Movies Update: ‘The White Tiger’ and More

Plus, Regina King discusses a scene from «One Night in Miami.»

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By Mekado Murphy

Movies Editor

Hey, movie fans!

January has often been a month when critically acclaimed new releases are sparse. Not this year. Of the new movies out this week, seven have been chosen as Critic’s Picks, from Ukraine’s official Oscar entry “Atlantis” (available on Metrograph) to the filmed version of the magic show “Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself” (available on Hulu). Check out our reviews and dive into something good and fresh.

Now on Netflix is the film adaptation of the Aravind Adiga novel “The White Tiger.” In his review, A.O. Scott writes that “the plot is lively,” but “the characters don’t quite come to life.” In select theaters is the documentary “The Human Factor,” which follows negotiators in their work on Israeli-Palestinian peace. Ben Kenigsberg writes that the movie “presents a cogent and involving view” of those efforts.

In movie news, Hollywood is undergoing another round of delayed movie releases, starting with the new Bond film. Can an executive in Kansas save theaters? Brooks Barnes poses that question to Adam Aron of AMC Entertainment. Also, in a bid to help create more opportunities for Latinos in movies and on TV, lawmakers are pushing to get the 1997 movie “Selena” added to the National Film Registry.

Enjoy the movies.



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Critic’s Pick

‘Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself’ Review: Wow Factor Meets Why Factor

A film of Derek DelGaudio’s idiosyncratic show captures its surreal vibe and unconventional approach.

By Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Grasshopper Film

Critic’s Pick

‘Atlantis’ Review: A Bleak Apocalypse Love Story

Ukraine’s official Oscar entry, the movie depicts an all-too-convincing dystopia, with no fancy gadgets or cars.

By Glenn Kenny

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Super Ltd

Critic’s Pick

‘Notturno’ Review: The Heart of the Middle East

Gianfranco Rosi’s latest, beautifully shot documentary movingly observes people and places across Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Kurdistan in the aftermath of war.

By Nicolas Rapold

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Kino Lorber

Critic’s Pick

‘Identifying Features’ Review: Lost in Migration

In this confident drama, a mother searches for her son who went missing while trying to migrate from Mexico to the United States.

By Teo Bugbee

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Film Movement

Critic’s Pick

‘You Will Die at Twenty’ Review: Death, and Life, on the Nile

In his debut feature, Amjad Abu Alala deepens a fable-like premise into a lyrical confrontation with the certitudes of faith and the life-giving powers of doubt.

By Devika Girish

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Greenwich Entertainment

Critic’s Pick

‘Preparations to Be Together’ Review: Mysteries of Love

A neurosurgeon pursues the man of her dreams in this simmering portrait of obsession by the Hungarian filmmaker Lili Horvat.

By Beatrice Loayza

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Distrib Films

Critic’s Pick

‘The Salt of Tears’ Review: More Than Just a Cad’s Progress

In Philippe Garrel’s film, a young Frenchman juggles three women, hoping to be destroyed by love. He gets his wish, but not in a way he imagined.

By Glenn Kenny



Can an Executive in Kansas Save Movie Theaters?

For Adam Aron, who runs AMC Entertainment, the world’s largest movie theater chain, the past year has been filled with twists and turns. And no one knows the ending.

By Brooks Barnes

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Hispanic Lawmakers, Pushing for a Change in Hollywood, Start With ‘Selena’

Lawmakers and experts hope that by adding the film to the National Film Registry, more doors could open for Latinos in movies and television.

By Christina Morales

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Recreating an Archaeological Discovery From the Ground Down

“The Dig,” on Netflix, revisits the astonishing find made by two amateurs in Britain as World War II was dawning.

By Roslyn Sulcas

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When Some Critics Reject the Film That’s About Your Life

After Hollywood optioned his devastating essay about his dying wife, Matthew Teague vowed the movie would do right by her. The reviews landed like a gut punch.

By Nicole Sperling

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