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Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. 5. Behemoth Always at the multiplex, and this year at the White House, January is an ugly and dismaying spectacle. At the movies, it’s Dump Month, which stretches into February: no film with award aspirations will open until the end of winter. But there are exceptions in this dominion...
Ma Directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall Opens January 13 at IFC Center Drawing on the story of the Virgin Mary’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem as a narrative point of departure, Celia Rowlson-Hall’s distinctive debut feature, Ma, takes place in roughly contemporary times but contains no verbal communication whatsoever—movement is its dominant form of expression. The gifted Rowlson-Hall—who wrote, directed, and choreographed—also stars as a woman who wanders out of the desert and into the path of a man...

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