Our Movie Critic's Weekend Selections

Life Itself Inspiring documentary portrait of Roger Ebert, the famously prolific thumb-slinging movie critic whose life story is the stuff of movies itself - and whose resilience in the face of an 11-year struggle with cancer is nothing short of extraordinary. R

Ida Two women - an orphan raised in a convent, preparing to take her vows, and a hard-bitten former prosecutor and judge - meet in Pawel Pawlikowski's extraordinary film, embarking on a trip across the bleak terrain of 1960s Communist Poland. It's a journey at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable. PG-13

The Immigrant Marion Cotillard is nothing less than amazing as a destitute Pole who arrives at Ellis Island in 1921 and falls in with a smooth-talking pimp (Joaquin Phoenix). James Gray (Two Lovers, The Yards) directs. R

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