Review: “Rubberneck.”

In the second season of HBO’s Girls, Alex Karpovsky’s Ray emerged as the show’s unlikely moral center. Ray was a comic character during the first season — his bracing one-liners were a welcome antidote to everyone else’s narcissism — so it’s pleasantly surprising when Lena Dunham now gives Ray heartfelt moments of self-loathing and genuine affection. The same inward reserves of emotion are on display in Rubberneck, a slow-burn thriller co-written and directed by Karpovsky. His character is a million miles away from who he plays on Girls, yet as an actor, Karpovsky has no trouble shifting from an ornery Brooklyn hipster to a tortured scientist.

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