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  • Day Shift

    ★★★

  • Those Who Walk Away

    ★★★

  • Where the Scary Things Are

    ★½

  • Take Back the Night

    ★★

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  • Dual

    Dual

    ★★★★★

    A few years ago I caught a showing of The Art of Self Defense on a whim and was completely blown away. I immediately went back in search of Stearns' previous film, Faults (equally fantastic) and have since been eagerly awaiting his next feature since. I didn't even watch the trailer for Dual going in; I knew I wanted to see it no matter what, and was content to leave it at that. Unfortunately it didn't get the local theater…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★½

    Bless you Sam Raimi. Loads of fun, feverishly strung together camp and cheese like you'd expect, but too seldom get, from a comic book movie. Lots of fun nods and cuts from the comics that feel like someone taking a genuine interest in the material, but unafraid to poke fun at it in the most morbid ways as well. Raimi's signature frantic visual style and editing (credit as well to long time collab Bob Murawski), plus a delightful Danny Elfman…

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  • Those Who Walk Away

    Those Who Walk Away

    ★★★

    Had no idea this was a one take film going in, kudos to them, it's not an easy thing to pull off, and they do some cute things with it, like the phone gag in the beginning. I do wish they'd been a little more cheeky with it in that way, but still I found both lead performances charmingly awkward and I was enjoying myself until the spooky stuff kicked off. It's all a little cheesy, though not without some…

  • Hypochondriac

    Hypochondriac

    ★★★★

    A quality indie debut for writer/director Addison Heimann. The concept is far from new, with a seemingly obvious Donnie Darko inspiration, as well as similarities to intimate psychological horror the likes of They Look Like People. I was reminded particularly of the films of Richard Bates Jr. (especially Trash Fire) thanks to the dry, mundane quality of the film's comedic sentiments, balanced with moments of genuine emotional distress.

    Zach Villa gives a great performance, as does Marlene Forte in the…

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