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  • The Eyes of My Mother

    The Eyes of My Mother

    ★★★★

    An icy, unnerving portrait of a woman caught in a nightmarish torrent of violence and murder, Nicolas Pesce's The Eyes Of My Mother lends a startling point of view that sees, almost exclusively, from its protagonist's broken innocence. The film, brisk but feels unconstrained by time, carries a fractured sense of family from its pulpier forebears and, in such unique and confident voice, eloquently translates that into a wholly different language.

  • Morgan

    Morgan

    ★★½

    A pulpier follow-up to Ex Machina with no new questions posed or old ones answered. Excellent performances from its top-tier ensemble and skilled lensing from its DP, Mark Patten, aid Luke Scott's thriller, Morgan, in becoming an entertaining piece that delivers much of the tension but not the inquisitiveness of a Frankensteinian tale.

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  • The Eagleman Stag

    The Eagleman Stag

    ★★★★★

    I am met with an astounding feat that is all at once beautiful and intelligent. There’s power in the muteness of Michael Please’s “The Eagleman Stag” in its sharp storytelling, economical aesthetic and white-against-white cinematography, all sublimely pushing forward the film’s message and themes. Far-reaching in both conceit and aesthetic, the terrific stop-motion short is centered on an elderly taxonomist obsessed with the human perception of time. It is an interesting set-up by Please, essentially pointing out the inevitable diminishing…

  • Vampire Academy

    Vampire Academy

    ★★

    Especially after the recent barrage of uncompromising, vamp-erotic films, much appreciation is due for "Vampire Academy," a film that liberates from traditional vampire lore. The film's blood suckers do not burn nor sparkle in the sun, but as one character declares later in the film: blood, still, connects [them] all. In this respect, young-adult author Richelle Mead has conceived an upbeat, refreshing look at the slowly deteriorating night creatures, this time making them instrumental to what (unfortunately, little) success the…