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22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street

Movies don’t get much more meta than 22 Jump Street. Perhaps The Cabin in the Woods and its terrific takedown of every horror trope of the Read More

The Rover

The Rover

Most post-apocalyptic vengeance stories like The Rover at least flirt with nihilism. But this is normally just window-dressing there to throw a little grit under the Read More

The Signal

The Signal

The Signal begins, excitingly and promisingly, by pulling together odd little movie subgenres. It’s sort of a road movie, as Nic (Brenton Thwaites) and his best Read More

The Immigrant

The Immigrant

James Gray’s relentlessly, intoxicatingly melodramatic period love triangle The Immigrant starts on a passenger ship docking at Ellis Island in 1921 and never gets much further Read More

Ida

Ida

When done well, the sparest of films can be almost mesmerizing. Moments of stasis and solitude command attention, pulling in the audience like some meditative medium. Read More

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Jodorowsky’s Dune

It’s been called the Citizen Kane of unrealized projects, or “The Greatest Movie Never Made.” It’s also one of the most thoroughly preplanned efforts never to Read More

Obvious Child

Obvious Child

A fresh-faced, faux-messy romantic comedy with a refreshingly economic take on the usual meet-cute / separation crisis / resolution arc, Obvious Child is like many tales Read More

The Sacrament

The Sacrament

Ti West has gone from slow burn to no burn. With The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, the writer/director established a deliberate, atypical style Read More

Chef

Chef

Chef is one of those jobs that many people dream of but not that many would actually want to do. A few hours on the prep Read More

Maleficent

Maleficent

Disney’s desire to drain as much profit out of their properties as possible arrives in the form of Maleficent, and boy does the struggle show. Revamping Read More

Filth

Filth

Filth wallows in itself for its entire runtime and tries to come out clean on the other end. Not that it requests redemption for its despicable Read More