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Dead Kittens in Tuxes and Dresses: Meet Ronni Thomas, Director of "Sensitive Exploitation" Films Dead Kittens in Tuxes and Dresses: Meet Ronni Thomas, Director of "Sensitive Exploitation" Films
, June 04, 2014
Brooklyn — based filmmaker Ronni Thomas makes ethical exploitation films. Thomas is the creator of Midnight Archive, a web series of short... More>>
22 Jump Street's Funny Enough -- Except for the Tired Gay Jokes 22 Jump Street's Funny Enough -- Except for the Tired Gay Jokes
, June 04, 2014
One of the biggest selling points of 21 Jump Street, the 2012 TV-remake comedy, turned out to be its seemingly unscripted lunacy, the way it put... More>>
DSKNECTD Clumsily Addresses the Terrors of Technology DSKNECTD Clumsily Addresses the Terrors of Technology
, June 04, 2014
The terrors of technology are addressed with ersatz even-handedness by DSKNECTD, a film as clumsy as the spelling of its title. Dominic White's... More>>
I'll Follow You Down Focuses on the Ethics of Time Travel I'll Follow You Down Focuses on the Ethics of Time Travel
, June 04, 2014
I'll Follow You Down distinguishes itself from other science-fiction films by focusing on the ethics of time travel. Instead of acting first and... More>>
Taissa Farmiga Is a Marvel in Horror Flick Anna Taissa Farmiga Is a Marvel in Horror Flick Anna
, June 04, 2014
Every year, Hollywood churns out a handful of supernatural thrillers about precocious, haunted children who may or may not be homicidal, and the... More>>
Citizen Koch Offers Up Tea Party Screamers Instead of Investigation Citizen Koch Offers Up Tea Party Screamers Instead of Investigation
, June 04, 2014
Not at all the one-subject exposé its title suggests, Carl Deal and Tia Lessin's scattershot agitprop doc takes the perfidy of the... More>>
There are Many Reasons to See the Very Difficult Small Small Thing There are Many Reasons to See the Very Difficult Small Small Thing
, June 04, 2014
During work on a documentary about foreign doctors at Liberia's ramshackle John F. Kennedy Hospital, another story caught the attention of Small... More>>
'80s Teen Throwback Ping Pong Summer Makes Up for Depth with Warmth '80s Teen Throwback Ping Pong Summer Makes Up for Depth with Warmth
, June 04, 2014
There's no doubt that Ping Pong Summer is someone's childhood. It plays like a cherished memory, rosy and warm, rebuilt in miniature with such... More>>
Life-After-Wartime Masterpiece The Best Years of Our Lives Returns to the Big Screen Life-After-Wartime Masterpiece The Best Years of Our Lives Returns to the Big Screen
, June 04, 2014
William Wyler's heartbreaking postwar ballad seems even more radical today than it did in its Oscar-thick heyday. It's as non-propagandistic as... More>>
The Horror's a Long Time Coming in Bobcat Goldthwait's Willow Creek, But It's Worth It The Horror's a Long Time Coming in Bobcat Goldthwait's Willow Creek, But It's Worth It
, June 04, 2014
The latest downmarket provocation from poke-a-stick-in-your-eye auteur Bobcat Goldthwait may be the unlikeliest, a found-footage horror cheapie... More>>
This Is Not a Ball Is an Unfocused History of the Soccer Ball This Is Not a Ball Is an Unfocused History of the Soccer Ball
Glossy, superficial, and rife with scattershot tangents.
