Aaron Hillis

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  • Mary Agnes Donoghue — the septuagenarian screenwriter who adapted Beaches and White Oleander — hangs her second directorial effort (after 1991's Paradise) on some old-fashioned, disgustingly patriarchal values in...

  • An ecologically mindful, character-driven drama in an isolated locale with creature-feature spooks, producer-director Jack Heller's brooding reinterpretation of a man-beast myth might seem fresher if Larry Fessenden's Wendigo and The...

  • The failings and dashed dreams of the '60s Revolution are the undercurrent of writer-director Brad Coley's convoluted "Northern Gothic" mystery, a basic cable–caliber drama in which tragic outsiders harbor obscured small-town secrets...

  • The beauty of watching a soapy period piece as escapist "corset porn" is that its shortcomings can be ignored as long as the costumes and production design are sumptuous enough — or, as a trump card, the immortal Kate Winslet is the...

  • Desperately needing more idiosyncratic delight, narrative substance, or at least jokes per minute, writer-director Kenny Riches's wannabe cult comedy is a quasi-naturalistic but too-slack-by-half imitation of Jared Hess's studied stoner-quirk...

  • That chewy title doesn't have the same ring as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, though coincidentally, both are self-satisfied films that confuse aesthetic calculation for artistry. In multihyphenate Ty Hodges' glib bro-down of a...

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