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Magic Mike XXL

"Magic Mike XXL" is about as close to experimental as pure entertainment can get.

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Into the Grizzly Maze

Into the Grizzly Maze is so grating in its retrograde chest-thumping that it might as well be sponsored by so-called Men's Rights activists.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Simon Abrams

Simon Abrams is a native New Yorker and freelance film critic whose work has been featured Esquire, the Village Voice and elsewhere.

Simon started his career as an arts critic writing comics reviews for the Comics Journal. He conducted the cover interview with writer Robert Kirkman in issue #289. After writing film reviews for the New York Press and Slant Magazine, Simon wrote film reviews for the Village Voice, an outlet that he now regularly contributes feature interviews and capsule reviews to. This past November, Simon wrote the cover interview with the Wachowski siblings.

Simon has also spoken at a number of panel discussions in New York. This past December, Simon helped to organize and participated in a panel discussion at 92YTribeca on Jean-Luc Godard's King Lear, and in January, Simon spoke at the Museum of Modern Art during a panel discussion on Pier Paolo Pasolini's Trilogy of Life. Simon's currently writing a book on the exploitation of blood and gore on film.

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Police Story: Lockdown

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

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The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

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Dark Star: HR Giger’s World

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Skin Trade

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Gerontophilia

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Reality

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The Dead Lands

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Roar

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Cheatin'

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Welcome to New York

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Spring

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Zombeavers

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It Follows

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Faults

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Out of the Dark

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Digging Up the Marrow

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What We Do in the Shadows

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The Devil's Violinist

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R100

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