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“Buster’s Mal Heart” Is A Beautiful, Trippy Sophomore Effort From Sarah Adina Smith

  In 2014, Sarah Adina Smith made a splash in the indie world with her directorial debut “The Midnight Swim”. It took just that one film for Smith to showcase her talent, in both writing and directing, and anno...
 
9.0
 
 
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“Personal Shopper” Is A Multi-Layered Independent Gem

After watching “Personal Shopper” — an erotic psychological thriller starring Kristen Stewart — it was obvious why Olivier Assayas won best director at the Cannes Film Festival. What he created is a comp...
 
8.0
 
 
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Netflix Recommendation: “Backcountry” Is A Terrifying Man Vs. Nature Thriller

I once wrote a college paper, for my analysis of film class, on how “Jaws” was the scariest movie of all time. Not because of the usual horror elements like horrific gore, or a masked killer stalking a bunch of terr...
 
7.8

 
 
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Review: “American Fable”

  The farming crisis of the 80s was devastating for many Midwestern families. losing their livelihoods, and in some cases committing suicide, farmers across America were suffering and their families were as well. In writer...
 
7.8
 
 
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Netflix Recommendation: “Teenage Cocktail” Is Both a Sweet Love Story, and a Warning For the Internet Generation

  What starts out as a sweet, high school love story ends up taking some dark, violent turns in director John Carchietta‘s “Teenage Cocktail”. Masterfully avoiding stereotypes and blending genres, Carchie...
 
7.5
 
 
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Review: “The Girl With All the Gifts” Is a Fresh, New take on the Zombie Sub-genre

  It is far from easy, to create a zombie movie that feels original these days. The genre has been done to death, and more often than not the results are ho-hum at best. In director Colm McCarthy’s “The Girl Wi...
 
8.0

 
 
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Review: “Always Shine” Is Further Proof That Director Sophia Takal Is An Important, Emerging Talent

  If Sophia Takal’s directorial debut film “Green” showed hints of her being an up-and-coming talent to watch out for in the future, her second film “Always Shine” cements her as one of indepe...
 
8.0
 
 
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Review: “If There’s A Hell Below” Makes Its Viewers Wait For A Pay Off That Doesn’t Exist

I’m always up for watching a slow-burn thriller. A slow-burn thriller that forgets to do anything with its story? That’s a horse of a different color. If you’re going to make me sit through an hour and a half ...
 
5.5
 
 
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Review: “Come and Find Me” Is a Smart, Satisfying Thriller

  So, let’s say you meet someone. Eventually that someone becomes THAT someone, as you fall in love and move in together. Then… one day… they disappear without a trace, leaving you to wonder what happened...
 
6.8

 
 
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Review: The Netflix Original “Mercy” Has None On the Viewer

My fiancee and I have a rule in our house where every movie we start that we’re not entirely sure about we give the “ten minute test”. If it doesn’t catch our attention in the first ten minutes, or if it...
 
5.0