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  • Equity

    Equity

    ★★★

    As Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot enjoys its day in the sun at the center of an industry-wide push for more women in major Hollywood movies, the existence of smaller pictures like Equity—directed by, produced by, written by, and starring women—speaks to the power of the independent spirit. If no one’s listening, you must build a platform and shout, and the women behind Equity have done just that.

    Whether intentional or happenstance, Equity feels hyper-aware of the way it handles…

  • White Girl

    White Girl

    ★★★½

    Somewhere between Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers lies the rebellious mood of Elizabeth Wood’s White Girl, a Sundance firecracker that easily finds its place among the cinematic canon of great dramas cut from the good-girl-gone-bad cloth.

    With wide-eyed curiosity guiding her, Leah (Homeland’s Morgan Saylor) leaves behind a sheltered life in Oklahoma for a sketchy apartment in New York. A rising college freshman with little direction (she says she “um, maybe” wants to “work in media”) but…

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  • By the Sea

    By the Sea

    ★★★★

    By the Sea is a film crafted by the bruised hands of a woman who understands both the complicated act of looking and the perils of being gazed upon.

    Angelina Jolie, the film’s driving creative force, is of course a renowned icon of the screen, having graced the covers of magazines and starred in blockbuster hits for the better part of the last two decades. There’s a certain allure about Jolie’s image as an untouchable, godlike entity and a money-making…

  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul

    ★★★★½

    Laszlo Nemes’ Son of Saul begins out of focus, but far from off its mark.

    The outline of a few trees amid a charming forest glen fills an untraditional, nearly square 4:3 frame, blurred almost beyond recognition. The gusts of wind and the birdsong above are almost enough to enchant until the silhouette of a man appears, hesitates for a moment, and walks toward us and into clarity. We see him. Our eyes are open, ready to absorb. We see…