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  • On the surface, there isn't much to object to in How to Be Single. Look, it says! No matter how fabulous their lives may seem, everyone wants to be happier and more fulfilled. Everyone is looking for something more, just like you! And really,...

  • The first Zoolander, Ben Stiller’s dopey, fitfully funny fashion spoof, was released less than three weeks after the September 11 attacks. Its sequel shows the extent to which another kind of nefarious plot — the cynical quest for world...

  • Big-budget action epics might be the current norm, but there's something to be said for the slow burn. Enter Standoff, which delivers pretty much what its title advertises.
    Bird (Ella Ballentine) is something of an obsessive photo bug...

  • Remaking Cabin Fever, Eli Roth's uneven 2002 douchebags-with-a-flesh-eating-virus zombie film, isn't necessarily a bad idea. Reworking Roth and co-writer Randy Pearlstein's 2002 screenplay, neophyte director Travis Zariwny tries to stick...

  • It's difficult to get over your dead girlfriend when she keeps reanimating in your bloody bed every time you have sex with your new lady -- that's the scenario that Nina Forever mines for a lifeless mix of black humor and tender pathos....

  • For his surefooted directorial debut, playwright Mark Kemble uses the stifled beauty of snowbound Staten Island to frame the psychological boundaries of a long-suffering family. The sadness weighing down the Kendall family like wet snow on...

  • Dough is a sincere film trying to cover so many topics that it doesn't do justice to a single one. Writers Yehuda Jez Freedman and Jonathan Benson address culture clash, lonely people finding friendship, independent businesses vs....

  • Irish writer/director Gerard Barrett's Glassland is a grim look at the agony and drudgery faced by a working-class Dublin boy (Jack Reynor) whose mother (Toni Collette) suffers from debilitating alcoholism. Collette's performance is...

  • "I've turned into this kind of crazy optimist," Michael Moore admits in his new documentary Where to Invade Next, his first film in six years. At 61, the gadfly savant has mellowed. Instead of charging into rooms, he shuffles, the American...

  • Perhaps the best film yet set against the mess of the ongoing Middle Eastern wars, Tobias Lindholm's latest is a scrupulous, unglamorized examination of battlefield decision-making -- and its potentially devastating impacts, both there and back...

  • Grown-ups may wince, but Paul Dalio's earnest, ambitious manic-poet romance Touched With Fire is a gift to the young and passionately creative, to the brains-a-poppin' kids caught up in invention and each other and the invention of...

  • Each act in Mountains May Depart, Jia Zhangke's latest disquisition on China in the 21st century, takes place in a different time period with a steadily escalating aspect ratio: 1999 in 1.33:1, 2014 in 1.85:1 and 2025 in 2.35:1. As time...

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