The best films of 2018 so far

Conventional wisdom holds that the best movies of any given year tend to arrive sometime between Labor Day and Christmas—those few weeks annually and unofficially designated as “awards season.” But while the major studios and their indie subsidiaries do tend to hold their big prestige titles until at least early…

Two teen girls forge a dark friendship in the tense, blackly comic Thoroughbreds

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Given that it begins, essentially, with two teenage girls studying vocabulary in preparation for the SATs, maybe it’s not such an unfair nitpick to complain that Thoroughbreds should have stuck with its original title. When the film premiered at Sundance some 14 months ago, it went by just Thoroughbred, singular—an…

Business as usual for Fantastic Fest means pillow fights and killer clay

Devin Faraci is not here. Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League isn’t here either. League’s usual introductory duties for opening night of Fantastic Fest were passed off to equally qualified but lesser-seen female staff members this year, after the revelation that League continued to employ Faraci in secret after sexual…