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  • When a Stranger Calls

    When a Stranger Calls

    ★★★

    When a Stranger Calls is a horror film with a great concept that struggles structurally to stretch that idea out to a full feature length. The first act has Carol Kane all alone babysitting while a couple goes out for the night, she starts receiving garbled phone calls that become clearer and more threatening as things go along. This part of the film is based on an urban legend and is quite effectively tense, making the everyday noises of an…

  • When a Stranger Calls Back

    When a Stranger Calls Back

    ★★★★

    The sequel to When a Stranger Calls, When a Stranger Calls Back shares some of the odd qualities of its predecessor but also builds on some of the more effective horror/thriller moments of the first film and is (in my opinion) a step up from the original.

    Just like in When a Stranger Calls we open on a babysitter staying in an unfamiliar house while a couple goes out on the town and the first act is very distinctive. The…

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  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★½

    Film 1/31 of March 2017 Scavenger Hunt
    Task #6: A film in theaters
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    I really don't want to overhype Logan for anyone, but for me this film absolutely lived up to what I hoped it could be. This is the first superhero movie I've ever seen that had more authentic seeming drama and action than it did the typical things you'd expect from the genre. Logan really feels like it is telling its own stories about characters that happen…

  • Don't Breathe

    Don't Breathe

    ★★★★½

    Just got back from the movie theater and this was intense. Wow. Don't Breathe is a film that easily lives up to the positive buzz and the hype, it is a masterclass in suspense and atmosphere.

    Fede Alvarez's effectively tense and horrifying direction adds to the terrifying performance of Stephen Lang as the blind man who fights back against a trio of young adults who break into his home in search of some cash to make a better life for…