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  • Mom and Dad

    Mom and Dad

    ★★

    Half- serious question: Is the running tinge on this 1:23 or 123 minutes, because there were folks looking for refunds when it cut to credits mid- line, although there's no way this film has another half hour in it despite all the places I've seen listing it as just over two hours.

    Because, to be honest, 83 minutes is stretching it. This thing takes forever to get going, is padded out by some really pointless flashbacks, and never really finds…

  • Out of Inferno

    Out of Inferno

    ★★★

    Brothers Danny and Oxide Pang made a splash on the Chinese film scene with "The Eye" and "Re-Cycle", and have worked steadily both on individual projects as a team since, but the movies they have made don't seem to be booked at a lot of genre festivals any more. Maybe it's because they're like "Out of the Inferno" (aka "Inferno" and "Out of Inferno" depending how the title is translated) from 2013 - well-made enough but not unique. Hollywood makes…

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  • Napping Princess

    Napping Princess

    ★★★★

    I judge animated movies based in part on niece-appropriateness these days, and roughly five minutes into this, I was seeing a fantasy about an awesome little girl whose magic power is basically knowing how to code, so, heck yes. The movie's got kind of a big problem toward the end, but it's not really a deal-killer, even if it tries.

    Mostly, though, it alternates between two related stories, one with a teenager and her auto-mechanic father, another with a princess…

  • Killing Ground

    Killing Ground

    ★½

    When people who don't like horror movies in general ask those who do how they can enjoy that sort of garbage, they're talking about movies like "Killing Ground". With the good stuff, you can talk about nightmare imagery, stories which allow you to confront fears directly or metaphorically, or just admiring the staging and choreography of a suspenseful scene and the catharsis that comes afterward with the good ones, but sometimes, even with good intentions, a movie is just serving…