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  • J. Van Auken is the writer, producer, director and star of the latest I-see-dead-people melodrama, Revelator. This is why he comes out of it looking better — both behind and in front of the camera — than everyone else in the...

  • In 1991, when James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day came out, the Iron Curtain had recently fallen, effectively ending the Cold War and seemingly lifting the nuclear threat. I distinctly remember Sarah Connor’s ruminations...

  • It's pretty clear early on that the latest film from Mexican director Manolo Caro is a squirm-in-your-seat comedy. After opening with a sex scene between two teenage sweethearts, we flash-forward to watch their 40-something selves bump into each...

  • Horror films aren't famous for exercising much subtlety or tact, and Rich Ragsdale's Ghost House is no exception. The movie follows Julie (Scout Taylor-Compton) and Jim (James Landry Hébert) as they vacation in Thailand. They're young and...

  • A fantasy about seducing your pets seems like it should be pretty transgressive, a cinematic middle finger to straight-laced, cis-speciesist notions about sexual desire. In practice, though, director Finn Taylor's Unleashed is an...

  • Sidemen: Long Road to Glory hits the familiar notes of Standing in the Shadows of Motown and 20 Feet From Stardom, documentaries focused on unappreciated musicians (like session players and background singers) who've made...

  • While overstuffed and scattershot, this episodic documentary makes a vital argument: That American popular music, especially the blues and rock & roll, owe much more to Native Americans than has been commonly credited. The title comes from...

  • In Eliza Hittman’s debut feature, It Felt Like Love, a young girl tests the waters of adult sexuality, offering her body up to the statuesque bros who live in her Eastern Seaboard beach town.

  • I don't know what's more preposterous about Bushwick: that Texas would drop a bunch of mercenaries into the Brooklyn neighborhood and incite a hellish, bloody invasion, or that perky blonde Brittany Snow would be someone who knows the...

  • There is a better, more touching movie hidden somewhere inside The Only Living Boy in New York, and you can often see it creeping in around the edges. It's not to be found in the somewhat empty coming-of-age narrative at the film's center,...

  • The specter of nuclear annihilation haunts this film. It’s there in the opening images of a crowded contemporary L.A. freeway turned into a futuristic wasteland of broken skulls and twisted metal.

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