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  • The last 10 minutes of Joshua Bonnetta and J. P. Sniadecki’s El Mar La Mar observe some distant hills, a plain and an approaching storm. The black and white photography emphasizes the gray weight of the clouds and the far-off lashes of...

  • Take away a few contemporary markers, and Are We Not Cats could be a droll relic of No Wave cinema. Xander Robin incorporates the aesthetics of punk as well as its insouciant nihilism into his first feature, a fantastical romance rooted in...

  • The Cured is yet another post-apocalyptic thriller from the British Isles looking to put a fresh spin on zombies. And it does that — for a while. Set in a damn-near-desolate Ireland, the movie follows Senan (Sam Keeley), a tormented,...

  • The messy but compelling activist doc Survivors Guide to Prison often suggests a carelessly assembled trio of short films that all happen to be about America's corrupt and dehumanizing penal system. Thankfully, two of the three parts of...

  • You may wonder, as The Young Karl Marx unfolds, just why the filmmakers would build to the drafting of the work that would break the old world pretty much the same way the creators of a life-of-the-pop-musician biopic build to the...

  • Half Magic is exactly the sort of debut movie you might expect Heather Graham to make as a writer-director. Much like Graham’s public persona, it’s sunny, awkward, a bit flaky and can get annoyingly New Agey.

    Graham stars as Honey,...

  • Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation might be unfilmable. The visions it stirred in my mind will, of course, look nothing like the ones it stirs in yours, and both beat most of what the creators of Paramount’s adaptation of the novel can...

  • Mark Perez has written one of the tightest comedy scripts to make it to be the big screen in ages. Game Night, directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, wastes not a single second of dialogue, gives killer lines to every...

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