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Ti West's last horror, The House of the Devil, was a glorious, high-anxiety throwback to '80s VHS screams. His newest, The Innkeepers, offers a different kind of entry into the past—he's less fixated on his period setting and more intrigued by the dangers of history, especially when you shake the walls of a long-haunted inn on the eve of its final vacancy.
Director: Ti West
Writer: Ti West
Stars: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis
Kentucker Audley plays a desperately unfunny man who falls for a drifter. She's pretty, and he's in love with the idea of being in like. But as he has no way of impressing her, he decides to try stand-up comedy. It'll be a shock if he's funny, it'll be expect if he isn't, but either way, it'll be hard to keep his drifter docked for long.
Director: Dustin Guy Defa
Writer: Dustin Guy Defa
Stars: Kentucker Audley, Allison Baar, Hayward Buchanan
Madonna's second feature looks less to cause controversy than to unearth it. A two-part romance, W.E. jumps between the courtship of American socialite Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward of Wales, and the 1998 Sotheby's auction of their Windsor Estate. What matter of love would inspire a prince to abdicate the crown? And is it worth it for her? Smarm and drama collide in 1936.
Cast: Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy, Andrea Riseborough
Screenwriters: Madonna, Alek Keshishian
One of the hot midnight titles of last year's Toronto International Film Fest, Ben Wheatley's British hitman horror starts with a quick mark—technically three hits in succession—and ends with a hit man hunted by his own hunters in the never-serene British countryside.
Cast: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson
Director: Ben Wheatley
Screenwriter: Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump
Ewan McGreggor and Eva Green fall in love just as the world is ending, but instead of ending with a bang, the world falls apart in five steps: it loses its senses one at a time. So as the lovers lose taste then sight then smell then hearing then touch, their affections grow more desperate. Our own Ray Greene loved it at Sundance 2011, calling in "a sonata of a film."
Director: David Mackenzie
Writer: Kim Fupz Aakeson
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Ewen Bremner
Energy-efficient and clean, wind power looks like the answer to our fossil fuel dilemmas. But as documentarian Laura Israel discovered, fuel-free doesn't mean consequence-free. She interviews people in an upstate New York town eager to vent about how their homes were dominated by wind power tools and the toll that took on their lives.
Director: Laura Israel
30 years ago, an Aussie pilot left his surfboard on a Papua New Guinea beach. He had no idea what the locals would accomplish with his accidental gift. In their still-developing nation—much of it without running water—New Guineans forged a new face for their island culture, even if surfing on the national team is also one of their only ways to leave home.
Director: Adam Pesce