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Oscar-nominated shorts delve into immigrant crisis

The plight of the immigrant casts a long shadow over this year’s Oscar-nominated short films. Five of the 15 nominees — two in the live-action category and three in documentary — grapple with such of-the-moment themes as refugees, “extreme vetting” and the human... Read more

‘The Salesman’ arrives at our doors at just the right time


Habib Majidi

With Iran back in the headlines these days, it’s an especially opportune time for the release of “The Salesman,” the latest film from Iran’s most well-known director, Asghar Farhadi. In fact, Farhadi recently made news when he said that he Read more

‘John Wick’ sequel almost as good as the first


Nico Tavernese

If you didn’t catch 2014’s surprise action hit “John Wick,” launching Keanu Reeves right into a Liam Neeson-style career rebirth, it’s OK. Peter Stormare is here to ... Read more

Animated ‘The Red Turtle’ paints in calming colors


Sony Pictures Classics

When was the last time an animated film actual lowered your pulse rate? Read more

Everything is awesome in ‘Lego Batman Movie’


Warner Bros./DC Comics

In the spring of 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” darkened the doorway of nearly every multiplex across America. Almost exactly a year later comes the animated “The Lego Batman Movie,” set in a universe where everyone and everythi... Read more

‘The Space Between Us’ crash-lands, killing a cool idea


STX Entertainment

The science-fiction teen romance starring Asa Butterfield wastes an intriguing premise. Read more

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ demands to be seen


Magnolia Pictures

“What would James Baldwin have to say about this?” Read more

‘The Comedian’ isn’t Robert De Niro’s best set


Sony Pictures Classics

When The Comedian, starring Robert De Niro as a past-his-prime-time stand-up, is onstage, it generates enough humor to warrant its title. It helps that De Niro’s character, Jackie Burke, gets an able assist from such real-life comedians as Hannibal Buress, Jim ... Read more

All-star Texas film ‘Song to Song’ highlights SXSW lineup


Broad Green Pictures

Terence Malick’s Song to Song, the Texas director’s all-star drama with Michael Fassbender, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara that’s set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene, will be making its world premiere ... Read more

‘Growing Up Smith’ is a funny trip down memory lane


Michael S. Chandler

At a time when bringing up issues of immigration and race can be the equivalent of dropping a match into a fuel tank, the warmly sweet coming-of-age story Growing Up Smith turns back the clock to a simpler time. Well, it wasn’t really... Read more

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