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  • The comedy in Fort Tilden is grounded in the grim principle that people are incapable of change — its characters' ultimate epiphany is embracing stasis. Best friends Allie and Harper ditch their responsibilities and spend an entire...

  • Sometimes, Extinction is a zombie apocalypse story; mostly, it's a meditation on isolation, redemption, and family that could, in its basic outline, be satisfyingly told outside of its genre. But then you wouldn't get to see a zombie horde...

  • Any Day is blessed with a proliferation of odd details, but writer-director Rustam Branaman doesn't seem to realize how strange they are, or how interesting they could have been if heightened a little. For instance: Of all the challenges...

  • Like many, many films starring Christopher McDonald, the best thing about The Squeeze is Christopher McDonald. A charismatic and criminally underrated comic actor, he's forever cast as deceitful authority figures, a whole career of Judge...

  • Marty Jackitansky (Joshua Burge) likes video games, death metal, and horror comics; he doesn't see a future past the stone's-throw distance of his financial horizon, immediately spending everything he makes from his shitty temp job and through a...

  • Tidy, conventional horror stories are all about cause and effect. The scariness derives from not understanding what's happening, and the resolution lies in discovering the causes. With its ghosts, its spooky old house, and the story's roots in...

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