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Dean

Dean

Stand-up comedy, by its very nature, is a self-involved activity, requiring the type of personality that doesn’t always translate well to narrative film. I’m thinking specifically Read More

Wakefield

Wakefield

Bryan Cranston is no stranger to inhabiting formidable lead characters – there’s LBJ and, of course, the inimitable Walter White – so he’s in familiar territory Read More

Lion

Lion

The true-to-life sob story has been done to death. You know how it goes: Likable person faces peril, conflict, maybe illness. Person somehow overcomes said troubles Read More

Christine

Christine

“I always wanted to have a baby, and I always wanted to have a husband, and I always wanted to have a job where I can Read More

Girl Asleep

Girl Asleep

When a film transitions from a real environment to a fantastical one, it usually works in its favor. But in the case of Girl Asleep, the Read More

The Invitation

The Invitation

Sure, dinner parties can get awkward, but The Invitation takes it to all new levels of social discomfort. Small talk and big boozing are nothing compared Read More

Anomalisa

Anomalisa

Consider the half-dozen or so screenplays Charlie Kaufman has written and there’s no disputing his boundless creativity, regardless of your taste for his eccentric, sometimes surreal, Read More

Experimenter

Experimenter

In the early 1960s, researcher Stanley Milgram conducted a series of social experiments that are still discussed decades after his career and life. A test subject Read More

Wildlike

Wildlike

Too many films get assigned the term “coming of age,” an overused catch-all for any story in which a young man or woman experiences something new. Read More

Digging for Fire

Digging for Fire

After creating his loose brand of independent film for about a decade – including five features in the past three years – Joe Swanberg seemed poised Read More

Cartel Land

Cartel Land

Cartel Land’s telling of the Mexican drug war is enough to set Donald Trump’s floppy hair on fire. Matthew Heineman‘s courageous documentary examines three factions within Read More

7 Chinese Brothers

7 Chinese Brothers

Modern indie film has an abundance of hangdog slackers. But none are as effective as Jason Schwartzman, he of the long face, sad eyebrows, and terribly good Read More

Zero Motivation

Zero Motivation

On the surface, Zero Motivation looks like a military satire. But this dark comic gem, the debut feature from Israeli writer-director Talya Lavie, is really a Read More

Starred Up

Starred Up

In one corner of the prison drama genre, there’s popcorn fare like Escape Plan and Lock Up, slick productions with big roundhouse Hollywood punches and, yeah, Read More

The Circle

The Circle

To recount the experiences of a group of gay men in 1950s Europe, director Stefan Haupt has melded narrative and documentary, resulting in more dramatic potential Read More