The Beach Bum ★★★ 1/2“With his latest flick, The Beach Bum, [Harmony] Korine has grown up and mellowed out, shifting his attention inward to make perhaps the only introspective and genuinely kind film of his entire career—all the while preserving his idiosyncratic directing style and penchant for the bizarre.” Read more»

Diane (pictured) ★★★★ “Films like Diane are rare, beautiful conundrums—so self-assured and well-crafted, they seem capable of withstanding any interrogation, and yet so delicate and naturalistic, their magic might slip away at any moment.” Read more»

Five Feet Apart ★★ Five Feet Apart is a young-adult tear-jerker bogged down by cliche and a lack of vision, buoyed only by a fresh performance from lead actress Haley Lu Richardson (Support the Girls, Columbus) and an honest conversation about the loneliness of disease.” Read more»

Gloria Bell  ★★★ 1/2 “This mixture of the magical and the mundane carries Gloria Bell to the very end, and although its conclusion isn’t free of rom-com cliche (see: a killer green dress, a wedding and revenge), Lelio’s lens and Moore’s performance make it fresh—and tinged with melancholy.” Read more»

High Life ★★★ “Combining aspects of horror, sci-fi and prison drama, the film is a challenging puzzle that even the most devout Denis fans may struggle to piece together, but that doesn’t negate its thrilling, terrifying viewing experience.” Read more»

Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) “This year, they’re the most independent and eccentric feature films imaginable.” Boston’s biggest film event of the year runs from April 24 to May 1 at Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square and Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. Read more»

Teen Spirit 1/2 Everyone wants to be a pop star, right? Well, Max Minghella certainly hopes so, because he doesn’t present a single feeling or motivation for his lead ingenue throughout all of Teen Spirit beyond unspecific longing and boredom.” Read more»

Transit ★★★ “An on-the-road tale of stolen identity that’s imbued with suffocating urgency and paranoia, Transit uses many of the conventions of noir—mysterious brunette, dead husbands—to weave a Kafkaesque narrative about how memory functions in the face of trauma and political oppression. Read more»

Us ★★★ “When you’re not marveling at the acting abilities of [Lupita] Nyong’o, you’ll be spinning your wheels trying to put together a puzzle that can’t be solved.” Read more»

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