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  • With Unfriended: Dark Web, a follow-up to the 2014 found-footage transtextual horror film Unfriended, writer-director Stephen Susco is betting we’re all a little willfully naive about the internet. Susco dutifully exploits the fear...

  • “He’s a total self-creation,” Truman Capote says of Cecil Beaton in an archival clip featured in Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Love, Cecil. This documentary portrait offers a glamorous, if not terribly probing, overview of the life of a...

  • The iconic shot in John Milius’ Red Dawn (1984) comes early: A close-up of a bumper sticker approximating the NRA’s “You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands” slogan pans to a Russian soldier stepping on a dead...

  • Deborah Haywood’s formidable first feature is at once a ruthless dissection of cruelty, capturing the relentless torment of outcasts for the pleasure of self-styled superiors, and a warm evocation of an interdependent mother/daughter bond. Pin...

  • The working-class hero of Araby isn’t a winner. He’s so normal we don’t even know he’s the lead until the 20-minute mark. His name is Cristiano (Aristides de Sousa), and the first time we see him he’s just a guy in a car, being driven to...

  • Directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui make a compelling case that fashion design icon Alexander McQueen was more than the enfant terrible persona that the media slapped onto him and that he at first reveled in, then began to despise. (And we...

  • Path of Blood, directed by British documentarian Jonathan Hacker and based on his book of the same title, is pieced together from home movies made by members of al-Qaida, as well as footage shot by security forces from 2003 to ’09....

  • Carlos Lopez Estrada’s superb and daring street-level city-study Blindspotting dashes to the rocks the established rules of genre and dramatic naturalism. A thrilling, riotous, language-drunk elegy and celebration of Oakland, California,...

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