Simon Abrams

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  • 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...

  • Sleepy domestic-abuse/coming-of-age melodrama Phantom Halo never goes anywhere memorable because its two main characters don't consistently act as if they're afraid of their big bad dad. Set in modern-day Skid Row America, Antonia...

  • Though Chilean Western/martial-arts hybrid Redeemer may stall whenever it's not in ass-kicking gear, leading man Marko Zaror is charming enough to make you want to overlook his latest vehicle's humorless posturing.

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  • Thoughtful buddy comedy Doomsdays makes spending time with manic man-children a lot more fun than it should be. You wouldn't want to hang with serial home invaders Dirty Fred (Mutual Appreciation's Justin Rice) and Bruho...

  • Teen action-comedy Barely Lethal is this summer's best film with a truly unfortunate title. Don't let the obnoxious marketing ("Click. Clique. Bang" — really?) fool you: Despite an out-of-left-field donkey-punch joke, Barely...

  • Though it starts off as a cautiously optimistic conversion narrative, the pseudo-progressive, banned-in-India LGBT drama Unfreedom quickly devolves into an absurdly pessimistic provocation. The film's bifurcated plot initially concerns two...