Chopin piano score, adding an exquisite sense of

  1. Mon Sep 22 - Thu Sep 25

Boyhood

  • Rated as: 5/5

Looking at it one way, Boyhood represents a spectacularly cheap way of saving on actors’ salaries: To capture his rambling yet absorbing Texas family drama, director Richard Linklater (Bernie, Before Midnight) received agreements from several performers—including his eight-year-old daughter,

  1. Mon Sep 22 - Thu Sep 25

The Trip to Italy

  • Rated as: 4/5

“Second-album syndrome” is how costar Steve Coogan, in a meta moment of self-critique, describes his impending food tour with also-slightly-fictionalized Rob Brydon in director Michael Winterbottom’s sequel to 2010’s The Trip (which existed as both a film and a BBC series). This time, the

  1. Mon Sep 22 - Thu Sep 25

Magic in the Moonlight

  • Rated as: 4/5

The more things change, the more Woody Allen stays the same: It’s a comfort that this singular artist’s worldview remains so staunchly his own—often archaically against fashion—and that nothing seems to halt his movie-a-year pace. (This, after a year in which he found widespread critical

  1. Mon Sep 22 - Wed Sep 24

The Guest

  • Rated as: 4/5

One suspects obsessive fans of actor Dan Stevens’s ill-fated Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey would be content to see him play nothing but rakish, tweed-waistcoated aristocrats until the end of his days. For the rest of us, the genuinely surprising new side he shows in Adam Wingard’s sharp

  1. Mon Sep 22 - Thu Sep 25

Tusk

  • Rated as: 3/5

Even if Clerks (1994) feels a century old, you can't help but root for Kevin Smith, still a good-natured motormouth. One imagines the scariest thing to him would be the inability to speak—and that's exactly what he explores in the horror-comedy Tusk, which is both overindulgent and the

  1. Mon Sep 22 - Thu Sep 25

The Skeleton Twins

  • Rated as: 3/5

For several more seasons, Bill Hader could have been SNL’s adorable club kid Stefon—and Kristen Wiig the cringingly competitive Penelope—and no one would have complained a bit. Props, then, to the filmmakers behind this uneven yet affecting indie for giving these ex–TV regulars a pair of

  1. Mon Sep 22 - Thu Sep 25

Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Rated as: 4/5

To misquote Forrest Gump’s mother, Guardians of the Galaxy is like a box of chocolates. Or rather, it’s like a vast, family-size crate of chocolates, all wrapped in the shiniest packaging and exploding with sweetness and surprises. Maybe there are a couple of flavors you don’t care for, and

  1. Mon Sep 22 - Thu Sep 25

If I Stay

  • Rated as: 3/5

Teenage first love often feels like a matter of life and death. That’s especially true for Portland, Oregon, high-schooler Mia (Kick-Ass’s Chloë Grace Moretz). This adaptation of Gayle Forman’s YA novel follows a studious classical cellist as her budding relationship with rocker Adam (Jamie

  1. Mon Sep 22 - Thu Sep 25

Get on Up

  • Rated as: 4/5

A grand piece of magic happens with Chadwick Boseman’s utter inhabitation of the role of James Brown—himself an artist who gave a lifelong performance—and still, the mysterious man behind the legend comes through with uncommon, heart-stopping electricity. It’s not just that Boseman has the

  1. Mon Sep 22 - Thu Sep 25
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