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Slack Bay Directed by Bruno Dumont Opens April 21 Once labeled as part of a “New French Extremity,” Bruno Dumont for years had a reputation as one of the European art-house’s most stalwart killjoys, a Hanekean exponent of austerity and provocation. That began to change with his last film, the shaggy-dog policier Li’l Quinquin: without relinquishing any of his gravity, Dumont revealed (or discovered) himself to be a nimble conductor of majestic, filigreed slapstick. The new Slack...
Paterson Directed by Jim Jarmusch Opens December 28 Jim Jarmusch’s latest—and second of the year, following his Stooges doc Gimme Danger—finds the director’s distinctive silver-white shock in danger of becoming age-appropriate: seldom have the end credits rolled on one of his pictures with so little of its mystery left intact. To recap: the title Paterson is also the film’s setting, the city in New Jersey; the name of its principal character, a poet/bus-driver played by Adam Driver;...
Uncle Kent 2 Directed by Todd Rohal Opens November 11 at the Alamo Drafthouse Usually the most salient praise that can be afforded a sequel or remake is that its existence owes more to inspiration than to accounting, but in the case of Uncle Kent 2, that’s something of a backhanded compliment. Reprising a modestly successful 2011 micro-indie, there are no focus groups or fan-sites willing this movie into existence. In fact, the whole endeavor is unavoidably...
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes Directed by Brett Story November 4-10 at Anthology Film Archives In movie dramas prison life tends to be flattened by didacticism or sensationalized, and in documentaries, to be a vehicle for moral outrage; in either case, there’s not often much sense of how the prison fits into the larger social fabric. A new doc by Canadian filmmaker Brett Story aims to fill that gap and bring the prison closer to home, charting...

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