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Source:  Entertainment Weekly

The Biggest Little Farm (In Theaters) – Mature and brimming with uneasy hope, “The Biggest Little Farm” tells the years-long story of a senselessly optimistic couple who exit their Los Angeles life to start a farm from scratch 50 miles from the city.  The pair and their team’s commitment is tireless, while their insecurities going into the endeavor are refreshingly bare.  The life arc of the farm’s animals — a rooster named Greasy, some shaggy pups, a big pregnant pig, hungry ducks, and coyotes, even its fish — will have you more invested in life or death than the Snap did in the Avengers movies.

One Child Nation (Premieres Aug 9 on Amazon) – Through a personal, unflinching lens, directors Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang walk viewers through China’s now defunct one-child policy.  Chinese interviewees recall the steep penalties for parents who bore a second child without permission—forced sterilizations, abandonment, forced abortions, the killing of babies (the majority of which were female) — in short, infanticide and neonaticide.

United Skates (HBO) – A beautiful film about a critical slice of Americana — roller skating rinks — and how they reflect the past and present of race relations in America.

General Magic (In Theaters) – If you have lightning and you have a bottle – are you guaranteed to capture that lightning in the bottle?  This fascinating film has a visceral and playful way of laying out how the invention of the smartphone — years before the first iPhone — didn’t pan out for the creators at startup General Magic.

Hail Satan? (In Theaters) – To many, this primer on the Satanic Temple religious organization will be the feel-good story of the year. Think less fire and blood, and more community, culture hacking, and social activism.  The Temple was recently granted tax-exempt religious status by the IRS.

See the rest of the list at Entertainment Weekly.

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