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Sophie and the Rising Sun

Director Maggie Greenwald has adapted Augusta Trobaugh’s 2001 historical romance into a decorous feminist drama whose characters share many qualities with the willful nonconformists of her other period films, The Ballad of Little Jo and Songcatcher. But in the sleepy fishing village of Salty Creek,

The Daughter

In his atmospheric debut film, Australian theater director Simon Stone whittles down The Wild Duck into a cautionary tale about welcoming home an emotional exile. While stage adaptations of Henrik Ibsen’s tragicomedy often emphasize its farcical elements, Stone sticks to tragedy in his naturalistic version,

The Duchess of Langeais

Like its central character, The Duchess of Langeais is at once enticing and infuriating. This adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s novella is beautifully wrought and maddeningly oblique, impossible to dismiss but difficult to embrace. Director Jacques Rivette, now 80, is one of the grand old

Lavender

More mournful than frightening, the ghost story Lavender centers on the loss of family. Jane (Abbie Cornish) remembers nothing about her own parents or siblings, and her disquieting photographs present abandoned farmhouses as haunted relics of a family’s absence. But her successful gallery show doesn’t

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

The man who calls himself Lazarus Lake is a gleeful sadist. As founder and ringmaster of the Barkley Marathons, Lake oversees a grueling endurance race (over 100 miles of mountain terrain in 60 hours) that pushes physical limitations, tests mental resilience, and challenges serious athletes