Premiere: ‘Contrast’ by Dream Joints
May18

Premiere: ‘Contrast’ by Dream Joints

With spectral reverb, bleeding dyes, and a baritone inflection, Mike Turi’s project as Dream Joints is an effervescent mystery of lights and rolling smoke.

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Obit
May17

Obit

What is an obit? Director Vanessa Gould lets the writers speak for themselves. Though the answer is not as divisive as others, there are still misconceptions related to the field.

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Nick Lowe: Jesus of Cool
May15

Nick Lowe: Jesus of Cool

Yep Roc’s expanded 30th anniversary edition is a worthy thing to own. It’s not as hard to find as the old records, but there are plenty of extras, and the release captures Lowe’s lo-fi “bash out the tracks and meet up round the pub” philosophy.

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Fat Girl
May14

Fat Girl

Breillat’s film is emotionally visceral, deliberately uncomfortable, and cognizant of its frank take on consent and self-identity.

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The Total Bettys: Peach
May11

The Total Bettys: Peach

With their latest release, Peach, The Total Bettys — Grabmeier, Bri Barrett, Chris Nolasco, Sami Perez — reinforce their contagious and unaffected fury with a collection of songs emblematic of the band’s saltwater and Pop Rocks sound.

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After the Storm
May10

After the Storm

The sharp wit of the dialogue, the dry, morbid sense of humor and the unrestrained, candid nature of the family dynamics give the film a uniqueness of tone and entertainment that most films never match.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
May04

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

In creating an auditory landscape, director James Gunn turns up the volume in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Expect explosions and cheesy pop tunes from the ’70s and ’80s.

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Krull & the Creation of a Critic
Apr27

Krull & the Creation of a Critic

Movies are meant to do a lot of things: Shine light into a dark world, educate, enlighten and bring truth to the screen. They’re meant to tell a story that you’ve never been told before, or put a new spin on a tale you’ve heard before.

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My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
Apr26

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

The animation is varied and mesmeric: think Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountainhead as combined with Nickelodeon’s Doug. If that visual cocktail makes you feel disoriented, then you have the right idea.

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Blood Simple
Apr25

Blood Simple

Though the film has a seemingly linear storyline, there is still an eerie sense of unpredictability: the unconventional structure and tone makes sense, all of these years later, when you are familiar with the unmistakable abilities of the movie’s creators.

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