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First Reformed
A24
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary parish pastor at a small church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. The church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by…
Lady Bird
A24
Directed by Greta Gerwig and nominated for five Oscars , LADY BIRD is a warm, affecting comedy about a high schooler (Saoirse Ronan) who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) over the course…
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows the titular character (Chloe Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back…
Moonlight
A24
Oscar-winner for Best Picture, MOONLIGHT is a moving and transcendent look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances,…
The Florida Project
A24
Set on a stretch of highway in a budget motel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe), just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, THE FLORIDA PROJECT follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother over the course of a single summer.…
Boy
Acclaimed director Taika Waititi ( Hunt for the Wilderpeople ) presents a creative coming-of-age comedy set in 1984, following an eleven-year-old Michael Jackson fanatic nicknamed "Boy" (James Rolleston). With his mother dead and father AWOL, Boy becomes the head of…
20th Century Women
A24
A strong-willed single mother (Annette Bening) raises her teenage son with the help of two unconventional younger women in this funny, heartwarming look at a makeshift family's comic adventures in Santa Barbara during the summer of 1979. Nominated for an…
The Lobster
A24
A darkly comic fable from Yorgos Lanthimos ( Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Favourite ), this acclaimed film centers on recently-divorced David (Colin Farrell) as he searches for a new love within 45 days--at which point, if he's still…
I Am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin and Race in America
An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House.…
Kedi - The Cats of an Ancient City
Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Winner of Best First…
Amy - The Tragic Story of Amy Winehouse
A24
An Oscar-winner for Best Feature Documentary, AMY is a deeply moving portrait of 6-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse using powerful first-hand footage to bring her story to life, showcasing both her incredible talent and her tragic demise from the dual…
American Honey
A24
An adolescent girl from a troubled home (Sasha Lane, Hearts Beat Loud ) runs away with a traveling sales crew who drive across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door. Nominated for a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film…
What Will People Say - Hva vil folk si
Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives a double life. When out with her friends, she's a regular Norwegian teenager. At home with her family, she is the perfect Pakistani daughter. But when her father catches her alone with her boyfriend, her two worlds…
The Young Karl Marx - Le jeune Karl Marx
This gripping biopic tells the story of how a 26-year-old Karl Marx met Friedrich Engels and created a movement that would change the course of political history. Directed by the brilliant mind behind I Am Not Your Negro , (Raoul…
Ex Machina
A24
A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I. Alex Garland ( Annihilation ) made his directorial debut with this cerebral thriller starring Alicia Vikander,…
Under the Skin
A24
Based on the novel by Michel Faber, UNDER THE SKIN examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine (Scarlett Johansson) who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results. Nominated…
A Most Violent Year
A24
A searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city's history. Starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, this gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political…
What We Do In the Shadows
Housemates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, & Jonathan Brugh) are three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited into nightclubs. They are just…
Obit. - The New York Times Obituary Writers
It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps--and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web--an obit writer is racing…
Hannah Arendt
In the award-winning HANNAH ARENDT, the sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta for a brilliant new biopic of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Arendt's reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The…