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17th Boston Underground Film Festival delights with a schedule full of horrors

17th Boston Underground Film Festival delights with a schedule full of horrors

Late nights and absurdist films await at the Brattle Theatre for the 17th annual Boston Underground Film Festival, which began Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

Chlotrudis Society directs its film awards in a uniquely different direction Sunday

Chlotrudis Society directs its film awards in a uniquely different direction Sunday

Awards season is not over, and the local answer to the Oscars arrives Sunday with another chance for America to redeem itself when it comes to honoring film.

‘The Gunman': Penn is almost mightier than weaknesses of misfiring action film

‘The Gunman': Penn is almost mightier than weaknesses of misfiring action film

In concept this is a thinking person’s espionage thriller with a serious thespian at the fore and an international slant, but it suffers uneven pacing and seemingly smart twists that suddenly nosedive into cliché and silliness.

‘An Honest Liar’: Exposer of magical lies arrives at 80 with some secrets of his own

‘An Honest Liar’: Exposer of magical lies arrives at 80 with some secrets of his own

A sweet rambling appreciation of the once-renowned magician known as “The Amazing Randi” gets dressed up in the robes of a “serious” documentary with revelations of a long-running, very personal cover-up.

‘The Hunting Ground': Quest to defeat sex assault becomes more of an odyssey

‘The Hunting Ground': Quest to defeat sex assault becomes more of an odyssey

Documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick again navigates the grim, dark terrain of sex offense, this time delving into the pervasive culture of rape on college campuses.

‘Chappie': This RoboCop is street smart, and South Africa’s better than ‘Elysium’

‘Chappie': This RoboCop is street smart, and South Africa’s better than ‘Elysium’

The good news is that Blomkamp’s third feature is a step up from the pedantically plotted “Elysium” – but it’s nowhere near his cutting-edge debut, “District 9.”

‘Wild Tales’: From quirky to the macabre, but all sprinkled with O. Henry ingenuity

‘Wild Tales’: From quirky to the macabre, but all sprinkled with O. Henry ingenuity

These six seemingly disparate stories range from the quirky to the macabre and unfold with plenty of punch and panache.

‘Leviathan': Corruption looks to swallow raging land owner, who swallows vodka

‘Leviathan': Corruption looks to swallow raging land owner, who swallows vodka

Blending the Bible and Thomas Hobbes, it’s astonishing that this critical and pointed epic vision of Russian politics has found the light of day.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey': Orgy of insipidity humiliates everyone but intended victim

‘Fifty Shades of Grey': Orgy of insipidity humiliates everyone but intended victim

About the only one who might come away unscathed from this S&M “Twilight” fan-fiction gone amok is Dakota Johnson and her left-of-center sexuality.

‘Jupiter Ascending': Wachowskis rove far in space, yet not far from their familiar fun

‘Jupiter Ascending': Wachowskis rove far in space, yet not far from their familiar fun

The Wachowskis are back and in well-trod territory – yet another dark vision of an unknowingly enslaved humankind, again propelled by freakish advances in technology with a dash of zen mumbo-jumbo thrown in for good measure.

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