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Wake up and see ‘Girl Asleep’



Girl Asleep, first-time director Rosemary Myers’ quirky, surreal, deadpan and low-budget take on female adolescence, is an absolute joy. At once a throwback to so many of the off-kilter Australian films of the ’70s and ’80s and a declaration of a ... Read more

‘Desierto’ will leave you thirsty



The premise of Desierto is both topical and terrifying: a group of undocumented Mexican workers trying to slip across a desolate spot along the U.S. border find themselves the victims of a gunman who’s picking them off one by one. It could make for pithy commen... Read more

‘The Accountant’ doesn’t quite add up


Chuck Zlotnick

Director Gavin O’Connor’s thriller The Accountant almost seems like an excuse for Ben Affleck to try his hand at playing a math whiz for once. But Affleck’s Christian Wolff is a far cry from Will Hunting. Read more

‘Better Off Single’ better than it has a right to be


Red Square Productions

The plot of this romantic comedy sounds as dull as Monday morning: a thirtysomething guy navigating the neurotic New York dating scene. Not exactly the most original idea in the pitch meeting. Read more

The true superpower of ‘Luke Cage’



A thug pulls a gun in a Harlem park at night. Two black men in hoodies, foreboding music, the threat of deadly force. Read more

‘The Girl on the Train’ reaches a thrilling destination


Dreamworks Pictures

Paula Hawkins’ debut novel, The Girl on the Train, is a story told through multiple points of view that takes on the malleable, fallible nature of memory through the tale of an alcoholic divorcee attempting to solve a crime through her own boozy blackouts. In t... Read more

History tells a compelling story in ‘Birth of a Nation’

Sundance Diversity


The brouhaha surrounding The Birth of a Nation has been as compelling and controversial as the story it vividly tells: the short life and violent death of Nat Turner, the slave who led a rebellion in 1831 Virginia that left many dead and sparked a wave of bloody retri... Read more

A Holocaust denier is brought to justice in ‘Denial’


Bleecker Street Media

Mick Jackson’s Denial brings all the decorous polish of a British courtroom drama to the pungent libel case of a Holocaust denier. Read more

‘Operation Avalanche’ does downhill quickly

There’s no doubt there’s a good, loopy feature to be made from the crackpot notion that the 1969 moon landing was faked, but Operation Avalanche isn’t it. This independent, found-footage effort has some zany ideas and enough irony to sustain a fai... Read more

‘Masterminds’ is a small-scale comedic gem


Armored Car Productions

There’s a certain subset of the population that may find Zach Galifianakis in a ridiculous hairdo the height of comedy. Read more

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