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‘The Commune’: Not Quite Here Nor There


Good performances can’t rescue the half-baked screenplay in Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg’s re-creation of the freewheeling ’70s.

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‘Citizen Jane’: A Hugely Entertaining Film Oversimplifies the 1950s Battle Over Growth in New York


Matt Tyrnauer’s chronicle also fails to connect the dots between the issues that beset America’s largest city in 1957 and those facing urban centers today. (Pictured, Jane Jacobs.)

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‘Seed’ Documentary Explores the David-and-Goliath Battle With Food Corporations


Farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers are fighting to protect the world’s natural food supply from extinction.

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A Search for Justice in ‘Finding Oscar’


The documentary traces the story of a 1982 massacre of a Guatemalan village to a trial three decades later, with human rights advocates as the heroes.

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Two Accomplished Actors—and a Cute Dog—Elevate ‘Truman’


Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara shine in Cesc Gay’s film about imminent death and old friends getting together for the last time.

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ Signals Beginning of a Mass Awakening for Black America


The 2016 documentary has given a voice to African-Americans, who now have more tools to fight for truth, justice and freedom from oppression.

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‘Hooligan Sparrow’ Takes an Unflinching Look at China’s Crackdown on Human Rights Activists


The documentary chronicles gender rights advocate Ye Haiyan’s struggle with Chinese authorities, and it also makes filmmaker Nanfu Wang a target of officialdom in her native country.

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‘The Salesman’: An Iranian Domestic Drama With a Dash of Arthur Miller


Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is back in the awards mix.

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‘Neruda’ Makes Poetry of a Cat-and-Mouse Tale


The film, nominated for a Golden Globe, follows Chile’s world-renowned Communist poet as he lives a colorful life on the run from an ambitious and mysterious cop.

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Ooh, ‘La La Land’


Director Damien Chazelle captures the dreamy side of Los Angeles in a buoyant, candy-colored musical romance. (Not keen on musicals? Give this one a chance.)

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