Baby Driver

Action, Crime, Thriller ‐ June 26, 2017
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Baby Driver

Baby is a young man who creates remixes of his life. He records conversations had around him (almost always around and not with him) on an old-fashioned mini-cassette recorder, and then mixes them into songs with some wonderfully antiquated keyboard and rhythm equipment. The first one we see him create is called “Was He Slow,” using a question asked by an accomplice about Baby’s mental capacity as a hook. Much like Baby turns the world around him into music, writer/director Edgar Wright remixes the movies and tunes that have influenced him into the wildly joyous and fantastically entertaining “Baby Driver.” …

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The Ornithologist

Adventure, Drama ‐ June 23, 2017
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The Ornithologist

The beguiling setting of João Pedro Rodrigues’ “The Ornithologist” is that of a Portuguese forest, where animals coexist and the woods are peaceful. Naturally, people have their own discordant beliefs on what they should be doing in this world, and it leads to both chaos and surrealist enlightenment for a bird watcher named Fernando (Paul Hamy). As Fernando merely travels to get back to civilization after a kayaking accident, his saga becomes that of an existential journey set within a low-key survival movie narrative. 

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The Bad Batch

Horror, Romance, Thriller ‐ June 23, 2017
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A young girl missing an arm and leg snakes through a mass of drug-addled bodies lit by garish neon. The impressive muscles of cannibals glisten in the noonday sun. A horde of pregnant women tote machine guns and have serene expressions. These images on their own gesture toward a grimy, odd, dystopian fable. The failure of these occasionally hypnotic images to string together a coherent tone and emotional landscape is all the more galling considering this is the sophomore film from writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour.

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Paulina

Drama, Thriller ‐ June 23, 2017
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Paulina

On the Internet Movie Database, the plot synopsis for Argentinian drama “Paulina” is appropriately curt: “A young woman is raped by a gang.” This is a fitting precis since the film feels like, in many ways, a corrective to dramas that use sexual assault as a key plot point. For example, while “Paulina” is not sensationalistic, it does show an act of sexual violation. There are also clear heroes and villains in this story, and no attempt is made to completely absolve the guilty parties of their responsibility. Instead, director Santiago Mitre and co-writer Mariano Lilnas try to get us closer to understanding …

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Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

Documentary ‐ June 23, 2017
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Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

“Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” tackles a number of fascinating subjects in its brief running time, including no less than the very concept of freedom of speech in an era when billionaires own everything. There’s so much going on here from the history of Hulk Hogan to the rise and fall of Gawker to the strange saga of Bubba the Love Sponge to the ascent of Trump in an era of #FakeNews to the purchase of a Las Vegas newspaper by a testy multi-billionaire who wanted to control it and so on and so on. If you’re thinking, …

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