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‘Lodge 49’ Captures and Avoids the Pitfalls of Complacency

Christopher Cross
Caught somewhere between the bumbling adventures of The Big Lebowski and the conspiracy-laden detective story of Inherent Vice, Lodge 49 is a show that feels substantially trapped in place. Characters search for their way through life only to immediately gravitate towards the safety of complacency. Unfortunately, it amounts to having a feeling of profound meaning...
Film Sordid Cinema Spotlight

‘Apostle’ Finds Its Own God to Fear

Christopher Cross
“The power of his resurrection lies in the touch of his sufferings” The above quote found on a fireplace at the beginning of Apostle is a great introduction to Gareth Evans’ newest religious folk-horror film. With false prophets, a religious cult, a living island, and more haunting imagery than you can shake...
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TIFF 2018: ‘Hold the Dark’ Embraces the Necessity of Evil

Christopher Cross
'Hold the Dark' treads in evil more than most movies would dare, all the while keeping its earthy tones and convincing the audience that perhaps what we classify as evil is actually a natural way of life we’ve become accustomed to fear.
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TIFF 2018: ‘The Standoff at Sparrow Creek’ Feels Perfectly Calibrated to Thrill

Christopher Cross
'The Standoff at Sparrow Creek' is about people with their backs against the wall, and one man trying to keep the last vestiges of family together. In this case, his family is a bunch of gun-toting, profanity-slurring militiamen.