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As with last year’s edition, the Museum of the Moving Image’s “Curators’ Choice 2015” series — a selection of the previous year’s most significant new releases, hand-picked by Chief Curator David Schwartz and Assistant Film Curator Aliza Ma — takes place over the first weekend in January. The festivities begin here with a 3-D screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language (1/2), which the Museum’s program notes consider “the year’s most vital film.” The vast range covered by the two U.S. productions on display — Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (1/4) and Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s Manakamana (1/3), the latest feature-length work from Harvard University’s Sensory Ethnography Lab — is mirrored in the rest of the picks, from the French director Alain Guiraudie’s captivating erotic thriller Stranger by the Lake (1/3) to The Strange Little Cat (1/3), the surprising debut film of Swiss-born director Ramon Zürcher.

Jan. 2-4, 7 p.m., 2015

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