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ARCHENEMY
2020, 90 min, Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer

Adam Egypt Mortimer (DANIEL ISN’T REAL) is back to astonish us with a twisted, utterly unique take on comic book superheroes. Max Fist (Joe Manganiello) is an intergalactic defender of worlds and vanquisher of evil … until a hapless accident propels him through space and time to Earth, rendering him stranded and his powers useless. Hamster is a kid from the wrong side of the tracks trying to realize his dream of becoming a popular social media storyteller with the support of his protective sister Indigo, who works for a local gang. It’s not too long before their paths cross with Max’s, and when they do, there’s no telling what might happen. Riffing on familiar comic book-adaptation tropes, Mortimer’s film is a breath of fresh air that skewers our expectations; nihilistic humor collides with relatable characters in a universe reflective of the times we live in to create the sort of superhero we didn’t know we needed. – Evrim Ersoy


A TEACHER
2015, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 75 min, USA, Dir: Hannah Fidell

Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, A TEACHER explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher, Diana (Lindsay Burdge), after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students, Eric (Will Brittain). What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex and dangerous as the beautiful and confident Diana becomes fully consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting out in increasingly startling ways. Burdge delivers a deeply compelling and seamlessly naturalistic performance that brings us into the mind of an adult driven to taboo against her better judgment.


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