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2021 / 99m - USA
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A good horror film doesn't really need a big budget to shine, but sometimes it can be nice to see a creature flick where "less is more" isn't a disguised necessity. Antlers is a wendigo film that isn't afraid to showcase its monster (and its victims for that matter), and it's all the better for it.

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Julia reunites with her brother Paul after being apart for almost 20 years. She takes up a job in the local school, and takes up an interest in Lucas, a young boy who looks like he has a lot going on at home. Julia, who is an abuse victim herself, recognizes the signs and wants to help the kid.

It's not that there's too much drama, but it does get heavy-handed really fast. Other than that, the creature effects are great, the actors do a solid job and the finale is spectacular. Antlers isn't the most original film, it's really just a simple creature horror, but the execution is on point and for once, the budget isn't lacking.

Out of the Furnace

2013 / 116m - USA
Crime, Drama, Thriller
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The Pale Blue Eye

2022 / 128m - USA
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An odd little Edgar Allen Poe-adjacent whodunit. I'm not quite sure why or how Poe was made a supporting character in this story, it didn't make a whole lot of sense as it could've been anybody else. Then again, it's not a negative either, and lurking behind that odd choice lies a pretty moody whodunit.

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Landor is a respected detective, whose methods and behavior are a little eccentric. He is summoned when a cadet is found dead, and murder is suspected. Landor takes on the case and runs into Edgar Allen Poe, a young student with a penchant for poetry, who joins Landor in his quest to solve the case.

The cinematography is proper and moody, the performances are strong and the plot is pretty meticulous, with a nice (though not very unexpected) twist to boot. It's a pretty standard whodunit though, so you can just sit back while everything is served on a silver platter. Not my favored type of cinema, but pretty good regardless.

Crazy Heart

2009 / 112m - USA
Drama, Music, Romance
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