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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.

Shine

Shine

Shine could easily be called The Salsa Kings Dance With Pride and Love. Anthony Nardolillo devotes a sizable chunk of his first film to dance numbers, and there’s an infectious joy to these scenes, more about the characters than does the creaky melodrama that frames them.

Age of Summer

Age of Summer

Movies presenting formational events chronicled in affectionate teenage nostalgia like Age of Summer require innocence, and transplanted Midwesterner Doug Mills (Percy Hynes White), nicknamed Minnesota, is as naive as he is eager.

Never Steady, Never Still

Never Steady, Never Still

The austere beauty of Never Steady, Never Still reflects the stripped-down lives of Kathleen Hepburn’s self-contained characters, who require little and ask for less. Judy (Shirley Henderson) has early-onset Parkinson’s disease, and only allows herself to express regret and disappointment at a mobility support group.

Yadvi: The Dignified Princess

Yadvi: The Dignified Princess

There’s more enthusiasm than skill on display in Yadvi, a leaden biopic made by sisters Jyoti and Gauri Singh to honor their grandmother Rajmata Yadhuvansh Kumari. They use family history to illustrate the decline of Indian royalty during the twentieth century, when princely states were absorbed into the new democracy.