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Manhattan Romance

Manhattan Romance

Writer and director Tom O’Brien has flipped the usual indie filmmaker pattern, with a polished debut and bumpy follow-up. His confident 2012 drama Fairhaven followed three disillusioned thirtysomethings who reconnect in their sleepy hometown. O’Brien anchored the trio’s malaise in scenic (and rarely filmed) Fairhaven,

In Our Nature

In Our Nature

In a well-appointed country house in upstate New York, writer/director Brian Savelson carves out a Chekhovian landscape. Seth (Zach Gilford) has brought Andie (Jena Malone) there for the first time, expecting to use the quiet weekend to propose. He didn’t anticipate the arrival of his

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

Michele Josue’s debut documentary is a tribute to her friend Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old gay college student murdered in October 1998 outside Laramie, Wyoming. His ordeal prompted an impassioned national conversation about homophobia and hate crimes, but Josue recalls the media frenzy as a surreal

Three Stars

Three Stars

Unlike the exquisitely prepared food in this documentary, Three Stars has too much on its plate. Director Lutz Hachmeister offers a taste of the dining experiences that rate three stars in the Michelin Guide, but he can’t decide whether to embrace or condemn the venerable

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Rosamund Pike made Return to Sender before her breakthrough Gone Girl, and it’s difficult not to see Miranda Wells as a dry run for Amy Dunne. Both are control freaks whose icy blonde exteriors mask rage-fueled machinations. While Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn