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  • Blood-soaked Indonesian horror-thriller hybrid Killers apes the worst aspect of serial-killer dramas such as Dexter and Hannibal by pretending that elaborately repulsive acts of violence are a form of psychoanalysis of...

  • The Pyramid, a slasher film set in a previously undiscovered pharaoh's tomb, is exclusively populated by whiny narcissists, such as fame-hungry reporter Sunni (Christa Nicola) and stuffy know-it-all Holden (American Horror Story's...

  • Must artists be tortured to be inspired? Alumbrones, a documentary about Cuban artists, myopically presents Special Period–era Havana as a haven for scrappy, working-class intellectuals. Named after the “bursts of light” that...

  • Lazy pro-activist documentary We Are the Giant tries so hard to get viewers to cheer on the recent Arab Spring uprising that it distressingly ignores the individual factors that led Libyans, Syrians and Bahrainis into the streets in the...

  • In Mistaken for Strangers, filmmaker Tom Berninger uses brother Matt, lead singer of indie rock band The National, to feel better about himself. This is especially frustrating since Tom reunites with Matt while The National perform and...

  • Talking-animal spy comedy Penguins of Madagascar, a spinoff of talking-animal prison-break comedy Madagascar and its sequels, plays like a sampler of DreamWorks Animation's worst creative impulses: sugar-rush pacing, pandering...