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  • It’s thematically fitting that Henry Phillips’ slight, prickling Punching Henry hits theaters just weeks after The Comedian, a bloated Robert De Niro exercise also about a difficult stand-up comic grinding through bad gigs and insulting meetings...

  • Kiki, the new film by Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garcon, is about the queer struggle: to be seen, to be loved, to live and fight for justice in a world that is personally and politically unkind. And it's about the relationship between...

  • Whether it's harder to be a child or a parent depends on which side of the divide you're on, but Claude Barras' stop-motion My Life as a Zucchini allies with the children, particularly those with horrible people as parents. Having long...

  • So many filmmakers borrow from the Mad Max sequels that it's refreshing to see a movie cribbing from the original, with its mostly desert setting that still just barely resembles functional society. Into Drifter's take on this...

  • Camo-clad officers swarm through a labyrinth of drab hallways to fetch their prisoners: seemingly normal children. These 20 or so 9-year-old kids each get the solitary confinement treatment but are all smiles when the soldiers barge into their...

  • Dying Laughing, a broad psychological survey of stand-up comedians, is often funny, and it would have been easy for directors Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood to become distracted from their actual agenda by the talent and charms of their...

  • Director George Mendeluk has stated that he wanted to make Bitter Harvest to bring wider attention to the Holodomor, the forced famine imposed by Joseph Stalin that killed between three and seven million ethnic Ukrainians in the early 1930s....

  • Jordan Peele's Get Out is the most trenchant studio release in years, a slow-building, often hilarious horror thriller built upon a dead-serious idea: that a black man walking alone through white suburbs is in as much danger as any...

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