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Free Fire Directed by Ben Wheatley Opens April 21 The mechanics are familiar: A bunch of criminals, many outlandishly dressed, eye each other tentatively and menacingly over a deal, in this case for a truckload of guns. There’s a mishap, and everyone grabs a weapon. Briefly, it’s sort of a Mexican stand-off; then it’s more of a shoot-out, and it’s every man (and one woman) for themselves. It all goes down in an abandoned factory, naturally (“whatever...
High-Rise Directed by Ben Wheatley In theaters J.G. Ballard and the Cinema Through May 22 at Anthology Film Archives As they cheered and hooted, they were far more confident than the film actors on display, who seemed ill at ease when they stepped from their cars, like celebrity criminals ferried to a mass trial by jury at the Palais, a full-scale cultural Nuremberg furnished with film clips of the atrocities they had helped to commit. —J.G. Ballard, Super-Cannes Posthumously ascribing...

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