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Voyeuristic 'Intruder' goes light on chills

Scottish-born actress and occasional scream-queen Louise Linton teamed up with director Travis Zariwny for the third time earlier this year for the much-buzzed-about remake of “Cabin Fever.” The chatter surrounding that picture may explain why the duo’s second collaboration, “Intruder,” is now...

'A Conspiracy of Faith' marks darkest entry in Department Q trio

The third and most recent arrival in the Department Q series of crime thrillers, “A Conspiracy of Faith” marks the darkest and most gripping screen adaptation of the Jussi Adler-Olsen novels to date. Returning from a too-brief sick leave after his previous cold case investigations took a toll on...

Second entry in crime trilogy, 'The Absent One' is equal to the task

Closely adhering to the classy template established the previous year with “The Keeper of Lost Causes,” 2014’s “Department Q: The Absent One” is an equally smart crime thriller that takes another unsavory journey into contemporary Denmark’s seamier underbelly. Experiencing a cold snap after their...

The first piece of a Danish cold case trilogy, 'The Keeper of Lost Causes' is a well-made thriller

The first in a trio of Scandinavian crime films based on a series of novels by bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen that are making their U.S. debut this month, “Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes” is a darkly compelling, skillfully crafted cold case thriller. Originally released overseas...

Totally '80s culture clash comedy 'Seoul Searching' makes tender connections

There’s a fascinating true-life cross-cultural premise at the heart of writer-director Benson Lee’s “Seoul Searching” — a project in the 1980s to immerse Korean teens raised in foreign countries in Korean culture by way of summer camp. These kids share an ethnic background but have vastly different...

'The Phenom' effectively dramatizes baseball's mind games

Not every game is decided on the field; some are won and lost between the ears. That’s the point of view of writer-director Noah Buschel’s “The Phenom,” an unusual and affecting baseball drama where nearly all the action is internal. Johnny Simmons stars as Hopper Gibson, a talented young pitcher...

'My Love, Don't Cross That River': Touching scenes from a 75-year Korean marriage

The potent mix of joy and sorrow presented simply in the documentary “My Love, Don’t Cross That River” is enormously affecting, devastating in fact. Mo-young Jin’s film, a smash hit in Korea where it became the country’s biggest independent film ever, follows the 75-year marriage of Byong-man Jo...

'The Fundamentals of Caring' stumbles down the road more traveled

“The Fundamentals of Caring” is a strained, overly familiar tale of catharsis and redemption. Stars Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts work hard but are torpedoed by writer-director Rob Burnett’s wanting script (adapted from the novel by Jonathan Evison), thudding stabs at buoyancy and sluggish pacing....

'The Duel' is an overdone, over-the-top exercise in western violence

Sometimes a movie just tries to do too much, and shoots itself in the foot. Such is the case with “The Duel,” directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith from Matt Cook’s script, which appeared on the 2009 Black List. The story is an intriguing twist on the western genre, but in piling on other subgenres and...

Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano form an explosive friendship in 'Swiss Army Man'

Labeled “the farting corpse movie” at Sundance, the forcefully quirky “Swiss Army Man” certainly expels a lot in trying to convince you its bruised-emo wilderness yarn is whimsically imaginative. Its dynamic duo -- Paul Dano’s stranded neurotic and Daniel Radcliffe’s gaseous cadaver – may be one...

Hong Sang-soo's 'Right Now, Wrong Then' an incisive tale of romantic possibility

The prolific South Korean director Hong Sang-soo is often accused of making the same movie over and over again — a criticism that can lose sight of the fact that repetition, in filmmaking and everyday reality, has become one of his signature themes. If anything, “Right Now, Wrong Then,” his finest...

The incisive 'Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words' gives the iconic rocker the stage

Not to put too fine a point on it, but Frank Zappa, the fiercely idiosyncratic musician and composer, hated being interviewed. "It's one of the most abnormal things you can do to anyone, two steps removed from the Inquisition," he once said with typical brio, adding, "I don't think anyone has ever...

CBS and Paramount Pictures announce new guidelines on 'Star Trek' fan films

CBS and Paramount Pictures have a message for the “Star Trek” fan-film community: Live long and prosper … within limits. Six months after filing a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of an ambitious crowdfunded fan film called “Star Trek: Axanar,” Paramount and CBS issued new guidelines...

Sam Neill anchors 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople,' a hilarious, touching New Zealand odyssey

Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can't believe your luck. "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is such a film. The wacky story of the way-unlikely alliance between an overweight reprobate of a teenager and a surly, wilderness...

Todd Solondz's 'Wiener-Dog' puts humanity in a tragicomic cage

Nothing softens up a hard-hearted auteur quite like the presence of a beloved animal. The Coen brothers demonstrated this conclusively a few years ago with “Inside Llewyn Davis,” an exquisite ode to loserdom that was brightened, and at times upstaged, by a winsome orange tabby cat. And even that...

'The Shallows': Come on in, the water's Lively

There’s an excellent movie now in theaters: a deeply moving adventure about a traumatized young female who plunges into unfamiliar waters and experiences terror and salvation by way of some computer-generated marine life. But enough about “Finding Dory.” If you’re looking for a quick and satisfying...

Hypnotic 'Neon Demon' brings the fashion industry to heel

Even if you were to somehow miss the elegant “NWR” monogram in the opening credits, you would be safe in assuming that Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film is a self-indulgent exercise in style. But what self-indulgence, and what style! A surreal urban fairy tale, “The Neon Demon” unfolds in a murderously...

Matthew McConaughey has the look, but 'Free State of Jones' lacks the grit to be good

In so many Civil War-era photographs, a bone-weariness of spirit, coupled with a kind of faraway intensity, lurks in the soldiers' eyes. Plenty of actors can fake that sort of thing, but Matthew McConaughey really does have it. He looks right and convincing in a period drama such as "Free State...

To make it in Hollywood you have to be a jack-of-all-trades, like Laura Brunkala

The morning spun forward and Laura Brunkala – actor, director, producer, singer, kick-boxer and intermediate yogi – checked the rear-view and changed lanes. Country music played. A cellphone buzzed. The light turned green and the hour was cool and fresh with possibility. She slid on sunglasses...

More 'Indiana Jones' is on the way, but where does it go?

Pundits and fans thought "Indiana Jones" was over and done with after the release of the fourth installment, 2008's  "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." But where wobbly movies once went to the bargain bin, they now go to the development pile. A fifth film has been dated for 2019,...

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