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  • St. Vincent 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Oct, 2014

    Originally posted on Slackerwood:

    By the time St. Vincent draws to a close, you'll probably feel emotionally manipulated. You will have certainly realized that you've seen this story what feels like a million times before. If you're super nitpicky, you might even be inclined to make a list of films in the same vein that you like better (About A Boy and Rushmore immediately spring to mind). Unless you are as curmudgeonly as Vincent (Bill Murray) in this motion…

  • Shivers 1975

    ★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2014

    Notable as Cronenberg's debut feature and it has some very cool practical effects, but it was just too stilted and slow for me to get into.

  • The Guest 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Oct, 2014

    Adam Wingard's follow-up to You're Next finds him helping another intense thrill ride. On the surface, the two movies don't have much in common, but they both start off in quiet observation mode and end up with incredibly skillful cat-and-mouse chases.

    Dan Stevens is a formidable lead. Not only is he fun to stare at for 99 minutes, but he manages to set the tone as the story builds, often with a mere expression.

  • The Skeleton Twins 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2014

    Bursting at the seams with indie film cliches, it endures because of the incredible performances by Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson and Bill Hader.

  • Phantasm II 1988

    ★½ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2014

    Loved this one as a teen. Revisiting it for October left me cold. The spheres don't even turn up until an hour into the movie and everything else is painfully predictable. The Tall Man is still pretty creepy to me, even as an adult.

  • Jacky in the Kingdom of Women 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Sep, 2014

    My favorite thing about the Fantastic Fest schedule each year is the diversity. While the festival attracts some of the biggest genre fans in the world, there is a limit to how much depravity that any one person can handle on any given day. That's why having films like “Jacky In The Kingdom Of Women” in the mix are so important.

    This ridiculous French satire isn't going to win any awards, but it presents an intriguing concept and a lot…

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Sep, 2014

    Heartbreakingly beautiful watercolored animation feels like a revelation. Like many contemporary Ghibli films, it goes on just a touch too long...

  • Cub 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Sep, 2014

    Another terrifying Fantastic Fest entry from Belgium, “Cub” is the feature debut from director Jonas Govaerts. It follows a group of scouts as they head out to the French countryside to go camping. Troop leaders Chris and Peter scare the boys before they even leave on the trip, letting them know that a half boy, half beast known as Kai has been spotted in the area where they will be setting up camp.

    Sam (Maurice Luijten), a 12-year-old boy with…

  • The Treatment 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2014

    Already a box office hit in its native Belgium, this riveting thriller from director Hans Herbots should hopefully pick up distribution stateside, although it could be a tough sell. Adapted by Carl Joos (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”) from Mo Hayder's bestselling novel, “The Treatment” leads us down a frightful path that includes an underground child pornography ring and the kidnapping of entire families.

    Geert Van Rampelberg gives an extraordinary lead performance as Nick Cafmeyer, a police detective who is tormented…

  • The Tribe 2014

    ★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2014

    The Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League was so blown away by “The Tribe” after he saw it at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, he had figure out how to buy it. Calling it a “truly transformative” experience and a “modern classic” before Sunday's screening, League admitted that Drafthouse Films purchased the film after not being able to stop thinking about it for several days. “The Tribe” is many things, but it is certainly not like any other film you've…

  • The Babadook 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    Seriously spooky shit.

  • I Am Here 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    Before our screening started, festival programmer Brian Kelley mentioned that he “couldn't imagine the fest without this film.” At first glance, “I Am Here” seems like an unusual candidate for Fantastic Fest. Danish director Anders Morgenthaler takes a serious look at the power of a woman's biological clock and the drive to be a mother at any cost in this heavy drama. It isn't typical genre fare, but it's also far more complicated than it first appears.

    Kim Basinger gives…