hftw
July 12 2016
At the tender age of 13, Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) already wants to be a gangster. The portly orphan believes firmly in the power of pop culture; he wears a puffy red and white jacket with Tupac l
Neon_Bull_01
July 12 2016
Brazil has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. The Summer Olympics set to debut in Rio de Janeiro a month from now have been overshadowed by increasing gang and police violence. Zika vi
TheFits_01
July 6 2016
Most American indie films lack a sense of mystery. The Fits has it in spades. Anna Rose Holmer’s elliptical debut confronts our need to pigeonhole gender and identity through performance
CarnagePark3
July 6 2016
Carnage Park’s maniac sniper believes “the world is a funny place.” He calmly says so right before shooting an innocent bystander in the chest from an obscenely far distance
THEBFG_01
June 28 2016
Recognition and acceptance go a long way to solving the major societal problems of The BFG. Sophie's precocious desire to understand the "other" inspires her community to do the same
swiss-army-man-_02_3681_rgb
June 28 2016
Imagine a depressed Wes Anderson got high, watched a bunch of Farrelly Brothers films, then went out into the woods and remade Lord of the Flies as a buddy comedy. That's Swiss Army Man
THREE_01
June 21 2016
To's latest thriller, Three, forces these two types of people into the same cramped space, then watches their good and evil intentions collide. Flawed professionals one and all, they spend the duration...
NeonDemon_01
June 21 2016
I bet Nicolas Winding Refn likes his steak rare. The Danish enfant terrible of Drive and Only God Forgives relishes in the mutilation of flesh and the desecration of limbs
depalma_web
June 14 2016
Brian De Palma speaks his mind with the tenacity of a termed-out POTUS conducting a brazen farewell tour. He doesn't care about glamorizing the past, only reveling in its absurdity, beauty and horror
monster
June 14 2016
The rigorous formal techniques that mark the work of directors Carlos Reygadas and Amat Escalante provide a foundation for social outrage in A Monster With a Thousand Heads. Shot almost entirely in st
Dheepan_01
June 7 2016
In Dheepan, Jacques Audiard's lumbering drama that won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, three Sri Lankan refugees flee their war-torn country for a "better" life in France
Viva_01
June 7 2016
Depictions of modern Cuban life rarely (if ever) find their way to American movie theaters for obvious political reasons. But now that the relationship between the two countries has warmed ever so slightly,...
weiner
May 31 2016
The engaging and insightful political documentary Weiner, which traces the 2013 New York City mayoral bid of ex-Congressman and sexting pariah Anthony Weiner, complicates these broader assumptions about...
princessshaw
May 31 2016
Social media has redefined the boundaries of artistic collaboration, and no recent movie explores this dynamic quite like Presenting Princess Shaw
thelobster
May 24 2016
On paper, The Lobster sounds a like a silly Twilight Zone episode: In the not-so-distant future, people who've failed at love are sent to a state-run "hotel" in the countryside where they are given the...
maggiesplan
May 24 2016
For a dynamic filmmaker like Rebecca Miller, whose output up to this point has been defined by a distinct impressionistic pulse (Personal Velocity, The Ballad of Jack and Rose), Maggie's Plan might seem...
lovefriendship
May 17 2016
"Facts are horrid things," snipes Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) during a pivotal moment late in Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman's brisk romantic comedy about the art of long-game manipulation
abiggersplash
May 17 2016
A Bigger Splash There's so much past history bubbling under the surface of Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash that it's hard for the characters to breathe. Which makes the film's central image
High-Rise_01
May 10 2016
There's no beauty in the breakdown according to Ben Wheatley's High-Rise. This messy and convoluted adaptation of J.G. Ballard's 1975 novel paints a dystopian future that finally begins to crumble thanks...
Baskin
May 10 2016
Five Turkish police officers act like assholes in a quiet restaurant and earn themselves the ire of a sinister hooded figure that may be a gatekeeper to hell. So goes the clumsy set-up of Baskin, Cam Evrenol's...

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