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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles (And One Short!)

Back with the skinny on smaller film fare, it’s time once again to round up the indie animals and see if they are up to the cinematic excellence challenge.  Tales of 80’s romance, gambling and bookie action on the down-low, being trapped with family dysfunction for the holidays, fighting for life with the help of baseballs, mirror images with nefarious intentions and male and female relationships gone awry make up the slew of five feature films and one short covered in this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the short opinions on Cruise, All Square, Await Further Instructions, Knuckleball, Look Away and Punching Bag below.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Twelve New Indie Titles

For those who claim there is a shortage of film releases week to week, the list of flicks below sure puts you to multiple movie shame.  There are a whopping twelve releases dissected here and that’s only because I didn’t have time for the rest.  (I am only ONE film critic folks!)  Docs on imprisonment and hope, the abortion issue and how we got the commander in chief we got, plus tales of gun slinging payback in South Africa, a lone wolf let loose in a locked down stadium, demons coming through the net, love in Nazi occupied Germany, cults and crazed vigilantes, Viking sword stories, the effects of PTSD, taking in kids who may be evil and wrong place wrong time dramas make up the plethora of flicks covered in this massive movie edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Letter From Masanjia, Five Fingers For Marseilles, Final Score, Reversing Roe, e-DEMON, Where Hands Touch, Mandy, Redbad, Armed, American Chaos, Lost Child and Warning Shot all below.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

This week sees a handful of smaller cinematic fare up for dissection for those looking to expand both the mind and movie palate.  Mysteries involving religion, tales of family drama, moms looking to get a little gunplay justice, the damage the death of a loved one can do and surfing mixed with some seriously bad acting all make up the colorful cast of films covered this week.  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of The Apparition, Crown And Anchor, Peppermint, Sacred Heart and Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear all below.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Four New Indie Titles

Under a handful of Indie hopefuls this week (though check out my career interview posted earlier this week with Samantha Mathis – click HERE – in anticipation of the film Boarding School also out this week!), but some cinema is better than no cinema.  (Movies big and small are all important to dissect after all!)  A doc about canines looking to excel, plus tales of heists gone wrong, what lengths one will go to in clearing their good name and big ass alligators that bite make up the four flicks covered this week ala Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Pick Of The Litter, Let The Corpses Tan, Reprisal and Lake Placid: Legacy all below!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Titles (And One Short!)

Indies, indies, indies!  Banking on the theory that some good movies do indeed come in small packages, it’s time once again to dig into the lesser-known cinema scene in hopes of finding some gems amongst duds.  (Or at least a flick that entertains and inspires!)  Tales of missing kin, the history behind a classic flick, an angry man seeking a little payback, terror amidst trees, a day in the life of a sassy sports bar, an obsessed fan with dark habits and the violent effects of the falling housing market make up the films covered in this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  (Plus there’s a savory short film review thrown in for good movie measure!)  Check out the critical skinny on Searching, The Coolest Guy Movie Ever, I Am Vengeance, What Keeps You Alive, Support The Girls, Dead Envy, Arizona and the short film Long Way Back Home below.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Nine New Indie Titles

It seems super strange but also super wonderful to me that week to week there’s no shortage of smaller film fare to check out.  (Shame to those who say there’s not that many films being released these days!)  This week sees a crop of nine new cinematic hopefuls for those with a hankering for flicks off the beaten path.  Tales of music fandom gone awry and romantic, a park ranger who takes his job a tad too seriously, the return of the smallest killing machines, an strange school with an ulterior motive, the ups and downs of struggling family life, a brother and sister that attract disaster, a young man having a rough time letting go of a dead friend, a return to the scene of The Cove and a sheltered girl who makes a troubled new friend make up the stories in this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Juliet, Naked, The Ranger, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, Down A Dark Hall, We The AnimalsDr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks, Show Yourself, A Whale Of A Tale and Porcupine Lake below. Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Nine New Indie Titles’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Eleven New Indie Titles (And ‘The Meg’!)

For those looking for an abundance of Indie outings your movie ship has come in!  This week sees a massive and groundbreaking eleven smaller flicks dissected below – and one studio movie just for fun – to keep fans up to date on smaller film fare.  (Told you I was gonna make up for mere trio of flicks covered last week!)  Tales of possible killers next door, cloning for all the wrong reasons, an African-American cop messing with the ku klux klan, seven horror shorts squeezed together for a maximum single terror serving, demonic possession that runs in the family, trust in a post apocalyptic world, cops trapped inside a mazed gun-ridden drug den, coming of age in farm country, cybercrimes stopped by cybercops, learning to live life without cancer, being kidnapped alongside ones number one fan and a big budget killer fish flick (whew!) make up the eleven Indies and single big budget outing via this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Summer of 84, Elizabeth Harvest, BlacKkKlansman, Blood Clots, Along Came The Devil, What Still Remains, Buybust, The Swan, Ghost Source Zero, Hope Springs Eternal, Pretty Bad Actress and The Meg all below! Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Eleven New Indie Titles (And ‘The Meg’!)’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Three New Indie Titles

A mere trio of Indie outings critically covered this time (rest easy film fans – there are ten in the following week!), but there are some diamonds in the lesser-known movie rough.  Docs on difficult musicians, plus flicks about the struggles of criminal families and a guessing game of who is the serial killer cover the three flicks via this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the short opinions on 40 Years In The Making: The Magic Music Movie, Night Comes On and The Forest Of The Lost Souls all below.

