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The Drowning (2017) Directed by Bette Gordon Opens May 10 at IFC Center Based on Pat Barker’s dark novel Border Crossing, Bette Gordon’s ambitious psychological thriller The Drowning opens with an intentionally truncated (ergo enigmatic) scene in which psychiatrist Tom Seymour (Josh Charles), on a romantic seaside walk with his wife Lauren (Julia Stiles), saves a young man, Danny Miller, from drowning himself in a river. As they thrash in the water, Danny seems sadly resistant, Tom...
The mean-spirited nationalist challenge to globalism that has taken hold in the United States and Europe—elevating Donald Trump and the alt-right as well as the Brexiteers, Marine Le Pen, and European cognates—has cried out for more leavened and sympathetic cinematic interpretation than real life has often afforded it. Filmmakers are obliging. Perhaps improbably, Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting, released here last month, is one of the more prominent examples. A very good sequel to boot, it picks up...
Frank & Lola (2016) Directed by Matthew Ross Opens December 9 Michael Shannon is the go-to actor for elevating genre material, and in recruiting him to play the ambitious but tormented gourmet chef Frank Riley, writer-director Matthew Ross maximized the likelihood that Frank & Lola would be an audacious feature debut. Shannon is indeed outstanding and dominant, but this elegantly minimalist film has still more to recommend it—notably, the underrated English actress Imogen Poots, who has far...
Command and Control Directed by Robert Kenner Opens September 14 at Film Forum In the 1980s, psychiatrist Robert Lifton observed in Americans a kind of “psychic numbing” that had made them passively accepting of the existential specter of nuclear annihilation. This insight led to graphic expositions intended to force the public to rediscover nuclear horror reflected that dramatic films like Fail-Safe (1964) and The Bedford Incident (1965) had inspired nearly a generation earlier. Sober televised movies like...

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