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Nasty Baby

Brooklyn hipsters living in their narcissistic bubble in gentrifying neighborhoods are a timely target for satire. Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva now lives in such a changing community, and his Nasty Baby is pitch-perfect at capturing his and his ilk’s worst pettiness, condescension, and isolation from those who came before them into their brave new politically […]

Entertainment

Entertainment is one odd film. Possibly the weirdest I’ve seen in quite a while. If you can imagine the Coen Brothers’ deadpan stare, Sam Shepard’s white trash western goth aesthetic, and David Lynch’s dream-fuck phantasmagoria skillfully mulled together, you have an idea. Still, you will be shaking your head in disbelief at what you have […]

Funny Bunny

Before Quentin Tarantino set the world afire with blazing guns in Reservoir Dogs, indie films were dominated by character studies of quirky people who did not quite fit in. There tended to be a sense of irony and distance that deepened rather than lessened your emotional experience. Hal Hartley was the prince of that realm […]

This Is Happening

Oh, Little Miss Sunshine, what hast thou wrought? Due to one adorably off-color indie film, we are subjected to quirky dysfunctional families bickering their way across the land in an effort to a) save their family home b) win an absurd competition or c) in the case of the terminally dull This Is Happening, retrieve […]

The Keeping Room

“Why do you come like you want a war?” protagonist Augusta (indie-darling Brit Marling) asks her Union soldier attacker. He states that, after all the fighting he has done, it is impossible to stop. Set during the last days of the Civil War, The Keeping Room presents a distinctly revisionist Western, taking a feminist approach […]

Ashby

In Ashby, clichés and tongue-in-cheek quips abound. Set in a high school where students strictly adhere to stereotypes, the jocks and the geeks keep to themselves. But lo, one Very Special Boy (Nat Wolff) has just enrolled. Will he be doomed to geekdom forever or will he man up and ascend the high school social […]

The Mend

Written and Directed by John Magary Produced by Myna Joseph and Michael Prall Released by Cinelicious Pics USA. 109 min. Not rated With Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner, Cory Nichols, Louisa Krause, and Austin Pendleton The poster for The Mend declares it “A Stressed Out Comedy,” and if you’re talking about the […]

Digging for Fire

Edited and Directed by Joe Swanberg Produced by Jake Johnson, Swanberg and Alicia Van Couvering Written by Swanberg and Johnson Released by the Orchard USA. 83 min. Rated R With Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jane Adams, Steve Berg, Mike Birbiglia, Orlando Bloom, Tom Bower, Sam Elliott, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Melanie […]

Grandma

Written and Directed by Paul Weitz Produced by Weitz, Andrew Miano, Terry Dougas, and Paris Latsis Released by Sony Pictures Classics USA. 80 min. Rated R With Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott, Nat Wolff, and John Cho Isn’t that sweet old Lily Tomlin starring as a senior […]