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  • This is a portrait of a decades-long partnership coming to a head but also of the American literary community reckoning with what so many know to be true: Women are still not seen as “serious” writers or contenders for major prizes

  • White Boy Rick's trailer, an orgy of images of guns and cocaine and black Detroit hustlers marveling at some white teenager's awesomeness, played like a Kidz Bop Grand Theft Auto, like Breaking Bad Jr., the latest iteration of the...

  • The Public Image is Rotten, Tabbert Fiiller's documentary about Public Image Ltd (PiL), the band John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) formed after the Sex Pistols, makes one wonder: Does anyone still care? Its interviews are either with aging,...

  • The year's best and strangest and most searching heist movie, Alonso Ruizpalacios' Museo, among many other things, offers an inspired inversion of the fantasy of Indiana Jones. Its centerpiece is a breathless break-in at the National...

  • It's not every day that you witness a new cinematic language being born, but watching RaMell Ross' evocatively titled documentary Hale County, This Morning, This Evening qualifies. The director, a photographer and teacher who was coaching...

  • A feast for its two main actors, the uneven but diverting horror movie The Basement is short on excessive gore and long on talk -- some chopped-off fingers notwithstanding. While running a late night errand, Craig (Cayleb Long), a...

  • MDMA opens with a young, scantily clad woman snorting cocaine in a nightclub. How did she get there? The film soon takes us back to a year earlier, when Angie (Annie Q.), a bright but increasingly troubled college freshman, experienced...

  • It's heartening to see someone living their dream. With his second feature, Panos Cosmatos, the VHS-mad director of the hypnotic horror lulu Beyond the Black Rainbow, has scored the ultimate video-addict coup. He has convinced Nicolas Cage...

  • Following this year's On Chesil Beach, directed by Dominic Cooke, a novel from the frequently adapted Ian McEwan is again the source for a film, The Children Act, a courtroom drama from Richard Eyre. Emma Thompson stars as Honorable...

  • To his credit, director-producer James D. Stern acknowledges, just 20 minutes in, a fatal flaw in the premise of American Chaos, his documentary wallow in the electoral pig trough of 2016. He lays out his original idea in the film's...

  • Craig William Macneill's terse, at times tense Lizzie re-airs that most familiar of dirty laundry, the case of the 1892 hatchet murders that will forever be attributed to Lizzie Borden, despite her acquittal. Still, for a while, after a...

  • In the first minutes of I Think We're Alone Now, director Reed Morano's camera stalks the streets of a quaint American town, like a New York Times Trump-voter profile come to life. But something's off: The town, near the Hudson River, is...

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