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Maudie
NYT Critic’s Pick PG-13 Biography, Drama, Romance Directed by Aisling Walsh
Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke open up two closed people, unleashing torrents of feeling, in this film inspired by the life of a self-taught artist.
By MANOHLA DARGIS

The Boom
NYT Critic’s Pick Comedy Directed by Vittorio De Sica
“Il Boom,” starring Alberto Sordi as a building contractor with a lavish lifestyle, is a 1963 comedy that is only now getting an American release.
By GLENN KENNY

Score: A Film Music Documentary
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary, Music Directed by Matt Schrader
The likes of Max Steiner, Ennio Morricone and Bernard Herrmann are hailed in Matt Schrader’s film, as well as John Williams, Hans Zimmer and others.
By ANDY WEBSTER

Harmonium
NYT Critic’s Pick Not Rated Drama Directed by Kôji Fukada
A mysterious man becomes a disruptive presence for a married couple and their daughter in Koji Fukada’s well-acted family drama.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS

Cars 3
NYT Critic’s Pick G Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sport Directed by Brian Fee
Lightning is back and feeling a bit old in this latest breezy feature in the Pixar franchise. It offers life lessons that will resonate with adults as well as with children.
By GLENN KENNY

Moka
NYT Critic’s Pick Drama Directed by Frédéric Mermoud
Frédéric Mermoud’s slow-burn revenge thriller and character drama is a first-rate showcase for the actresses Emmanuelle Devos and Nathalie Baye.
By GLENN KENNY

Megan Leavey
NYT Critic’s Pick PG-13 Biography, Drama, War Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Based on a true story, this film, starring Kate Mara, is both harrowing and heartstring-tugging.
By NEIL GENZLINGER

The Hero
NYT Critic’s Pick R Comedy, Drama Directed by Brett Haley
Brett Haley’s low-key feature, about an older actor seeking redemption after being reduced to a cliché, belongs to its star, Sam Elliott.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS

Dawson City: Frozen Time
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary Directed by Bill Morrison
A lot of future moguls got their start in one remote Yukon town. And an amazing amount of film history was left behind.
By GLENN KENNY

It Comes at Night
NYT Critic’s Pick R Horror, Mystery Directed by Trey Edward Shults
“It Comes at Night,” the sophomore feature of Trey Edward Shults, is as spookily self-assured and ambitious as “Krisha.”
By A. O. SCOTT

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