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Rinko Kikuchi in "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter"

Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in March

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March is an odd month for studio movies — not quite summer yet, a little too early for blockbusters, but not the early-in-the-year burn-off period either. In other words, you’re sort of taking your chances at the multiplex, and the independent distributors seem to know it; this month’s indie slate is even more crowded than usual. Here are a few you won’t want to miss.
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Shailene Woodley in "White Bird in a Blizzard"

Gregg Araki’s ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ Is a Compelling Portrait of Sexual Ownership

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“I miss fucking you,” Kat (Shailene Woodley) purrs sincerely. “Absence makes the heart get stronger,” her lunk-headed boyfriend Phil (Shiloh Fernandez) malapropos in response. Phil is, in her words, “not the brightest crayon in the box”; elsewhere in the movie, he tells her, “It’s like a vicious circus” and implores her, “Cut him some slacks.” She likes his simplicity, because he gives her what she needs — and when he starts weirdly rebuffing her, she gets it somewhere else. The fact that Kat is played by Woodley, whose roles thus far have skewed far more towards the “good girl” type, gives Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard an extra jolt of electricity, for both the audience and the actress. And Araki slyly uses that novelty as a distraction from the clever things he’s up to elsewhere in the picture.
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Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley in "Laggies"

Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in October

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It’s an odd time of year at the cinema — with fall studio movies rolling out and Oscar Season™ in full swing, the multiplex is presumably filled with the kind of smart, adult-minded fare we usually head to the art-house to see. But don’t be fooled; there’s bound to be some wolves in sheep’s clothing out there, and the indies have got you covered this month just in case, with the help of several sharp documentaries, terrific new movies from the likes of Lynn Shelton, Gregg Araki, and Alex Ross Perry, and the smartest social satire in many a moon. Here are the indie movies you can’t miss this month.
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Penny Dreadful pilot

Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ Is a Fascinating, Potentially Great Mess

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One of the questions that lingered in my mind while watching Penny Dreadful — and trust me, there were a lot of questions floating around there — was simply: What the hell is this show? Penny Dreadful is campy at times, but labeling it “camp” doesn’t feel quite right. It takes a serious, straight-faced approach to its “psychosexual horror” thrills. At the same time, though, it’s one of the most absurd shows that I’ve seen in a while. But maybe that’s a good thing.
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The 10 Sexiest Movies Ever Made [NSFW]

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Good news for people who like sexy stuff: amongst tomorrow’s catalog Blu-ray releases is Bound, the debut feature by future Matrix creators the Wachowskis, a cracklingly good noir­-tinged thriller with a generous helping of seriously hot love scenes. Now that those scenes will be available in high-definition video and sound, we thought it might be worth taking a look at some of the sexiest movies ever made; they’re assembled (along with a dozen runners-up) after the jump, so feel free to concur, disagree, or amend in the comments.
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