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  • Prevenge



    Prevenge is a movie about a pregnant woman’s murder spree; it also has punchlines. Sometimes they’re sharp and unexpected, as when Ruth (Lowe), the aggrieved mother-to-be, explains why she needed to kill an innocent witness to her crimes: “No one called Josh is not going to call the authorities.” In other cases, as when Ruth slits the jugular of a boardroom executive, those verbal rejoinders are dull enough to sound like deleted throwaways from an ’80s vigilante picture: “It’s a…

  • Fraud



    Branded a documentary by most festivals, Fraud is comprised of camcorder footage featuring a white American family burning their own home down, committing insurance fraud, and then using the illicit gains to indulge various consumerist desires. It is bookended by visits to a mall, where they purchase new Apple products; the Biblical significance of that company’s name and moniker is invoked by the footage, and not very subtly. The last mall trip is framed to suggest an apocalypse, in fact,…

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  • The Keep

    The Keep


    On 35mm, at the Coolidge. Apparently Paramount, decades ago, told them to junk the print. No one did because it had "Keep" written on the front frames.

  • Chi-Raq



    Or: The Umbrellas of Chicago.