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‘The Killers’ DVD Is a Double Whammy

Criterion brings two film versions, one a classic and one a misfire, of Ernest Hemingway's short story, "The Killers".

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The Political Allegory in ‘White God’ Has Quite the Bite

White God ferociously tells a universal story about the ties that bind us, and the forces that try to tear them apart.

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‘Timbuktu’ Sends a Powerful Message About Jihadism

Timbuktu isn’t just a film about jihadism. It’s a film about the vibrant cultures jihadism can eradicate if it continues to spread.

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‘It Follows’ Has a Deep Dread on Its Mind

This movie is often creepy and unnerving, but it's not unbearably terrifying, if only because Mitchell's distinctive voice as a filmmaker is such a pleasure to behold.

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Soldiers vs. Werewolves in the Scottish Highlands

Through their relentless bloodlust and willingness to organize and plot with their own kind, these werewolves are, in many ways, like us.

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Sexual Horror in ‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders’

This film presents adolescent desires as if it were a raging ocean of mercury – beautiful and deadly all at once.

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On Miyazaki’s Gross, Funny and Touching ‘Spirited Away’

The imagination of the film is unparalleled, but what truly makes Spirited Away a masterpiece is how it imbues the fantastic with so much real feeling.

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‘Metal Hurlant Chronicles’: The Soul, if Not the Imagery, of Heavy Metal

While the series is often hit and miss, the Blu Ray musters up some interesting extras like motion comics (for fun comparisons), featurettes, convention appearances and more.

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‘Report to the Commissioner’ Explores Personal Politics on the Force

New York City's seedy underbelly of pimps and prostitutes is explored in this crime drama of police department politics.

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‘Mommy’ Is an Overpraised Mess of a Movie

Middlebrow, glib, and unjustifiably pleased with itself, the winner of the Cannes Jury Prize arrives on DVD.

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Elliott Smith’s Story Gets Due Respect in ‘Heaven Adores You’

Rejecting the narrative of tragedy so often imposed on the life of Elliott Smith, Heaven Adores You celebrates the life and art of one of modern music's most revered figures.

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Dziga Vertov’s ‘The Man With the Movie Camera’ Remains a Fascinating Documentary

Dziga Vertov believed that the camera could function as an extension of the human eye, and could see and record a truth that the ordinary human eye would miss.

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A Cumbersome Crime Drama, ‘The Onion Field Boasts’ Impressive Performances

A frustrating and demanding watch, The Onion Field constantly shifts in mood and structure, making for a very uneven drama.

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‘Boychoir’ Can’t Sing Its Way Out of Trouble

Magic as long as the singing lasts, the rest of Boychoir is let down by half-conceived characters and skeleton sub-plots.

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The Emotional Depth of ‘The Last Five Years’ Helps Elevate Its Simple Narrative

Even when narrative tension is lacking, The Last Five Years benefits from the convincing performances of its lead actors.

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‘Hyena’ Is an Adult Crime Drama That Will Shock and Dismay

Gerard Johnson's portrait of an even worse lieutenant never seeks to ingratiate itself or pander to audience expectations.

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A Sherlock Holmes Fit for a King

In an excellent series of TV adaptations, the noble and striking Douglas Wilmer offers a portrayal of Holmes that is perhaps closest to the great writer's original character.

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In ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart Have Electrifying Chemistry

Less Birdman and more Bergman, Clouds of Sils Maria delves deeply into the complex psychology of its characters.

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The Long Con in ‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’

Somehow this surreal and crazy story about a sponge living in a place called “Bikini Bottom” with his starfish best friend works.

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‘Red Army’ Raises Thought-provoking Questions About the Price of Greatness

Red Army works as an engaging history lesson and an entertaining sports documentary.

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