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Draft Day
2.5 Stars

Nationwide - Any movie that engages its viewer on a topic he or she is normally not interested in is doing something right. And so, despite an array of plot contrivances and strained storytelling banalities around the periphery, "Draft Day" grew on me.

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Hateship Loveship
3 Stars

VOD & Select Cities - "Hateship Loveship" is, first and foremost, a vehicle for Kristen Wiig's transformative range as an actor. The film is a low-key gem. Perhaps the scope could have been opened up more, but this closed-in feel affectingly lends itself to a heroine who has too long shut out the wide open world around her.

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2 Stars

Nationwide - The buzz, it turns out, has overinflated a film with a riveting structure and not much else going for it. "Oculus" eventually reaches a conclusion as stark as it is inevitable, but the would-be sucker punch carries with it regrettably little weight and the nagging feeling that the film has underestimated its audience's intelligence one too many times.

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Rio 2
1.5 Stars

Nationwide - A misguided sequel that seems meandering and carelessly thrown together with no attention paid to its mixed messaging and detrimental alteration in location. "Rio 2" takes a property that was already on the mediocre side and cuts it at the knees.

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Under the Skin
4 Stars

Select Cities - At the risk of classifying a work so thrillingly unclassifiable in its unrivaled vision, "Under the Skin" is an instantaneously quintessential 21st-century masterpiece in science-fiction and horror. To watch the astounding "Under the Skin" unfold is to lay witness to no less than the next enduring milestone in cinema's ever-evolving legacy.

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Expanding This Week
Alien Abduction
1 Star

VOD & Select Cities - A found-footage knock-off of "The Blair Witch Project" that grows more shameless by the minute. As family members watch helplessly as loved ones are sucked up in beams of light, "Alien Abduction" desperately misses out on conjuring the sheer terror of such a situation. It misses out on a lot more than that, too, including virtually any semblance of an original idea.

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Cheap Thrills
2.5 Stars

VOD & Select Cities - "Cheap Thrills" is a nasty, misanthropic piece of work that casts a cynical eye on economic strife and would-be domestic bliss. The film flirts with the horror genre in its level of violence and carnage, but fits more comfortably as a jet-black, vaguely satiric but never jokey crime thriller.

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Stage Fright
2 Stars

VOD Now, Select Cities May 9th - A musical/slasher-movie combo sounds like heaven, but debuting writer-director Jerome Sable never quite fulfills his clear ambitions with "Stage Fright." For an enthusiast of horror and Broadway like myself, it is disappointing to root for the film and keep getting let down by the scattershot results.

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