Friday, November 14, 2014

2013 Movie Releases | Directed by Women

202 TOTAL | 97 FEATURES | 101 DOCUMENTARIES | 4 ANTHOLOGY

The ABCs of Death | Released March 8 | Drafthouse Films and Magnet Releasing
E is for Exterminate | Angela Bettis | @AngelaMBettis
O is for Orgasm | Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani | + 25 others
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The Act of Killing | Joshua Oppenheimer, Co-directed by Christine Cynn and Anonymous
Released July 19 | Drafthouse Films
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Adore aka Two Mothers | Anne Fontaine
Released September 6 | Exclusive Releasing
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Best friends Naomi Watts and Robin Wright truly Adore each other's sons and shift their moral compass to find happiness in uncharted waters. Grade: B


After Tiller | Martha Shane and Lana Wilson
Released September 20 | Oscilloscope Laboratories
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Afternoon Delight | Jill Soloway | @jillwaysolo
Released August 30 | The Film Arcade
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The raunchy Afternoon Delight challenges liberal beneficence and dissects the hive mind of hipsters who've adopted traditional gender roles. Grade: B+


American Mary | Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska | @twisted_twins
Released May 31 | XLrator Media
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American Milkshake | David Andalman and Mariko Munro | @mariksthecheeks
Released September 6 | Phase 4 Films
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American Promise | Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson | @michele0608
Released October 18 | Rada Film Group and P.O.V.
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And While We Were Here | Kat Coiro | @KatCoiro
Released September 13 | Well Go USA Entertainment
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And While We Were Here details a stifling marriage, the flush of new attraction and an Italian holiday that impels a long-desired awakening. Grade: B


André Gregory: Before and After Dinner | Cindy Kleine | @CindyRKleine
Released April 5 | Cinema Guild
Website | Netflix | DVD | iTunes
In profile of husband André Gregory Before and After Dinner, Cindy Kleine overshares while dissecting his philosophy of heightened openness. Grade: B


Arcadia | Olivia Silver
Released April 12 | Film Movement
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Defiant daughter challenges domineering dad on cross-country road trip to Arcadia, morphing from sheltered kid to aware teen along the way. Grade: B-


Arise | Lori Joyce and Candice Orlando
Released September 20 | Idanha Films
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Aroused | Deborah Anderson | @DAnderson_Photo
Released May 3 | Ketchup Entertainment
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Augustine | Alice Winocour
Released May 17 | Music Box Films
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Coolly observing the hysteria of Augustine uncovers a subtle power shift between esteemed Victorian neurologist and his prized patient muse. Grade: B+


Austenland | Jerusha Hess
Released August 16 | Sony Pictures Classics
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Austenland, the fantasy camp for Regency romantics, puts erstwhile Jane in a rigid bodice before facilitating this feisty heroine's release. Grade: B


Bastards | Claire Denis
Released October 25 | IFC Films
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The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek | Wendy Jo Cohen
Released March 1 | WideSphere Films
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Behind the Blue Veil | Robyn Symon
Released November 1 | Symon Productions
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Bert Stern: Original Mad Man | Shannah Laumeister | @shannahstar
Released April 5 | First Run Features
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Euphoric and melancholy, Original Mad Man establishes the public Bert Stern as a flawless imagemaker while revealing the flawed private man. Grade: B


Best Kept Secret | Samantha Buck
Released September 6 | Argot Pictures and P.O.V.
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Bidder 70 | Beth Gage and George Gage
Released May 17 | First Run Features
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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me | Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori
Released July 5 | Magnolia Pictures
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Nothing Can Hurt Me polishes the myth of Big Star, exalting their stellar pop while failing to cohesively profile band's troubled musicians. Grade: C+


Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives | Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore
Released January 18 | On and Beyond
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Black Nativity | Kasi Lemmons
Released November 27 | Fox Searchlight Pictures
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Black Rock | Katie Aselton | @duplaselton
Released May 17 | LD Entertainment
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Blackfish | Gabriela Cowperthwaite | @GabCowperthwait
Released July 19 | Magnolia Pictures
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The Bling Ring | Sofia Coppola
Released June 14 | A24
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Sofia Coppola views The Bling Ring thieves as the distorted mirror image of their famous victims in glossy portrait of celebrity narcissism. Grade: B


