Clea DuVall's debut feature as writer-director is an ensemble piece that breaks no new ground in themes or execution, but is pleasingly accomplished on all levels.
A quartet of Brahmin nerds on a Bangalore U. quiz team on an alcohol-soaked mid-1980s mission to lose their collective virginity.
This energetic exercise in forced badassery is too silly and self-conscious to feel genuinely edgy, despite all blood spilt and familiar taboos violated.
An alarming cautionary tale about how easy it is in the Internet age to ruin people's lives while hiding behind a cloak of anonymity.
The woman who wrote acclaimed books while posing as an HIV-positive ex-prostitute transgender male does not buy as much retrospective sympathy as she seeks in painting herself as the victim.
Comparisons can be drawn to John Waters and Harmony Korine, among others, but they do not flatter "Strangler."
A young orphan and his very reluctant keeper "go bush" on the lam from authorities in "Hunt for the Wilderpeople."
An estranged father and son are forced to interact at a Burning Man-like counterculture festival in "Paradise Trips."
There's an element of glam soap opera to Fina Torres' version of Jane Chambers' "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," but this handsome romantic drama is a crowdpleaser.
Andrew Steggall's debut feature "Departure" shows considerable promise with the sensitivity of its emotional and aesthetic palette, but eventually those qualities curdle into affectation.
A coming-of-age tale that's also about the impending loss of a parent, engaging, unpretentious "Nena" gets a breakout performance from Abbey Hoes in the title role.