Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Julian Dennison, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Eddie Marsan

Deadpool 2

The Story: Deadpool returns, this time going up against a time-traveling commando to protect an obnoxious teenage mutant. The Lowdown: Somehow sillier and yet more socially conscious than its predecessor, this cynically minded sequel earns its R rating by delivering more of the raunchy metahumor that made the original such a surprise hit.
Starring: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Lane Scott, Cat Clifford

The Rider

The Story: An injured rodeo rider must decide whether or not he'll risk his life by getting back in the ring. The Lowdown: A deconstructionist docudrama staring nonprofessional actors effectively playing themselves that takes aim at the mythos of machismo established in classic cowboy cinema.
Starring: Ruth Bader Ginsburg


The Story: A look at the illustrious career and indelible legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Lowdown: A fawning and occasionally superficial documentary, the shortcomings of which are largely overcome by the significance and appeal of its subject.
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

The Apartment

In Brief: Potentially Billy Wilder's most cynical comedy (if far from his most cynical film), The Apartment (1960) dealt with material that was particularly daring in its era. That the film still packs ample dramatic weight and resonance nearly six decades later is a testament not only to Wilder's directorial prowess, but also to the emotional honesty of…
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola


The Story: The estranged daughter of an Orthodox rabbi returns home for her father's funeral, only to be confronted with the harsh judgment of her community over an illicit love affair from the past that may not be as defunct as she thinks. The Lowdown: A methodically paced and carefully constructed character study of two women in love but separated…
Starring: Péter Rudolf, Bence Tasnádi, Tamás Szabó Kimmel, Dóra Sztarenki, Ági Szirtes, József Szarvas


The Story: A small Hungarian hamlet is gripped by paranoia in the immediate aftermath of World War II when a pair of Jews return to the village, possibly to reclaim their property from the people who exploited it in their absence. The Lowdown: A moving morality play on a shoestring budget with an unfortunately timely message.
Starring: Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman, Alan Alda, Amnon Weinstein, Stefan Valcuha, Billy Joel


The Story: An intimate look at the life and legacy of legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman. The Lowdown: A concise and adroitly directed documentary delving more into the personality of Perlman than the details of his career.
Starring: Gyurme Tethong, Tsewang Migyur Khangsar, Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Tencho Gyalpo, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin


In Brief: "Important" films from Martin Scorsese tend to be divisive, not only because audiences would rather see him reiterate the same gangster tropes in perpetuity  (remember when nobody showed up for his excellent Silence last year?), but also because the director himself seems to get a little lost when he starts dealing with more serious subject matter. While The Last Temptation…
Starring: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonatan Shiray, Yehuda Almagor, Shira Haas


The Story: An Israeli family is devastated by the news that their son has died while performing compulsory military service, only to discover that a terrible mistake has been made. The Lowdown: A brutally conceived and beautifully executed political allegory that deftly balances human tragedy with occasional touches of blackhearted farce.
Starring: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston


The Story: An overtaxed mother receives some much-needed help from a mercurial young night nanny. The Lowdown: An interesting take on the burdens and societal pressures of motherhood that goes thoroughly off the rails in its third act.
Starring: Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, Roy Boyd

The Wicker Man

In Brief: One of only three films directed by Robin Hardy, much of what makes The Wicker Man (1973) so special can likely be attributed to recently deceased writer Anthony Shaffer, who also wrote Hitchcock's Frenzy and both the stage and screen versions of Sleuth. This film is unquestionably a definitive cult classic, due largely to…
Starring: Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis, Billie Burke, Dennis O'Keefe, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson

Topper Returns

In Brief: The third and final of producer Hal Roach's films based on Thorne Smith's novel Topper, this hidden gem has long been overlooked due to the absence of original stars Cary Grant and Constance Bennett — and that's unfortunate because this iteration easily equals the first Topper film and blatantly bests the second. Topper Returns (1941) ditches the screwball model…
Starring: Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, Steve Zahn

Lean on Pete

The Story: A young boy reeling from the death of his father steals a racehorse and tries to track down his aunt. The Lowdown: A coming-of-age story that eschews the feel-good sensibilities of the genre in favor of a challenging look at the bleak realities of those living on the margins of American society.
Starring: Madeleine Carroll, Peter Lorre, John Gielgud, Robert Young.

Secret Agent

In Brief: One of the most thematically unsettling and technically accomplished films of Alfred Hitchcock's British era, Secret Agent (1936) is often unduly marginalized because it followed the director's masterful The 39 Steps (1935) and preceded his equally exceptional Sabotage (also 1936). And that's unfortunate, because its twisty plot — adapted from W. Somerset Maugham's "Ashenden" stories — and compelling psychological…
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, Alex Manette, John Doman, Judith Roberts

You Were Never Really Here

The Story: An unhinged veteran working as a hitman must rescue the young daughter of a politician from a ring of upper-crust sex traffickers. The Lowdown: Writer/director Lynne Ramsay transcends the pulp predictability of her source material by eschewing gratuitous gore in favor of character development and emotional nuance.
Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Kevin Heffernan, Brian Cox, Lynda Carter, Rob Lowe, Jim Gaffigan, Fred Savage, Sean William Scott, Damon Wayans Jr.

Super Troopers 2

The Story: A disgraced band of Vermont cops return to the job in a small Canadian village recently repatriated to the US. The Lowdown: Neither as bad nor as good as it might have been, this trip down memory lane narrowly avoids hitting a complete dead end.