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  • The premise for Charlie McDowell’s The Discovery is so simple and poetic that it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been done before: A scientist discovers definitive proof of an afterlife, and the world responds with mass suicides. McDowell, who scored...

  • Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ Suntan begins in such grim, static, deadpan fashion that you might be forgiven for assuming you’ve traveled back in time to an international film festival circa 2002. All sharp angles and stony faces and oblique...

  • The Boss Baby might look, at first, like any other major studio animation release. Directed by DreamWorks vet Tom McGrath (Madagascar, Megamind), the movie hits all the expected notes: the enduring importance of family, the persistence of...

  • Niki Caro has the rare ability to elevate what could be emotionally manipulative schlock to earnest art. To judge by the trailer, her low-budget breakthrough feature Whale Rider (2003) seemed a straightforward children’s drama about a girl...

  • It's fitting that one of the great films about jazz centers on the re-creation of a moment. Kasper Collin's exquisitely haunted meditation I Called Him Morgan, about the life and untimely death of hard bop trumpeter Lee Morgan, employs all...

  • There's a horror movie inside Alice Lowe's darkly comic slasher film Prevenge, but not the one you'd expect. Sure, the killer, Ruth (played by Lowe, who also wrote and directed it during her real-life pregnancy), is quick with her knife,...

  • Since every cell of you dies and sloughs away so many times in your life, can you be said to be the same you at 65 that you were at 20? Such questions power this frustrating doc about William Powell, the humanist adult who happens once to have...

  • If a mysterious group of men show up promising to bring back your dead brother, chances are things won't end too well. Dig Two Graves offers subtle, backwoods gothic scares built around themes of painful loss and dangerous deals that have...

  • The beginning marks the beginning of the end: A middle-aged man rouses from sleep, about to face another day of accosting and insulting strangers. He hates people but needs them, too. His voice-over kicks in, a peroration that opens with a bid...

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