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Nurse practitioner Jessica Macleod tends to Roger Brown, one of her homebound patients, in 2016's "The Invisible Patients," a documentary directed by Patrick O'Connor.

Indy Film Fest: The Invisible Patients

A documentary about healthcare in Indiana that elevates itself above other alarm-sounding peers with gallows humor, observant composition and artful pacing.
Joely Fisher (left) and Connie Stevens combat the sudden loss of cellular service on Thanksgiving in "Search Engines," a 2016 comedy from writer-director Russell Brown.

Indy Film Fest: Search Engines

Like a painfully super-sized, emotionally tone-deaf, R-rated episode of “Modern Family,” written by a cantankerous old technophobe insisting on the last word.

Yo-Yo Ma reflects upon the Silk Road Project he helped create in 2016's "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble," directed by Morgan Neville.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

A splendid, generous look at the happy accidents, and intentional elation, that musicians and audiences alike have found in this fermata of fertile creativity.
The Lincoln Memorial gets an unwelcome makeover in "The Purge: Election Year," a 2016 Universal Pictures film written and directed by James DeMonaco.

The Purge: Election Year

“24” meets “The Purge,” albeit a good episode of “24" with a slicker, more skillful merger of siege-movie mentality and sociological commentary than "Anarchy."

The Phantom (Billy Zane) and his trusty steed, Hero, battle evil forces in "The Phantom," a 1996 Paramount Pictures action-adventure directed by Simon Wincer.

Class of 1996: ‘The Phantom’

Considering its lack of personality in hindsight, perhaps “The Phantom” would have been better served betting the house on its old-school aesthetic.
Those pesky aliens are back and wreaking even more havoc in "Independence Day: Resurgence," a 2016 sequel to director Roland Emmerich's 1996 original from Twentieth Century Fox.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Whatever enjoyment you find is an OK-fine white flag, not a willful surrender to spectacle. Though slick, the visuals boast all the awe of a software upgrade.

From left, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg star in "Now You See Me 2," a 2016 action-caper directed by Jon M. Chu and distributed by Summit Entertainment.

Now You See Me 2

By trading on its source’s tight, fun ingenuity for craven, calculated gimcrackery, “Now You See Me 2’s” only distinctive trait is making all the fun disappear.
Connor4Real (Andy Samberg) is ready for action in "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping," a Universal comedy directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

"Popstar" tips more sacred cows than it slaughters, but it's also not a satire of the way we live now. It's a wise, wicked satire of the way we leisure now.