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Directed by Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch, THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS provokes perhaps an unusual amount of introspection in the viewer, during and after the film. Such is our investment in this portrayal of the lives of two dedicated friends

In 1988, living beyond her means in London and still in recovery from a stroke two years prior, Ava Gardner hired Peter Evans to ghostwrite her memoirs, to be based on a series of conversations between the star and the

In SHOWING UP, Kelly Reichardt’s immersive, enchanting consideration of life among a circle of Portland artists, Lizzy (Michelle Williams) and Jo (Hong Chau) sustain a very casual sense of everyday competitiveness. Lizzy is working on a show with a deadline

On the strength of her first two features—Ava (2017) and now The Five Devils—Mysius has established herself as a filmmaker of vivid intoxications, uncanny scenes of mystery, discovery, and beauty. Her latest work centers around a young girl named Vicky

Somewhere in Kentucky, Lila (Lauren Patten) stocks grocery shelves by day and gigs at Paul’s Joint by night with her band The Lonely Few, working the lyrical longing, soaring vocal armature, and punk abandon of a young Melissa Etheridge meets

Marking an indirect transition from desire to sketched and painterly form, the beaux-arts ideations of comely ephebes and lost cities by Paul P. find their source in the imagined lives of others—whether interwar characters out of Evelyn Waugh dreaming of

CLOSE, Lukas Dhont’s deeply felt new feature, portrays the fraught passage from childhood to adolescence—from an age of blind trust to one of knowledge and suspicion—as lived by best friends Léo and Rémi. Fresh from a summer spent investigating the

NO BEARS—written, directed, and produced by Jafar Panahi, the great image smuggler of contemporary cinema—is an astonishing examination of narrative responsibility and the consequences of visual depiction. Set in a rural Iranian border town, Panahi is directing—remotely, via computer—a film

Although the art writer and professor Richard Shiff didn't meet Jack Whitten until 2014—three years before the artist's death—the personal encounter proved critical to both Shiff’s practice and our understanding of Whitten's work. Over the past decade, with imaginative lucidity

WOMEN TALKING—Sarah Polley's remarkable new feature—is set among the women and children of a Mennonite community in the immediate aftermath of a series of sexual assaults and violations against them. The victims—even a child was raped—wake from a drugged sleep