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  • Cold War spy thriller Jack Strong takes about an hour to stop feeling like a slapdash, highly disjointed wiki-dramatization of real-life events. After that, the film's based-on-a-true-story narrative no longer lurches from one...

  • Unexpected, a disappointing what-to-expect-when-you're-expecting comedy, tackles thorny issues of class and racial inequality with undue mildness. Co-writer/director Kris Swanberg tries to avoid using stereotypes to define the relationship...

  • From the first scene of the frustratingly semi-impressionistic Argentine action-drama Ardor, Kaí (Gael García Bernal), a stoic outsider who inexplicably materializes half-naked out of a lake, is presented as the Paraná...

  • Australian crime drama The Suicide Theory works best when it's a pitch-black comedy, and not a self-serious thriller. First-time screenwriter Michael J. Kospiah occasionally encourages viewers to laugh with him at his film's absurd...

  • A mediocre found-footage ghost story about four teenagers who are haunted by the specter of a hangman-obsessed drama nerd, The Gallows is only good enough to make you wish its creators did something novel with its formulaic style, plot and...

  • While Michael Winterbottom's ambitious true-crime thriller The Face of an Angel questions society's fascination with real murder investigations, the film's drama isn't psychologically complex enough to provide thoughtful answers. Based on...

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