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Nobody

The promotional material for Nobody features a grizzled Bob Odenkirk, a hilarious comic who has pulled off incredible range for over a decade within his tragicomedy oeuvre in the Breaking Bad universe, beating the pulp out of thugs and gunning down crooks.  For viewers who have followed Odenkirk’s career from his sketch comedy days on Mr. Show to his time playing Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, this action-packed visual is cool…

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Doors

By: Trevor Chartrand Doors is an anthology-style sci-fi film from the producers of V/H/S, featuring four short stories all set in the same universe.  Each story or segment is helmed by its own filmmaker, giving us a variety of perspectives and approaches to one shared idea.  Without a doubt, the film is an interesting experiment and a great way to showcase the uniqueness of the creative mind.  Given the same premise, each filmmaker turns in a…

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Slaxx

A possessed pair of jeans wrecks havoc on retail workers in Slaxx, a Canadian horror-comedy from the producers of Turbo Kid that isn’t nearly as funny as that pitch but wins the audience over with outrageous and relentless kills.

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Above Suspicion

Directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, Rabbit-Proof Fence), Above Suspicion is a fast-paced thriller based on the true story of a young Kentucky woman, Susan Smith (Emilia Clark), who becomes an up-and-coming FBI agent’s star informant.

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Scooter

Scooter is one heck of a sloppy “found footage” flick.  Not only is this a weak thriller, but the film constantly steps on its own continuity by rewriting its rules on the fly.  The biggest crime: it’s completely unaware of its potential.

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Yes Day

Family films that feature kids “makin’ all the rules” isn’t exactly fresh or inventive.  So, why did I like Yes Day so darn much when I know that it follows this same template?  Did this sub-genre improve?  Have I gotten softer?  While these reflections are valid, it sounds like I have to blame either the movies that came before this one or myself to justify liking Yes Day.  Embracing Yes Day shouldn’t be driven by…

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Death of a Ladies’ Man

By: Trevor Chartrand In the delightfully surreal Death of a Ladies’ Man, director Matt Bissonette addresses some hard-hitting subjects in a mature (yet somehow silly) way.  This darkly funny film was heavily influenced and inspired by the work of Leonard Cohen, and the late artist’s presence in the film will not go unnoticed.  The film explores themes and ideas present in Cohen’s music, and features a soundtrack that includes plenty of Cohen songs.

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Cherry

Cherry is, at least, three different movies – a romantic drama, a war movie, and a crime thriller.  Despite how off-kilter it is as a genre-bender, it may have worked had the filmmakers been interested in the story or characters.  Instead, Cherry is an indulgent vehicle for its filmmakers to flaunt their bold experimental choices and test their boundless clout.

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Stray

Showing different perspectives from the streets of Istanbul, filmmaker Elizabeth Lo explores the day-to-day lifestyle of stray dog Zeytin in Stray.  There are brief transitions to other viewpoints provided by fellow pooches or human beings, but Zeytin is certainly the star of the show.