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The Great Invisible

The Great Invisible

The hot lowlands sprawling around where the Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico seem both disaster-prone and fated to be ignored when it comes time Read More

Hollows Grove

Hollows Grove

Indie filmmakers think the found footage style is easy to pull off. They look at something like Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project, see the Read More

Believe Me

Believe Me

Believe Me is a faith-based film that tries really hard not to play like a traditional faith-based film. It doesn’t contain any big miracles, and none Read More

The Decent One

The Decent One

Just in time for the high holy days comes The Decent One, Israeli filmmaker Vanessa Lapa’s epistolary documentary of SS leader and mass executioner Heinrich Himmler, Read More

Rome, Open City (1945)

Rome, Open City (1945)

Roberto Rossellini’s neo-realist masterwork, Rome Open City, was shot with shards of film in bona fide war-torn Rome locations in the winter of 1945 while the Germans Read More

God Help the Girl

God Help the Girl

When we’re young, music means everything to us. It’s our first connection to culture, our own insular soundtrack to the comedy/tragedy of our unexplainable, developing lives. Read More

One Chance

One Chance

For the true story of Paul Potts, the down-on-his-luck Welsh cellphone store clerk with dreams of becoming an opera star, you don’t expect much in the Read More

Made in America

Made in America

The documentary Made in America brings together Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and rap impresario Jay-Z. Stop and think about that collaboration for a second. The sheer Read More

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