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Jeremy Kibler
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Night of the Creeps: Crampton a reliably wicked highlight in bonkers but ultimately unsatisfying "Dead Night"
Dead Night (2018) 82 min., not rated (equivalent of an R). Jumping through a few different horror subgenres as it goes along, “Dead Night” (which, for some reason, was originally called “Applecart”) is far more bizarre than its generic, dime-a-dozen title m...
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Ghoul Town: "Slice" isn't without weird, anything-goes charms but doesn't cut it
Slice (2018) 82 min., rated R. Any genre film that throws ghosts, a werewolf, a coven of witches, and pizza delivery drivers into the mix clearly deserves creativity points, but debuting writer-director Austin Vesely’s promise for a hip, larky wannabe cult ...
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Birth of a Holiday: "First Purge" ballsy but too on-the-nose to make saga great again
The First Purge (2018) 97 min., rated R. Looking back five years ago, it's hard to believe that 2013's "The Purge" could still be considered the slyest and most restrained in the franchise, doubling as a home-invasion genre picture and a societal allegory c...
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School of Misfits: "Boarding School" a defiantly unusual but always interesting hodgepodge
Boarding School (2018)   101 min., rated R.  Always one to bounce around genres, writer-director Boaz Yakin—he of 2000’s sports crowd-pleaser “Remember the Titans,” 2003’s Brittany Murphy-Dakota Fanning dramedy “Uptown Girls,” and 2015’s military search dog...
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The Mommy Vanishes: "A Simple Favor" a deliciously stylish comedy stirred into a twisty mystery
A Simple Favor (2018) 117 min., rated R. Based upon the 2017 novel by Darcey Bell, “A Simple Favor” is a wickedly sharp and stylish female-driven comedy stirred into a twisty suburban mystery that makes for a deliciously entertaining page-turner in film for...
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Soldiers vs. Predator: "The Predator" sometimes diverting but mostly a mess
The Predator (2018) 107 min., rated R. The “Predator” franchise seemed defunct after cross-pollinating with another certain face-hugger’s franchise in 2004’s potentially cool but pretty boring “Alien vs. Predator” and 2007’s gory if fun-free “Aliens vs. Pre...
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Bad Habit: "The Nun" has atmosphere but no memorable scares or reason to exist
The Nun (2018) 96 min., rated R. The habit-wearing, shape-shifting banshee known as Valak was first introduced as a painting that sprung to life and scared the bejesus out of Lorraine Warren (Vera Farming) in  “The Conjuring 2”  and then hinted at in a phot...
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Left for Dead: "What Keeps You Alive" a tightly coiled, unforgiving study in pulling the rug out
What Keeps You Alive (2018) 98 min., rated R. Nothing ever good comes of a couple taking a retreat to the woods. Going a step further, “What Keeps You Alive,” written and directed by Colin Minihan (2016’s “It Stains the Sands Red”), takes the universal fear...
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Puppet Say What?: Human cast and puppeteers bring ribald commitment to scattershot "Happytime Murders"
The Happytime Murders (2018) 91 min., rated R. The late Jim Henson probably would have never guessed that his company's Henson Alternative banner would ever greenlight a theatrical film in which its first visual gag perversely involved a lactating cow givin...
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Cruel Summer: "Summer of '84" hits a nostalgic sweet spot as Hardy Boys mystery
Summer of ’84 (2018) 105 min., not rated (equivalent of an R). "Stand by Me." "The 'Burbs." "Disturbia." Netflix sensation "Stranger Things." Comparisons come easy with “Summer of ’84,” a Spielbergian pastiche of a boy-who-cried-wolf coming-of-ager, a Hardy...
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