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Dustin Putman, Film Critic
Opening This Week
The Babadook
3.5 Stars

On DIRECTV 10/30, In Select Cities & VOD 11/28 - Aussie writer-director Jennifer Kent's mesmerizing, disquieting, unexpected debut feature, "The Babadook," is a film that, like 1973's "The Exorcist," seems to have arrived fully formed as an instant classic. Urgent yet compassionate, unyielding as well as frostily whimsical, the film transforms again and again as it cackles in the face of expectations.

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Expanding This Week
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
3.5 Stars

Select Cities - Acidic yet empathetic, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" rattles and provokes its viewers as more than a rather brilliant technical exercise. Destined to be voraciously talked about and studied for years to come. Perhaps it is imperfect, but it is also unmistakably great.

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Horns
2.5 Stars

Now on VOD, In Select Cities 10/31 - "Horns" has trouble reaching a conclusion that is wholly satisfying, and yet much of what comes before it works on a surprisingly identifiable emotional level. Take out Ig's horns and snake attacks and special powers, and what is left is an attentive exploration of fate and loss that flirts with profundity.

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
3 Stars

VOD & Select Cities - This inventive meta-remake-sequel amalgamation [is] a step above the average modern horror redux. Regardless of the identical title, "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" isn't some pointless Xerox copy of its '76 predecessor, but a dynamic, atmospherically shot thriller with a perceptive knack for time, place and methodically mounting unease.

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V/H/S: Viral
1.5 Stars

Now on VOD, In Select Cities 11/21 - Third installment "V/H/S: Viral" features the same general format, but is such a jarring drop in quality that it plays more like a low-rent imitation from Asylum Entertainment. Were it not for an ingenious segment popping up right in the middle—Nacho Vigalondo's nightmarishly gutsy "Parallel Monsters"—this gravely inferior sequel would be all but entirely worthless.

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