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  • There should be a trigger warning for documentaries that incorporate footage from the 2016 presidential election. As I was watching Kate Novack's The Gospel According to André, a thoughtful meditation on the life and career of...

  • In the first season of The Good Place, Ted Danson's avuncular godlike character announces, "I've come to really like frozen yogurt. There's something so human about taking something great and ruining it a little so you can have more of...

  • Jean Cocteau's Les Parents Terribles (1948) -- known in English by the much less barbed or helpful title The Storm Within -- finds the director-artist-novelist-playwright revisiting in cinema his triumph for the stage. Adapting his...

  • There are three dialogue-free scenes in the quintessential 1964 spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars -- in which Clint Eastwood's nameless antihero pits the sadistic Rojo brothers against corrupt sheriff John Baxter (Wolfgang Lukschy) --...

  • Bruce LaBruce's latest spirited provocation marks the cult director's second literalization of the sexual revolution. Like 2004's The Raspberry Reich, a satire of what LaBruce has called "terrorist chic," The Misandrists...

  • "I was brought into this world to be abandoned," notes Mary Shelley deep into the flimsy but amusing film that bears her name. The line resonates, of course, and not just because this Mary Shelley, like the real one, lives a life of perpetual...

  • Anthony Byrne's London-set spy thriller In Darkness opens with an extreme close-up on a woman's eye, mascaraed lashes thick and beautiful and its lid shuddering in fear, all as an orchestral score swells. This might be a nod to the opening...

  • Yes, there's a scene in Bill Holderman's Boomer-ensemble romcom Book Club where the perpetually promiscuous bachelorette Vivian (Jane Fonda) has to shut up and listen as her long lost beau Arthur (Don Johnson) delivers a movie-style...

  • For Deadpool 2 to approach coherence, you must have seen Deadpool, Logan, a couple of X-Men, and maintain a working knowledge of the corporate and contractual absurdities that make Deadpool's Marvel Universe distinct from the...

  • Director Nicholas Kalikow's heist flick Carter & June makes it look easy to waltz into a high-security bank vault. But not in a good way. When con artist Carter Jennings (Michael Raymond-James) can't smooth-talk his way out of debts to...

  • I want to tell you about the ending of Alexandros Avranas' dirty-cop-and-sex-dungeons thriller Dark Crimes, because it's a startlingly poignant and genuinely surprising bit of cinematic artistry. But that might ruin the film's one real...

  • Don't let the title fool you. Despite bookending scenes in which photographer/artist Peter Beard reflects over old photos and some alluring footage about the innocent days when Montauk drew Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger rather than mere...

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