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Fantasia 2013 Wrap Up!

And so, another great year of the Fantasia Film Festival is in the books. Overall, it was another awesome year, filled with jam-packed, crazy screenings with ultra-enthusiastic audiences, laid back celebrity guests, and plenty of late-night drinking at the Irish Embassy in Montreal. At twenty-days, Fantasia ranks among one of the longest film festivals I’ve ever heard of, but...
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08.13.2013
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Review: The Battery (Fantasia)

PLOT: Two middling baseball players, Mickey (Adam Cronheim) and Ben (Jeremy Gardner) find themselves in the middle of a full-blown zombie apocalypse. They hide out in the forests and back roads of New England, trying to scrape by and avoid the occasional zombie (not that they would ever call it that), while trying not to drive each other crazy. REVIEW: THE BATTERY by...
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08.12.2013
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Review: Bad Milo! (Fantasia)

PLOT: A mild-mannered accountant (Ken Marino) is horrified to discover that he has a murderous monster living in his anus. There's a sentence I never thought I'd write. Ouch. REVIEW: And here I thought I had seen it all. I have to hand it to director Jacob Vaughn. I've seen monster movies where the monster comes out of a womb, a dog, a cow, and heck, even one...
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08.08.2013
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Review: The Machine (Fantasia)

PLOT: In a future where the U.K is on the brink of an all-out war with China, a brilliant doctor- Vincent (Toby Stephens) works for the Ministry of Defence, developing artificial limbs, and computer implants to repair wounded soldiers. When his new assistant- who had just developed a radically advanced new form or artificial intelligence- is killed, he uploads her work into a new...
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08.06.2013
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Review: Raze (Fantasia)

PLOT: Several women are abducted, only to awaken in an underground prison where they're forced to fight each other one-on-one to the death. If they lose, not only will they be killed, but their families will be murdered. REVIEW: RAZE is like a sci-fi spin on the old “women-in-prison” genre, which in it's heyday made producers like Roger Corman fabulously wealthy....
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08.05.2013
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Review: Sweetwater (Fantasia)

PLOT: In late 1800's New Mexico, a young bride's husband is murdered by a fanatical religious leader. She cuts a swath of vengeance across the territory. REVIEW: Well, they can't all be winners, can they? Even a great festival is not immune from a flop or two, especially late in the festival. Last year, it was probably LAY THE FAVORITE, while this year,...
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08.02.2013
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Review: The Complex (Fantasia)

PLOT: Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) - a young nursing student- moves into a new apartment building with her family. Following some strange nocturnal activity, Asuka is horrified to discover the body of her neighbor, an elderly man who died of neglect, and has been decomposing for days. After he’s taken away, the disturbances get more and more vivid and hard to ignore, and eventually turn into...
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08.01.2013
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Review: Willow Creek (Fantasia)

PLOT: Jim (Bryce Johnson) is obsessed with the legend of Bigfoot, and drags his girlfriend Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) along on a trip into the heart of “Bigfoot country” in Willow Creek, California to make a documentary retracing the journey taken by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin, who allegedly caught footage of the creature on film. REVIEW: One thing no one could...
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07.31.2013
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Review: Magic Magic (Fantasia)

  PLOT: Alicia ( Juno Temple ) is a fragile young woman, who comes to Chile to visit her cousin, Sarah ( Emily Browning ). After Sarah has to leave for an important exam, Alicia’s left alone with her friends, Agustin (Agustin Silva), Brink ( Michael Cera ) and Barbara (Catalina Sandino Moreno)- on a trip to remote part of the country. Alicia slowly begins to...
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07.30.2013
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Review: Big Bad Wolves (Fantasia)

PLOT: A renegade cop (Lior Ashkenazi) is convinced that the man behind a series of child murders is a quiet, humble schoolteacher (Rotem Keinan). His plot to force a confession is upended by the revenge-obsessed father (Tzahi Grad) of the latest victim, who kidnaps the suspect in the hopes of torturing him into revealing where he's hidden his daughter's remains....
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07.29.2013
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Review: Hell Baby (Fantasia)

PLOT: Jack ( Rob Corddry ) and Vanessa ( Leslie Bibb ) are an expectant couple, who move into an infamously cursed house in a run-down section of New Orleans. Within days, Vanessa starts acting strangely, and Jack becomes convinced she's somehow possessed. Meanwhile, two Vatican exorcists ( Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant ) come to New Orleans to avert the birth of...
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07.26.2013
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Review: Big Ass Spider (Fantasia)

PLOT: When a giant mutant spider goes on a murderous rampage through downtown Los Angeles, an exterminator (Greg Grunberg) and a security guard (Lomberto Boyar) become unlikely heroes. REVIEW: BIG ASS SPIDER is director Mike Mendez' affectionate tribute to old-time creature features. People are bound to compare this to the recent spate of SyFy/Asylum flicks like...
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07.26.2013
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