Review: S#x Acts

In its refusal to bring an easy understanding to its main character’s behavior, it comes dangerously close to presenting her as a willing perpetrator in her own victimhood.

Review: Paradise

The film smartly avoids the sort of cynical hijinks that characterize the majority of Vegas-set flicks, though it can’t come up with anything more compelling to place in its stead.

Review: On the Job

A nose-to-the-ground crime thriller that also doubles as a wide-ranging portrait of official corruption in the Philippines, On the Job has little trouble delivering the genre goods.

Review: At Berkeley

Not only a study of the contemporary American university, but a wide-ranging inquiry into the larger institutions and contradictions that define life in the United States.

Review: After Tiller

It gives a true sense of how the forces of a hypocritically religious country has burdened countless young women with a lifetime of misplaced guilt.

Review: Don Jon

It does for porn-dependence what Shame did for sex addiction by offering a surface-level look at the effects of its specific pathology on its lead male character.

Review: Touchy Feely

Lynn Shelton crafts a film of astonishingly sustained mood, tying its beguiling atmosphere to the mental states of her characters.

Review: You Will Be My Son

For all of the director’s willingness to explore his characters’ unexpected depths, he’s still hamstrung by his perpetually tasteful cinema-of-quality aesthetic.

Review: I Give It a Year

If nothing else, Dan Mazer’s I Give It a Year serves as a corrective to the married-with-children worldview that dominates a certain strand of mainstream comedies.

Review: The Spectacular Now

Given the film’s early promise, it’s unfortunate how it turns into a largely reductive Freudian character piece in which the main character has to come to terms with his old man.

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