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ALLURE Review

It’s hard to discern what Allure wants to say. Once it introduces its idea of abuse as a vicious cycle, it can only re-manifest that notion in different ways because it lacks the conceptual discipline to craft interlocking story arcs.

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RAMEN HEADS Review

Ramen Heads comes apart, not because of its failings as much as its unintentional reiteration that it could have worked better as a short film.

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FLOWER Review

With all-star performances from Zoey Deutch and Joey Morgan and a touching, funny, slightly disturbing (in a good way) script, Flower is one of the best indie comedies I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this year and one that should not be missed.

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DEMON HOUSE Review

Bagans' handling of this information turns what could be an interesting exploration of a strange phenomenon into a three-ring circus.

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PRODIGY Review

Largely set in a single location, the sci-fi thriller by Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal, Prodigy, proves to be an entertaining, albeit flawed, affair about a broken man interviewing a prodigious child with demons of her own.

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WILD WILD COUNTRY Review

As the titles implies, this is an absolutely wild story, filled with constant intrigue, and for someone like myself who was completely unfamiliar with the events that took place, I was hanging on every twist and turn, gobsmacked at the next bit of craziness that was revealed.

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THE DEATH OF STALIN Review

The film’s high-brow, blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em gags blend seamlessly with the visual humor and physical bits. If you’re a fan of HBO's Veep, you will have a sense of what to expect with Stalin.

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THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT

The clichés lay waste to a scenario and setting rife with possibilities, leaving Prey at Night a forgettable knockoff that won’t have the staying power of its predecessor or any of the genre classics it futilely copies.

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A WRINKLE IN TIME Review

A Wrinkle in Time is a lovely children’s film that will have a positive impact on the world, and I think we should all be very grateful for that.

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THEY REMAIN Review

They Remain seems more interested in cribbing Alex Garland’s style than developing an aesthetic of its own that really fits the material.

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MIDNIGHTERS Review

The economical, engaging neo-noir unfolds like an even simpler version of A Simple Plan or Blood Simple.

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OPERATION RED SEA Review

Operation Red Sea should not be watched for its weak point in writing but be appreciated for its earnest proficiency in action directing.

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NOVEMBER Review

Shot in gorgeously high-contrast, black-and-white style, the realms of good and evil are reflected in bright colors that all but blend into snow and ice, with darker tones seeping off the screen into an infinite abyss.