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  • Legendary post-punk rocker Joe Cardamone portrays a fictionalized version of himself in this compelling but frustrating drama based on his time in now-defunct Los Angeles band The Icarus Line. In the film, the band has recorded a brilliant new...

  • Many of the directors featured in Half the Picture (including Gina Prince-Bythewood, Karyn Kusama, Patricia Riggen and Jamie Babbit) reinvigorated stale genres with their debut films, and Amy Adrion follows suit in her first documentary....

  • The atmosphere of Jason Saltiel’s debut feature is decidedly chilly despite the summer heat. With icy precision reminiscent of Claude Chabrol, Saltiel captures the social intricacies of affluent leisure. Frustrated college student Emma (Willa...

  • An ordinary woman uncovers a plot against her — but is it real, or all in her head? The story of the classic George Cukor film Gaslight (as well as the play that inspired it) has been adapted again and again, with varying degrees of...

  • The tonally berserk Western-comedy hybrid Damsel often suggests a Wes Anderson–directed acid Western, only without Anderson's knack for sad-sack jokes about macho pride or the acid Western's typically spiritual consideration of white...

  • Writer-director Shana Feste’s family comic drama Boundaries shows an adult woman reluctant to let her vagabond dad back into her life — for good reason. At the same time, it’s disconcerting that, in the end, Feste attempts to tie a nice,...

  • Fury and defiance distinguish this week’s sort-of-starting-to-figure-life-out indie comedy from last week’s. Christian Papierniak’s Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town surges from Venice Beach to Los Feliz on brash punk energy. It’s powered by...

  • Director X’s blinged-out redo of the 1972 blaxploitation classic has the same setup as the original: A suave drug dealer named Priest (played here by Trevor Jackson) hatches a plan to get out the dope game. And while some things have stayed the...

  • The makers of the aimlessly provocative French sociopolitical docu-essay Spiral encourage viewers to wallow in the unexamined prejudices and petty resentments that have led several thousand French Jews to respond to recent anti-Semitic...

  • Stranger-than-fiction stories about fascinating people can still make one dud of a movie. That’s the case with Ben Lewin’s latest, The Catcher Was a Spy, one of those serious period dramas not memorable enough for release among the already...

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