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'Somebody Up There' has worthy feel of its own

'Somebody Up There' has worthy feel of its own

Austin-based writer-director Bob Byington's "Somebody Up There Likes Me" is a difficult film to describe, but it easily inspires a deep sense of affection and connection. Words such as offbeat, charming or, Lord help us, quirky are wildly overused, and yet this is exactly the kind of film to…

May 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Wrong' doesn't feel right

'Wrong' doesn't feel right

Quentin Dupieux's "Rubber" remains one of the most ridiculously inventive movies of recent years, an alternate universe horror film about a tire that gains telekinetic powers.

May 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Dahmer Files' doesn't exploit, adds new perspective on killer

'Dahmer Files' doesn't exploit, adds new perspective on killer

Mesmerizing and haunting, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" is an inside-out serial killer movie, lacking in gore or cheap psychology and made in part for those who think they never want to see another serial killer movie. A hybrid of documentary and fiction, the film is directed by Milwaukee-based…

March 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'The Bay' swamped by bad choices

'The Bay' swamped by bad choices

It was only a matter of time before the found footage craze drew a bona-fide name-brand Hollywood filmmaker into its ongoing vortex.

December 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
'The Comedy' a character study of hipster's journey

'The Comedy' a character study of hipster's journey

Rick Alverson's "The Comedy" is part of a recent spate of indie films that might be loosely referred to as the Cinema of Annoyance, movies that often dare audiences to continue to watch as increasingly uncomfortable situations unfold.

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'Decoding Deepak' reveals little insight

'Decoding Deepak' reveals little insight

Filmmaker Gotham Chopra is the thirtysomething son of Deepak Chopra, which gives him a unique perspective on the icon of pop spirituality and celeb-friendly self-help guru. Yet there is precious little table-turning or real insight in "Decoding Deepak" - unless uncovering a passion for Starb…

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Thin on direction, endearing 'Fat Kid' drifts off course

Thin on direction, endearing 'Fat Kid' drifts off course

"Fat Kid Rules the World," an adaptation of K.L. Going's young adult novel and the directorial debut of actor Matthew Lillard, is endearingly uneven.

November 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Japanese film explores ancient feudal practices

Japanese film explores ancient feudal practices

The prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is arguably one of the world's most deeply eccentric and unpredictable filmmakers - titles such as "Audition" and "Ichi the Killer" are now classics of international genre for their gleeful disregard of convention and expectations.

September 13, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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'The Pact' delivers chills rooted in the real world

'The Pact' delivers chills rooted in the real world

A sharp, stylish film that does a lot with limited resources, "The Pact" makes a virtue of simplicity with its haunted-house story that nevertheless stays rooted in the real world.

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Real emotion underpins 'Devil's' violence

Real emotion underpins 'Devil's' violence

Bloody and bold, "I Saw the Devil" is both the latest piece of horror-shock to emerge from South Korea and also something of a rebuking examination of the same.

March 31, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'We Are What We Are': Cannibals have feelings, too

'We Are What We Are': Cannibals have feelings, too

A poor family in Mexico City, having lost its patriarch, scrambles to maintain its way of life.

March 10, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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