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  • Serial killers are so rote these days, like plastic bags in trees, that we've gotten to the point where the serial killer is not a serial killer but an alien. Based on Dan Wells' novel, Billy O'Brien's jokey suspenser hews close to John (Max...

  • "It was cool to be in that room with Walt — as long as he didn't spot you." That's Floyd Norman, longtime animator and storyteller at Disney, Pixar, Hanna-Barbera and several fascinating endeavors of his own. (With a partner, he knocked out...

  • The United States looms over Jayro Bustamante's patient, observant, exquisitely painful debut feature, Ixcanul, just as it looms over the Guatemalan coffee plantation in which his humane drama plays out. The film, a work of tender...

  • Depleting and clamorous, My King, the latest by Maïwenn, the mononymed maestra of emotional emesis, unwittingly imparts an obvious lesson: One person’s rakish charmer is another’s sociopath. The sovereign of the title is...

  • Clea DuVall's debut feature, The Intervention, is one of a mighty handful of indies to eschew the star system for an ensemble cast, placing up-and-coming actors often relegated to supporting roles into the shared lead spot. She's written...

  • The late Polish master Andrzej Żuławski's final feature comes 16 years after its predecessor. His farewell zips along with his whims and rages, pitting louche young bucks Witold (Jonathan Genet) and Fuks (Johan Libéreau)...

  • The Hollars tells the familiar tale of a dysfunctional family pulled together by unfortunate circumstances. John Hollar (John Krasinski, who also directed) is a frustrated graphic novelist with a pregnant girlfriend, Rebecca (Anna...

  • The breakthrough with studio horror films in recent years, since the found-footage boom, is a welcome environmental immersiveness. It's a testament to the craft of production designers and camera operators that the movies now so persuasively show...

  • Liberals get a romance for the ages in Michelle and Barack with Richard Tanne's directorial debut, Southside With You, which recounts the First Couple's first date in the manner of a Before Sunset that's been cleaned up and sent to Sunday...

  • Robert De Niro -- the Raging Bull himself, now aged from boxer to trainer -- is introduced in Hands of Stone bathed in Madison Square Garden's overhead spotlights, more the image of a reigning champ than the promising fighter whose...

  • So are we gonna have a faith-based, four-hankie true story about a goody-two-shoes football star who touched the lives of many and died too young every year now? For those who wiped away tears after watching the fact-based sports drama...

  • The attempt to reconcile the personal with the political has been the great theme of Nanni Moretti's cinema, as it was for many of the legendary Italian directors before him. In Mia Madre, it finds one of its more vivid examinations. The...

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