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The Exiles

The Exiles

Kent Mackenzie had an astute eye and a strong social conscience, and 1961’s The Exiles is a stunning example of social realism and aesthetic audacity, capturing 12 hours in the hardscrabble, hard-drinking lives of Native Americans in Los Angeles.

XXY

XXY

Lucía Puenzo’s steady hand steers this emotionally tumultuous story away from any hint of melodrama or exploitation. The most radical aspect of XXY isn’t the frank adolescent sexuality or even the question of intersex identity.

Up the Yangtze

Up the Yangtze

Yung Chang understands the significance of this massive undertaking – said to be China’s largest feat of engineering since the Great Wall – but his focus is on the rising waters and how they are obliterating the China his grandfather knew.