, June 04, 2014
An unfocused nonfiction mishmash, This Is Not a Ball hastily investigates the history, appeal, and symbolic power of the soccer ball —... More>>
Rigor Mortis Attempts to Breathe Grim Life Into Horror Genre Rigor Mortis Attempts to Breathe Grim Life Into Horror Genre
, June 04, 2014
Horror genres tend to get sillier over time as we get more comfortable with our fears. Frankenstein eventually meets Abbot and Costello. Night of... More>>
The Sacrament Restages the Jonestown Massacre with Ghoulish Immediacy The Sacrament Restages the Jonestown Massacre with Ghoulish Immediacy
, June 04, 2014
Restaging the 1978 Jonestown massacre for a present-day suspense movie is by most definitions tasteless, although The Sacrament infuses the past... More>>
Weinstock's Post-War Thriller The Moment Is Electrifying Weinstock's Post-War Thriller The Moment Is Electrifying
, June 04, 2014
Here's what occurs in the first 10 minutes of Jane Weinstock's electrifying second feature, The Moment: After weeks of unreturned phone calls,... More>>
LGBT Melodrama Burning Blue Is Honorable in Intent but Risible in Execution LGBT Melodrama Burning Blue Is Honorable in Intent but Risible in Execution
, June 04, 2014
Honorable in intent but risible in execution, Burning Blue is a melodrama about a fighter jet crash investigation that becomes a witch-hunt for... More>>
When It Doesn't Cross-Examine, Burt's Buzz Is Fascinating When It Doesn't Cross-Examine, Burt's Buzz Is Fascinating
, June 04, 2014
What would you do if you started a multimillion-dollar company almost by accident? More importantly, how would you be? Jody Shapiro's... More>>
The Panoramic Walking the Camino Profiles Extreme Hikers The Panoramic Walking the Camino Profiles Extreme Hikers
, June 04, 2014
El Camino de Santiago is a footpath, 500 miles long, winding across Spain to Santiago de Compostela, where, if the stories can be believed, St.... More>>
Bauer's Master of the Universe Is a Diagnosis of a Financial System That's Hopelessly Sick Bauer's Master of the Universe Is a Diagnosis of a Financial System That's Hopelessly Sick
, June 04, 2014
"Only simpletons believe the market is capable of learning," says Rainer Voss, long a top investment banker in Germany and now patiently,... More>>
Trust Me Is a Sharp-Toothed Look at the Modern Film Industry Trust Me Is a Sharp-Toothed Look at the Modern Film Industry
, June 04, 2014
Classic Hollywood films like Grand Hotel and Dinner at Eight had huge casts filled with movie stars and character actors whose personas were so... More>>
The Only Real Game Is Another Work in the Canon of Baseball Poetry The Only Real Game Is Another Work in the Canon of Baseball Poetry
, June 04, 2014
In The Only Real Game, Mirra Bank shines a spotlight onto a nearly forgotten place, Manipur, a poor and war-torn state under martial law in... More>>
A Million Ways to Die in the West: Seth MacFarlane Pulls Off His Trick Shot A Million Ways to Die in the West: Seth MacFarlane Pulls Off His Trick Shot
, May 28, 2014
We're still adjusting to Seth MacFarlane as a big-screen star. Not just because his breakneck absurdist humor often demands viewers pause and... More>>
Filth: More Irvine Welsh Ne'er-Do-Wells Not Doing Well Filth: More Irvine Welsh Ne'er-Do-Wells Not Doing Well
, May 28, 2014
You have to hand it to James McAvoy, who has made a career out of his amiable, boyish good looks; in Filth, he destroys that image. As Detective... More>>
Interview: James McAvoy Loved Wallowing for Filth Interview: James McAvoy Loved Wallowing for Filth
, May 28, 2014
James McAvoy knows not to trust the British tabloids. While flogging his grotty drama Filth, based on the Irvine Welsh novel about a... More>>
Gebo and the Shadow: Gebo Talks! (To His Family and Friends) Gebo and the Shadow: Gebo Talks! (To His Family and Friends)
At 105, Manoel de Oliveira still knows the heart
, May 28, 2014
Gebo and the Shadow is a film about concrete, hard, and material things, as well as one about illusions. Its dramatic elements are simple. The... More>>
Maleficent: Jolie the Great and Powerful Maleficent: Jolie the Great and Powerful
Why must a world-class star be hung up on some twerp?
, May 28, 2014
Boil Maleficent down to one newt's nose-size piece of advice and you'd get this: Don't dump Angelina Jolie. It's not a problem most mortals will... More>>
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