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  • The best that can be said about teen sex comedy Staten Island Summer is that it goes down easy. Good-enough cast members like Saturday Night Live players Bobby Moynihan and Fred Armisen make a formulaic one-last-party-before-college narrative a...

  • The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist...or so says The Usual Suspects. Making surveillance videos staticky for jump scares, on the other hand, is a bottom-of-the-barrel technique that ran out of juice...

  • The short documentary On Beauty is all surfaces, skimming, lightness, flash. In 30 minutes, director Joanna Rudnick follows high-fashion photographer Rick Guidotti as he travels between the United States and Kenya, where two unusual...

  • "Angels covered me up," says Nathan Handwerker when asked how he fled, unharmed, from Poland to the U.S. in the 1910s. The usually stoic Nathan says this two more times -- with increased emotion -- during this particular audio interview,...

  • At long last, the wait is over: 1994's Only You, the mystical rom-com starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr., has finally been remade. Zhang Hao's loose reimagining begins with a forlorn Fang Yuan telling the audience that, in her...

  • Crowdfunding entails convincing legions of online strangers to finance your oddball artistic/entrepreneurial goal. The shrewdest crowdfunders are somewhat paradoxical: zealous peddlers who embrace down-home, anti-corporate wholesomeness. Their...

  • Cold War spy thriller Jack Strong takes about an hour to stop feeling like a slapdash, highly disjointed wiki-dramatization of real-life events. After that, the film's based-on-a-true-story narrative no longer lurches from one...

  • The failings and dashed dreams of the Sixties Revolution are the undercurrent of writer-director Brad Coley's convoluted "Northern Gothic" mystery, a basic-cable-caliber drama in which tragic outsiders harbor obscured small-town secrets and the...

  • As Disconnect, Men, Women & Children, and other fictional films by thirtysomething white men try desperately to warn us, the internet keeps us from truly connecting with one another. Except for when it does, as in the uplifting documentary...

  • In Nadav Lapid's grim formalistic experiment The Kindergarten Teacher, Nira (Sarit Larry), the teacher in question, has a pleasant but humdrum life in Israel and aspirations to be a poet. She becomes intrigued by one of her students, the...

  • New York onscreen is often a fantasy of hustlers, hardened cops, and the spoiled urban yuppies of the Baumbach and Dunham universes. In that sense, writer-director Keith Miller's modest drama Five Star is the kind of depiction the city...

  • Lucky Stiff debuted Off-Broadway in 1988. Twenty-seven years later, the musical's cinematic adaptation can't escape its age. Based on a book (The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo) set in the 1920s and published in 1983, the...

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