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Review: ‘The Cookout’

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When it comes to flat-out, gut-busting funny stuff, the pickings are slim in "The Cookout." Theatrical prospects are slight, which likely explains why Lions Gate tossed pic into the Labor Day weekend…

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Review: ‘Tom’s Wife’

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A tragedy set in Depression-era Texas, "Tom's Wife" recalls indie heartland dramas that proliferated on fest circuit two decades ago. Writer-director Alana Cash's feature conveys period flavor…

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Review: ‘Revelations’

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Houston-based multi-hyphenate Benny Mathews follows his indie comedy "Where's the Party, Yaar?" with "Revelation," a supernatural thriller that's long on arresting visuals and spooky atmosphere, but…

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Review: ‘Life is Life’

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A melancholy dramedy about missed connections and libidinal vicissitudes, Michal Bat-Adam's "Life Is Life" likely will satisfy discerning auds during its global fest tour. Israeli-produced pic could…

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