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.
Before his horror breakthrough The Descent, Neil Marshall made a terrific debut with this movie-crazy werewolf thriller, about military exercises gone terribly wrong in the Scottish wilderness.
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.
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.
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.
A beyond-twisty thriller co-written by Aaron Sorkin and Scott Frank looks even better now than it did in 1993.
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.
With his 1959 narrative debut, Bernhard Wicki turned a “hymn to German courage” into an anti-war film by focusing on the boys behind the soldiers.
While folding a story of redemption into a modern fable, Terry Gilliam re-created New York in his own image.
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.
The new documentary from the director of the Shining crackpot-theory exploration Room 237 takes a similarly moderator-free look at the terrors of sleep paralysis.
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.
After his 1969 political thriller Z was an international sensation, leftist director Costa-Gavras continued to make movies in the same vein throughout the ’70s, using genre excitement to expose covert abuses of power worldwide.
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.
Jaw-dropping aerial photography and daredevil-in-the-clouds short films give Marah Strauch’s documentary about BASE jumping founding father Carl Boenish a visceral punch best experienced on the largest possible screen.