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MOVIES (cont.)

#22
Adjusted Score: 92430%
Critics Consensus: Nobody Speaks: The Trials of the Free Press persuasively -- and entertainingly -- outlines the troubling tensions threatening journalism in the internet era.
Synopsis: This examination of the duties of the press in an age of inequality delves into the trial between Hulk Hogan... [More]
Directed By: Brian Knappenberger

#23

Win It All (2017)
85%

#23
Adjusted Score: 86852%
Critics Consensus: Win It All finds writer-director Joe Swanberg working in a comparatively mainstream vein -- and striking another collaborative spark with leading man Jake Johnson.
Synopsis: A small-time gambler (Jake Johnson) agrees to stash a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When... [More]
Directed By: Joe Swanberg

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 89039%
Critics Consensus: Click once for truth, double-click for lies: The Amina Profile blurs the virtual line between fact and fiction and extends a much-needed warning for the internet's catfish-infested waters.
Synopsis: Amina Arraf, a Syrian-American revolutionary, launches a blog as the Syrian uprising gains momentum. After she is abducted in broad... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Sophie Deraspe

#25
Adjusted Score: 91982%
Critics Consensus: What Happened, Miss Simone? is a compelling -- albeit necessarily incomplete -- overview of its complex subject's singular artistic legacy and fascinating life.
Synopsis: Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty,... [More]
Directed By: Liz Garbus

#26

1922 (2017)
91%

#26
Adjusted Score: 93286%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to director Zak Hilditch's patient storytelling and strong work from lead Thomas Jane, 1922 ranks among the more satisfying Stephen King adaptations.
Synopsis: A rancher conspires to murder his wife for financial gain and convinces his teenage son to participate.... [More]
Directed By: Zak Hilditch

#27
Adjusted Score: 92345%
Critics Consensus: The Incredible Jessica James makes its standard storyline feel new, almost purely on the strength of a captivating, potentially star-making performance from Jessica Williams.
Synopsis: Jessica, an aspiring playwright in New York City, is trying to get over a recent break-up when she meets Boone,... [More]
Directed By: Jim Strouse

#28

Burning Sands (2017)
88%

#28
Adjusted Score: 88884%
Critics Consensus: Burning Sands covers familiar territory, but Trevor Jackson's layered performance and director/co-writer Gerard McMurray's empathetic approach help set it apart.
Synopsis: Zurich Condoll (Trevor Jackson) is a student at Frederick Douglass University and is proud to be a pledge at a... [More]
Directed By: Gerard McMurray

#29

Okja (2017)
86%

#29
Adjusted Score: 102182%
Critics Consensus: Okja sees Bong Joon-ho continuing to create defiantly eclectic entertainment -- and still hitting more than enough of his narrative targets in the midst of a tricky tonal juggling act.
Synopsis: For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja - a massive animal and an... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon-ho

#30

Tallulah (2016)
85%

#30
Adjusted Score: 87216%
Critics Consensus: Tallulah's narrative insight, thoughtfully written characters, and talented cast add up to an absorbing family drama that transcends genre tropes and capably overcomes its flirtations with melodrama.
Synopsis: A dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife tired of caring for her toddler hires a stranger to baby-sit.... [More]
Directed By: Sian Heder

#31

Amanda Knox (2016)
83%

#31
Adjusted Score: 85704%
Critics Consensus: Amanda Knox honors its subject with an absorbing -- if slightly incomplete -- look at the details and troubling implications of her arrest and subsequent fight for freedom.
Synopsis: The trial, conviction and acquittal of Amanda Knox for the murder of an exchange student in Italy.... [More]

#32

Barry (2016)
80%

#32
Adjusted Score: 82277%
Critics Consensus: Barry opens a speculative window into a future president's formative college years, offering a flawed yet compelling glimpse of American history in the making.
Synopsis: Barack Obama arrives in New York in the fall of 1981 for his junior year at Columbia University. He struggles... [More]
Directed By: Vikram Gandhi

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 82288%
Critics Consensus: The simple story is a little short on laughs, but there's plenty of sweet wackiness for Pee-Wee Herman fans to enjoy.
Synopsis: A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) to take his first-ever holiday.... [More]
Directed By: John Lee

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 85070%
Critics Consensus: Casting JonBenét's unorthodox approach to its genre sets it apart in a crowded field, making for a uniquely thought-provoking true crime documentary hybrid.
Synopsis: After two decades of media speculation and public fascination, filmmakers explore the macabre legacy of the world's most famous child-murder... [More]
Directed By: Kitty Green

#35

The Ivory Game (2016)
77%

#35
Adjusted Score: 77593%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting and ambitious to a fault, The Ivory Game serves as a fittingly urgent call to action against a looming threat against vulnerable wildlife and a fragile ecosystem.
Synopsis: Ivory is a prized status symbol for middle-class Chinese, and poachers in pursuit of white gold are slaughtering African elephants... [More]
Starring: Prince William

#36

Voyeur (2017)
79%

#36
Adjusted Score: 80073%
Critics Consensus: Absorbing, unpredictable, and overall compelling, Voyeur is a singularly unusual -- and utterly memorable -- documentary experience.
Synopsis: Gay Talese investigates Gerald Foos, a Colorado motel owner who spies on his guests. Using a carefully constructed platform in... [More]
Starring: Gay Talese
Directed By: Myles Kane, Josh Koury

#37
Adjusted Score: 78502%
Critics Consensus: The Fundamentals of Caring gets maximum mileage out of the chemistry between its well-matched leads as it follows a fairly well-worn coming-of-age road trip route.
Synopsis: A writer (Paul Rudd) retires after a personal tragedy and becomes a disabled teen's caregiver. When the two embark on... [More]
Directed By: Rob Burnett

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 74929%
Critics Consensus: Gaga: Five Foot Two offers an absorbing glimpse of its superstar subject's backstage life, albeit one weakened by inconsistent focus and a dearth of performance footage.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Chris Moukarbel introduces the woman behind the performer, the costumes, the glitz and the glamour.... [More]
Directed By: Chris Moukarbel

#39

The Ritual (2017)
74%

#39
Adjusted Score: 77846%
Critics Consensus: Director David Bruckner makes evocative use of the Scandinavian setting and a dedicated cast to deliver a handsome -- if familiar -- horror story.
Synopsis: Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A... [More]
Directed By: David Bruckner

#40

To the Bone (2017)
70%

#40
Adjusted Score: 73718%
Critics Consensus: To the Bone offers an insightful, empathetic look at a widespread issue, led by exemplary work from Lily Collins in the central role.
Synopsis: Ellen is an unruly 20-year-old anorexic girl who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various... [More]
Directed By: Marti Noxon

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 59880%
Critics Consensus: This high-concept sci-fi action thriller will make you stress-eat all the popcorn while Noomi Rapace (times seven) goes on a murderous spree to find out What Happened to Monday, but it may still leave you hungry in the end.
Synopsis: In a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, resourceful identical septuplets must avoid governmental execution... [More]
Directed By: Tommy Wirkola

#42
Adjusted Score: 62640%
Critics Consensus: David Brent: Life on the Road has its moments, but this further exploration of an established character suffers in comparison to what came before.
Synopsis: The film catches up with Brent 12 years after the airing of the BBC mockumentary "The Office" to find he... [More]
Directed By: Ricky Gervais

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