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Tower Directed by Keith Maitland Opens October 12 at Film Forum Too often, movies tell us shocking true stories in the comfortingly false ways in which we expect them to be told—even when they ought to be too excruciating for such untroubling dramatic structures. (Consider, for example, almost every Holocaust movie.) Tower stands as a corrective: not, maybe, by itself a game-changer, but at least an example of how we might rethink the clichés in our storytelling—a...
Lace Crater Directed by Harrison Atkins Opens July 29 In the tradition of the best genre fiction, Lace Crater addresses a real problem fantastically, thereby intensifying its emotional impact. Lace Crater is an STD drama but not a sulking Sundancer—it’s also a low-fi ghost story, produced by Joe Swanberg (who plays a small, classically Swanberg role: the jerky ex). When the ghost appears, he does so clad in burlap, head-to-toe—not just a baghead but a bagbody. He’s...
The Purge: Election Year Directed by James DeMonaco Opens July 1 The third installment in this unlikely franchise is a long, vulgar ad for Hillary—with enough violence done to her stand-in to satisfy conservative fetishists who might vicariously enjoy, say, pressing a knife against the former secretary of state’s throat. The inherent of-the-moment relevance of the series’ dystopian 21st century, in which all crime is legal for 12 hours so the country can shake its sillies...
True crime used to be tawdry, on late-night network television and low-numbered basic cable channels, hidden on bookshelves in a back corner of the bookstore, featured in magazines you’d be embarrassed if your mailman saw. Now stories about Making a Murderer, the latest zeitgeist-conquering entry into the genre, are at the top of the New York Times trending list; Seth Meyers made his return from the holiday break with a parody; and tens of...

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