Noah Baumbach

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Dope,’ ‘Aladdin’

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Yes, that’s right, our top two recommended new releases this week are a hard R-rated drugs and hip-hop comedy and a quintessential Disney movie, whaddaya want, our tastes are eclectic. But there is a thread connecting them: one was a ‘90s favorite, and the other is singularly obsessed with that era. Also on the shelf this week: a Sundance sensation, an early effort from one of our favorite filmmakers, and a whole mess of free flicks on YouTube.
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10 Must-See Movies at This Year’s New York Film Festival

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Under normal circumstances, the New York Film Festival would open this evening — this is when it usually falls on the calendar, after all. But there’s the matter of a certain papal visit (and no, apparently His Holiness didn’t plan his New York visit around the premiere of The Walk), so the 53rd annual NYFF will kick off tomorrow. And as the fine folks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center have been screening select titles from the fest over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen a few worth putting in your path.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Unfriended,’ ‘Welcome to Me’

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This week’s biggest new disc release is the Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara vehicle Hot Pursuit (I know, I know), and the rest of the slate is looking similarly dire. But we do have a new Criterion release that’s worth a look, as well as an undeniably effective low-budget horror flick, plus the usual assortment of Netflix recommendations to take up the slack.
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