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We Are Your Friends

0 Comments · Thursday, August 27, 2015
We Are Your Friends, from co-writer and director Max Joseph (of documentary feature 12 Years of DFA: Too Old to Be New, Too New to Be Classic), taps Zac Efron to lead a collective in the San Fernando Valley with dreams of gaining fame and fortune on the grandest of scales.  

Z for Zachariah

0 Comments · Thursday, August 27, 2015
Director Craig Zobel (Compliance) and screenwriter Nissar Modi (Breaking at the Edge) transform Robert C. O’Brien’s post-apocalyptic science-fiction tale into an intimate story of cautious rebirth with a highly charged ménage á trois that everyone knows cannot maintain and bear meaningful fruit for humanity.  

Crack Open ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ at Your Own Risk

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I live in a house with a pair of teenage girls, so the idea of having access to their diaries or their unfiltered thoughts frightens me to no end, especially after watching The Diary of a Teenage Girl.  

‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Explores New Territory

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
With the undeniable success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, it makes sense that the network would produce a spinoff. Fear the Walking Dead (9 p.m. Sundays, AMC) promises zombie-apocalypse action in the fictional universe fans have come to love, with a different setting, cast and timeline.  

No Escape

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Owen Wilson and Lake Bell topline co-writer and director John Erick Dowdle’s action-thriller about an American family settling into a new home overseas who must go on the run with their children when a coup attempt plunges the country into turmoil.  

Phoenix

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Based on Hubert Monteilhet’s novel Le Retour des cendres, Phoenix, from co-screenwriter and director Christian Petzold, tracks the tale of Nelly Lenz (Nina Hoss).  

Unsullied

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 25, 2015
By now we have become used to actors venturing behind the camera and even the occasional musician eager to pursue their crossover dreams, but Simeon Rice, the director of Unsullied, seeks to bulldoze his way from the football field.  

Staving Off ‘The End’ with Donald Margulies

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The End of the Tour documents an encounter between David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky, who tagged along for the end of the press tour for Wallace’s Infinite Jest. Lipsky’s book, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, chronicles the five days he spent with Wallace and serves as the basis for the film.  

IFC Ushers in New Age of Parody

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Just last month, HBO aired the hilariously absurd 7 Days In Hell, a fake sports documentary following two fictional tennis rivals played by Kit Harington and Andy Samberg. IFC ups the ante by debuting an entire series of faux documentaries with the new comedy Documentary Now! (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday).  

Hitman: Agent 47

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
For some reason, videogame adaptations have failed to achieve any degree of crossover success (multi-platforming across the screen and possibly into the literary sphere) that might have been expected.   

Jimmy's Hall

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) continues to offer audiences his British socialist outsider narratives, this time delving into the Depression-Era return of Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward) to his home in Ireland after a decade spent in exile in the United States.  

American Ultra

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
An Adventureland reunion breaks out in Project X director Nima Nourizadeh’s new movie about a stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) who turns out to be a stone-cold licensed-to-kill government agent deemed to be off the reservation.   

The Prophet

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Kahlil Gibran’s seminal work gets reimagined as a documentary essay by Gary Tarn (Black Sun) that seeks to illustrate the themes of love, life and loss that The Prophet addressed through its powerful mix of prose and poetry-laced essays, with Thandie Newton providing narration.    

Sinister 2

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Death comes a-calling, and it seems intent on seducing the twin sons (Robert Daniel Sloan and Dartanian Sloan) of a mother (Shannyn Sossamon) who has moved her family to a remote rural house with a connection to a dark past.   

Gemma Bovery

0 Comments · Friday, August 14, 2015
One of the few missed opportunities for me from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival from Anne Fontaine (the writer/director of Coco Before Chanel), Gemma Bovery dances along the demarcations that seek to define comedy, drama and romance.