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‘The Whistlers’ Review: From Bucharest With Ambivalence

The Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu tries out a new tune with this elaborate international caper movie. → Read More

‘Young Ahmed’ Review: Fighting for the Soul of a Teenage Militant

The latest film from the Dardenne brothers concerns the fate of a 13-year-old under the sway of a radical imam. → Read More

‘Downhill’ Review: A Small Disaster in the Snow

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in this timid remake of a dark Swedish vacation comedy. → Read More

‘Ordinary Love’ Review: In Sickness and in Health

Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson play a married couple facing a cancer diagnosis. → Read More

‘Cane River’ Review: A Lost Treasure of Independent Cinema

Horace B. Jenkins’s tale of forbidden romance in Louisiana, completed in 1982, opens at last. → Read More

‘The Traitor’ Review: Turning the Tables on La Cosa Nostra

Marco Bellocchio’s film tells the story of Tommaso Buscetta, a Sicilian Mafioso who became Italy’s most notorious informer in the 1980s. → Read More

‘Little Women’ Review: This Movie Is Big

Greta Gerwig refreshes a literary classic with the help of a dazzling cast that includes Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep. → Read More

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Review: Revolution No. 9

Resistance is futile. Rey, Finn and Poe are back; so is Kylo Ren. No spoilers here. → Read More

‘A Hidden Life’ Review: Refusing Hitler, Embracing Beauty

Terrence Malick’s film telling the story of an Austrian farmer’s heroic defiance of the Nazis is gorgeous and at times frustrating. → Read More

‘Richard Jewell’ Review: The Wrong Man

Clint Eastwood’s take on the frenzied aftermath of the Olympic Park bombing is flawed and fascinating. → Read More

The Best Actors of 2019

These are the 10 performers whose work we found most captivating, challenging, shocking and inspiring in 2019. With a portfolio of photographs by Jack Davison. → Read More

Jennifer Lopez on Finally Getting the Part She Was Born to Play

For decades, Hollywood demanded she play ditzy or desperate. It took the role an exuberant, amoral stripper to set her free. → Read More

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Review: A Brush With Passion

In Céline Sciamma’s new film, Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant play an aristocrat and an artist falling in love in 18th-century France. → Read More

‘The Disappearance of My Mother’ Review: Son’s View of a Model Parent

Benedetta Barzini, couture star and cultural critic, reluctantly faces her son’s camera in a tender and harsh documentary. → Read More

Best Movies of 2019

These titles prove that while the streaming arguments rage and the medium may be a mess, the art form is as healthy as ever. → Read More

‘Queen & Slim’ Review: Love on the Run

Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith star in Melina Matsoukas’s dreamy but intense outlaw romance. → Read More

‘The Two Popes’ Review: Double Act at the Vatican

Jonathan Pryce (as the future Pope Francis) and Anthony Hopkins (as the outgoing Pope Benedict) star in a study of faith, friendship and power. → Read More

‘Varda by Agnès’ Review: A Final Visit With an Irreplaceable Filmmaker

In her last film, Agnès Varda sums up a six-decade career. → Read More

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Review: You Are My Friend

Tom Hanks plays Mister Rogers, the beloved children’s television host, as he comes to the aid of a suffering magazine writer. → Read More

‘Atlantics’ Review: Haunted by Ghosts and Injustice in Senegal

Mati Diop’s Cannes prize winner is a potent mix of genres and moods. → Read More