For all of its faults, “Ismael’s Ghosts” succeeds at one major task: respecting film as art by serving as an homage to French New Wave cinema.

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NETFLIX

Ansari and Yang show no hesitance in posing difficult questions in every corner of the show, but it doesn’t seem as if they’re attempting to provide answers.

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20TH CENTURY FOX

Released Mother’s Day weekend, the main pitfall of “Snatched” is that it tries too hard to be more than just a kidnap romp.

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Black Cement Records

spin bridges the scary chasm that divides hard rock from tamer genres. There is intensity there — not only in the guitar or other instrumentals, but also in the lyrics themselves.

Arimah weaves in aspects from several different genres, including, but not limited to, ghost stories, magical realism and even a touch of horror.

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GUNPOWDER & SKY

It should come as no surprise that “Hounds of Love” is not an easy film to watch — a few left the theatre during its showing — but its sheer intensity and energy are captivating if you can stomach emotional and physical abuse.

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HBO

Beyond Brener’s talent and knack at playing nerds like Big Head, he claims luck played a huge role in his success. He found himself at the right place at the right time a few years after his move to Los Angeles.

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Captured Tracks

The whole Mac DeMarco shtick has a ticking expiration date before he goes from cute to suffocating. We can only handle so many of his stunts — like shoving drumsticks up his butt or telling fans his home address, something he admits was a bit ill-advised — before he becomes nothing more than a royal pain in the ass rather than Indie Rock royalty.

Todd Haynes brilliantly tells the cinematic tale of two deaf kids through the form of a silent movie, playing with the conventions of the genre to create multiple layers through which to explore the deaf experience.

Despite a disappointing first film, the magic of Cannes is hardly lessened. In fact, a tour of the Press Lounge — where I discover coffee is free all day, every day — only makes it more exciting.

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Roadside Attractions

What ultimately makes this an atypical war film are its Gothic and Romantic undertones. “The Wall” is heavily influenced by these genres of classic literature, especially the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, and it wears these influences on its sleeve.

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ERSKINE RECORDS

If it hasn't quite settled with you yet, the fact of the matter is that Styles has created a fantastic work in modern rock, at once nostalgic, fresh and daring.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

The film feels simultaneously bloated as well as conceptually empty. Too much is thrown into the mix.

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Matador Records

What’s so impressive about No Shape isn’t just the breadth of sonic territory it covers, but its ability to do so while also capturing, in many ways, the essence of camp in all its effeminate and kitschy glory.

“The Idiot” has no true beginning and no real end; rather, it is a collection of the moments and panics and discoveries and revelations and mundane evenings and mornings spent covering up last night’s heartbreak that make up a freshman’s year.

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Atlantic

Riot Fest is simply a heaven for music goers — a heaven filled with mosh pits and crowd surfers throwing it down to some killer riffs and beats, but a heaven nonetheless.

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HBO

Luckily, as the cultural climate has shifted, people are able to discuss their experiences more openly, and that is exactly what Chris Gethard does in “Career Suicide.”

In 110 minutes, “The Circle” reads like an extended episode of “Black Mirror,” only that “Black Mirror” does technology gone awry and social media dominance better and quicker.