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Cold War

Cold War

As a pair of dispassionate musicologists and a government official conduct American Idol-style auditions among peasants in 1949 Poland, the vibrant and slightly devious young singer Read More

The American Meme

The American Meme

Documentaries have been made about celebrities before, even about celebrities who are famous for no reason whatsoever. (The TV show Keeping Up with Kardashians, of course, is Read More

Elephants

Elephants

All romance movies sink or swim based on whether or not the audience is invested in the central relationship. That’s where Elephants directs most of its Read More

Suspiria (2018)

Suspiria (2018)

Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic Suspiria is a masterpiece of atmosphere and color, but it doesn’t exactly, you know, make sense. In taking on a remake Read More

Ophelia

Ophelia

Ophelia is one of Hamlet‘s most vital characters — and, in the eyes of Ophelia the movie — one of its most misunderstood. Director Claire McCarthy uses Lisa Read More

The Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Gyllenhaal is great at making audiences uncomfortable. Even in her more sedate, straightforward roles, there’s often a sense of something off-kilter and unstable, and she’s Read More

Hold the Dark

Hold the Dark

As brutal and unyielding as the violence is in Jeremy Saulnier’s acclaimed movies Blue Ruin and Green Room, it’s generally contained and matter-of-fact, the product of Read More

Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap

When Bing Liu first started shooting footage for what became his debut documentary feature Minding the Gap, there’s no way he could have known what he Read More

Anon

Anon

Andrew Niccol is one writer-director comfortable in the kind of alternate universes that author Philip K. Dick once concocted. The screenwriter of The Truman Show and Read More

The Titan

The Titan

The Titan takes a timely and tantalizing premise about finding a new home after Earth becomes uninhabitable and squanders it completely. Released in the United States on Read More

The Endless

The Endless

The fringe abstractions and inherent creepiness of cults make them a popular hook for genre thrills. We’ve seen many horror and suspense films with cults as Read More

Where Is Kyra?

Where Is Kyra?

There are plenty of easy jokes to make about the title of Where Is Kyra?, given how purposely underlit the entire movie is. But director and Read More

Outside In

Outside In

Director Lynn Shelton’s most successful movies (including Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister and Laggies) have deftly balanced emotionally resonant drama with gentle comedy, but with Outside In Read More

I Kill Giants

I Kill Giants

The giants that young teenager Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe) claims to kill in I Kill Giants are almost certainly not real, but for most of its Read More

Mute

Mute

Mute is a baffling film. Its gritty, near-future aesthetic recalls 1982’s Blade Runner, down to giant digital billboards and a scantily clad woman in a clear Read More

The Lodgers

The Lodgers

The atmosphere is thick in Irish horror movie The Lodgers, both in director Brian O’Malley’s style and in the remote location of a crumbling rural estate. Read More

Looking Glass

Looking Glass

At this point, it’s not surprising to see Nicolas Cage starring in yet another cheap, trashy straight-to-VOD thriller; what’s more unusual is when he shows up Read More