The Purge: Anarchy

Purge 2, The

★★☆☆ – (2014) – The unfortunately stranded, with help from an armed stranger, try to survive a night where humanity is allowed to kill. Explores the premise all but ignored in the original, but is nothing more than a means to say poor people in America need assistance. Formulaic nonsense where cliches replace logic.

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Leprechaun: Origins

Leprechaun Origins

★½☆☆ – (2014) – A group of friends touring Ireland encounter an unwanted legend. Aims for suspense by hiding the titular creature until the end, and getting there is a grueling chore. Never tense, never purposeful, and never shows signs of connecting to the original series.

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We Are What We Are (2010)

We Are What We Are (2010)

★★★☆ – (2010) – A modern family struggles to keep up with the cannibalism that rules their lives. Drab early on, but gradually become more engaging when the family’s desperation spreads throughout its members. Packed with impressive and unpredictable twists.

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A Good Marriage

Good Marriage, A

★★☆☆ – (2014) – A woman discovers clues that may prove her husband’s an active serial killer. The story has moments of progressive force, but the pacing is uneven, the acting sub par, and the outcome frustratingly bland. Misses the mark in most every area of successful movie making.

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A Haunted House 2

Haunted House 2, A

★★☆☆ – (2014) – A black man in a white suburb experiences supernatural shenanigans. Humorous in a few spots, but makes absolutely no sense in too many others. Has more to do with exploiting racial stereotypes that attempting to form a cohesive plot.

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Oculus

Oculus

★½☆☆ – (2014) – Siblings who survived the wrath of a haunted mirror try to prove or disprove the mirror’s legacy. Jumps between past and present without distraction, but the pace is too slow, the running time too long, and the self-seriousness too high. Try as they may, most of the cast can’t carry the dramatics.

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We Are What We Are (2013)

We Are What We Are (2013)

★★☆☆ – (2013) – Descendants of cannibals are pursued by a cop with an emotional investment in their activities. Bounces back and forth between time without distraction, but each plot line is so incredibly drab that equal balance means squat against entertainment. Fails to satisfy, though the violent conclusion is rather unexpected.

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All Cheerleaders Die

All Cheerleaders Die

★★☆☆ – (2013) – Jocks and cheerleaders come to blows over a supernatural force. An anti-male romp that spends more time on occult confusion than natural progression. Busy with ideas, but the social point is lost since the males constantly brood while the girls constantly scream.

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Drive Angry

Drive Angry

★★½☆ – (2011) – A man drives out of hell to claim his granddaughter from a Satanic cult. Piles on a ton of blood drenched action scenes, and moves at a breakneck speed, but for too long leaves character motivations to question. The conclusion rectifies this matter in a rather emotional way, but getting there too often feels hollow.

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Dark House (2014)

Dark House (2014)

★★☆☆ – (2014) – A guy who can foresee death seeks his father and discovers a house he thought only existed in his mind. Things only get more convoluted with the inclusions of ax murderers and quarreling friends. Means well, but has too many poorly balanced plots.

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