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  • At the start of documentary character study Sunshine Superman, TV producer John Long describes a typical conversation with friend Carl Boenish, a skydiving and BASE-jumping pioneer, as a flurry of "stream-of-conscious" associations. Long's...

  • Despite a handful of immediately upsetting sequences, DIY hip-hop musical Know How never coheres into a cathartic fictional account of its creators' turbulent adolescence. Based on its five young stars' real-life experiences as New York...

  • While zombie drama Maggie seems intended as a showcase for Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting range, the star's performance is smothered by the film's deeply affected style. Schwarzenegger plays Wade, a taciturn farmer whose daughter Maggie...

  • Leading man Richard Dreyfuss is so irrepressibly charming that he almost saves Jason Priestley's dismal buddy comedy Cas & Dylan from its awkward humor and trite sentimentality. As Cas Pepper, a depressed physician who reluctantly goes on...

  • The makers of Black Souls, a superior Italian gangster movie, deserve praise for executing with atypical sensitivity a generic times-are-changing/nostalgia-for-an-imaginary-chivalrous-yesteryear scenario. Like most post-Godfather...

  • Because atrocious backstage drama 1915 is meant to address a great global tragedy — the Turkish government–mandated extermination of 1.5 million Armenians — the film's creators smother its putting-on-a-show narrative with...