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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

The Break-In

The Break-In

Everyone knows about big Hollywood releases like Batman v Superman  and Zootopia. And many people are aware that the independent scene provides lower-budget, buzz-worthy titles like Everybody Wants Some!! and My Name is Read More

A Country Called Home

A Country Called Home

A troubled, directionless young person is forced by tragedy to return to their hometown (or some other remote location), where quirky relatives and new acquaintances unknowingly Read More

Southbound

Southbound

Horror anthology films are often inconsistent in terms of both tone and quality, with segments that often feel like separate, unrelated movies simply packaged together (in 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

Manson Family Vacation

Manson Family Vacation

Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass have leveraged their success to become something akin to indie-movie moguls, using their names as producers and presences as actors to 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

Eden

Eden

A baggy, dead-end story of a Parisian garage DJ straining for Peter Pan agelessness, Eden bumps along with all the live-for-tonight randomness of its characters’ twilight Read More

Jimmy’s Hall

Jimmy’s Hall

Wearing a big progressive heart on its union-made sleeve, Jimmy’s Hall could easily have been a carefree lark about good times and toothless rebellion, if it Read More

Love At First Fight

Love At First Fight

Fifty years ago, Bob Dylan wrote, “Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift.” In Thomas Cailley’s pathetically titled Love at First 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

Effie Gray

Effie Gray

Back in the old days, they were called “marriages of convenience.” They were used when property needed to be protected (damn those arcane inheritance laws), interpersonal Read More

Merchants of Doubt

Merchants of Doubt

One watches the earnestly comic documentary Merchants of Doubt with some confusion. That’s not because the story, about the professional deceivers who make a living pretending Read More