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B-Film as Theory: 'The Shooting/Ride in the Whirlwind'

Two blasts of existentialist disquiet and hallucination from the stable of Roger Corman, these two Westerns launched the career of a major alternative filmmaker in Monte Hellman.

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Proteus Films

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'The Battery' Is a First Act in Search of a Plot

Amounting to one feature-length inciting incident, the low-budget zombie film The Battery will test the limits of even the most devoted horror fans’ patience.

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The Bully at the Pulpit: 'Elmer Gantry'

Richard Brooks's adaptation of Elmer Gantry lives and dies on Burt Lancaster's strangest, most unforgettable performance.

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O. Hannah Films

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Can You Survive if You're Not a Monster in 'Hannibal: The Complete Second Season'?

The landmark horror series steps away from crime procedurals and deeper into its inimitable sense of style in a triumphant sophomore year.

Film

What Happens When You Don't Want Your Kid?: 'Proxy'

A slack conclusion can't totally detract from the twisty script, mannered performances, and uncommonly gorgeous direction that make Proxy, the must-see independent thriller of 2014 so far.

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Abuse and Weakness in Pialat's 'We Won't Grow Old Together'

The most excruciating of breakup movies, "We Won't Grow Old Together" showcases a classic performance from Jean Yanne.

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Kristen Wiig Sinks 'Hateship Loveship'

Infusing Alice Munro's portrait of a lonely woman and her quest for happiness with deadpan comic beats, Kristen Wiig muddies the tone of "Hateship Loveship" and leaves it without a center.

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'Southern Comfort' Is Populated By Tropes

Walter Hill's talkiest action film boasts one of his best stories, but isn't the forgotten classic one might hope for.

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Cinema Group Ventures

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You Can't Know the Answer in 'Enemy'

Director Denis Villeneuve's most successful film to date is a baffling mood piece, a puzzle designed with no solution.

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A24 Films

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'The Long Day Closes' Recollects Memory and Childhood in Constant Motion

One of cinema's most resonant and timeless works, Terence Davies's second film recreates childhood dreams and memories within which any viewer can situate themselves.

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BFI, Channel 4

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Pyramide Productions

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A Little Ominous Noir Music Makes Jules Dassin's 'Rifif' Nearly Perfect

This benchmark of the heist genre shows that for the criminal, elegance and brutality go hand-in-hand, never more vividly depicted than in this tightly structured ode to Paris.

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Pathe

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'A Life of Barbara Stanwyck, Steel-True' Has Moments of Energy and Verve

The long-awaited first volume of an encyclopedic biography of Barbara Stanwyck’s life and career arrives on shelves with plenty of flaws for the second installment to correct.

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Berberian Sound Studio

Best viewed on a home theater system with the knobs cranked all the way up, Peter Strickland's rendering of old-school post-production offers pleasurable background viewing but little of lasting resonance.

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Warp X, Illuminations Films

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'The Berlin File' Has Moments of Deliberate and Effective Action

The Berlin File bogs down its moments of expressive filmmaking with long stretches of talk, talk, talk.

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