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  • New thriller Misconduct is getting kicked to the curb by its distributor, which is too bad, because director Shintaro Shimosawa's debut feature boasts an elegant visual style and a mystery plot with so many absurd twists that the film...

  • Once again Pablo Larraín examines historic crimes in grim microcosm, this time stewing viewers for 90 minutes in a seaside "center of prayer and penance" for pedophile priests. There, tended by an empathetic ex-nun (Antonia Zegers) with a...

  • But what about the meaninglessness of everything? William Monahan's Mojave is one of those '90s-style chatty-killers movies, mixed with one of those '90s-style guns-in-the-desert existential cheapies, the kind of picture where...

  • Five overlapping tales constitute Southbound, whose most commendable trait is that one story bleeds seamlessly into the next — rarely do multi-director horror anthologies amount to more than the sum of their mixed-bag parts. That...

  • There's a cubbyhole maze behind a farmhouse, a winding makeshift fort where a boy can crawl around and pretend he's somewhere other than the doomed parcel of land his father refuses to give up on. The location is indicative of Australian director...

  • Wry, melancholic and ultimately impassioned, writer/director Grímur Hákonarson's widescreen Icelandic beauty pits feuding brothers against bureaucratic intervention in their management of land and livestock to which they feel an...

  • Tumbledown is one of those movies where a quirky man meets a quirky woman and it's instantly obvious they'll end up together. Hannah (Rebecca Hall) is the widow of Hunter Miles, a moody folksinger. Andrew (Jason Sudeikis), a pop-culture...

  • You're probably right if you think you might get a couple laughs out of a movie titled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. You're also right if you've guessed that this gung-ho but cruddy-looking mashup fails from A to Z: It's neither good...

  • A languorous pastoral comedy about sexual fluidity among spouses and offspring on an army base, Benjamin Crotty's feature debut Fort Buchanan is a legit Franco-American lulu, an occasionally absurdist 16-millimeter study of fidelity,...

  • A kick for those who've distractedly thumbed through Hollywood Babylon, Joel and Ethan Coen's bustling comedy Hail, Caesar! looks back to the waning days of moviedom's golden age: specifically, to 1951, when big-studio fixers were...

  • Keeping the audience off balance is key to any supernatural horror movie. In that sense, Drew Hall's Convergence is pretty successful, because for its first half I had no idea what the hell was going on. Unfortunately, shedding light on...

  • A sneak attack from the Italian jukebox hipsterlands of 1965, this neglected autopsy of modern showbiz culture would be a satire if it were funny -- instead, and despite a bouncy esprit radiating off star Stefania Sandrelli, the movie's...

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