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A marvelously strange film from Estonian writer-director Rainer Sarnet, November uses ancient folk tales from the region to deconstruct a love triangle that turns the familiar into something shockingly unexpected. It's both gravely serious and a demonically funny, a blend meant to catch audiences off balance. Mission accomplished.

Based on an Estonian bestseller by Andrus

This article originally appeared on 'November' Review: Prepare to Have Your Mind Fried By This Far-Out Fairy Tale

Posted: February 22, 2018, 3:10 pm

Farce is a beast to get right in movies. The fact that Game Night hits the mark more often than it hits a wall is cause for cheering. Hell, if you have Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams to play the game-loving marrieds heading a cast of merry pranksters, you're already ahead of the game. I wasn't thrilled that the rowdy Mark Perez script fell into the hands of directors John Francis

This article originally appeared on Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams Prove They're a Great Comedy Couple in 'Game Night'

Posted: February 21, 2018, 10:23 pm

To call Annihilation writer-director Alex Garland the thinking geek's new sci-fi guru is probably to jinx his box-office chances. Look where thoughtfulness got Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049. But Garland is the real-deal for generating rattling tension and mind-blowing mojo. Annihilation, an eco-thriller based on the first book in the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy

This article originally appeared on 'Annihilation' Review: Director Alex Garland Transcends Sci-Fi Pulp

Posted: February 21, 2018, 7:09 pm

It's such an ingenious idea for a zombie movie that you're surprised no one's thought about it before. A global epidemic turns massive amounts of the world's population into flesh-craving ghouls. An antidote is found, which allows most of these everyday-people monstrosities to come back from the equivalent of the walking, chomping dead. (Most ... but not all.) The catch is that these

This article originally appeared on 'The Cured' Review: Zombie Movie Adds Guilt, Regret to Gross-Out Genre

Posted: February 21, 2018, 5:06 pm

The laughs hurt so good, and the guests at this shindig treat each other like dartboards for 71 minutes. Yes, that's short for a movie, but your nerves couldn’t take more. The Party is the work of Sally Potter, the gifted experimental filmmaker who had a seismic effect on world cinema with Orlando (1992), based on the Virginia Woolf novel and starring Tilda Swinton as an

This article originally appeared on 'The Party' Review: Caustic War of Words Will Knock the Wind Out of You

Posted: February 15, 2018, 3:39 pm

When is a bad marriage something more than a bad marriage? The answer: When Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, Elena) writes and directs a movie about it and turns the result into a mesmerizing meditation on the state of Russia today. Loveless is not an overtly political film, but it resonates with unease about the failure of government to serve the neediest (a fault not limited to

This article originally appeared on 'Loveless' Review: Bad Parenting as Putin-Era Metaphor in Devastating Russian Drama

Posted: February 14, 2018, 6:46 pm

Many eons ago, when the Earth was young and stop-motion dinosaurs battled tooth and tusk on the plains – let's call it the pre-Pleistocene era – a meteor plummeted from the sky. The aftermath, known as the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction, wiped out our giant-lizard friends; Early Man, the latest from the English animation house Aardman, suggests that an even bigger gamechanging moment in

This article originally appeared on 'Early Man' Review: Animated Caveman-Soccer Comedy Shoots, Sort-Of Scores

Posted: February 14, 2018, 4:15 pm

French filmmaker François Ozon can tackle subjects of the utmost gravity (see Under the Sand, Frantz and a host of other solemn dramas). But my favorite Ozon movies are the ones that blend seriousness with erotic mischief – works like 8 Women, Swimming Pool and In the House. Just as irresistible is the dangerously sexy and perversely funny Double Lover, a

This article originally appeared on 'Double Lover' Review: French Thriller's Two Sides of Same Steamy, Kinky Coin

Posted: February 12, 2018, 9:40 pm

"People never make films about ordinary people who never do anything."

"They're out there..."

That first meta-statement comes from Naomi (Emily Browning), an Australian twentysomething with a work visa, a temp gig as an archivist's assistant and the sort of youthful bloom that attracts both wanted and unwanted attention. The reply is from Nick (ex-Beastie Boy Adam

This article originally appeared on 'Golden Exits' Review: Brooklynites-Behaving-Badly Indie Boasts Stars, Chops

Posted: February 9, 2018, 2:07 pm

What timing! In the era of #MeToo and #Time's Up, it hardly seems like the moment for a movie about a woman who does the sexual bidding of a powerful rich dude. (Though it might be just the ticket on whatever island Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., James Toback, Jeremy Piven and other accused male predators are hiding out on.) Audiences are in for two hours of cruel and unusual punishment, even

This article originally appeared on 'Fifty Shades Freed' Review: Welcome to the Most Painful 'Shades' of All

Posted: February 8, 2018, 4:41 pm
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