‘Cameraperson’ and ‘Tanna’ are critics’ picks, Sept. 30-Oct. 6

A scene from the movie "Tanna."
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Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Click title for full review.

The Age of Shadows Kim Jee-woon (mildly) tones down the ultra-violence of “I Saw the Devil” with this thrillingly taut and intricate 1920s spy yarn, which will represent South Korea in the Oscar race for best foreign-language film. (Justin Chang) NR.

Cameraperson Kirsten Johnson’s enigmatic yet revelatory visual collage is assembled from snippets of her work as a documentary cinematographer, refracting years of professional globetrotting and thorny philosophical reflection through a teasing hall of mirrors. (Justin Chang) NR.

Don’t Think Twice Actor-comedian Mike Birbiglia’s funny and endearing love letter to the world of improvisational comedy and the spontaneous performers who keep it bubbling. (Gary Goldstein) R.


Hell or High Water Set in the desolate sprawl of West Texas, this gripping heist drama starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster and Chris Pine is keenly attuned to the outsider politics of our times. (Glenn Whipp) R.

The Hollars A warm, funny and truthful film by director-star John Krasinksi with an endearingly wacky approach that sets it apart from the myriad of previous dysfunctional family tales. (Gary Goldstein) PG-13.

Howards End Rereleased in a sparkling new 4K restoration, this landmark example of a movie of passion, taste and sensitivity that honestly touches every emotion is as moving and relevant as ever. (Kenneth Turan) PG.

Jason Bourne The fourth film to feature Matt Damon as the unstoppable secret agent, the third to be directed by Paul Greengrass, this most propulsive motion picture is a model of what mainstream entertainment can be like when everything goes right. (Kenneth Turan) PG-13.

Kubo and the Two Strings In this 3-D wonderment steeped in ancient Japanese folklore and brought to life by the stop-motion innovators at Laika Entertainment, magic is both an eye-popping phenomenon and an everyday reality. (Justin Chang) PG.

The Lovers and the Despot A stranger tale you will not see than this documentary on how North Korea kidnapped a popular South Korean actress and a top South Korean director to make films for the North. (Kenneth Turan) NR.

Other People Darkly funny, enormously moving and wonderfully observed, writer-director Chris Kelly’s comedy-drama is a strong, idiosyncratic, real-life-inspired film about an adult son’s return home to be with his ill mother. (Gary Goldstein) NR.

Tanna Beautifully shot on a tiny Eden-like Pacific island, this is the surprisingly convincing story of the forbidden love between two young people and how it plays out in a traditional South Seas culture. (Kenneth Turan) NR.


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