Born to Royalty | Lucy McDowell | @lucemcdowell
Released July 19 | BBC
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The Brass Teapot | Ramaa Mosley | @Marystrawberry
Released April 5 | Magnolia Pictures
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When The Brass Teapot rewards pain, a desperate young couple rejoices. Overwrought fable tallies the cost but doesn't require moral payment. Grade: C+


Brave Miss World | Cecilia Peck | @ceciliapeck
Released November 15 | Rocket Girl Productions and Reif Entertainment
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Breakfast with Curtis | Laura Colella
Released November 22 | BOND360
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Pulled into the orbit of his boho neighbors, a withdrawn teen observes adults enjoying summer with childlike glee in Breakfast with Curtis. Grade: B


Breaking the Girls | Jamie Babbit
Released July 26 | IFC Films
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Bridegroom | Linda Bloodworth Thomason
Released October 4 | Virgil Films
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Plaintive and triumphant bookends of Bridegroom aren't as moving as portrait of a loving couple expertly woven from treasured recollections. Grade: B


Call Me Kuchu | Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall | @fairfaxwright @MalikaZW
Released June 14 | Cinedigm
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Carrie | Kimberly Peirce
Released October 18 | Sony Pictures (Screen Gems)
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A Case of You | Kat Coiro | @KatCoiro
Released November 8 | IFC Films
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Justin Long writes himself into A Case of You as insecure author who idealizes a flighty Birdie, but Evan Rachel Wood makes this pixie real. Grade: B


Clip | Maja Miloš
Released March 15 | Artsploitation Films
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CinemAbility | Jenni Gold | @directorgold
Released November 8 | Gold Pictures
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Code of the West | Rebecca Richman Cohen
Released March 29 | Racing Horse Productions
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Sobering account of medical marijuana battle in Montana, Code of the West finds the state trapped between local fears and federal ambivalence. Grade: B


Concussion | Stacie Passon | @StaciePasson
Released October 4 | Radius TWC
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The Crash Reel | Lucy Walker | @LucyWalkerFilm
Released December 13 | HBO Documentary Films and Phase 4 Films
Website | Netflix | Amazon Instant Video | Blu-ray | DVD | iTunes
A candid assessment of our risk-taking culture, The Crash Reel offers a remarkable view into snowboarder Kevin Pearce's process of recovery. Grade: A


Dark Touch | Marina de Van
Released September 27 | IFC Films
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Irish girl with a Dark Touch is Carrie by way of Shiva in moody horror film that alternately telegraphs and conceals Niamh's driving force. Grade: C+


Dead Before Dawn | April Mullen
Released September 6 | Vivendi Entertainment
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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay | Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein
Released April 19 | Kino Lorber
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With the easy confidence of its subject, Deceptive Practice traces The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay without divulging his many secrets. Grade: B


Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli | Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra | @kathybrew
Released October 11 | First Run Features
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The well-ordered Design is One functions as a retrospective as well as a portrait of the aesthetically simpatico Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Grade: B


Desperate Acts of Magic | Tammy Caplan and Joe Tyler Gold
Released May 3 | Gold Cap Films
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Detroit Unleaded | Rola Nashef | @RolaNashef
Released November 15 | First Pond Entertainment
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Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey | Ramona S. Diaz
Released March 8 | Cinedigm
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Arnel Pineda's hard work turns luck into fame in rags to riches Don't Stop Believin' as moribund rock enterprise becomes Everyman's Journey. Grade: B-


Downeast | David Redmon and Ashley Sabin
Released March 8 | Carnivalesque Films
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Eden aka Abduction of Eden | Megan Griffiths | @thecinechick
Released March 22 | Phase 4 Films
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Electrick Children | Rebecca Thomas | @beccalouthomas
Released March 8 | Phase 4 Films
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From desert religious compound to Las Vegas of Electrick Children, a pregnant teen's prophecy unfolds with heightened certainty of a dream. Grade: B


