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Film Review: Personal Shopper (2016)

SYNOPSIS: Maureen is a young American in Paris making her living as a personal shopper for a celebrity. Also, she may have the psychic ability to communicate with spirits, just like her twin brother, Lewis, who recently passed away. Maureen soon starts receiving mysterious messages coming from an unknown source. REVIEW: Reviled and revered at Cannes (depending on who you …

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Film Review: Atomica (2017)

SYNOPSIS: A safety inspector at a remote nuclear power plant begins to have doubts about the sanity — or perhaps the identities — of two of her key employees. REVIEW: ‘Gibson Desert North is the largest nuclear waste repository in the southern hemisphere,’ we’re told in the Atomica. So, it’s fair to say that if something went wrong with it, …

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Film Review: Clinical (2017)

  SYNOPSIS: A psychiatrist tries to put her life back together after a violent attack by seeking to repair the life of a new patient, but he has his own terrifying history. REVIEW: Alistair Legrand’s previous film, The Diabolical, was an enjoyable unpacking of haunted house tropes colliding with sci-fi sensibilities. Admittedly, it lived or died depending on how much …

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Film Review: The Darkest Dawn (2016)

SYNOPSIS: The story of two sisters, as Britain descends into an alien apocalypse. REVIEW: There’s a switcheroo played out in The Darkest Dawn, the second feature from British director Drew Casson. A switcheroo that undermines the film and its characters. In particular, the women. It’s a switcheroo that could have been easily been avoided. But let’s start from the beginning.

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Film Review: The Intruders (2015)

SYNOPSIS: After the traumatic loss of her mother, a teenaged girl tries to uncover the dark secrets behind her new home, in spite of her father’s disbelief. REVIEW: Like so many tween stars before her, Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) has decided to shelve her sugar coated, bubblegum image by taking on more mature roles reflective of her age and status. Unfortunately, …

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Film Review: The Chair (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A man struggles to escape a grisly fate on death row in this intense story of betrayal, revenge, and humanity’s horrifying capacity for evil. REVIEW: The Chair, directed by Chad Ferrin, started off life as a graphic novel by Peter Simeti, Kevin Christensen and Erin Kohut. Distributed by Alterna Comics, the company have gone into partnership with Girls and …

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Film Review: Fender Bender (2016)

SYNOPSIS: In a small New Mexico town, a 17-year-old high school girl who just got her driver’s license gets into her first fender bender, innocently exchanging her personal information with an apologetic stranger. Later that stormy night, she is joined in her desolate suburban home by a couple of her school friends who try their best to make a night …

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Film Review: ABCs of Death 2.5 (2016)

SYNOPSIS: This is NOT ABC’s of Death 3. ABC’s of Death 2 1/2 showcases an additional top 26 finalists, providing fans 85 minutes of unadulterated madness. REVIEW: The Ant Timpson (Deathgasm) produced ABCs of Death had an interesting enough premise; 26 directors each creating a short film based around one letter of the alphabet. The result was, unfortunately, a bloated …

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Film Review: Observance (2015)

SYNOPSIS: In the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, Parker reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. Embarking on an unusual assignment to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, Parker witnesses bizarre happenings surrounding her, unaware that the derelict building that he surveys her from has …

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Film Review: Beacon Point (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A group of hikers lost on the Appalachian Trail stumble across an ancient secret that threatens their survival. REVIEW: Beacon Point throws a bunch of people into the wilderness, adds some Native American myth making, a pinch of aliens and slathers it all in superfluous storylines and exposition. Written and directed by Eric Blue, making his feature length debut, …

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Film Review: Margo (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A female-driven, post-society drama/thriller about love, madness, and humankind’s everlasting hunt for companionship. REVIEW: Having been produced by the Blaquefyre Independent Film Festival – a grassroots organization that brings art to small communities – Margo wears its indie film credentials on its sleeve from minute one. It’s more arthouse than it is horror. Written by Matthew Packman, this is …

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Film Review: Sorceress (1995)

SYNOPSIS: This is another look at the occult as inspired by Roger Corman and his view of the dark side. Jealous witch Erica uses her powers to influence her unwitting husband Larry and his colleagues, who all work for a big law firm. REVIEW: Within five minutes of Sorceress, directed by Jim Wynorski (Sorority House Massacre II) you will know …

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Film Review: Bite (2015)

SYNOPSIS: While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and …

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