by Judy Berman
Jaromil Jires’ 1970 Czech New Wave classic delves into the subconscious of a 13-year-old girl, which takes her through a fantasy realm, but reflects the adolescent experience as well as any coming-of-age film ever made.
Senna director Asif Kapadia unpacks the mysteries of Amy Winehouse’s tragic life with a heartbreaking documentary that exposes the toxic influences around her, and the mysteries at the core of her music.
A thrilling documentary explores the borderland where those on both sides of the drug war end up with dirty hands.
Bob Rafelson’s New Hollywood classic is remembered for its famous diner scene, but there’s much more to cherish about this character study, which explores the surprising roots of Jack Nicholson’s blue-collar oilman.
Rory Culkin’s mesmerizing but not showy performance as a mentally ill young man anchors this stunning debut from writer-director Lou Howe.
The latest from Pixar takes an energetic but ultimately tender and sympathetic trip through the mind of a young girl experiencing traumatic life transitions.
Set at a school for the deaf, a Ukrainian film eschews any sort of verbal language as it tells a rough story about non-conformity and its consequences in an isolated community.
Named one of the top 10 movies of all time in the most recent Sight And Sound poll, a restored version of The Man With The Movie Camera joins three lesser-known Dziga Vertov efforts on Blu-ray.
While isolated and home-schooled in their Lower East Side apartment, six teenage brothers processed American culture through movies and moviemaking. Crystal Moselle’s raw but intimate documentary explores their obsession.
After collaborating on Bridesmaids and The Heat, Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy come together for their funniest comedy to date, a sneakily progressive spy-movie parody about a meek, disrespected CIA analyst who’s called into action.
It’s hard to build a movie entirely on grace notes, but Stéphane Lafleur’s gorgeous black-and-white reverie about youths in summer comes awfully close.
The directors of Lenny Cooke take on a feature drama, but their New York addiction story sticks close to real life, using largely non-professional actors and working from a memoir by their lead actor.
The last movie currently on the Studio Ghibli docket, Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s gorgeous feature about an asthmatic girl who meets a strange friend in the country shows the animation house continuing to raise the bar on lavish, detailed imagery.
Director George Miller returns to his post-apocalyptic series for the first time since 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, setting a new standard for action while addressing tough philosophical questions.
Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic returns in a Blu-ray edition that just confirms its timelessness.
Writer-director Joss Whedon improves on the first Avengers movie with an exciting, fast-paced superhero adventure that serves its many characters while weighing the difficulties of doing the right thing in a complicated world.
A benchmark for black filmmaking in the 1970s, Michael Schultz’s film could be called an inner-city answer to American Graffiti if its memories of growing up in Chicago’s Near North Side weren’t so specific.
Adapted from Charles Willeford’s crime novel, George Armitage’s colorful 1990 Florida noir is by turns fizzy and menacing, and a brilliant showcase for Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Fred Ward.
Enhanced by access to the artist’s archives, Brett Morgen’s look at the life of Kurt Cobain avoids rehashing familiar facts in favor of finding the man beneath them.
Director Jean Renoir worked in black-and-white his entire career—and then traveled to India for a sumptuous production that Martin Scorsese ranks as one of the most beautiful films ever made in color.