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  • Halfway through Charm City, Marilyn Ness’ documentary of Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, the camera captures downtown’s Transamerica Building and baroque City Hall as night descends, lit up and...

  • “It may not have been Houdini who said it, but what the hell,” Peter Bogdanovich says, in the voice of the Official Narrator, early in his joyous The Great Buster: A Celebration. He’s referring to the claim that the name Buster came from...

  • The ripoff that is for-profit education is infamous — Trump University, for one, was so badly run that not even its scam could keep it afloat — but Alex Shebanow’s well-paced, chock-full documentary Fail State manages to be surprising and...

  • In director Mélanie Laurent’s Galveston, an uneven but arrestingly beautiful drama, a hitman and a reluctant sex worker struggle to outrun their pasts. After surviving an ambush orchestrated by his crooked boss, hitman Roy (Ben Foster)...

  • Until 2015, Janae Marie Kroczaleski was known to the world as Matt Kroc, the U.S. Marine, bodybuilder and record-breaking male powerlifter. But as Kroc explains in Transformer, a sunny, sympathetic documentary from Michael Del Monte about...

  • While writer-director Jim Hosking’s commitment to weirdness (also seen in his previous outing, The Greasy Strangler) warrants appreciation, especially when so many others play it safe, his latest, comedy An Evening With Beverly Luff...

  • “I was in The motherfucking Wire!” I imagine that thought was running through the head of Paul Ben-Victor as he grouched his way through The Super, director Stephan Rick’s aggregation of horror movie clichés set in a...

  • Largely plotless, slice-of-life dramas often get described as “quiet,” yet Mid90s, the largely plotless, slice-of-life drama from Jonah Hill (his first film as writer-director), is marked by violently loud moments and blaringly...