Elemental | Gayatri Roshan and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Released May 17 | Cinema Guild
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Enough Said | Nicole Holofcener
Released September 20 | Fox Searchlight Pictures
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Nicole Holofcener takes a sitcom premise (good people making bad decisions) and allows it to unfold with subtlety and kindness. Enough Said. Grade: A


Everybody Has a Plan | Ana Piterbarg
Released March 22 | 20th Century Fox
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Expecting aka Gus | Jessie McCormack
Released December 6 | Tribeca Film
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Fill the Void | Rama Burshtein
Released May 24 | Sony Pictures Classics
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An illuminating glimpse into the closed world of Hasidic Jews, Fill the Void reveals the power of treasured women in this patriarchal realm. Grade: B+


Finding Mr. Right | Xue Xiaolu
Released November 8 | China Lion Film
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First Comes Love | Nina Davenport | @Nina_Davenport
Released July 26 | HBO Documentary Films
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FrackNation | Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney and Magdalena Segieda | @annmcelhinney @MSegieda
Released January 11 | Hard Boiled Films
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Fragments of Kubelka | Martina Kudláček
Released May 3 | Mina Film
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Free Angela and All Political Prisoners | Shola Lynch | @sholalynch
Released April 5 | Codeblack Films
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Free Angela and All Political Prisoners tracks 1970s maelstrom when the articulate, divisive Davis became a cause célèbre of radical politics. Grade: B+


Free the Mind | Phie Ambo | @PhieAmbo
Released May 3 | International Film Circuit
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Frozen | Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee | @alittlejelee
Released November 22 | Disney
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Future Weather | Jenny Deller
Released March 1 | First Pond Entertainment
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Finding solace in the natural world and scientific pursuits, Future Weather's resourceful teen begins to take stock of her chaotic family life. Grade: B+


Il Futuro | Alicia Scherson | @scherson
Released September 6 | Strand Releasing
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G-Dog | Freida Lee Mock
Released April 26 | Cinedigm
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This hagiography of G-Dog (Father Gregory Boyle) is most enlightening when documenting the contraction then expansion of Homeboy Industries. Grade: B-


The Ghosts in Our Machine | Liz Marshall
Released November 8 | Ghosts Media
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Gideon's Army | Dawn Porter | @dawnporterm
Released June 28 | HBO Documentary Films
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Ginger and Rosa | Sally Potter
Released March 15 | A24
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Inseparable 1960s teens Ginger and Rosa are captured in moody minimalism as their bedrock idealism and faith are shaken by intimate betrayal. Grade: B


A Girl and a Gun | Cathryne Czubek
Released July 5 | First Run Features
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Girl Most Likely aka Imogene | Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman
Released July 19 | Roadside Attractions
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Once the Girl Most Likely to succeed, Imogene's life comes gloriously unraveled in comedy that benefits from actors embracing their quirks. Grade: B


The Girls in the Band | Judy Chaikin | @judychaikin
Released May 10 | One Step Productions
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Going Attractions: The Definitive History of the American Drive-in Movie
April Wright | @driveindoc | Released June 7 | April Wine Productions
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The Great Hip Hop Hoax | Jeanie Finlay | @JeanieFinlay
Released October 18 | Kaleidoscope Film Distribution
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Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation | Laura Archibald
Released January 18 | Kino Lorber
Website | Netflix | Amazon Instant Video | DVD | iTunes
Music That Defined a Generation pieces together memories of interviewees into a patchwork that doesn't fully cover Greenwich Village scene. Grade: C+


Gut Renovation | Su Friedrich
Released March 8 | Outcast Films
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Hannah Arendt | Margarethe von Trotta
Released May 31 | Zeitgeist Films
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Rigorous and composed Hannah Arendt upends conventional wisdom with a dispassionate, piercing intellect that pinpoints the banality of evil. Grade: A-


Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction | Sophie Huber
Released September 13 | Adopt Films
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Hava Nagila (The Movie) | Roberta Grossman
Released March 1 | International Film Circuit
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Hello Herman | Michelle Danner
Released June 7 | All In Films
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Herb & Dorothy 50x50 | Megumi Sasaki
Released September 13 | Fine Line Media
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Homegoings | Christine Turner
Released June 28 | Peralta Pictures and P.O.V.
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The Hot Flashes | Susan Seidelman
Released July 12 | Vertical Entertainment
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Change of life comedy The Hot Flashes is a Title IX buddy movie whose underdog sports narrative elevates it beyond a shallow sitcom script. Grade: B-


I Am Breathing | Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon
Released September 6 | SDI Productions
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I Send You This Place | Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs | @andreaLsisson
Released June 7 | Lauren Edward
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If I Were You | Joan Carr-Wiggin
Released March 15 | Kino Lorber
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If I Were You employs Shakespearean tragedy and farce in the rare romcom that loves its characters, especially the flawed, struggling women. Grade: B+


Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here | Amei Wallach
Released November 15 | Festival Diaghilev P.S. and JTI
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In a World... | Lake Bell | @lakebell
Released August 9 | Roadside Attractions
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In a World where family and career expectations can kill self-confidence, Lake Bell finds success by being the right voice at the right time. Grade: A


In the Name Of | Malgoska Szumowska
Released November 1 | Film Movement
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Inch'Allah | Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
Released August 16 | Entertainment One Films
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Inescapable | Ruba Nadda
Released February 22 | IFC Films
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In slow burn, politically-charged Taken, the disappearance of his daughter in Damascus makes a Syrian exile realize his past is Inescapable. Grade: B


It Takes a Man and a Woman | Cathy Garcia-Molina
Released April 26 | Star Cinema
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It's Better to Jump | Gina Angelone and Mouna B. Stewart and Patrick A. Stewart | @GinaAngelone
Released November 22 | Patrick Stewart Productions
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K-11 | Jules Stewart | @RealJulesStew
Released March 15 | Breaking Glass Pictures
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Kiss of the Damned | Xan Cassavetes
Released May 3 | Magnet Releasing
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The hunger of female bloodsuckers is blatantly sexual in Kiss of the Damned, whose carnal vampires are elitists with impulse control issues. Grade: C+


Kuichisan | Maiko Endo
Released June 21 | Cinereach
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L.A. Superheroes: Illegal in Hollywood | Yelena Popovic and Alexandros Potter
Released June 21 | Simeon Entertainment
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Last Love aka Mr. Morgan's Last Love | Sandra Nettelbeck
Released November 1 | Image Entertainment
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Lonely Parisians make grand assumptions based on warm interactions in Last Love, romance that's as shaky as Michael Caine's American accent. Grade: C


The Legend of Sarila | Nancy Florence Savard | @NancyFlorence
Released November 1 | 10th Ave Productions
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Leonie | Hisako Matsui
Released April 12 | Monterey Media
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Emily Mortimer is a maternal Kate Hepburn in reductive biopic of Leonie, whose radical choices paved an artistic path for son Isamu Noguchi. Grade: C+


The Lesser Blessed | Anita Doron
Released June 7 | Monterey Media
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Leviathan | Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
Released March 1 | Cinema Guild
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Leviathan documents the ruthless efficiency of a fishing vessel with beautiful, brutal imagery in a bracing (but labored) experimental film. Grade: B-


Life According to Sam | Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Released October 18 | HBO Documentary Films
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The Lifeguard | Liz W. Garcia | @lizwgarcia
Released August 30 | Focus World and Screen Media Films
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Little Fugitive | Ray Ashley, Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin | 1953
Released February 1 | Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy
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Lore | Cate Shortland
Released February 8 | Music Box Films
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Ordered Third Reich gives way to feral divided Germany and Lore takes four siblings on a brutal rural trek that becomes her harsh awakening. Grade: B+


Lotus Eaters | Alexandra McGuinness
Released April 5 | Phase 4 Films
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Love is All You Need | Susanne Bier | @SusanneBier1
Released May 3 | Sony Pictures Classics
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Yet another all-inclusive destination romance in sunny Italy, Love is All You Need adds some memento mori to spice up the formulaic fantasy. Grade: B-


