THE BAD BATCH
2016, Netflix, 115 min, Dir: Ana Lily Amirpour

Complete with stellar cast, electrifying visuals and a score to die for, director Ana Lily Amirpour has created a film that is as uncategorizable as her acclaimed debut, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT. Set in a hostile desert, THE BAD BATCH focuses its lens on Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) as she is unceremoniously dumped in a dystopian wasteland fenced off from civilized society. While making her way through this unforgiving environment, she is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realizes she'll have to fight to live. As Arlen adjusts to life in "the bad batch," she discovers that being good or bad often depends on who you're standing next to.


EVERYBODY WANTS SOME
2016, Paramount, 116 min, Dir: Richard Linklater

Writer-director Richard Linklater initially attended college on a baseball scholarship, and he revisits those freewheeling days in a spiritual sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Freshman Jake (Blake Jenner) enjoys the freedoms of college while hanging out with a motley group of teammates at a Texas university in 1980. With a young ensemble cast that no doubt includes some future stars, this loose-limbed comedy captures a moment in life when good times and good friends are the only things that matter.


THE MASTER
2012, The Weinstein Company, 137 min, USA, Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is a mentally unstable and alcoholic WWII veteran whose search for purpose is complicated when he forms a profound yet explosive bond with charismatic author Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the leader of a mysterious philosophical movement known as “the Cause.” Set to haunting original music by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, this deep character study features astonishing performances from Phoenix, Hoffman and Amy Adams, and is a tense, visually stunning exploration of religion, power and social structures.


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