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  • Something like an off-off-Broadway play in which characters constantly sound like they're reciting the author's description of themselves, Dick and Jack recounts a series of fictional meetings between JFK (Drew Allen) and Richard Nixon...

  • Jason Lew's lost-soul drama The Free World offers a modest exploration of innocence and guilt, with occasional interludes of both violence and romance. Mo (Boyd Holbrook, with a low, Matthew McConaughey–esque Southern drawl) has...

  • In the nine years since she was first accused of and jailed for murder -- then exculpated, only to be retried and found guilty again, and finally absolved -- Amanda Knox has learned a thing or two about performance. "Either I'm a psychopath in...

  • Michel Franco's Chronic, which won the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes despite having precious little dialogue, is a true feel-bad movie, filmed with unnerving precision. Franco favors long takes and shots framed by doorways, and...

  • Seed: The Untold Story is the rare documentary from filmmakers who are not just capable but also in love with their craft. It's a wonderment of photography, animation and sound, and it's a testament to its editors that the many interviews...

  • Judging by his fiction debut, Mommy's Box, co-writer/director/star Johnny Greenlaw has some mighty curious ideas about storytelling. Perhaps it doesn't matter that Greenlaw elides the key moment Nick (Greenlaw) and Joey's (Bill Sorvino)...

  • Damning With Faint Praise department: The movie about a village of murder clowns is exactly what you'd expect. If you perk up at a plot synopsis like "A group of friends is terrorized in a deserted town by psychos in clown makeup," you will not...

  • In this superb coming-of-age drama, the thoughts of high school senior Oscar Madly (Connor Jessup) are never far from Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini), the hamster he's had since his traumatic boyhood. Oscar's mother (Joanne Kelly) walked...

  • Where most post-Shrek animated films are manic and all too eager to please, Rémi Chayé's deliberately paced Long Way North tells its story with clarity and an urgent calm. Young Sasha is the granddaughter of a...

  • Director Barnet Bain aims for Milton's Secret to be a soothing balm for scary times. The film captures the slow release of relief that comforts Milton Adams (William Ainscough) as his 12th birthday nears. His parents (Mia Kirshner and...

  • Venture for America is a fellowship program that places college grads in existing startup businesses to give them experience with entrepreneurship, and possibly to inspire them to establish their own startup ventures. Generation Startup is...

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