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  • The most interesting thing about Tag is that it was inspired by a true story. Director Jeff Tomsic and his team seem to understand this, as both the marketing and the movie regularly remind you of its real-life origins. A group of grown...

  • For a stretch of time in the 1980s and '90s, the word "buddy" meant, in modern gay life, someone who had agreed to be a friend to a man dying of AIDS. A buddy visited. Listened to stories. Laughed. Cried. And above all, tried to make sure that...

  • "Change is like death," says a character in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. "You don't know what it looks like until you're standing at the gates." Leaving aside the question of whether that's accurate, let it be noted that these Jurassic...

  • The atmosphere of Jason Saltiel's debut feature is decidedly chilly despite the summer heat. With icy precision reminiscent of Claude Chabrol, Saltiel captures the social intricacies of affluent leisure. Frustrated college student Emma (Willa...

  • An ordinary woman uncovers a plot against her -- but is it real, or all in her head? The story of the classic George Cukor film Gaslight (as well as the play that inspired it) has been adapted again and again, with varying degrees of...

  • Mouly Surya's meditative rape-revenge Western surveys Indonesian hills and men's dehumanization of women without indulging in splattery fantasy. Here revenge is just more work -- a woman's work, at that. We meet Marlina (Marsha Timothy) in the...

  • "What do you think I'm doing with this movie?" director Eugene Jarecki asks the chief of his road crew some 40 minutes into The King, a restless documentary bafflement about pretty much everything but most specifically about driving Elvis...

  • The tonally berserk Western-comedy hybrid Damsel often suggests a Wes Anderson-directed acid Western, only without Anderson's knack for sad-sack jokes about macho pride or the acid Western's typically spiritual consideration of white guys'...

  • Fury and defiance distinguish this week's sort-of-starting-to-figure-life-out indie comedy from last week's. Christian Papierniak's Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town surges from Venice Beach to Los Feliz on brash punk energy. It's powered by...

  • The makers of the aimlessly provocative French sociopolitical docu-essay Spiral encourage viewers to wallow in the unexamined prejudices and petty resentments that have led several thousand French Jews to respond to recent anti-Semitic...

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