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The Pirates of Somalia

The Pirates of Somalia

Canadian journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) arrives in Somalia as an opportunist and leaves an advocate. Writer/director Bryan Buckley treats Bahadur’s 2008-09 odyssey as an elucidating examination of kinship more than a biopic.

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.

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

None of the three major media stories that Brian Knappenberger explores in his facile documentary Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press gets the in-depth coverage it deserves, and that’s by design.

Danger Close

Danger Close

The directors and the subject of the combat documentary Danger Close prize determination over introspection, turning this firsthand account of modern American warfare into a found-footage action film.

Speech & Debate

Speech & Debate

The defanged film adaptation of Stephen Karam’s 2007 play Speech & Debate takes a Breakfast Club approach to high school characters, defining each by a single trait. There’s journalism nerd Solomon (Liam James), theater geek Diwata (Sarah Steele), and openly gay Howie (Austin P. McKenzie).