Udo Kier

Gus Van Sant’s unflinching portrait of a sometimes deeply unpleasant person is almost as brave as its subject, side-stepping more obvious and tired tropes of the genre so as to uncover new truths about a few very old topics.

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With its mix of shocking violence and affecting drama, Brawl in Cell Block 99, out now on 4K UHD Blu-ray, pushes the prison movie genre to new heights.

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Opening this week, Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ is a refreshing yarn about love, community, sacrifice, and friendship with a sci-fi twist.

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In ‘Melancholia,’ Lars von Trier has created a deeply personal examination of the the extremes of depression. Is the end of the world real or metaphorical? Is the science behind it sound? These questions are ultimately irrelevant, as the movie forces the viewer to deal with fear on a personal level as well. This isn’t a film about the “global” end of the world. It’s a film about what the end of the world inside one person feels like.

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