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We Are the Best!

We Are the Best!

It’s assumed that the thorny flowers of punk need rocky, hostile ground to take root. Think of how the gone-to-seed, junkie-littered, class warfare cityscapes of late-1970s Read More

Proxy

Proxy

Any great thriller earns that definition by keeping its audience off-balance. We crave control in the real world, but not when it comes to the movies Read More

Anita

Anita

Anita is a functional film about an astounding person who faced the whirlwind and didn’t blink. It doesn’t do meaningful service to the larger story of Read More

Interior. Leather Bar.

Interior. Leather Bar.

Eye-opening, it’s not. James Franco’s “reimagining” of the 40 minutes of explicit material cut from William Friedkin’s Cruising arrives heavy with baggage, little of which turns Read More

Cement Suitcase

Cement Suitcase

Loveable losers who hate their lives are a staple of independent films. Stack up all the movies about them and the pile would probably reach all the way Read More

Beach Pillows

Beach Pillows

Beach Pillows is writer/producer/director Sean Hartofilis’ first feature film. It’s an intimate and relatable character study of a depressed, late-20-something guy stuck in a small-town suburb Read More

Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose

“A mother’s love” has rarely felt more dagger-like or malevolent than in the chilling morality thriller Child’s Pose. Part anatomy of a villain and part crime Read More

Dog Days

Dog Days

If you’re making a list of subjects that seem worthy of a full-length documentary, hot dog carts rank somewhere between paper clips and folding chairs. There Read More

S#x Acts

S#x Acts

Somebody (I no longer recall who) once said this about sex in movies: If the film is American, it’s dirty; if the film is foreign, it’s art. The point being, Read More

Commie Camp

Commie Camp

Nestled in the wilderness of Massachusetts is a summer camp known as Camp Kinderland. On the surface, it doesn’t appear much different than any other sleepaway Read More

Bad Milo!

Bad Milo!

Few movies feel as strained as those that consider themselves cult classics in the making, drunk on the suspicion that a certain audience will embrace their Read More

Salinger

Salinger

He’s a shared frame of literary reference, an education experience that either resulted in a kind of adolescent epiphany, or a shoulder shrug struggle which left Read More

Hell Baby

Hell Baby

It makes sense that Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant would want to create a film like Hell Baby. After all, their work in mainstream Hollywood Read More