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Wetlands

Wetlands

Emanuele Della Valle’s choppy feature debut has the visual markers of noir, using the autumnal gloom of desolate coastal communities south of Atlantic City to express the isolation and bone-deep sadness of his characters.

Detroit

Detroit

The simplicity of Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is its best and worst quality. Her direction has such clarity and power that the chaos and brutality of 50 years ago is vivid and immediate.

The Black Dove

The Black Dove

An acoustic guitar known as the Black Dove brings together a father stumbling toward redemption and a daughter seeking reconciliation in Michael Prisco Caporale’s directorial debut.

Marshland

Marshland

The eerie dislocation in Spanish thriller Marshland (La Isla Mínima) begins with the credits, where aerial shots of the Guadalquivir River snaking through southern Andalusia look like dyed cross-sections of human brain. It continues as two police investigators from Madrid arrive in a rural town

Murder of a Cat

Murder of a Cat

Clinton Moisey (Fran Kranz), the man-child in Murder of a Cat, calls his sleuthing alter ego Doghouse Reilly, after Philip Marlowe’s jokey alias in The Big Sleep. This choice sums up the tone of Christian Magalhaes and Bob Snow’s screenplay (on the 2010 Black List),