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Becoming Astrid

Becoming Astrid

This warm-hearted biography of Astrid Lindgren is less about the making-of-a-writer than the formation of the woman who would become the prolific writer of beloved children’s books.

Jinn

Jinn

There’s nothing preachy about Jinn, even though Nijla Mu’min’s elegant debut feature is about a teenager coming to terms with her mother’s newly embraced religion.

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

Director Steve Loveridge has been a friend and collaborator with the rapper M.I.A. since they met as film students, but what saves his first documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. from the pitfalls of an adoring, glossed-over portrayal is the simple decision to take her seriously.

Oh Lucy!

Oh Lucy!

The wistful longing of discontented Japanese salarymen in Shall We Dance? is absent from the bracingly funny Oh Lucy! Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima), an office lady tugging at her restrictive white collar, bubbles with anger and resentment.

Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story

Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story

Documentarians Kate McIntyre Clere and Mick McIntyre take fellow Australians to task for their treatment of kangaroos, the free-roaming indigenous animals that elicit loathing as much as wonderment.