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  • Mark Perez has written one of the tightest comedy scripts to make it to be the big screen in ages. Game Night, directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, wastes not a single second of dialogue, gives killer lines to every...

  • Jian Liu's Have a Nice Day has the rough contours of an early Quentin Tarantino film with the particulars of a more arty, meditative mood piece. It's a twisty-turny crime drama complete with stolen money, vengeful mob bosses and all sorts...

  • The last 10 minutes of Joshua Bonnetta and J. P. Sniadecki's El Mar La Mar observe some distant hills, a plain and an approaching storm. The black and white photography emphasizes the gray weight of the clouds and the far-off lashes of...

  • Take away a few contemporary markers, and Are We Not Cats could be a droll relic of No Wave cinema. Xander Robin incorporates the aesthetics of punk as well as its insouciant nihilism into his first feature, a fantastical romance rooted in...

  • The Cured is yet another post-apocalyptic thriller from the British Isles looking to put a fresh spin on zombies. And it does that -- for a while. Set in a damn-near-desolate Ireland, the movie follows Senan (Sam Keeley), a tormented,...

  • An unbearably smug lead protagonist sinks the already floundering submarine drama The Chamber, a lifeless thriller set inside a Deep Submersible Rescue Vehicle (DSRV). Stereotypically macho sub captain Mats (Force Majeure's Johannes...

  • The messy but compelling activist doc Survivors Guide to Prison often suggests a carelessly assembled trio of short films that all happen to be about America's corrupt and dehumanizing penal system. Thankfully, two of the three parts of...

  • You may wonder, as The Young Karl Marx unfolds, just why the filmmakers would build to the drafting of the work that would break the old world pretty much the same way the creators of a life-of-the-pop-musician biopic build to the...

  • Half Magic is exactly the sort of debut movie you might expect Heather Graham to make as a writer-director. Much like Graham's public persona, it's sunny, awkward, a tad bit flaky and can get annoyingly New Agey.

    Graham stars as...

  • It's a great relief to confirm that Black Panther is genuinely worth rooting for, a clear standout on the Marvel movie roster. It's only Ryan Coogler's third feature, but it's executed with the confidence of a far more experienced...

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