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  • Superior found-footage horror film Creep tellingly loses steam after it stops being a rote but tense game of chicken between a normcore derangoid (he likes hikes, hugs, and pancakes) and his wary victim. Creep falls apart after amateur...

  • The poster for Blind emphasizes ass. But the film's provocations are brainy, meta-minded, and often resolutely unsexy. This is a haunting puzzle of a movie, one to pick at, to unpeel, to see a second time through eyes that have adjusted to...

  • Contracted: Phase II begins at the exact moment 2013's Contracted ended. Samantha (Najarra Townsend), a Los Angeles waitress who contracted a virulent STD (via rape) that turned her into a pus-covered zombie, is about to take a bite...

  • Director Alex Gibney's choice to follow this spring's Scientology slam Going Clear with the fascinating portrait Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine might seem like an about-face. But this is practically a sequel. Both Scientology...

  • There's a lot to laugh at in Daniel Lee's faux-historical Silk Road adventure Dragon Blade, not least of which is the sight of Adrien Brody as corrupt Roman consul Tiberius, wearing a tumble of raven-colored beauty-queen curls and purring...

  • Break Point is the kind of movie where a drunk jerk is ready to retire but instead makes one more run at glory, and we're supposed to trot along like a ball boy. It's ostensibly about tennis, while not actually getting into the rules or...

  • The title might seem tragic. Stanley Nelson's welcome doc banners the Black Panthers as the "vanguard" of the revolution, a claim that's true according to the Panthers' own terms. The leather-jacketed crew carrying rifles onto the floor of the...

  • A woman tells her boyfriend she loves him; his reply -- a quiet, humiliating "nooooooo" -- sounds like air escaping from a deflating balloon. The line reading is startlingly funny, and a signal that the comedy in Bloodsucking Bastards is...

  • The best of all heist movies, Jules Dassin's tough-minded clockwork thriller Rififi, from 1955, is also one of the great films about process, about prepping for and grinding through small challenges, about improvisational teamwork within...

  • In his hugely popular 1998 book A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson chronicled his attempt to hike the full length of the Appalachian Trail accompanied by an overweight, recovering-alcoholic pal whom he calls Stephen Katz. The two don't make...

  • Stirring, sad, and at times truly frightening, director Parvez Sharma's vital, personal doc reveals the filmmaker's attempt at hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that it is the duty of Muslims to undertake once in a lifetime. There's much that's...

  • To watch the 158-minute 1991 theatrical cut of Until the End of the World, Wim Wenders's globetrotting, apocalyptic, pop-rock-saturated sci-fi odyssey, is to zone in and out of a meandering, wistful dream. The nearly five-hour director's cut —...

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