 

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Titles

Your mission should you choose to accept it – seek out Indie outings!  And to provide a little help in the area of lesser-known cinema are seven smaller flicks dissected below to help film fans along the way.  Featuring docs on Hollywood icons and the dark side of medical devices, plus tales of love and puzzles, abuses of power in Nazi Germany, forbidden love both past and present, a odd opinions on today’s important issues and a freaky forest fright fest make up the wide array of films covered in this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on King Cohen, The Bleeding EdgeThe PuzzleThe Captain, Snapshots, Sorry To Bother You and Dead Night below.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Titles

Mamma mia – there sure are a lot of Indie outings this week!  (So…here we go again!)  We’re hitting the lesser known cinema scene to check out the offerings for film fans looking to reach well beyond the standard studio fare with seven hopefuls in various categories.  Tales of lyrical racial tension, the price of fame, the effect of tragedy, surviving those middle school years, tales of espionage in Syria, a man who puts down animals for a living and an alien invasion in a small Australian town all make up the subjects covered via the diverse crop of flicks dissected this week.  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of Blindspotting, Broken Star, 1/1, Eighth Grade, Damascus Cover, Euthanizer and Occupation below!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Titles

Back on track with a slew of seven alternate outings this week all to add a little Indie film flavor to the current cinematic stew.  Included in the batch of lesser known flicks are docs on famed and feared stuntmen, critical chefs with something to prove and the dangerous world of Islamic terrorism, plus fictitious films about love during criminal capers, brutal battles between ex’s, technology and its consequences and true stories of distinctively unfake news are all included in skinny opinion form.  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of To Hell And Back: The Kane Hodder Story, Siberia, Custody, Constructing Albert, A.I. Tales, Shock And Awe and Path Of Blood below.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Eight 2018 Retro-Recommended Titles

After recovering from the onslaught of flicks that unspooled at the recent Dances With Films Festival 2018, this movie geek needed a little break.  (New Indie titles will be popping up soon!) But in taking a little film reflection time and seeing that I had only two films with five-stars in 2018 (that would be Thoroughbreds and Marrowbone people!) I decided to take a step back and check out some of the possible gems I missed along the way.  So below are eight films out already that were recommendations from close critics I trust to reviewers on this very site in an attempt to try and flesh out my low five-star flick list.  (Only scored one more – but it’s still something!)  So for all those willing to look back with me here are the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of You Were Never Really Here, Three Identical Strangers, First Reformed, A Quiet Place, Sicario: Day Of The Soldado, Ocean’s 8, Overboard and Life Of The Party below for your ready reference.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Six New Indie Titles

Even in the midst of a major film festival the Indie outing dissections just keep on coming from yours truly.  (Whew!)  In any case flicks all over the map this week to add a little lesser-known film joy to the movie going experience.  Tales of complicated family woes, docs on decent dudes and old film saviors, a hotel with a hook in everyone, a bank job gone awry and the dark side of a family tree all get the small skinny treatment via the six films that make up this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Up for examination – Nancy, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Saving Brinton, Middleground, 211 and Hereditary all below!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

In between big budget outings it’s good to know that Indie flicks are still alive and well for the film fan who demands more movies.  This week sees five lesser known flicks hitting the big screen and thanks to continued cinematic diversity in smaller film fare there’s a little something for everyone.  (Well, almost everyone!)  Old school tales of revenge and microchips, righting war history wrongs, youths and their get rich quick schemes, growing up in the gaming era and enlightened females gone mad all make up the works featured in this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the short opinions on Upgrade, The Last Witness, American Animals, eHero, and The Misandrists below!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Four New Indie Titles

Back finally with a picture pause last week (the worthwhile looking First Reformed was again not made available to me!) to highlight the smaller film fare for fans looking for something off the beaten path.  Mostly genre work and a pinch foreign film fare seem to be taking over this edition’s crop of cinematic hopefuls with tales of blind witnesses, insight into the private life of scary scribes, an arcade game that requires more than quarters to play and youthful coming-of-age after parental loss all making up the flicks dissected via this week’s Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on In Darkness, Mary Shelley, Sequence Break and Summer 1993 all below.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

Five new Indie flicks to check out this week that hopefully keep lesser-known cinema alive and well.  (Or in some cases at least still breathing!)  Tales of romance under dark circumstances, the passion of people climbing tall structures, what to do when disenfranchised with life, a wedding run amok and a little feisty female payback all headline the movies covered via this week’s Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical opinions on the five films Beast, Mountain, The Escape, Another Kind Of Wedding and Revenge all laid out below! Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

Indie never ends – thanks goodness!  Five smaller screen outings this week up for dissection that may or may not cleanse the cinematic palate for the avid film fan seeking on-screen solace.  (You ultimately decide folks!)  Tales of resurrecting love at all costs, putting life on the line for another, human survival in Nazi times, weird ways to clear the mind and body and the truth about the SAT’s are the subjects of the flicks via this week’s Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the cinematic skinny on the films Andover, Bad Samaritan, The 12th Man, The Cleanse and The Test & The Art Of Thinking all below.  (Plus you can join me for a little Q&A fun this Friday, May 4th at 7pm AMC DINE-IN Sunset 5 in LA for Andover with the likes of Jonathan Silverman, Scout Taylor-Compton, Writer/Director Scott Perlman and many more – click HERE for tickets and details!) Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Three New Indie Titles

Sorry movie fans – sadly only a mere tripod of Indie flicks reviewed this week.  (Both Backstabbing For Beginners and Disobedience were not made available to me!)  But at least there’s a pinch of smaller film fare to provide some cinematic counterbalance to the mighty Marvel big budget stuff.  Tales of being trapped on a highway by a rifle wielding madman, a saga of two bumbling lawmen looking to regain their jobs and the adventures of a woman in search of love via many gentlemen suitors all make up the movies dissected via this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on Downrange, The Escape Of Prisoner 614 and Let The Sunshine In all below!

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