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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • One of the sly jokes underpinning this striking indie apocalypse: If everyone on Earth vanished while you were vacationing in Iceland, how long before you would notice? Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan’s subtly comic drama, shot with a...

  • Even if it were not for the fact that Mean Dreams has become Bill Paxton's penultimate picture, Nathan Morlando's thriller would be worth recommending entirely on its own merits. Start with cinematographer Steve Cosens (The Tracey...

  • Time was a movie like this could stir some outrage. Impressive murder-and-gore-makeup test footage passed off as a narrative provocation, Greg McLean's grimdumb day-ruiner The Belko Experiment offers the following: a relentless parade of...

  • In 1991's Beauty and the Beast, Belle and her beau/jailer come to know each other over time and a showtune, strolling through the gardens of the crumbled palace, feeding birds and tossing snowballs. Unlike most earlier Disney lovers, these...

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