New York Film Fest: THR Critics Pick Their 7 Favorite Movies

Foxcatcher Still - H 2014
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Foxcatcher Still - H 2014

Steve Carell's 'Foxcatcher' is among the highlights at the event, which runs through Oct. 12 at Lincoln Center

This story first appeared in the Oct. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Centered on an astonishing turn by Steve Carell, Bennett Miller's beautifully modulated, fact-based wrestling drama has a great deal on its mind about America's privileged class and how sublimated urges can assert themselves in the most unsavory ways. -- TODD MCCARTHY

American director J.P. Sniadecki's latest anthropological study of the world's most populous nation takes the form of a pungently immersive, frequently surprising semi-experimental documentary about traveling on Chinese trains. -- NEIL YOUNG

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Mike Leigh's luminous and moving portrait of the capricious, curmudgeonly, brilliant British artist J.M.W. Turner is anchored by a masterful performance from Timothy Spall in a role he was born to play. -- LESLIE FELPERIN

Gabe Polsky's solo directing debut is a witty, fast-moving and playful documentary about the former Soviet Union's national ice hockey squad, an all-conquering machine schooled under military conditions as a propaganda weapon. -- STEPHEN DALTON

Abderrahmane Sissako's poetic and heartbreaking drama set in the ancient Malian city of the title is an eye-opener on the methodical spread of Jihadist influence in sub-Saharan Africa in spite of popular resistance. -- DEBORAH YOUNG

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The latest affecting drama from Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne chronicles the weekend-long crusade of a working-class woman, played with piercing emotional transparency by Marion Cotillard, to reverse the decision to terminate her employment. -- DAVID ROONEY

Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher's wise, wistful second feature adopts the perspective of an inexperienced country girl to observe a family of beekeepers fighting to preserve their traditional rural lifestyle. -- DEBORAH YOUNG