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Black Heaven / Heartless

Two IFC imports test ideas of reality with good results


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Rod Lott
In films, the line between reality and fantasy is forever being drawn, erased, redrawn and blurred.
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Squeeze

A surprising, harrowing thriller


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Rod Lott
I’ve now seen two films titled “The Squeeze.” One of them, a 1987 Michael Keaton vehicle, is perfectly awful.
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Resident

1 bed, 1 bath, 2 bad


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Rod Lott
It’s a buyer’s market out there, Hilary Swank. There’s no reason you should rent a New York City apartment in which Jeffrey Dean Morgan watches you bathe from his hidey-hole within the walls.
 
Monday, March 28, 2011

Beneath the Dark

Mildly spellbinding, well-made indie thriller


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Rod Lott
“Beneath the Dark” bears an awful lot of similarity to “Vacancy,” the 2007 thriller in which Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale were tormented at a seedy, near-abandoned motel in the middle of nowhere.
 
Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection

Basil Rathbone in the best home-video resolution possible


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Rod Lott
Yes, it was about a year ago that I told you to buy MPI Home Video's "The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection" on DVD.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Psych:9

Some tightening would do a world of good


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Rod Lott
After a nifty credits sequence that cleverly employs Rorschach imagery, the oddly punctuated “Psych:9” establishes a promising premise, only to go overboard in terms of predictability and amount of plot elements.
 
Monday, March 21, 2011

Meskada

Bleak, but mildly diverting


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Rod Lott
“Meskada” isn’t a bad movie — just a very bad title.
 
Monday, March 21, 2011

Mother Lode

A limp, struggling adventure film


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Rod Lott
When “Mother Lode” hit theaters in 1982, I remember being inundated by TV ads promoting it. Then, as with the rest of the national consciousness, I completely forgot about it.
 
Monday, March 21, 2011

The Next Three Days

Flawed, yet worthy of a second chance


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Rod Lott
Writer/director Paul Haggis’ “The Next Three Days” often feels like it may take that long to conclude.
 
Friday, March 11, 2011

The Bleeding / The Killing Jar

Michael Madsen getting paychecks in not-terrible movies


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Rod Lott
Rent must be due at the Michael Madsen household.
 
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

The new 'Troll 2.'


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Rod Lott
Hear me out: "Birdemic: Shock and Terror" is jaw-droppingly awful, which makes it absolutely awesome. It’s the new “The Room” and/or “Troll 2,” so if that means anything to you, no need to read further — just go place your order.
 
Friday, February 18, 2011

The Hour of 13

An 'hour' of mild power


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Rod Lott
As far as gaslight-era whodunits go, I'll give "The Hour of 13" a 6 — a hair better than average, but far from socks-knocking.
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Inspector Bellamy

Arresting and beautiful, if slow-paced


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Rod Lott
"Inspector Bellamy" certainly arrests you with its opening credits sequence, unspooling over a picturesque cliffside view of Nîmes, France, that gradually reveals a crashed car at the bottom of said cliff, and ends with the image of its charred-to-a-crisp passenger, his head nearby on the sand.
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Night Digger

Interesting, but not a standout


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Rod Lott
Although best-known as the creator of the enduring children's characters Willy Wonka, Fantastic Mr. Fox and James (he of "and the Giant Peach" fame), writer Roald Dahl more than dipped his toes in dar
 
Monday, February 7, 2011

High Lane

A pretty decent 80 minutes


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Rod Lott
Hey, America! Looks like France figured out a way to combine the edge-of-your-seat action of "Cliffhanger" with the feral freaks of "Wrong Turn"!
 
Friday, February 4, 2011
 
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