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  • Emma Watson’s every-naif Mae becomes a social media star, electing to broadcast online every non-bathroom moment of her life.

  • The totemic power of Jean-Pierre Léaud extends far beyond the French New Wave, the film movement for which he will forever remain the most paradigmatic performer. In the éminence grise phase of his career, which began about two...

  • Eric D. Howell doubles down in the muck of cliché.

  • The film is highly self-aware, and Juliette Binoche’s performance as Aude Van Peteghem is delightfully redolent of the snooty dames so memorably captured by Margaret Dumont in the Marx Brothers' films.

  • In this follow-up to the tongue-in-cheek Marvel original that put the fun back into comic-book adaptations, the gang — Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), now a sapling — battle space...

  • It’s science fiction that’s complex, thoughtful and funny, like 12 Monkeys or Primer run through a Fargo filter.

  • Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin's LA 92 is a wearying and dispiriting film. This study of the Los Angeles riots of 1992 opens with the city already in flames, with the Watts riots of 1965. "It was the most widespread, the most destructive racial...

  • Before we see anything in Below Her Mouth (spoiler alert: The below in the title probably refers to a woman's naughty bits), we hear sexual moaning. This Canadian lesbian drama is basically softcore porn, which isn't necessarily a...

  • Oh, boy. Here's something actually punishing from Steven Shainberg, director of the 2002 BDSM drama Secretary. A diluted interpretation of ’00s torture-porn with a film-student appreciation for Gaspar Noé's color...

  • Grief does strange things to people, thrusting them into fugue-like states where anger, resentment and to-hell-with-it-all despair can lead to bizarre behavior. Writer-director Asaph Polonsky's One Week and a Day adeptly captures that...


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