MAN RAY: RETURN TO REASON – Review by Diane Carson

The Man Ray: Return to Reason program includes four Man Ray avant-garde short films that deliver experiences, not linear narratives. As with dreams, they may tease viewers for logical interpretation or for connections to events. I’d resist those urges and, instead, settle into the mesmerizing four short films Man Ray created in Paris between 1923 and 1929, that remarkably prolific period for daring experimental cinema inspired by the surrealist and Dadaist movements.

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THE DEAD DON’T DIE – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Between the nifty way the zombies collapse into piles of ash when beheaded and the committed performances by Tilda Swinton, playing a Scottish mortician and samurai warrior, and Tom Waits, as a cantankerous hermit determined to stay out of the carnage, “The Dead Don’t Die” offers just barely enough deadpan humor and quirky characters to keep it interesting until the credits roll.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 7-11: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

Opening April 11, Only Lovers Left Alive is the AWFJ Movie of the Week. AWFJ Movie of the Week panelists found Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive to be deeply romantic, stylishly delicious, gloriously photographed, sublime and a bitingly perfect fresh take on a worn our genre. All that, and vampires. This is one for the ages!

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