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  • Phoenix | Review

    Return From the Ashes: Petzold’s Compelling Resurrection of WWII Aftermath At the head of the cinematic movement referred to as the Berlin School of filmmaking...

  • Cartel Land | Review

    Good, Bad & Ugly: Heineman Embeds in the Borderlands Towards the end of Matthew Heineman’s remarkable Cartel Land, which sees the filmmaker embedded deep within two...

  • Cesar and Rosalie (1972) | Review

    Love’s Connections: Sautet’s Frustrating, Savvy Love Story Out of the many representations of cinematic emotional complexities French filmmakers master over most is the messy actuality...

  • Big Significant Things | Review

    Eager Yet Flawed: Indie Darling is Safe-Guarded and Traditional Brian Reisberg‘s debut feature has many of the usual markings of an indie sleeper hit but like an...

  • Paper Towns | Review

    Me and Earl and the Pixie Girl: Schreier Adapts Teen Schmaltz for Sophomore Effort Director Jake Schreier takes on the saga of author John Green...

  • Pixels | Review

    The King of Kong: Columbus Peddles Dopey Sandler Comedy Hailing from some parallel universe where Never Never Land must be the capital is Pixels, a...

  • The Vatican Tapes | Review

    Better the Devil You Show: Neveldine’s Solo Outing Can’t Quite Reach its Inner Demon It’s hard to figure out who these religious themed horror films...

  • Max and the Junkmen (1971) | Review

    Crime and Punishment: Sautet’s Enthralling Policier an Obscure Neo-Noir Following the international acclaim of his 1970 film The Things of Life, Claude Sautet re-teamed with...

  • Dark Was the Night | Review

    Into the Woods: A Creature Was Lurking in Heller’s Rudimentary Sophomore Film If it’s nifty poetic title manages to reel you in, you’ll discover a...

  • Unexpected | Review

    Baby Boom: Swanberg’s Pregnancy Drama Plays it Safe For a glaring portrait of the subtle audacity of subconscious privilege unawares, look no further than Kris...

  • 10 Cent Pistol | Review

    The Bonds of Bonding: Martin’s Debut a Choppy Crime Caper Sustained by a likeable cast of notable character actors, screenwriter Michael C. Martin’s directorial debut...

  • Ned Kelly (1970) | Blu-ray Review

    Long considered to be one of British auteur Tony Richardson’s greatest miscalculations is his 1970 film Ned Kelly, certainly the most notable but arguably the...

  • Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995) | Review

    Lonely Hearts: Sautet’s Elegant Final Film on Passionate Restraint Winning Best Director as well as Best Actor for Michel Serrault at the 1995 Cesars, Nelly...

  • Southpaw | Review

    My Left Fist: Fuqua’s Sports Drama a Familiar, Emotionally Charged Comeback After another recent dalliance in action genre schlock, director Antoine Fuqua returns with the...

  • A Hard Day | Review

    Long Day’s Journey: Seong-hoon Reaches Amoral High Ground with Spry Action Flick If anything, South Korean director Kim Seong-hoon’s sophomore film A Hard Day certainly...

  • Safelight | Review

    To the Lighthouse: Aloupis Crafts Woefully Sluggish Tale of Truck Stop Tendencies Serving up a generous helping of outsider character study with teenage romance tinged...

  • A Poem is a Naked Person | Review

    Taste of Starlight: Blank’s Debut a Fascinating Time Capsule Highly regarded documentarian Les Blank’s 1974 debut finally sees an official theatrical release over forty years...

  • Ant-Man | Review

    Can’t-Man: Reed’s Marvel Entry Positions Rudd as Dubious Franchise Tangent Evidence of Marvel’s continuing imperviousness to even the most promising of fashionable script doctors is...

  • Lila & Eve | Review

    Day of the Mother: Stone’s Flighty Revenge Thriller Favors Laughs There’s a certain degree of entertainment to be gleaned from director Charles Stone III’s latest...

  • Irrational Man | Review

    Tepid Contemplation: The Unraveling of a Mild Murder Plot For his 46th feature film, Irrational Man calls upon Woody Allen’s fascination, or at least tendency to create a...