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  • A lovely post-punk lark with one foot in '80s ironic-indieland and the other in Iran, Ana Lily Amirpour's feature debut could become a totem for a hipster world mad for jukebox funkiness, vampires, and gender-politics righteousness. It's got all...

  • In contemporary genre-splash Indiewood, the task is often simple but bedevilling: You have an HD camera and a modest house in the L.A. hills; now what do you do? Shane Carruth, among others, has proven that you don't need much more -- just add...

  • The grand old dirty pope of midnight-movie voodoo and post-'60s turn-on, drop-out mythopoeia returns with a vengeance, in his autumnal phase and with, surprise, a personal look backward at his own childhood. The Dance of Reality may be...

  • As far as menopausal-crisis road-trip semi-dramas go, this hormonal launch into the provinces has several advantages, including Emmanuelle Bercot's fluid nonstop traveling camera, which maintains an organic relationship with its characters and...

  • The latest chin-out probe into the mutual-lockjaw Israeli-Palestinian scenario from Paradise Now's director Hany Abu-Assad, this zippy melodrama immediately hones in on an athletic Arab twentysomething (Adam Bakri) scaling the West Bank...

  • There is not a more intoxicating loading dose of uncut movieness available on screens at the moment than Jean-Luc Godard's famous hyper-sci-fi-meta-noir, which skylarks about an absurd dystopian future in the wet streets of 1965 Paris.
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