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  • Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to Be Free is an awkward mouthful of a title, but this biographical study of a trailblazing 19th-century intellectual offers a worthwhile history lesson. The first female psychoanalyst, Lou...

  • Courtney Balaker’s Little Pink House dramatizes a true story of working-class America under attack: Big money, big pharma and big government want to huff and puff and blow down working-class houses in pursuit of money. After leaving a...

  • Ghost Stories, co-directed and written by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, ingeniously strings together three shorts with the story of a skeptic who professionally debunks paranormal claims. Equal parts spooky and cheeky, this film nails its...

  • Michel Hazanavicius’ exploration of Jean-Luc Godard’s immersion in radical politics is constructed as a giddy homage to Godardian affectation. That’s no surprise: He’d recreated candy-colored spy spoofs in two OSS 117 films, and won an Oscar for...

  • The best thing that can be said about awkward period buddy-cop comedy The Escape of Prisoner 614 is that its lighthearted but tone-deaf consideration of American racism in the late 1960s is often more groan-worthy than flat-out offensive....

  • The Heart of Nuba opens like a Sudan travelogue — a chicken struts, a woman sifts grain, a plane flies overhead. That turns as small children panic and pack into an improvised foxhole, in fear of the anti-rebel Antonov about to drop its...

  • Inspired by her 103-year-old grandmother, Lives Well Lived director Sky Bergman set out to collect wit, wisdom and life stories from people often called “elderly” or even “the old old” — between the ages of 75 and 100. She presents her...

  • Too few female role models get memorialized in the culture as “rock stars.” Enter Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, a documentary that resists retelling its subject’s exploits in the club scenes of the 1970s and ’80s, legends that director...

  • “At the time I made the film The Exorcist, I had never seen an exorcism,” notes director William Friedkin at the start of The Devil and Father Amorth, a just-barely feature-length documentary. Over its 70 minutes, we will see...

  • In the past dozen years, producer Jason Blum has energized scary movies with a string of inventive hits, including the Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Purge films, while also earning himself a ticket to the Oscars as...

  • If you ever need to sober up quick, come down hard, flush out your system, convince the cops or your boss or the feds that you’ve not indulged in marijuana, might I recommend taping your eyes wide open and taking in Super Troopers 2? The...

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