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Sightseers

The families at the center of Ben Wheatley’s first two films, the remarkable Kill List and Down Terrace, were built and sustained on violence and crime; death, essentially, funds and begets the bloodline. Home is still a four-letter word in Sightseers, Wheatley’s third feature, but it’s made clear early on that one’s home no longer […]

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Kon-Tiki

Call it Life of Thor! As depicted in Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki, the story of Thor Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen), the Norwegian-born writer, ethnographer and thoroughly badass adventuring expert, and his 1947 raft trip from Peru to Polynesia affords similar wonders of the ocean as Ang Lee’s mediocre Oscar-winner. And yet Kon-Tiki is […]

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Antiviral

The central conceit of Antiviral, the first feature from Brandon Cronenberg, David’s son, is a nifty one: Celebrity culture has reached such a nauseating apex that people are now paying to share the diseases and eat the putty-colored muscle cells of the rich and famous. Of course, true celebrity is global, but Cronenberg, who also […]

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The Place Beyond the Pines

Following her cameo in Leos Carax’s astonishing Holy Motors, Eva Mendes gives one of the more memorable performances of her career thus far in Derek Cianfrance’s woefully self-serious The Place Beyond the Pines. As Romina, the erstwhile love interest of motorcycle stuntman Luke (Ryan Gosling), Mendes engagingly conveys the conflicting desires of a woman who […]

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Reality (2013)

The Italy of Matteo Garrone’s Reality signifies the moral bankruptcy and delirium of Silvio Berlusconi’s government-as-game-show regime in a way that is both bitterly comical and frustrating in its shortsightedness. Seen through the eyes of fish-market owner and low-tier swindler Luciano (Aniello Arena), Naples, once the classical setting of such tremendous works as Vittorio De […]

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Love and Honor

Graciously gathering the last three or four decades of the most impersonal and forgettable Vietnam films into one wet beer-belch of counter-culture signifiers and don’t-tread-on-me rhetoric, Danny Mooney’s Love and Honor is clearly the product of a group of filmmakers who are utterly disinterested with war. Tomcat Pvt. Mickey Wright (Liam Hemsworth) and his high-strung […]