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Like Paul Verhoeven's pulpy American pictures, "Elle" is a taste of forbidden fruit, a peek at the seedy underbelly of seemingly sophisticated people.

The Long and Short of It: ‘Braveheart’

In the first entry of his new column, Sam paints his face blue and straps in for the 1995 war epic "Braveheart."

Sam’s Top 10 Films of 2016

Here are just a few of the many sterling achievements from an exceptional year for movies.

Don’t Breathe

A haunted hayride of a movie. If only it tried to stimulate our minds as much as our senses.

Lights Out

Yes, it has a spooky ghost and plenty of supernatural scares, but what will truly get under your skin is its focus on the darkness of our everyday lives.

Born to Be Blue

Ethan Hawke delivers the best performance of his career in this raw and refreshing musical biopic.

Hello, My Name is Doris

Sally Field steals the show in this sweet little indie film that exposes the raw humanity beneath its hilarity.

Harvest Lake

A fresh, surreal take on the sexually charged cabin-in-the-woods genre.