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‘The Janes’ Review: A Stirring Documentary Account of the Trailblazing Underground Abortion Network

If the Jane Collective has gone under-credited in American women’s rights history over the last half-century, independent cinema is doing its best to make up for lost time. Right on the heels...

‘Summering’ Review: A Gently Meandering Generation Alpha Riff on ‘Stand By Me’

On a balmy Labor Day weekend, four best friends find a dead body in the woods, the discovery marking an end of innocence as adolescence beckons. If you think you’ve seen this...

‘The Territory’ Review: Indigenous Brazilians Stand Their Ground in an Urgent Environmental Docu-Thriller

Dual forces of climate change and cultural genocide overlap to devastating effect in “The Territory,” threatening not just a native community but a wider ecosystem — and cheered on by the actively...

Shortlisted Oscar International Films Tackle Gender, Sexuality and Bullying

Years ago, you wouldn’t have looked to the international feature category — or foreign-language film, as it was more insularly named back then — for much in the way of reflecting the...

‘Munich: The Edge of War’ Review: George MacKay Strives to Prevent WWII in a Handsome But Muted Thriller

There’s much talk of the proverbial British stiff upper lip in “Munich: The Edge of War,” as that dignified reserve mutates into damaging caution in matters of politics, days away from the...

BAFTA Embraces Surprises After Voting Overhaul

Until last year, handicapping the BAFTA nominees was a considerably more straightforward process. Given the British film awards ceremony’s ever-closer shadowing of the Academy Awards since moving to the Oscar precursor circuit...

‘Barakat’ Review: A Widow Chooses Her Own Happiness in a Sweetly Sentimental South African Comedy

South African cinema is still catching up to the diversity of the population it represents: a congregation of cultures, languages and religions that got ironed out in the popular imagination by the...

From ‘Titane’ to ‘Hand of God,’ Buzzy Festival Titles Fill International Race From Europe

After four consecutive years of losing out to other continents, European cinema reclaimed the international feature Oscar earlier this year with Thomas Vinterberg’s Danish entry “Another Round.” It was a return to...

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