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Horror is a celebrated genre in Asian countries like Japan and Korea, but only recently has it begun to creep into other regions of the continent (Israeli horror is the new zeitgeist, for example). Iran has a tiny handful of horror films to its name, but in recent years, filmmakers in Iran and the diaspora have experimented more with the genre, like the artful and morose A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,...
A blend of dance, sports, sci-fi, and horror channeled through the story of a nine-year-old tomboy, The Fits is an entirely new take on the coming-of-age film. Toni (Royalty Hightower) is training as a boxer with her brother, Jermaine (Da’Sean Minor), but when the dancing team in an adjacent gym attracts her eye, she becomes drawn to a feminine zone of expression. At first unnatural in this new setting, Toni is intimidated by everyone...
An intimate, hand-made film, Charles Poekel’s Christmas, Again has the sort of lovelorn sensibility that aligns with the previous century’s yuletide tales. At once highly specific to its Greenpoint location and readily accessible to just about any admirer of diligent character studies, Christmas concerns Noel (Kentuckey Audley), a lonesome Christmas tree salesman, who returns to Brooklyn for the holiday season following a breakup, all beautifully rendered by Sean Price Williams’ 16mm cinematography. When he...

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