The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear | Tinatin Gurchiani
Released August 9 | Icarus Films
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Made in Cleveland | Released June 21 | 1031 Films and EMA Entertainment
Forbidden Love | Cigdem Slankard | Fucking Cleveland | Jamie Babbit
Love of Country | Amy Tankersley Swinderman | + 4 others
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Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love | Dori Berinstein
Released December 6 | Dramatic Forces and American Masters
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Memories Look at Me | Song Fang
Released May 3 | Xstream Pictures
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Merry Christmas | Anna Condo
Released December 6 | Fern Films
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Midnight's Children | Deepa Mehta | @iamdeepamehta
Released April 26 | 108 Media and Paladin
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Movie 43 | Released January 25 | Relativity Media
Middleschool Date | Elizabeth Banks | @ElizabethBanks | + 12 others
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Musicwood | Maxine Trump
Released November 1 | Cinema Guild
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The Muslims are Coming! | Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah | @NeginFarsad
Released September 13 | FilmBuff
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My Best Day | Erin Greenwell | @egbrooklyn
Released June 14 | Smithy Productions
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Biggest Fourth of July fireworks are detonated when estranged family members meet and couples reconnect in sleepy small town of My Best Day. Grade: B-


My Brooklyn | Kelly Anderson
Released January 4 | New Day Films
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My Brother the Devil | Sally El Hosaini | @sallyelhosaini
Released March 22 | 108 Media and Paladin
Website | Netflix | DVD


My Lucky Star | Dennie Gordon | @denniegordon
Released September 20 | China Lion Film
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Nana | Valérie Massadian
Released January 25 | UniFrance Films
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The Network | Eva Orner | @evaorner
Released September 27 | FilmBuff
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The New Black | Yoruba Richen | @redrubes14
Released November 1 | Promised Land Film
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The New Rijksmuseum: Parts 1 and 2 | Oeke Hoogendijk
Released December 20 | Films Transit
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No Place on Earth | Janet Tobias
Released April 5 | Magnolia Pictures
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Using remarkable recreations and interviews, No Place on Earth reveals the resilient Ukrainian Jews who literally went underground during WWII. Grade: B+


Not Yet Begun to Fight | Shasta Grenier and Sabrina Lee
Released October 25 | Ultraviolet Projects
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Oka! | Lavinia Currier
Released October 18 | Dada Films
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Bayaka in Central African Republic provide ideal sounds for Oka! ethnomusicologist who sees commerce and politics threatening Pygmy freedom. Grade: B-


One Life | Michael Gunton and Martha Holmes
Released February 22 | IM Global
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One Night Stand | Trish Dalton and Elisabeth Sperling | @trishd
Released April 26 | Overnight Musicals
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Only the Young | Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims
Released January 4 | Oscilloscope Laboratories and P.O.V.
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Our Nixon | Penny Lane | @lennypane
Released July 19 | Cinedigm
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Our School | Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma | @monanicoara @miruna33
Released January 18 | New Day Films
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Out of the Clear Blue Sky | Danielle Gardner
Released September 6 | Area 23a
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Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey | Wendy J.N. Lee | @wendytronic
Released November 15 | Jelly Bean Films
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Paradise aka Lamb of God | Diablo Cody | @diablocody
Released October 18 | Image Entertainment
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Tough exterior can't hide mushy center of Diablo Cody's Paradise when suffering and redemption are redefined by daughter of fundamentalists. Grade: C-


Paris-Manhattan | Sophie Lellouche
Released April 12 | Palace Films
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The Paw Project | Jennifer Conrad
Released September 27 | Paw Project
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Peaches Does Herself | Peaches | @peachesnisker
Released October 18 | I U She Productions
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Peeples | Tina Gordon Chism | @TinaGordonChism
Released May 10 | Lionsgate
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People who love Peeples meet impossible to please patriarch in enjoyable situation romantic comedy that spoofs elitism and celebrates honesty. Grade: B+


The Pervert's Guide to Ideology | Sophie Fiennes
Released November 1 | Zeitgeist Films
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Philip Roth: Unmasked | William Karel and Livia Manera
Released March 15 | Cinétévé and American Masters
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Philip Roth is forthcoming about his writing life in Unmasked, which only hints at why his challenging novels elicit anger alongside praise. Grade: B-


