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  • Carnival of Souls
  • The Abyss
  • Leave No Trace
  • The Battle of Algiers

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  • Eaten Alive!

    ★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

  • The Runner

    ★★½

  • Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

    ★★★★½

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  • Eaten Alive!

    Eaten Alive!

    ★★★

    One of Umberto Lenzi's three contributions to the Italian cannibal film genre that he helped to create, alongside Man From Deep River (arguably the movie that kicked things off) and Cannibal Ferox. While you can see how movie producers and studios would be constantly talking to each other and poaching ideas back and forth as to what's going to make money, it's interesting just how specific a formula these movies are, despite the differences between the directors who made them.…

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

    Part of me thinks that one of main reasons Joel Coen directed his first solo feature after almost 40 years of collaboration with his brother Ethan was to wrong-foot everyone that came to see whatever he made. No matter how hard you try, you go into a Coen Brothers movie with a certain set of expectations, even when they're doing stuff supposedly against type like No Country for Old Men. You try to set that aside going into this movie,…

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  • Megan Is Missing

    Megan Is Missing

    Very, very difficult to write this one up without a ton of unproven personal assumptions about director Michael Goi. There are a number of red flags that go up when one watches Megan is Missing, however:

    - The presentation of the film as "educational" by its director and producers is plainly dishonest. This is pure exploitation and the thought of showing this film to a kid is abhorrent. The fact that the bonus materials include a snippet from Marc Klaas…

  • The Perfection

    The Perfection

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Aimed squarely at rubes. In this sense it's the perfect Netflix film. A cheap director, bargain basement script, and C-list actors all keep the budget down. Throw in enough horror elements to get that crowd interested, because horror makes money. Add in a lesbian encounter so that you can lead the socially conscious crowd by the nose, but make sure to show the sex scene for the prurient interest of the less conscious crowd. Don't forget to set part of…