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  • In 'Pelo Malo,' boy's hair issues spark tensions with mother

    In 'Pelo Malo,' boy's hair issues spark tensions with mother
    "Pelo Malo" means "bad hair" in Spanish, and it's what consumes much of the psychic energy of the boy at the center of this film, on the cusp of adolescence, living in a small apartment with his mother and baby brother in Venezuela. Junior (Samuel...
  • 'Killers' skillfully plots twisting moral dilemmas

    'Killers' skillfully plots twisting moral dilemmas
    "Killers" presents viewers with a series of moral dilemmas that are often just as uncomfortable to confront as the graphic violence onscreen. After disgraced Indonesian journalist Bayu (Oka Antara) kills two muggers in self-defense and uploads the...
  • 'Strange Magic' casts a musical spell, but as a movie it misses

    'Strange Magic' casts a musical spell, but as a movie it misses
    "Strange Magic," the new animated musical fairy tale from the mind and the mixtape of George Lucas, is indeed strange. What's missing is the magic. The first animation feature film collaboration since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 seems a...
  • 'Mortdecai' mostly hits its madcap mark with zany Johnny Depp

    It's hard to say exactly who the audience is for the zany curio "Mortdecai." But those who do find their way into this supremely silly action-mystery caper are in for a few grins if not laughs thanks largely to the deft — and daft —...
  • 'The Duke of Burgundy' a mesmerizing sexual thriller

    'The Duke of Burgundy' a mesmerizing sexual thriller
    As he demonstrated in "Berberian Sound Studio," Peter Strickland is a talented sculptor of cinematic mood and a serious fan of vintage European exploitation flicks. "The Duke of Burgundy," his Sapphic tale of domination and submission, is nothing if not a...
  • 'Dark Summer' gets dimmer as it goes on

    'Dark Summer' gets dimmer as it goes on
    The indie horror film "Dark Summer" from director Paul Solet and writer Mike Le takes us inside the house arrest of 17-year-old convicted cyberstalker Daniel (Keir Gilchrist). Sporting an ankle monitor and subject to sneering treatment from a parole...
  • 'Against the Sun' is admirable but destined to be overshadowed

    'Against the Sun' is admirable but destined to be overshadowed
    Three U.S. Navy airmen stranded in the South Pacific battle the elements in the fact-based World War II drama "Against the Sun," but their greatest adversary ultimately proves to be timing. The film follows on the heels of Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken,"...
  • 'Black Sea's' Jude Law takes a deep dive into gritty territory

    Jude Law makes for an effective rogue submarine captain in "Black Sea," a fittingly immersive thriller, tautly directed by Kevin MacDonald. Abruptly laid off by the salvage company where he has toiled for more than a decade, ex-Navy man Law enlists a...
  • 'Americons,' about predatory lending, piles on the filler

    'Americons,' about predatory lending, piles on the filler
    "Americons" aims to expose predatory mortgage lenders the way "The Wolf of Wall Street" did pump-and-dump stockbrokers. Former football player Jason (Beau Williams, who also penned the screenplay) works as a nightclub bouncer to make ends meet until...
  • The Wooster Group finds grace in 'Shaker Songs'

    The Wooster Group finds grace in 'Shaker Songs'
    Now that screen technology has overrun our lives, it makes sense that the Wooster Group would take a break from its multimedia revels and turn to the austere Shakers for inspiration. The storied downtown New York performance group has gone from...
  • 'Song One' doesn't finish the album

    'Song One' doesn't finish the album
    The thing about movies is that they need conflict, and it helps if they go somewhere. The experience of watching something should add more to your life than just reading the premise. “Song One” proves this, to its detriment. Franny (Anne...