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Crossdressing Latino Singer Chavela Profiled in New Biopic

You may never have heard of Chavela Vargas, but if you see this film you’re unlikely to ever forget her. Born in 1919, Chavela left Costa Rica as a teenager bound for Mexico...

Handpainted Loving Vincent Is a Film Feast for the Eyes

This visually unique motion picture employs the dreamlike “rotoscope” technique in which animation is traced over live motion picture footage, as seen in some of Richard...

Good Time: A Beautifully-Orchestrated Bit of Chaos

Filmmaking brothers Josh and Benny Safdie follow their epically gritty film about junkies on the streets of New York (Heaven Knows What) with a return to the dark city streets in...

A Brooklyn Bad Boy Wants It Both Ways in Beach Rats

Frankie (pictured, center) is noticeably smart and obviously handsome, but he’s aimless: his main occupation seems to be kicking around Coney Island with his buddies like a pack...

There Are No Small Parts or Actors in Tom of Finland Biopic

Even ardent fans of Tom of Finland might wonder whether his life story could possibly rival the allure of his famously bulging gay erotica. It most surely does. The film begins...

Dark Comedy Awaits at Every Turn in Ingrid Goes West

Aubrey Plaza plays friendless, social media obsessed Ingrid, who is left unmoored after her mother’s death and heads to California, where she quickly sets about stalking her...

Novel Idea for an Affair: The Only Living Boy in New York

Thomas (Callum Turner) lives a privileged, literature-saturated New York City existence. His father (Pierce Brosnan) is a publisher; his mother (Cynthia Nixon) is a book lover;...

Sofia Coppola Tackles Sex and the Civil War in The Beguiled

When a handsome, wounded Union Soldier — played by Colin Farrell — wanders into a finishing school full of rich and faithful daughters of the Confederacy, there’s bound to...