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Movie rec­om­men­da­tions from crit­ics Ken­neth Tu­ran and Justin Chang.

Baby Driver

Edgar Wright’s ex­u­ber­ant, one-of-a-kind ve­hic­u­lar-ac­tion-thriller-mu­si­cal-ro­mance stars Ansel El­gort as a tin­ni­tus-af­flicted, mu­sic-lov­ing get­away driver along­side a su­perb sup­port­ing cast that in­cludes Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Eiza Gon­za­lez. (Justin Chang) R.

The Big Sick

Ku­mail Nan­jiani and Zoe Kazan are ter­rific as a young cou­ple nav­i­gat­ing the chal­lenges of in­ter­ra­cial ro­mance and Mus­lim im­mi­grant iden­tity in di­rec­tor Michael Showal­ter’s de­light­ful, se­ri­ous-minded com­edy, which also fea­tures pow­er­house sup­port­ing turns from Holly Hunter and Ray Ro­mano. (Justin Chang) R.

Brigsby Bear

Kyle Mooney gives a ter­rific per­for­mance as a young man ob­sessed with an ed­u­ca­tional TV show in di­rec­tor Dave McCary’s sweetly dis­arm­ing com­edy, which ex­pands into a win­ning tribute to the joys of am­a­teur film­mak­ing and the ther­a­peu­tic power of art. (Justin Chang) PG-13.

Colum­bus

John Cho and Ha­ley Lu Richard­son play two strangers who go on a walk­ing-and-talk­ing tour of the modernist ar­chi­tec­ture in Colum­bus, Ind., in this serenely in­tel­li­gent, gor­geously con­tem­pla­tive first fea­ture from writer-di­rec­tor Kog­o­nada. (Justin Chang) NR.

Detroit

In re-cre­at­ing one of the most hor­rific episodes from the 1967 Detroit race riot, di­rec­tor Kathryn Bigelow and screen­writer Mark Boal have made a tense, ex­cru­ci­at­ing and en­tirely nec­es­sary por­trait of in­di­vid­ual and sys­temic racism that re­ver­ber­ates all too pow­er­fully in the present. (Justin Chang) R.

Dunkirk

Both in­ti­mate and epic, as emo­tional as it is ten­sion­filled, Christo­pher Nolan’s im­mer­sive World War II drama is be­ing bal­ly­hooed as a de­par­ture for the bravura film­maker, but in truth the rea­son it suc­ceeds so mas­ter­fully is that it is any­thing but. (Ken­neth Tu­ran) PG-13.

Girls Trip

Regina Hall, Jada Pin­kett Smith, Queen Lat­i­fah and a rev­e­la­tory Tif­fany Had­dish play women re­new­ing the bonds of friend­ship on a New Or­leans weekend get­away in this hi­lar­i­ously raunchy and sen­sa­tion­ally as­sured new com­edy from di­rec­tor Mal­colm D. Lee (“The Best Man”). (Justin Chang) R.

Step

Heart­en­ing and unashamedly emo­tional, this cer­ti­fied crowd-pleas­ing doc­u­men­tary tells the story of the hard-knock lives and ex­pan­sive dreams of mem­bers of the step dance squad at a Bal­ti­more char­ter school. (Ken­neth Tu­ran) PG.

War for the Planet of the Apes

An eerie quiet de­scends over this grim and mas­ter­ful third “Planet of the Apes” pre­quel, di­rected with bleak beauty by Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) and crowned by an­other su­perb per­for­mance-cap­ture turn from Andy Serkis as the soul­ful chim­panzee Cae­sar. (Justin Chang) PG-13.

Wind River

Jeremy Ren­ner and Elizabeth Olsen star in the most ac­com­plished vi­o­lent thriller in re­cent mem­ory, a tense tale of mur­der on a Na­tive Amer­i­can reser­va­tion made with au­then­tic­ity, plau­si­bil­ity and wall-to-wall film­mak­ing skill by writer-di­rec­tor Tay­lor Sheri­dan. (Ken­neth Tu­ran) R.

Won­der Woman

With forth­right emo­tion, spir­ited hu­mor and a sur­pris­ingly pur­pose­ful sense of spec­ta­cle, di­rec­tor Patty Jenk­ins and her su­perb star, Gal Gadot, have made a thrilling new su­per­hero saga that might just save the typ­i­cally non­thrilling DC Ex­tended Uni­verse. (Justin Chang) PG-13.

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