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  • The exhilarating Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy Mind Game plays out like a hallucinogen-fueled shaggy-dog joke that only ends after 20-year-old horndog Nishi (Koji Imada) discovers that the world does not revolve around...

  • The chief suspense, at first, in Western, Valeska Grisebach’s third feature, lies in classification: What kind of Western will this tense but languid story of a four-man German construction team working on a hydropower project in...

  • With the release of Looking Glass, it seems somebody in Hollywood read The Voyeur’s Motel, that questionably true Gay Talese book about the motel owner who supposedly spent years watching his lodgers through ceiling vents, and...

  • Sophie Brooks doesn’t try to reinvent the romantic comedy with The Boy Downstairs, she just takes it out for a little spin around Brooklyn, where her gawky would-be artists stumble into love. The writer/director’s first feature is warmly...

  • Director Francois Ozon’s latest plays as though Adrian Lyne and Jean-Jacques Beineix were back in the saddle, fetishizing sweaty flesh and black lacquer. Adapted from one of Joyce Carol Oates’ ’80s mystery-pulp "Rosamond Smith" books, the movie...

  • Mark Pellington’s contemplative fugue Nostalgia might have been called Stuff or Inheritance. An episodic ensemble drama organized around the logic of theme rather than of traditional narrative, the film concerns above all...

  • Sally Potter’s The Party is a slim 75 minutes of dinner-party farce, like Buñuel meets Molière, grounded in Chekhov — there’s literally a gun introduced in the first act. Upon the occasion of Janet’s (Kristin Scott Thomas)...

  • Let’s get this out of the way: Nick Park’s caveman-centric animated feature Early Man is actually about soccer. Or football, depending on which side of the pond you’re on. This half-inflated comedy about kooky Stone Age cave dwellers...

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