Long considered the great lost Les Blank documentary, this digressive portrait of rootsy rock star Leon Russell, now restored and released after four decades, finds poetic ways around its surly subject.
Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s ambitious documentary surveys nine people in Puerto Rico at unique points on the spectrum of transgender and transexual experience.
A beyond-twisty thriller co-written by Aaron Sorkin and Scott Frank looks even better now than it did in 1993.
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.
While the French New Wave gets all the attention from cinephiles, the popular films of the day get left out of the conversation. A new double feature of escapist Jean-Paul Belmondo vehicles offer a glimpse.
This documentary tracking a viral-phenomenon Make-A-Wish Foundation project is the feel-good documentary of the year, but there are niggling doubts under all those good feelings.
Argentinian director Matías Piñeiro (Viola) continues his weightless riffs on Shakespeare with this wispy tale of a lothario gathering a cast for a radio version of Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Seth MacFarlane’s signature mix of thoughtless provocation, lazy gag-writing, and sitcom technique combine for a hugely disappointing sequel to his surprise 2012 comedy hit.
The entrenched conflict between Israelis and Arabs comes to light in Eran Riklis’ occasionally funny but mostly sobering coming-of-age tale about an Arab teenager trying to fit into Israeli society.
A documentary reinvestigating a reinvestigation that led to the exoneration of an Illinois death-row inmate finds some troubling conclusions.
A washed-up boxer with a taste for the high life turns to a life of crime in Noah Buschel’s old-school film noir, which features a knockout performance by Billy Crudup as gleefully malevolent villain.
Three sisters gather in their childhood home after their mother disappears into the adjoining lake in Sarah Adina Smith’s found-footage horror/thriller, which walks the fine line between unsettling and aimless.
Journalist Sacha Jenkins looks at how hip-hop has inspired fashion and vice versa, but despite some great footage and a battery of rap superstars, his documentary has a once-over-lightly superficiality.
Adding to the ignoble tradition of rape-revenge thrillers, José Manuel Craviato’s misguided, pseudo-feminist bloodbath centers on a woman who turns on her abductor and seeks out other women who have been captured, too.
A cross between Heat and Bottle Rocket—but inferior to both—Jay Martin’s debut feature is skillfully directed, but its story of a fresh-faced bumbler trying to carry out a small-town heist could use smarter screenwriting.
The resplendent gardens of Versailles take on heavy metaphorical value in Alan Rickman’s love story about the forbidden romance between Kate Winslet as the garden’s lower-class architect and Matthias Schoenaerts as a royal.
In Jennifer Phang’s ambitious, visually impressive science fiction feature, terrorist explosions are an everyday occurrence and a cratered economy has drastically turned back the clock on women in the workplace and society at large.