"(C+) Later 60s horror pic is an awkward mix, combining classic gothic with random attempts at 60s hipness/sexuality. Mostly kinda fun if you like the genre, but the ending is a bit weak, and nothing much makes it stand out otherwise."
"(A-) Fascinating documentary concerning one of the many outlandish sexual abuse trials from the 80s. Works both as a specific case study and a reflection on the general trend. The case is almost maddeningly ambiguous, but that's where the intrigue comes in."
"(B) Ads made this look like a love-triangle thriller, but it's really a character-oriented family drama. The rare film that should be longer so as to cover more ground, but what's here is effective. I also appreciate how it refuses to take the turns that would most impress shallow critics."
"(B-) "The Dead Zone," Japanese style. Film is quite eerie, and the main characters are more sympathetic than usual. Like most trendy supernatural horror from Asia, though, they play it safe and predictable from beginning to end."
"(B+) After 3 pretty good but unremarkable horror pics, C. Smith finally steps up. Period horror/thriller is remarkably bleak and filthy even for a medieval film, and it's surprisingly strong on the character front."
"(B-) Stylishly gruesome Korean thriller works as grand guignol, but not nearly so much as drama. It's too singlemindedly and repetitively outre for that. Further, while Choi makes a fine villain, our vengeful protagonists is painfully bland."
"(C+) Tsukamoto film has a nice otherworldly feel and an intriguing setup, but it never delivers--it's an aimless art film. Further, the abstracted approach hurts the human/emotional element. Interesting, but quite flawed."
"(B) Low-key apocalyptic horror from Anderson has an oppressive atmosphere and displays the director's always strong visuals. Characters are a bit dull, though, and the script leans towards a pretentious allusiveness. These latter points don't matter too much, though."
"(D-) Bloated and generic Hollywood-style thriller made critical darling via the screamingly PC narrative (It involves, God help me, Misogynist Nazis and Strong, Abused Women.) Rapace's performance has approximately zero dimensions, and the soft, pudgy Crusading Reporter!!! is little better."
"(B) Slow-moving indie anti-romance is effectively naturalistic and has two strong lead performances. The non-linear narrative is sometimes too cute, and it could be trimmed a bit, but the core material is strong."
"(B) "28 Days Later" imitation is strengthened by a great sense of place and some surprisingly strong characters. You don't see working class New York much anymore. The horror elements are kind of standard issue, but these unusual high points make it work as a whole."
"(B-) Infamous pseudo-snuff short is pretty much exactly as described. Has fairly impressive gore considering the limited funds. There's some cheesiness around the edges, but that's probably for the best, and makes the whole experience slightly less sleazy."