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Fantasia 2020: KAKEGURUI Review

Continuing the long-standing trend of Japanese manga adaptations that center on a high school that specializes in some specific subject, Kakegurui is a high-energy farce about a posh private academy that’s composed of spoiled rich kids obsessed with gambling.

Originally a manga

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Fantasia 2020: CRAZY SAMURAI MUSASHI Review

Miyamoto Musashi is arguably the greatest fighter in Japanese history, thought to have won more than 60 duels. He also later developed a two-sword fencing style called nitō ichi-ryū

Musashi was dubbed kensai or “sword saint,” and his legend continued to grow

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Fantasia 2020: YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE Review

Back in 2000, as part of a promotion for his latest film, Ready to Rumble, actor David Arquette did a collaboration with the WCW and ended up winning the World Heavyweight Championship. This was a controversial stunt that drew savage ire from

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Fantasia 2020: THE RECKONING Review

Even the most ardent fans of Marshall’s work will have a hard time finding something to grasp onto with this one, which feels more like a vanity project for his girlfriend than the work of a unique and talented director.

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CENTIGRADE Review

There’s unfortunately just not enough here to recommend Centigrade over the horde of other containment thrillers.

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THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS Criterion Blu-ray Review

The erotic thriller boom of the ’80s and ’90s seems like a perfect match for the often subversive Paul Schrader, and in 1990, he dove head first into the genre with The Comfort of Strangers. Adapted from Ian McEwan’s novel by famed

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THE PALE DOOR Review

I love the idea of blending the Western and horror genres, but it’s not something we’ve seen too much in the past. I loved 2015’s Bone Tomahawk; and then there was 1999’s cannibal movie, Ravenous, which was pretty great too; and there

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TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA Review

Four years after making his live-action debut with Train to Busan, director Yeon Sang-ho has returned to a zombie-infested South Korea with the much-anticipated followup, Peninsula. Bigger, louder and filled with more energy, Peninsula checks all the right boxes for a sequel,

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HOST Review

In recent years, we’ve seen the found-footage mechanic slowly but effectively branch off into another method of delivering low-res, DIY-style storytelling in the form of ScreenLife, the brainchild of director Timur Bekmambetov, in which movies are created entirely on computer, phone and

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THE FIGHT Review

It’s not that we want to drastically change the way we view the ACLU, we just want to zoom in closer to see the flaws and to know that, like their lawyers, the organization is complicated and human.