The Edge of SeventeenA teen movie that’s funnier, sweeter, more specific, and more heartbreaking than you expect.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemIt’s great to be back in the wizarding world, even if Newt Scamander and his beasts are a little boring.
It Looked Great. It Was Unwatchable.Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk shows the promise and failure of high-frame-rate cinema.
MascotsThis Netflix mockumentary isn’t Christopher Guest at his best, but it’s still a charmer that packs a sneaky punch.
New SlavesI’m a criminal justice reporter, and Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix documentary about mass incarceration shocked me.
American HoneyNewcomer Sasha Lane is a star in the making, though Andrea Arnold’s film can’t quite find the elusive truths of the heartland.
Queen of KatweA feel-good movie about a teenage Ugandan chess champion with some sly lessons about the rest of the world.
The Toxic Charisma of John McAfeeA new Showtime documentary paints an eerie, irresistible portrait of the anti-virus software pioneer turned international fugitive.
EllePaul Verhoeven’s unsettling latest is a black comedy about systemic misogyny, a rape whodunit, and so much more.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkAn orchestrated attack on the viewer with a solemn message about American soldiers.
Doctor StrangePhysician, heal thyself! The newest Marvel movie sends Benedict Cumberbatch on a quest inside his own head.
Certain WomenNewcomer Lily Gladstone joins a remarkable cast of actresses in Kelly Reichardt’s stories of women’s work in the West.
The Birth of a NationThe dishonesty at the center of this much-debated movie has nothing to do with its director’s personal history and a lot to do with history itself.
The Girl on the TrainThe novel could be repetitive and squalid; the movie, despite its chills, feels oddly redemptive.
Deepwater HorizonA satisfying action spectacle that valorizes the workers on the ill-fated rig—but skirts the greater question of what the oil they drilled for means for us all.
The DressmakerYes, the fancy frocks are pretty. But Kate Winslet’s revenge is bloody in this surprising Aussie drama.
The Magnificent SevenDenzel Washington and a ragtag team of cowboys in an old-fashioned shoot-’em-up.
The White HelmetsA new Netflix documentary shows in gripping detail what the war in Aleppo looks like from the city’s streets.