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‘Sleight’ pulls off a moviemaking magic act


High Top Releasing

By day, Bo (Jacob Latimore) is a street magician, wowing passersby with truly impressive sleight of hand for tips. By night, he slings party drugs in the clubs and on the streets of L.A. But all the time, he’s the protective guardian of his sister, Tina (Storm Reid), just two orphaned sibl... Read more

Legendary chef Jeremiah Tower looms tall in documentary


The Orchard

If food is your passion, Jeremiah Tower is a name to conjure with. A venerated chef whom writer and critic Ruth Reichl calls “a game changer who defined what a modern American restaurant could be,” he was a legend who vanished from the scene only to reappear years later to attempt o... Read more

‘Finding Oscar’ is a disturbing journey worth taking

So what can we say about a movie such as “Finding Oscar,” a documentary that deserves to be seen, that deals with an important subject, that is intelligently and conscientiously made, and yet will give no pleasure to those who watch it? Read more

Eerie ‘Voice From the Stone’ calls back to a Hitchcock classic



The elegantly spooky atmosphere practically drips from “Voice From the Stone,” a romantic-supernatural thriller based on the acclaimed 1996 novel by Silvio Raffo (shortlisted for Italy’s Strega Prize). Set in a Tuscan mansion in the 1950s and centering on a young woman (Emili... Read more

‘Free Fire’ misses the mark



“Free Fire,” the latest cinematic gut-punch from Ben Wheatley (“High-Rise”), gets off to a retrotastic start, with a high-energy credits sequence composed of a fat ’70s-era font and a punchy track from the Boston punk band the Real Kids. Just when the words ... Read more

Kristen Stewart makes for a compelling ‘Personal Shopper’


IFC Films

It’s hard to be sure exactly what’s happening in Olivier Assayas’ elusive, shadowy drama “Personal Shopper” — and that is, of course, the point. Read more

It’s all too easy to move past ‘Unforgettable’


Warner Bros.

Would anyone who works for an online business really not have a Facebook account? The toxic relationship thriller “Unforgettable” hopes viewers won’t remember its pesky plot holes, but despite a mostly uninspired cast this predictable film eventually builds a campy momentum. Read more

Fort Worth’s 7th Street bridge gets its close-up in documentary



It may not have the history of the Brooklyn bridge, the postcard-perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge, or the esteemed architectural credentials of Dall... Read more

‘The Lost City of Z’ deserves discovery


Amazon Studios

In 2005, The New Yorker magazine published a piece by journalist David Grann’s journey through Brazil, retracing the steps of English explorer Percy Fawcett, who mapped the uncharted depths of the Amazon in the early 20th century. Grann later expanded this piece into a book, “The Lost C... Read more

‘Truman’ named for a dog, but its owner makes the Spanish film a must-see



“Truman” is a great Spanish film that has taken 18 months to arrive in the United States. Last year, at the Goya Awards (the Spanish Oscars), it cleaned up — best picture, actor, supporting actor, director and original screenplay. Directed by Cesc Gay, it’s a small, pe... Read more

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