Pilgrim Song | Martha Stephens
Released May 10 | BrinkVision
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The Pin | Naomi Jaye
Released October 25 | Main Street Films
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A Place at the Table | Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush | @CatalystFilms @lsilverbush
Released March 1 | Magnolia Pictures
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A Place at the Table uses easily digestible formula of talking head activists and heartbreaking personal stories to examine hunger in America. Grade: B


The Playroom | Julia Dyer
Released February 8 | Freestyle Releasing
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Uptight dad + swinging mom = aimless 1970s kids. Four suburban siblings retreat to The Playroom and fantasize about a future they can control. Grade: A-


Plush | Catherine Hardwicke | @C_Hardwicke
Released September 13 | Millennium Entertainment
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Portrait of Jason | Shirley Clarke
Released April 19 | Milestone Films
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The Punk Singer | Sini Anderson | @SiniAnderson
Released November 29 | IFC Films
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The Punk Singer echoes ethos of musician Kathleen Hanna: a strong feminist voice that's inclusive and a bracing aesthetic that's accessible. Grade: A-


The Reluctant Fundamentalist | Mira Nair | @MiraPagliNair
Released April 26 | IFC Films
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Stale feeling of inevitability thwarts The Reluctant Fundamentalist, whose flashback structure unearths layers of cultural misunderstanding. Grade: B-


The Revolutionary Optimists | Maren Grainger-Monsen and Nicole Newnham
Released March 29 | Shadow Distribution
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A River Changes Course | Kalyanee Mam
Released October 4 | Migrant Films
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Running From Crazy | Barbara Kopple | @barbarakopple
Released November 1 | Vitagraph Films
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Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde | Suzanne Mitchell
Released October 4 | Screen Media Films
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The Life of Dayton O. Hyde (cowboy, conservationist, writer) celebrates horses Running Wild and the clear-eyed tenacity of a Western idealist. Grade: A


Savannah | Annette Haywood-Carter
Released August 23 | Ketchup Entertainment
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The Secret Lives of Dorks | Salomé Breziner | @secretdorkgirl
Released September 27 | D&E Entertainment
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The Selfish Giant | Clio Barnard | @cliobarnard
Released December 20 | IFC Films
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Shepard & Dark | Treva Wurmfeld | @trevawurmfeld
Released September 27 | Music Box Films
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A dual biography of consummate storytellers, Shepard & Dark documents complementary opposites Sam & Johnny dissecting their long friendship. Grade: A-


The Shine of Day | Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
Released July 12 | Vento Film
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Silent City | Threes Anna | @threesanna
Released October 11 | Film Festival Flix
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Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle
Lian Lunson | @lianlunson | Released June 28 | Horse Pictures
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Those who loved Kate McGarrigle close their eyes to Sing the Songs That Say I Love You in rough-hewn doc that celebrates her warmth and wit. Grade: B-


Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers | Havana Marking
Released August 2 | Doppelganger Releasing
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Striking visuals of Smash & Grab make doc look like sleek caper film, but The Story of the Pink Panthers gains depth exploring Balkan roots. Grade: B+


Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922 | Maria Iliou
Released April 5 | Proteus
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So Young | Zhao Wei
Released June 14 | China Lion Film
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Some Girl(s) | Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Released June 28 | Leeden Media
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Women articulate their pain to a seemingly contrite ladies' man, uncovering lingering effects of his destructive narcissism on Some Girl(s). Grade: B


The Source Family | Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille | @jodiwille
Released May 3 | Drag City Film Distribution
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Lost children of Aquarius find a Big Daddy in The Source Family, an insider's view of 1970s cult that epitomizes New Age promise and hubris. Grade: B-


Spark: A Burning Man Story | Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter
Released August 16 | Spark Pictures
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The Square | Jehane Noujaim | @JehaneNoujaim
Released October 25 | Noujaim Films and Netflix
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Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams | Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart
Released April 5 | Weapons of Mass Entertainment
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Stories We Tell | Sarah Polley | @SarahEPolley
Released May 10 | Roadside Attractions
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In her intimate and extraordinary Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley explodes the documentary form while reaffirming its power to build narrative. Grade: A


