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Walerian Borowczyk Explores the Obsessive Quest in ‘Story of Sin’

In Story of Sin, there's a realism articulated through a psychological terror, an anxiety ramped up to the wild-eyed surveying of struggle and compromise.

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Maybe What’s Going on in ‘Get Out’ Is All in His Head

This film's horror could be satire of a fish-out-of-water situation; perhaps Chris is only imagining much of what he thinks is happening, and he's just overly anxious...

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‘War Machine’ Takes a Satirical Look at the Lost Cause of the Afghanistan War

After a rough start and an unsure handle on what kind of comedy it wants to be, this Afghanistan war satire says what few have been willing to say.

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Cannes 2017: Border Crossings in ‘Jupiter’s Moon’ and ‘Okja’

Looking for fresh ways to raise social awareness, these films mix genres to the point of becoming mutants.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Descends Into Madness in a Beautiful, Finessed Kind of Way

Marching to the beat of the same drum as the first films in the series, Alien: Covenant finds extra depth in the existential dread of its divisive predecessor.

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Parochial Hierarchy in Walerian Borowczyk’s ‘Goto, Isle of Love’

Shot in lustrous black and white, Borowczyk’s film straddles an impossible line between grim drama and ramshackle fantasy.

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The (Space) Ship Has Definitely Sailed on ‘Alien: Covenant’

Ridley Scott’s attempts to demystify his iconic Xenomorphs only dilute the primal terror that made them compelling in the first place

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‘Tomcat’ Paints an Intimate Portrait of How We Ride the Wave of Our Emotions

This is film beyond entertainment -- it's the observational curiosity of art to reflect back an intimate view of ourselves that bridges the literal and non-literal.

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‘Cardinal X’ Is a Bold, Seedy Take on University Wealth Gaps and Drug Culture

How is a working class outlier to thrive at an elite school she earned her way into, but clearly cannot afford?

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Beauty in the Abstract: ‘Visual Music 1947-1986’

These films present pure sensual pleasure unfettered by story, character and other left-brain constructs. In other words, this stuff is beautiful.

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Savage Revenge Film ‘Behind the Door’ Resonates in 21st Century America

This strange and troubling film suits America's current ruminations over social and political identity all too well.

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‘Atlantic’: A Nautical Dirge for a Dying Ocean

'Atlantic' is an urgent and visually moving lament against corporate privatization of the ocean.

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The Human Face in Poetic Motion: William Oldroyd’s ‘Lady Macbeth’

A film of genuine force, Lady Macbeth strikes you in the gut with a clenched fist, simultaneously seduced by its beauty while recoiling at the moral abyss.

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‘#MyEscape’ Employs Innovative Filmmaking Techniques to Cover the Middle Eastern Refugee Crisis

Director Elke Sasse doesn't need to embellish the refugees’ stories; their own cell phone filmmaking and interviews provide plenty of narrative depth.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Might Be the Schlockiest Blockbuster of All Time

James Gunn has made an obscenely fun superhero movie packed with amazing visuals, groovy tunes, and unapologetic schmaltz.

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Visually Mesmerizing, ‘The Love Witch’ Could Use More Fire Power Behind Its Spell

Prescient feminist issues are brought together with problematic cinephilia to expand upon horror nostalgia.

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‘Saturday Night Fever’ Casts Disco-Ball Light into America’s Dark Corners

Much like All in the Family -- which also addressed sexuality, gender roles, and race in a brutally honest manner -- Saturday Night Fever uncovers ugly truths.

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Relics and Replicas: A Retrospective Reimagining of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Disney's latest rendition misses a kaleidoscope of potentialities: to revise and ruminate, to subvert and distort, to complicate and transcend.

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Projecting Delusions: Two French New Wave Masters on the Dangers of Film

The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers and Ophélia will satisfy buffs who must track down previously obscure items from the French New Wave.

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Being All Things by Being Nothing: The Enigma of ‘Being There’

Being There provides a gentle rumination on the aimless beauty of hope.

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