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Hardcore Henry is one of those rare commodities: a film that embraces its own wanton insanity and sky-high entertainment value to such an extent that it becomes almost impervious to criticism.
As Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation opens by gathering its protagonists for a dinner party in a lavish suburban home, its busy scene-setting feels pretty familiar. Subtly expositional – but undeniably well-crafted – dialogue and jarring awkwardness between protagonists makes for entertaining viewing and covers a lot of ground before the twenty minute mark, and as it settles into a brisk, easy pace, what begins as a darkly comic character drama ultimately takes on a more sinister guise entirely.
Home invasion gets its biggest reinvigoration since You’re Next with Hush, the latest from Oculus director Mike Flanagan.
Grudges that just won’t stay buried come surging to the surface in The Gift, a nerve-shredding psychological thriller from Joel Edgerton
Just when you thought The Boy had irreparably dented the “sinister doll” subgenre, Scott Lyus gives it a sorely-needed shot in the arm with Silently Within Your Shadow, an entertainingly unhinged short film with a satisfying sting in the tail.