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  • 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...

  • Though it's a small story about a young man trying to rebuild his life following an extended house arrest for drug dealing, director Matthew Porterfield's sad, quiet Sollers Point is set against a larger canvas of a dying rust belt city...

  • Among hard-core Stanley Kubrick fans, the name Leon Vitali holds a kind of magic. He was the young British actor who made such an impression as Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon and then turned around and became Kubrick's assistant for the...

  • Paul Schrader's First Reformed comes freighted with expectations. At last, one of the living American greats has returned to dissect The Ways We're Going Mad Today, in a preacher drama so rigorously hair-shirted that you might guess ahead...

  • There are two stories being told in the documentary Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The first: How 1970s New York, that city of urban decay, run-down apartment buildings, rampant crime and overwhelming...

  • This moment, too, will pass and become history, just as the moment before it already has. Rachel Shuman's 55-minute city-study One October etches the New York of the fall of 2008 into a permanent record, revealing a time that felt like the...

  • Why was I Had Nowhere to Go (2016) made? Jonas Mekas, the 95-year-old icon of American avant-garde cinema, has made many movies -- a few of them masterpieces -- about his own life. He has published poems, film criticism and diaries....

  • Though it runs a mere 78 minutes, The Desert Bride is strikingly languorous and open-ended, its graceful silences and unhurried rhythms speaking to the intriguing identity crisis of its protagonist. Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato's...

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