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Gleason

In order to appreciate the degree to which Gleason is an emotionally devastating film, one … More →
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Equity

Hollywood is slowly realizing the potential in making movies that appeal to women — films … More →
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Nerve

Mash up Snapchat, Pokémon Go, MTV’s Fear and David Fincher’s The Game, and you get … More →
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Café Society

As one character remarks in Woody Allen’s newest film, “Live everyday as if it’s your … More →
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Central Intelligence

Central Intelligence belies its own title: the Kevin-Hart-Dwayne-Johnson vehicle is dumb, silly and nonsensical. It’s … More →
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High-Rise

Outside of the kind of rabid fanbase culture that the Marvel Cinematic Universe represents, filmmakers … More →
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Mother’s Day

“I put on my bra for this?” says a bemused, Hawaiian-shirt-clad Margo Martindale in Mother’s … More →
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Afternoon

A good psychoanalyst doesn’t do a lot of talking. They let their patient talk, and … More →
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The Wanted 18

The First Intifada of the 1980s was a tumultuous time for Palestinians… and cows. Eighteen … More →
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Quadrille

Quadrille is frequently viewed as one of Sacha Guitry’s more effervescent films—an accomplishment given the French … More →
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Medeas

Medeas, based loosely on Euripides’ Greek tragedy, is about a rural American family fraught with … More →
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Blackhat

Michael Mann provokes some extreme reactions in people, especially film critics tasked with defending or … More →
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Murder of a Cat

Even the most sensitive animal lover would admit that John Wick’s premise—an assassin kills dozens … More →
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St. Nick

David Lowery’s first feature film, St. Nick, opens with a static shot that begins to … More →
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The Unknown Known

In Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld serves as the sole talking … More →
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In the Fog

In the Fog finds Sergei Loznitsa once again preoccupied with the ghosts of World War II, … More →
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Museum Hours

Museum Hours‘s underlying thesis is fairly self-evident: that the beauty of art can be found … More →
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Detroit Unleaded

Rola Nashef’s Detroit Unleaded features an early montage of women in hijabs, storefronts covered in Arabic writing, … More →
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2 Jacks

The embarrassingly low production value of Bernard Rose’s 2 Jacks works symbiotically with the film’s botched performances. … More →
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Gloria

Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria initially seems like any other study of a midlife crisis, one of those easily … More →
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The Dirties

HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS Matt (Matt Johnson) and Owen (Owen Williams) are testing out new wireless mics in … More →
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The Double/Enemy

There were plenty of Jesse Eisenbergs and Jake Gyllenhaals and doppelganger-centered film adaptations to go … More →
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Under the Skin

Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer’s first film since 2004’s Birth, has discernible reference points (2001: A … More →
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Devil’s Knot

Up until this year’s release of Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, the unsolved case of the West … More →
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Labor Day

Jason Reitman has said that with Labor Day he had to relearn the craft of filmmaking. It … More →
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Closed Curtain

Jafar Panahi’s harsh sentence from Iranian authorities—his house arrest, restrictions on filmmaking and travel, and … More →
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Savannah

Savannah is based on the true story of the larger-than-life Ward Allen (Jim Caviezel), a man … More →
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Kid Thing

Kid-Thing vividly depicts specific, distinctly tactile childhood experiences: hard gummy candies that almost break your teeth … More →
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Wasteland

The title of Rowan Athale’s directorial debut feature, Wasteland, describes the characters’ homeland: a desolate, decrepit … More →
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The Hot Flashes

The representation of menopause and its trials and tribulations is scarce in American cinema. Occasionally … More →
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Un Flic

As far as swan songs go, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Un Flic is a fascinatingly garbled tune that teems … More →
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Still Life

One of the seminal works of the Iranian New Wave, Sohrab Shahid Saless’ Still Life is an … More →
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Badlands

“Suppose I shot you. How’d that be?” That challenge, by Kit Carruthers (Martin Sheen) to … More →
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Spring Breakers

You could call Spring Breakers a spiritual journey to the hedonistic mecca of Florida, a story of … More →
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Weeds (Season 08)

Weeds, Jenji Kohan’s television series about middle-class moral relativity, concludes on a perplexing, wacky, but … More →
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Snitch

As depicted in Snitch, American drug sentencing laws allow convicts to reduce their sentences by giving … More →
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Jesus of Montreal

In Denys Arcand’s 1989 Academy-nominated film Jesus of Montreal, allegory is treated as a not-so-subtle scaffolding with … More →
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Tower

A character study consisting virtually of close-up shots, Tower—the first feature-length film from Toronto director Kazik … More →
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Laura

Laura, the film that cemented Otto Preminger’s position as a studio filmmaker, continues to be … More →
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Lonely Boy

Wolf Koenig and Roman Kroiter’s Lonely Boy—an ostensibly “behind-the-scenes” National Film Board (NFB) documentary short about … More →
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The Cow

Dariush Mehrjui’s landmark film The Cow (1969) is largely considered the first film of the Iranian New … More →
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Movie 43

Movie 43 doesn’t just bury the notion that a star-studded cast can somehow elevate a film’s … More →
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Barbara

The year is 1980, the setting is rural East Germany and the mood is disquietingly … More →
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Knocked Up

Considering Judd Apatow’s humor is largely a product of his (and his friends’) own experiences … More →
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Next of Kin

Atom Egoyan’s films are frequently about performativity, though it can be easy to lose sight … More →
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Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph’s highly orchestrated diegesis is an arcade universe awash in references to video-game culture, an … More →
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The Iran Job

In Till Schauder’s The Iran Job, a culturally clueless basketball player named Kevin Sheppard travels to … More →
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The Adjuster

It’s been just over two decades since Atom Egoyan made The Adjuster, his fourth feature and … More →
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Barcelona

Reproduction of movies in new home entertainment formats is symbolic proof of a film’s cultural … More →
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You’ve Been Trumped

The inherent and problematic premise in You’ve Been Trumped– a documentary about Scottish villagers fighting against … More →
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Monsters, Inc.

Pixar’s fourth feature film has been unfairly overlooked for years despite its value exponentially appreciating … More →