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Trailer for Khalik Allah’s Heralded ‘Black Mother’ Bridges the Sacred and Profane

A buzzed-about highlight of last year’s festival circuit, Khalik Allah’s Black Mother hits U.S. theaters next month. The visual artist, best-known for collaborations with Beyoncé (as DP on Lemonade) and the Wu-Tang Clan, follows up 2016’s much-praised Field Niggas with a poetic, sometimes dizzying vision of Jamaica, the country’s history, and what that means for […]

Berlin Review: ‘I Was at Home, But…’ is an Enigmatic, Sprawling Puzzler

The Berlin film festival’s brochure notes for Angela Schanelec’s new puzzler of a movie map out some of the action: a 13-year-old boy who, after having gone missing for a week, returns home without a word. His father died two years ago and his mother, Astrid (Maren Eggert), struggles to confront single motherhood as her […]

‘Long Shot’ Trailer: Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen Mix Politics and Romance

South by Southwest Festival is just around the corner, which means that a number of studios will be unveiling their summer comedies to the Austin audience. One of the most high-profile ones is Jonathan Levine’s Long Shot, which stars Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron on the political trail as an unexpected romance bubbles up. Ahead […]

New Trailer for J.C. Chandor’s ‘Triple Frontier,’ Which Will Get Theatrical Release Before Arriving on Netflix

It looks like this past fall has set a new trend for Netflix’s biggest films. They’ve announced today that Triple Frontier, the latest film from All is Lost, Margin Call, and A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor, will be getting a theatrical release before arriving on their service. Set to debut on Netflix on […]

Berlin Review: ‘Ringside’ is an Inspiring, Heart-Breaking Boxing Documentary

Boxing became the way two fathers in Chicago could keep their sons off the streets. Kenneth Sims Sr. was a brawler back in the day before turning his passion into a career as a coach. Destyne Butler Sr. was a pugilist aficionado who succumbed to the allure of drug dealing before getting out of the […]

New to Streaming: ‘Shoplifters,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Free Solo,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here. Creed II (Steven Caple Jr.) There’s no better way to recognize what […]

NYC Weekend Watch: ‘War and Peace,’ Cinematic Love, ‘I Am Cuba’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]

‘Diane’ Trailer: Mary Kay Place is Adrift in Kent Jones’ Acclaimed Drama

After crafting a number of compelling film history-related documentaries (not to mention heading up the New York Film Festival), writer-director Kent Jones made his narrative feature with the tender character study Diane. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Mary Kay Place, the story of a woman questioning her life picked up the top prize […]

Christophe Honoré and Vincent Lacoste on ‘Sorry Angel’ and Responding to a New Wave of Homophobia

“I mostly read dead writers,” Arthur says. Jacques teases back, “You won’t need to wait long.” The many types of relationships, friendships, and the ways the two transform are explored in Christophe Honoré’s new film Sorry Angel. In this scene, the two lovers discourse as if they were student and teacher, weaving multiple aspects of their […]

U.S. Trailer for ‘Asako I & II’ Introduces a Complicated Love

Following a festival run that included Cannes, Toronto, and New York, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s outstanding Asako I & II hits U.S. shores on May 10. The new film from the director of 2016’s acclaimed epic Happy Hour concerns Asako, a young woman whose first love mysteriously disappears, only to reenter her life in the form of […]