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The Nice Guys Directed by Shane Black Opens May 20 Birds are suffocating under blankets of smog and bees are acting killer. Big Auto and the United States government could care less. Hippies protest with gas masks and make subversive art films, but what’s the point? The social and ecological anxieties that dominate Shane Black’s pessimistically jovial neo-noir The Nice Guys come in many forms, but each is woven into the narrative fabric with ease. Often, they...
Time Out of Mind Directed by Oren Moverman Opens September 9 Oren Moverman has only directed three features, but the small sample size is potent. Each of his film’s are about stubborn and conflicted men left behind by the winds of change, forced to occupy a place on the fringes of society. They have stressful jobs, like in 2009’s The Messenger and 2011’s Rampart, or no job at all, as is the case with drifter George Hammond...
Tom at the Farm Directed by Xavier Dolan Opens August 14 at the Village East Since his debut feature I Killed My Mother premiered in 2009, Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan has quickly churned out five very singular films about confrontation. No matter the plot, his lead characters are emotionally volatile because of prolonged pressure wrought by their mothers, friends, and society at large. This usually results in a kind of colorful, combustible melodrama that can irk and...