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  • Prevenge

    Prevenge

    ★★½

    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

    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

    Chi-Raq

    ★★★★

    Or: The Umbrellas of Chicago.