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In ‘My Little Sister,’ a bond beyond understanding

In Germany's submission for this year's Oscars, the incomparable Nina Hoss plays a Berlin playwright whose desperate efforts to save her twin brother from leukemia tip her toward madness.

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Joan Micklin Silver: the Lower East Side, yes; Hollywood, no, and that was Hollywood’s loss

A barrier-breaking filmmaker, she directed three of the finest movies of the late 1970s, one late-1980s romantic comedy that looks better with every passing year, and a little-known gem that was among HBO’s very first original films.

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In Focus: On HBO, the rise and fall — and return — of Tiger Woods

The opening montage of Matt Heineman and Matt Hamachek’s thoughtful, engaging, and comprehensive two-part documentary, “Tiger,” eloquently sums up Woods’s first act.

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Doc Talk: kid power in Belmont, growing up in Illinois, days of yore in the Yukon

We are not passing down much of a world to the generations to come, but the young people profiled in three documentaries at the Belmont World Film’s Family Festival are ready and willing to make the future theirs.

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In ‘Herself,’ on Amazon: building a house to rebuild a life

A modest, empathetic Irish film about communities of support, the difficulties of getting back on one’s feet, and hard-won little victories.

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Vanessa Kirby delivers a tour de force performance in ‘Pieces of a Woman’ on Netflix

She plays a woman coping with unfathomable loss in a skilled but heavy-handed drama now landing on Netflix after a tour of the fall film festivals.

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Wondering about the ’80s in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

For Gen X viewers, it’s a superhero movie that summons some not-so-super memories.

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A wish list for 2021

Ways in which the world could improve, culturally, politically, cinematically, and socially.