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  • If you ever need to sober up quick, come down hard, flush out your system, convince the cops or your boss or the feds that you've not indulged in marijuana, might I recommend taping your eyes wide open and taking in Super Troopers 2? The...

  • Henri-Georges Clouzot's Le Corbeau, a grittily suspenseful noir de force from 1943, vigorously dramatizes a real scandal -- in 1917, a woman in central France harried her town with anonymous poison-pen letters -- and ultimately...

  • For want of a phone charger! In writer-director Josh Klausner's peculiar indie musical, a twenty-something dude wanders the Hamptons in borrowed board shorts and a sequined sash, spurred by bad luck and a failing iPhone battery. Disillusioned...

  • An urbane police procedural, a cracking whodunnit, a Golddiggers sex comedy and a stealth backstage musical, Henri-Georges Clouzot's sprightly entertainment Quai des Orfevres (1947) concerns -- eventually -- the murder of a film...

  • Netflix's Kodachrome is good fall-asleep-with-the-TV-on fare, and I mean you should snooze out immediately unless you want to be subjected to a criminally mediocre family drama. It's about the last-minute reconciliation involving a dying...

  • Michel Hazanavicius' exploration of Jean-Luc Godard's immersion in radical politics is constructed as a giddy homage to Godardian affectation. That's no surprise: He'd recreated candy-colored spy spoofs in two OSS 117 films, and won an Oscar for...

  • Most of 44 Pages, director Tony Shaff's documentary about the family-owned magazine Highlights for Children, takes place in the magazine's stately editorial offices in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The film surfaces all of the magazine's...

  • Lou Andreas-Salome, The Audacity to Be Free is an awkward mouthful of a title, but this biographical study of a trailblazing 19th century intellectual offers a worthwhile history lesson. The first female psychoanalyst, Lou Andreas-Salome...

  • Courtney Balaker's Little Pink House dramatizes a true story of working-class America under attack: Big money, big pharma and big government want to huff and puff and blow down working-class houses in pursuit of money. After leaving a...

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