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  • Autism romance 'Keep the Change' is top winner at Tribeca Film Festival

    Autism romance 'Keep the Change' is top winner at Tribeca Film Festival

    The Tribeca Film Festival has given its top U.S. narrative jury prize to Rachel Israel's "Keep the Change," a love story about and starring people with autism. It also handed best international narrative feature to Elina Psykou’s “Son of Sofia” and best documentary feature to “Bobbi Jene” from...

  • Joan Baez, rock star? Believe it

    Joan Baez, rock star? Believe it

    Folk legend Joan Baez admits she's not the most obvious choice to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. HBO will broadcast the ceremony on Saturday.

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  • You may need AP physics to keep up with mind-bending sci-fi thriller 'Displacement'

    You may need AP physics to keep up with mind-bending sci-fi thriller 'Displacement'

    Writer-director-editor Kenneth Mader’s sci-fi thriller “Displacement” is certainly ambitious. But for anyone unfamiliar with physics or averse to a while-you-watch cram course, this film might prove a mind-numbing slog. The plot, which may sound more coherent than it plays, involves Cassie (Courtney...

  • Action-crime flick 'Black Rose' recycles Arnold and '80s cliches

    Action-crime flick 'Black Rose' recycles Arnold and '80s cliches

    Remember “Red Heat,” the blah 1988 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle about the culture clash that ensues when a Russian policeman comes to America? Well, actor-director and Arnold-wannabe Alexander Nevsky has now updated the premise with “Black Rose” — and has come up with an impressively thorough...

  • Eugenio Derbez shares 'How to Be a Latin Lover' and still break stereotypes

    Eugenio Derbez shares 'How to Be a Latin Lover' and still break stereotypes

    Eugenio Derbez is an icon in his home country of Mexico, known for countless popular films and television shows. But here in the U.S., Derbez often walks down the street with few people recognizing him. This makes it easier for him to get around Los Angeles, where he moved a couple of years ago,...

  • Big Brother turns into a bit of a bore in 'The Circle,' and there's not an app for that

    Big Brother turns into a bit of a bore in 'The Circle,' and there's not an app for that

    “Don’t be evil” was Google’s old, readily teaseable motto. Now, knowing what most of us do about the corporations that run/monitor our mobile-mad lives — Uber was able to track people even after they deleted the app? — most of us would settle for “We try not to be evil” as a mantra for any aggressively...

  • Steamy drama 'Below Her Mouth' doesn't even buy you dinner first

    Steamy drama 'Below Her Mouth' doesn't even buy you dinner first

    The sexy lost weekend subgenre — in which sexual connections provide an entry into emotional and intellectual intimacies — has gained traction in recent years featuring same-sex male couples, for example: “Paris 05:59” and Andrew Haigh’s “Weekend.” April Mullen’s “Below Her Mouth” seeks to do the...

  • Lust and gore abound in trashy horror film 'The Black Room'

    Lust and gore abound in trashy horror film 'The Black Room'

    Veteran exploitation filmmaker Rolfe Kanefsky has directed a handful of horror pictures over the years, but has spent more time helming soft-core erotica, which probably explains why his supernatural thriller “The Black Room” is unusually sexy. It’s a throwback to the days when B-movies loaded...

  • 'One Week and a Day' works through grief, one toke at a time

    'One Week and a Day' works through grief, one toke at a time

    With a title that sounds standard but turns out to be specific, "One Week and a Day" keeps an impeccable balance between absurdity and sadness, comedy and heartbreak. Increasingly outrageous but always plausible, it applies its pitiless, pitch black sense of humor to a very particular situation....

  • Mystery-thriller 'Grey Lady' bogs down in murky waters

    Mystery-thriller 'Grey Lady' bogs down in murky waters

    The convoluted, often ridiculously forced “Grey Lady” aims for the gravity of such other Bay State-set mystery-thrillers as “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone,” but barely scratches the surface of those far more elevated films. It also seems like awfully curious, undistinguished material for veteran...

  • Trashy doc 'Casting JonBenet' feeds on viewers' worst impulses

    Trashy doc 'Casting JonBenet' feeds on viewers' worst impulses

    If a tabloid hive mind could invent its own perversely ideal homicide story, the Christmas 1996 murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey would be it, from the gruesomeness and suspicions surrounding the mother and father, to the botched investigation and exposure to the bizarre world of child beauty...

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