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  • In the 21st century, rape victims, citing fear and shame, report as few as 16 percent of sexual assaults. Imagine, then, the plight of black rape victims in the Jim Crow South, whose attackers were usually white. Yet in 1944, Recy Taylor, a...

  • As in this fall's Groundhog Day-gone-bloody Happy Death Day, a time loop figures into Christopher Lawrence Chapman's hospital horror film Inoperable. But unlike the invention Groundhog Day brings to every respooling of...

  • Canadian journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) arrives in Somalia as an opportunist and leaves an advocate. Writer/director Bryan Buckley treats Bahadur's 2008-09 odyssey, chronicled in his nonfiction book The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their...

  • Here's a film in which excellent actors play fascinating people in interesting situations that somehow, in their adaptation from real life to memoir (by Peter Turner) to screenplay to movie have lost what's fascinating/interesting about them. The...

  • Rupert Jones' slippery slow-burn psychological thriller Kaleidoscope is powered by a fusion of two elements — a female corpse and a disturbed mother-son relationship — that immediately evokes Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho....

  • Craig Gillespie's raucous Tonya Harding biopic, I, Tonya isn't all #TeamTonya or #TeamTruth -- will we ever know the full, real story? Gillespie doesn't pretend to be definitive. Instead, he spins the tragedy of Tonya Harding and Nancy...

  • In the Ricky Gervais comedy The Invention of Lying, a world in which nobody can conceive of the concept of fiction, movies consist simply of a narrator reading from a book of historical facts. Naples '44 isn't quite that bare-bones,...

  • "Everybody in my neighborhood that I know of in the last 40 years died from cancer," says a resident of Crossett, Arkansas, at a public hearing captured in the blood-boiling doc Company Town. The man continues: "I'm the only one left on...

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