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You've never seen a zombie movie like this. Shuffling between 1962 Haiti, where an undead man is forced into slavery in the sugar cane fields, and contemporary France, where the slave's descendant is the newest student at an all-girls boarding school, this one-of-a-kind movie from director Bertrand Bonello (NOCTURAMA, SAINT LAURENT) builds an atmosphere of mystery and unease—all the while offering up a blistering critique of French colonialist history. In French with English subtitles.
103 minutes; French with English subtitles; NR
What happened between Pope Benedict XI (Anthony Hopkins) and the future Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) in the days before Benedict’s decision in 2013 to relinquish the papacy? Like THE QUEEN, THE TWO POPES—briskly directed by Fernando Meirelles (CITY OF GOD), and ingeniously scripted by Andrew McCarten (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING) weds public record and creative speculation to create a gripping, heartfelt, and surprisingly funny consideration of recent world history.
126 minutes; PG-13
In 2009, the Senate Intelligence Committee opened an investigation into the CIA’s practices in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. What followed was a political battle of wills, both to uncover the truth and to make the findings public. This little-known chapter of recent American history is brought to crackling life by writer-director Scott Z.
The race is on as Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) compete to light up the Chicago World’s Fair with that newfangled invention called electricity. Originally completed in 2017 but shelved after its studio went bankrupt, THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT can finally be seen as a smart, delightfully acted and indeed electric history lesson. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (ME EARL AND THE DYING GIRL).
101 minutes; PG-13
For 25 years from her perch at The New Yorker, the legendary Pauline Kael extolled masterpieces, excoriated turkeys and started countless arguments. Rob Garver’s sweetly nostalgic documentary portrait of Kael—with appearances by Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Camille Paglia and many others—recalls an era when movies were at the center of American culture, and when a diminutive, erudite woman who grew up on a chicken farm could become a literary celebrity.
95 minutes; NR