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Highlander: The Source
Lionsgate
If you were ever to need a concrete definition of the term "diminishing returns," look no further than the Highlander movies. With each successive effort, the films have grown worse, culminating in this latest offering. At 86 minutes, it's 85 too long. Duncan MacLeod (TV's Highlander) and a group of others search for the source of their power while being chased by a wrestler-type who sings Queen songs and prances around the forest. Despite the requisite beheadings, the whole thing is more sleep-inducing than a full bottle of Sominex. Add to this its almost embarrassing production values and an ending that makes no sense, and you've got the final nail in this series' coffin. Guess they weren't so immortal, after all. Louis Fowler


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Darkon
PorchLight Entertainment
It's one thing for a group of elder-nerds to organize a rousing game of Dungeons & Dragons God knows that's how I've spent too many Friday nights but it's another to make costumes and weapons an*d find a vacant playground for battles based on complicated, nearly esoteric rules. Under the right circumstances, it might be fun to see adults in medieval outfits, fighting each other with swords, but this film never truly lets you into the real world of these particular ber-geeks. Plus, it throws us into a game where the rules are never fully described, causing you to wonder just what the heck is going on. Darkon wants badly to be The King of Kong for role-players, but it's missing the heart of that documentary, and sadly, it shows. Louis Fowler
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Spiral
Anchor Bay Entertainment
This follow-up from Hatchet's Adam Green (co-directed and written by star Joel David Moore) is a radical departure from that film, delivering a dark, Hitchcock-style psychological piece about a highly secretive, very disturbed young man Mason, a telemarketer by day and jazz-loving painter by night who is desperately trying to reach out for a connection in the world. He finally finds one in the form of Amber Tamblyn, whose irritating sunshiny-ness is a yin-yang contrast to Mason's constant spiral into madness. The film is a broodingly powerful adventure all the way around, complete with a great commentary and "making of" bonus features. With this latest effort, Adam Green is creating a real name for himself. I can't wait to see what he does next. Louis Fowler
  • Highlander: The Source, Darkon, Spiral

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