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  • The Young Karl Marx

    The Young Karl Marx

    ★★★½

    Raoul Peck’s essay film 'I Am Not Your Negro' was the best movie of 2016, and (if we’re being honest), the best moments of his new film come at its end, when he jettisons its biopic conventions in favor of quicksilver documentary technique. But it’s still a fine film, tracking young Marx and Engels as they build an ideology and a movement. And it doesn’t require deep knowledge (or even outsized sympathy) to their dogma; its questions of words-or-actions cross…

  • A Fantastic Woman

    A Fantastic Woman

    ★★★★

    'Gloria' director Sebastián Lelio helms this meticulously crafted character study about a trans woman (the remarkable Daniela Vega) whose live-in love passes away, only to find herself shut out of his memorial and funeral by his bitter family. “I have the right to say goodbye to him too,” she insists, and Leilo merely spends those days with her, observing her sadness and frustration as she tries to come to terms with a loss she’s not being allowed to grieve. Vega’s…

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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America

    ★★★★½

    “In one instant, her behaviors turned from charming to borderline psychotic.” So notes Tracy (Kirke) of Brooke (Gerwig), the title character of Noah Baumbach’s latest chronicle of the bohemian facades and generational navigation in New York City. Free of much of the cynicism but none of the bite of last spring’s 'While We’re Young,' Baumbach and co-writer Gerwig’s screwball treat beautifully captures the way a slightly older, seemingly together mentor-type figure can first seem to be everything you hope to…

  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★★★

    Here’s a weird thing that happened: a sold-out SXSW audience saw a “work in progress” cut of 'The Disaster Artist', James Franco’s film adaptation of Greg Sestero’s first-person account of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s legendarily bad movie 'The Room.' And it’s a very funny film about a very weird and untalented dude, and we all had a great many laughs at the expense of this guy and his terrible film. But we were also watching it with Mr. Wiseau…