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Fantasia 2017 Review – ‘House of the Disappeared’

   Fantasia International Film Festival House of the Disappeared South Korea, 100 min Dir. Lim Dae-Woong After 25 years in prison, Mi-Hee (Yunjin Kim) is released to serve out the rest of her sentence in her own home, where decades earlier her husband was killed and her son disappeared. She was convicted of killing them both. Though

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Fantasia 2017 Review – ‘Replace’

  Fantasia International Film Festival Replace Germany/ Canada, 101 min Dir. Norbert Keil The beautiful Kira (Rebecca Forsythe) isn’t doing so well. What started as a small patch of dead skin is spreading at an alarming rate across her body. She’s also suffering from memory loss. She seeks the help of Dr. Rafaela Crober (Barbara Crampton),

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Fantasia 2017 Review – ‘Animals’

   Fantasia International Film Festival Animals Switzerland/ Poland/ Austria, 95 min Dir. Greg Zglinski With Anna (Birgit Minichmayr) and Nick’s (Philipp Hochmair) marriage on shaking ground following his affair with a neighbor, the couple venture to a cabin in the Swiss Alps. In addition to providing them some much needed time together, the trip is meant to boost

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Fantasia 2017 Review – ‘Game of Death’

 Fantasia International Film Festival Game of Death Canada/ France, 73 min Dir. Sebastien Landry, Laurence Baz Morais An afternoon of partying turns into a bloodbath for a group of teens when they decide to play a mysterious board game, the Game of Death. The high-stakes game requires them to kill two dozen people or face a

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Fantasia 2017 Review – ‘The Honor Farm’

 Fantasia International Film Festival The Honor Farm USA, 75 min Dir. Karen Skloss After a truly disappointing prom night, Lucy (Olivia Grace Applegate) and her lifelong best friend Annie (Katie Folger) agree to tag along with some classmates and take mushrooms at an abandoned–and possibly haunted–prison work farm in the woods. The ringleader of the

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Fear and Laughing Near Las Vegas – A Review of ‘Middle Man’

“You know what the hardest part of cutting someone into pieces is? It’s the bones.” Following his mother’s death, the middle-aged Lenny Freeman (Park and Recreation‘s Jim O’Heir) leaves to confines of his safe life as a CPA and sets off to Las Vegas in his mother’s ’53 Oldsmobile to take a shot at his long-time

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‘Elle’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

Elle – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review Challenging films often pay off in ways that you can expect. You go into a film thinking that the subject matter will be titillating, even shocking, and you walk out with a sense of relief in knowing that you got exactly what you bargained for. That is not

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Fantastic Fest Mini-Reviews – Part 3

Not every film can get an in-depth review, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to say. Here are some more thoughts from screenings we attended. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is the English-language feature debut of André Øvredal (who wrote and directed 2010’s Troll Hunter). Much like The Void (reviewed here), this film was a

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‘Colossal’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

When you go to Fantastic Fest you expect to see a few films that surprise you. You’re never disappointed, but there are always those two, three, even five movies that you just can’t stop thinking and talking about after you leave. They capture the stories that you kind of fall in love with. This year, one of those films was Colossal.

Fantastic Fest Mini-Reviews – Part 2

Not every film can get an in-depth review, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to say. Here are some more thoughts from screenings we attended. The Lure is a Polish horror musical about mermaids and it pains me to say it isn’t as enjoyable as that discription promises. Gold and Silver,  mermaid sisters, come

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