Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers.
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki A lovely piece of work from Finland, a sweet, warmly observed tale about a boxer falling in love before his biggest bout overlaid with just the right amount of Scandinavian melancholy. (Kenneth Turan) NR.
I Am Not Your Negro As directed by the gifted Raoul Peck, this documentary on
La La Land Starring a well-paired Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, writer-director Damien Chazelle's tuneful tribute to classic movie musicals is often stronger in concept than execution, but it's lovely and transporting all the same. (Justin Chang) PG-13.
Norman: The Modern Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Subtle, unsettling, slyly amusing, Israeli director Joseph Cedar's first English-language film provides Richard Gere with a splendid role as a hustler forever on the make in Manhattan. (Kenneth Turan) R.
A Quiet Passion Cynthia Nixon gives a brilliant performance as Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies' masterful biographical portrait of the great 19th century poet, which begins as a razor-sharp drawing-room comedy before edging almost imperceptibly toward tragedy. (Justin Chang) PG-13.
Truman A great success in Spain, this life-affirming film about the last days of a life features top acting by stars Ricardo Darín and Javier Cámara. (Kenneth Turan) NR.
The Women's Balcony An Israeli box-office hit about a Jerusalem clash of religious cultures, this is an unapologetically warmhearted comedic drama, a fine example of commercial filmmaking grounded in a persuasive knowledge of human behavior. (Kenneth Turan) NR.