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  • King Richard

    ★★★½

  • The Invisible Man Appears

    ★★★½

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy

    ★★★★½

  • Retaliation

    ★★★★½

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  • The Invisible Man Appears

    The Invisible Man Appears

    ★★★½

    Are the fine people at Arrow Video doing amazing work or what? Their (truly impressive) ongoing releases from the bountiful vaults of Daiei Studios have been among my favorite Blu-Ray purchases of the last few years. That’s certainly the case here…a movie notable for being the oldest surviving Japanese Sci-Fi film ever made.

    This fascinating riff on the 1933 Universal classic takes the essence (if little else) of the H.G. Wells story, along with several visual beats from the Claude…

  • Spawn of the Slithis

    Spawn of the Slithis

    ★★★

    Finally, nature unleashes its revenge! Hell hath no fury — like Slithis!”

    When my friends in 6th grade and I went to see Director Stephen Traxler’s 1978 low budget monster flick in the theater, we were given cards to fill out and mail to receive the “Slithis Survival Kit”. 

    About 3 weeks later a manila envelope arrives containing an 8 x 10 glossy photo of Slithis posing with the small film crew, and an official fan club card to put…

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  • The Deadly Spawn

    The Deadly Spawn

    ★★★★

    What an imaginative, low budget horror gem. Made with passion and ingenuity, Douglas McKeown's 1983 cult favorite is an easy film to root for.

    Shot on 16 mm for a paltry $25,000, and mounted by a swath of first-timers behind and in front of the camera, you can feel the enthusiasm from the cast and crew leaping off the frame. Cribbing from cinematic influences such as “Alien” and “The Blob”, this is simply pure, lean, beastie feature fun. Shot in…

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★★

    "Upgrade" is the R-rated, violent, sci-fi actioner you didn't know you wanted in a Summer Movie season filled with sequels, super heroes and female centric comedies.

    Early in the film, a mechanic (Logan Marshall-Green) and his wife are beaten and robbed...leaving her dead and him paralyzed. He agrees to an untested state-of-the-art surgery that implants into him an artificial intelligence called STEM. It allows him to walk again, but it also gives him enhanced abilities. When the A.I. detects a…