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  • Loev

    Loev

    ★★★½

    Two longtime friends—one an aspiring music producer (Dhruv Ganesh) based in Mumbai, the other a successful New York businessman (Shiv Pandet)—take a road trip to the beautiful Western Ghats of India. As they goof off and take in the sights, their long-repressed feelings and resentments begin roaring back. The story behind writer/director Sudhanshu Saria's character piece would most likely make a good movie in itself; the production was largely filmed in secret, as homosexuality is still considered a crime in…

  • AWOL

    AWOL

    ★★★½

    A small-town tomboy with plans for the military (Lola Kirke) begins questioning her life decisions when she meets a married-with-kids free spirit (Breeda Wool) shortly before her date of enlistment. Director/co-writer Deb Shoval adapted her feature debut from an earlier short (also starring Wool), and the narrative doesn't always feel like it quite managed the leap, struggling occasionally to fill even the relatively brief running time. Still, meandering aside, the lead performers are both fantastic (and generate some real heat…

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    "Eschews the easy relief of jump scares, building instead a supercharged atmosphere that amps up whenever something new enters the immaculately composed frame, be it man or rabbit or goat. (Oh, that goddamned goat.)"

    Did a hybrid review/interview with the director over at The Portland Mercury.

  • Southbound

    Southbound

    ★★★½

    A series of bad events occur to a number of varyingly bad people, all linked by a buzzard-studded strip of lonely desert highway. Indie horror guru Larry Fessenden can be heard as a suspiciously velvet-toned radio DJ, which should hint at the bad mojo going down. Horror anthologies can generally be counted on to contain a whiff or two, but this taut effort—from some of the folks behind the V/H/S series—boasts an admirably high success rate, with each of its…