Stranger Things | Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal | @EleanorBurke
Released April 5 | Faces Films
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Sun Don't Shine | Amy Seimetz
Released April 26 | Factory 25
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Sunlight Jr. | Laurie Collyer | @lauriecollyer
Released November 15 | Gravitas Ventures and Samuel Goldwyn Films
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Sweet Dreams | Lisa Fruchtman and Rob Fruchtman
Released November 1 | International Film Circuit
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Sweet Talk | Terri Hanauer
Released December 13 | Sweet Talk Productions
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Symphony of the Soil | Deborah Koons Garcia
Released October 11 | Lily Films
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A Teacher | Hannah Fidell | @holafidel
Released September 6 | Oscilloscope Laboratories
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Three Worlds | Catherine Corsini
Released June 21 | Film Movement
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The To Do List | Maggie Carey
Released July 26 | CBS Films
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Seriously raunchy comedy The To Do List embraces embarrassment as methodical valedictorian charts her own crash course in sexual experience. Grade: B


Tokyo Waka: A City Poem | John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
Released August 30 | Stylo Films
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Touchy Feely | Lynn Shelton | @lynnsheltonfilm
Released September 6 | Magnolia Pictures
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From the Touchy Feely to the tightly wound, a Seattle family and their satellites let go to move forward in observant, compassionate comedy. Grade: A-


Tricked | John-Keith Wasson and Jane Wells
Released December 13 | Kino Lorber
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Trouble Every Day | Claire Denis
Released October 11 | The Film Desk
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Sex begets death for the fine young cannibals of a frighteningly intimate Trouble Every Day while love is expressed as denial or repression. Grade: B-


Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro | Heather Winters
Released October 18 | Deston Films
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Una Noche | Lucy Mulloy
Released August 23 | IFC Films
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Valentine Road | Marta Cunningham | @martacunningha9
Released October 4 | HBO Documentary Films
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Vanishing Waves aka Aurora | Kristina Buožytė
Released March 15 | Artsploitation Films
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Venus and Serena | Maiken Baird and Michelle Major
Released May 10 | Magnolia Pictures
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Williams sisters are iconic in Venus and Serena, but doc is best when revealing two idiosyncratic individuals who continually defy convention. Grade: B-


Wadjda | Haifaa al Mansour | @HaifaaMansour
Released September 13 | Sony Pictures Classics
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Wampler’s Ascent | Elizabeth Wampler | @elizwampler
Released August 23 | 11 Amps
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We Came Home | Ariana Delawari | @arianadelawari
Released September 27 | Delwari Productions
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Wedding Palace | Christine Yoo | @GoGoGoENT
Released September 27 | GoGoGo Entertainment
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The World Before Her | Nisha Pahuja | @NishaPahuja
Released May 10 | Cinedigm and P.O.V.
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Young Turks | Stephen Seemayer and Pamela Wilson
Released February 8 | Seemayer Studios
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Zero Charisma | Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews | @K80Blog
Released October 11 | Tribeca Film
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A petulant role-playing game master with Zero Charisma rails at his sudden loss of control in comedy that details the insularity of nerdom. Grade: B


Zinda Bhaag | Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi
Released October 18 | FunAsiA
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Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride | Amy Nicholson
Released August 9 | Cinema Guild
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3 Geezers! | Michelle Schumacher
Released May 24 | Gravitas Ventures
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What makes 3 Geezers! worse than a comparable gross-out teen comedy? The realization that these sexed-up seniors won't be growing out of it. Grade: D+


33 Postcards | Pauline Chan
Released May 17 | Arclight Films
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Chinese orphan got 33 Postcards detailing her Australian sponsor's ideal life; naïve teen meets a very different man in this saccharine drama. Grade: C


99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film | Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites | @AudreyEwell | + 7 others
Released September 6 | Participant Media
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108 aka Cuchillo de Palo | Renate Costa
Released March 22 | Icarus Films
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2013 Oscar Nominated Short Films | Released February 1 | Shorts International
Inocente | Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine | Website
Kings Point | Sari Gilman | @sarigilman | Website
Mondays at Racine | Cynthia Wade | Website
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