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  • Night of the Juggler

    The only things being juggled in “Night of the Juggler” are a litany of clichés. The setup: James Brolin is a trucker whose daughter is accidentally kidnapped by the vicious Cliff Gorman, who mistakes her for a rich kid he… Read More ›

  • Gizmo!

    There are moments in the documentary “Gizmo!” that are designed to make you say “Wow!” and there are others designed to make you say “What were they thinking?” but the number one thing I kept mulling through it all was… Read More ›

  • Angi Vera

    The Hungarian “Angi Vera” was a critical darling on the film festival circuit, but I can’t imagine the average occidental moviegoer finding much pleasure in this often cold and dreary drama. Set in communist Hungary circa 1948, “Angi Vera” is… Read More ›

  • Pleasure Plantation

    Like so many cheaply made, bargain-basement sex shows that desperately strive to convince you they’re something more than they are, “Pleasure Plantation” plays like a tug-of-war between competing movies, neither of which is destined to bring moviegoers much pleasure. Half of “Pleasure… Read More ›

  • The Dunwich Horror

    Why is it that horror movies in which someone is strapped to a concrete slab and sacrificed to an otherworldly deity always come off more silly than scary? “Brides of Blood,” “The Devil’s Hand,” “Blood of Dracula’s Castle” — the… Read More ›

  • The Masterpiece

    How can we tell the people behind “The Masterpiece” know their movie is dull? Because the entire female half of the cast spends more time in the nude than they do fully clothed. Not that I’m complaining. All of the… Read More ›

  • Over 18 … and Ready!

    “Over 18 … and Ready!” opens with a tour through old Hollywood and concludes with a deadly car crash. The creamy white center to this downbeat cinematic Oreo? Wall-to-wall T&A. Intrigued? Don’t be. It’d be one thing if the movie had… Read More ›