Classy British ‘Ghost Stories’ to be savored

A handsome throwback to the golden age of British horror anthologies, the supernatural thriller “Ghost Stories” transforms a hit play into something surprisingly cinematic. Like the films it pays homage to, “Ghost Stories” is more classy than chill…

A handsome throwback to the golden age of British horror anthologies, the supernatural thriller “Ghost Stories” transforms a hit play into something surprisingly cinematic. Like the films it pays homage to, “Ghost Stories” is more classy than chilling; but each of its dark, twisty tales is smartly...

Farce ‘Let’s Kill Grandpa This Christmas’ is no holiday

Black comedies don’t get much broader or more cheerless than “Let’s Kill Grandpa This Christmas,” a low-budget tale of malice and murder played out by six singularly unlikable people. Writer-director-star Brian Gianci keeps a snappy pace, and his c…

Black comedies don’t get much broader or more cheerless than “Let’s Kill Grandpa This Christmas,” a low-budget tale of malice and murder played out by six singularly unlikable people. Writer-director-star Brian Gianci keeps a snappy pace, and his cast is admirably willing to take chances, but when...

Indie horror ‘Edge of Isolation’ brings verve to genre

Ignore the nondescript title; writer-director Jeff Houkal’s backwoods horror film “Edge of Isolation” has personality and just enough splatter to satisfy gore-hounds. The plot’s a rehash of ’70s/’80s drive-in classics like “The Hills Have Eyes,” but this movie has its own odd energy and is effectively…

Ignore the nondescript title; writer-director Jeff Houkal’s backwoods horror film “Edge of Isolation” has personality and just enough splatter to satisfy gore-hounds. The plot’s a rehash of ’70s/’80s drive-in classics like “The Hills Have Eyes,” but this movie has its own odd energy and is effectively...

‘Wildling’ offers a darker, artier take on a classic Hollywood premise: the misunderstood teen

English actress Bel Powley has such an otherworldly screen presence that she’s an ideal heroine for any supernatural thriller. In director Fritz Böhm’s “Wildling,” Powley plays Anna, a teenager who’s spent her entire life imprisoned in the woods, receiving regular injections from a man claiming…

English actress Bel Powley has such an otherworldly screen presence that she’s an ideal heroine for any supernatural thriller. In director Fritz Böhm’s “Wildling,” Powley plays Anna, a teenager who’s spent her entire life imprisoned in the woods, receiving regular injections from a man claiming...

Indie horror film ‘The Endless’ brilliantly questions uncertainty of memory

The magnificent indie horror film “The Endless” begins with two brothers receiving a strange message, drawing them back to the apocalyptic cult they escaped a decade ago. As the siblings settle back into their old compound, their former friends are such good company that the two start to wonder:…

The magnificent indie horror film “The Endless” begins with two brothers receiving a strange message, drawing them back to the apocalyptic cult they escaped a decade ago. As the siblings settle back into their old compound, their former friends are such good company that the two start to wonder:...

Effective thriller ’10×10′ features smart acting and twists

A lean, well-acted thriller, “10×10” overcomes limited locations and a slight narrative thanks to a plot that keeps viewers guessing, all the way from its shocking opening act of violence to a bruising and morally hazy final fight.

Written by Noel Clarke and directed by Suzi Ewing, “10×10” stars…

A lean, well-acted thriller, “10x10” overcomes limited locations and a slight narrative thanks to a plot that keeps viewers guessing, all the way from its shocking opening act of violence to a bruising and morally hazy final fight.

Written by Noel Clarke and directed by Suzi Ewing, “10x10” stars...

Retro comedy ‘Baja’ offers a vacation for the mind

Since the days of Frankie and Annette, low-budget filmmakers have understood that the dopiest stories sell, so long as the location’s sunny and the characters sincere. Writer-director Tony Vidal’s youth comedy “Baja” isn’t that funny, but it does have a genially retro vibe and a breezy beach atmosphere.

Since the days of Frankie and Annette, low-budget filmmakers have understood that the dopiest stories sell, so long as the location’s sunny and the characters sincere. Writer-director Tony Vidal’s youth comedy “Baja” isn’t that funny, but it does have a genially retro vibe and a breezy beach atmosphere.

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