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THE LODGERS Review

Strong visuals alone can’t save The Lodgers from being a dreadfully average and dull horror experience however, and although my ears perk up anytime I hear about a new entry into this subgenre that sees far too few contemporary releases, this is one I have suggest viewers pass on.

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ARE WE NOT CATS Review

Not since the days of David Cronenberg has the classical approximation of love as being the act of “giving a part of one's self to another” ever been more grotesquely literal than in Xander's Robin's destitute romance Are We Not Cats.

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INTERCHANGE Review

Existing on a precipice between its police-procedural grittiness and the fantastical digressions of its local mythology, Interchange is an anomaly with a failure to delineate these worlds from one another or to give exposition to their coexistence, making its investigative trip to mystic territory obtuse at best.

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THE FLORIDA PROJECT Blu-ray Review

Landing the top spot on both my own and on Film Pulse critic Blake Crane’s best of 2017 lists, Sean Baker’s beautiful ode to youth The Florida Project is finally out on Blu-ray this week.

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BLACK PANTHER Review

Keeping the MCU connections to a minimum and guiding a fascinating cultural and character study peppered with rousing action, Coogler inspires and invigorates with Black Panther.

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THE FEMALE BRAIN Review

The Female Brain seems like the CliffsNotes of Dr. Brizedine's greater work and condensed into a romantic comedy schema, which desperately attempts to reject it.

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THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS Review

Sophie Brooks’ script is snappy and fun, injecting a smart indie vibe into what would otherwise be a by-the-numbers rom-com, however with all those trappings present, it’s easy to see where all this is going to go.

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Criterion Blu-ray Review

Night of the Living Dead defined what the zombie film would become and is easily one of the most influential pieces of cinema in horror, but more than that, it’s just a fantastic movie that’s worth adding to your collection.

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PERMISSION Review

The movie is filled with with dry humor and awkward encounters, and they prove to be amusing in the abstract, although we can’t help but feel that this levity is used as an excuse to avoid the plot’s more complex implications.

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VICTOR CROWLEY Blu-ray Review

Victor Crowley, the fourth film in the Hatchet saga and named for its hulking deformed slayer, continues the concept established in the first three movies but on a much smaller scale. The tone is cornier, and there are fewer of the Crowley kills that made the series stand out.

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THE RITUAL Review

The sound of falling trees mixed with screams recalls The Blair Witch Project, but The Ritual leaves way less to the imagination and is less effective for it.