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The Great Hypnotist (Well Go USA) is a supernatural mystery thriller from China. Dr. Xu Ruining (Xu Zheng, who also directs) is a nationally renowned therapist skilled in hypnotherapy whose new patient, Ren Xiaoyan (Karen Mok), brings him a difficult problem. In this particular case, the struggle between doctor and patient isn’t as easy as Dr. Xu expected. Despite her thin …

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Dixieland (IFC Films) focuses on the plight of Kermit (Chris Zylka), newly released from prison, who returns to the impoverished town of Pearl, Mississippi. Though determined to steer clear of the law and lead a clean life, Kermit underestimates the grim influence of his surroundings. When he develops a relationship with a neighbor, Rachel (Riley Keough), who dances in a seedy …

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios), the most eagerly anticipated and most hyped motion picture of 2015, has taken in over two billion dollars in worldwide sales. Directed by J.J. Abrams from a script by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote two of the original films, the new episode is set thirty years after the events in 1983’s Return of the Jedi and offers three new major characters as well as the return of characters from the original trilogy.

Reviews Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 1.33.56 PM
7.0
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A shabby motel room, the windows covered in cardboard and duct tape, a young boy hiding under a bed sheet, his eyes covered by goggles, his ears wrapped in industrial-strength headphones, and two older men, who claims he’s the boy’s father and the other who’s there’s as friend, protector, and the father’s partner. The men, Roy (Michael Shannon), and Lucas (Joel Edgerton), share the coiled, tense body language of …

Reviews Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 9.24.30 PM
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Jackie Boy, Cody Campanale’s electrifying feature debut, is an ingenious act of subversion that fully commits to a garish, off-putting opening which later reveals the true intention broiling beneath its stylishly nihilistic surface. We open to Jack (Alino Giraldi in his first narrative-film performance) in a small, reasonably quiet bar. He strikes an imposing, lumbering figure as flashes of neon radiate along his classically …

Reviews The Preppie Connection
7.9
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Adapted true stories of the drug trade have produced either subversive, thought-provoking films, or pointless garbage only depicting how many parties its central kingpins throw. The pointless ones, very apparently, offer nothing of real significance, but the subversive ones always have some interesting, fresh angle they’re…

Reviews They're Watching
6.2
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Likely one of the found-footage genre’s most inventive gimmicks is that of the documentary style. It not only provides an instant explanation for the filming of the footage we’re watching, but grounds it in a strong sense of realism. This was put to horrifying effect in The Poughkeepsie Tapes, John Erick Dowdle’s controversial…

Reviews Batman v Superman
8.0
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Zack Snyder is an interesting director, for sure. He brings so much passion and effort to whatever he does, and it generally seems to work out for him. If he’s adapting a comic book, he’ll make it his duty to visually pay homage by bringing forth his bombastic style, while doing something unique of his own creation, whether or…

Reviews 10 on Ten
8.5
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In a masterclass of his own unique filmmaking techniques and philosophies on the art form, Abbas Kiarostami’s 10 on Ten is a film that contextualizes its own existence as it unfolds. It is broken into ten segments, each of the ten segments offering another dimension of insight into the creative processes and,,,

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