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  • Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria

    ★★★

  • Flux Gourmet

    ★★★½

  • Wargames

  • The Sixth Reel

    ★★★½

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  • Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria

    Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria

    ★★★

    This is pretty interesting, though there's not a lot of detail on the actual riot.

  • Flux Gourmet

    Flux Gourmet

    ★★★½

    I love Peter Strickland's earlier work, and have to admit I was a bit nervous after watching the Flux Gourmet trailer. This could easily have been a cheap "look at those nutty sound artists hohoho" comedy. It's actually pretty funny, with sometimes icy, sometimes over-the-top performances from the female leads. I note that Christie and Mohamed are Strickland alums, and Labed was in Lanthimos' "The Lobster", not too far afield from Strickland's own work.

    There are some classic Strickland set…

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  • Level 16

    Level 16

    ★★★

    The first half was promising: cold, claustrophobic, post-apocalyptic setting, dominated by a frigid blue-grey palette. (See trailer.) The girls' relationships and horrific predicament were efficiently sketched out.

    But despite some stellar visual and sound design, eventually the movie succumbed to the kind of hackneyed thriller mechanics that I have little patience for. The Big Reveal was also botched in several ways. Definitely worth seeing for the first half, but the rest was a severe disappointment.

  • Antlers

    Antlers

    ★★

    Nick Antosca wrote the script for this, and I was hoping for the clever ideas and surprising treatments that we've come to expect from the best of his Channel Zero series, or his fiction. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a rather predictable rural monster flick, complete with moody orchestral swells and wordless angelic chorales. It's technically quite competent, but little that we haven't seen before, many times. And the ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel, which I…