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Necroville (NR)

Shock-O-Rama/POPcinema

Straight outta Albuquerque, Billy Garberina and Richard Griffin's low-budget indie Necroville has been described as Ghostbusters if it was written by Kevin Smith, and I guess that's as good a description as any. Two video store nerds work in the titular town of Necroville, where on a normal day, the dead rise, vampires stalk and werewolves howl. After getting fired from their jobs, they go into business as the paranormal extermination company Zom-B-Gone. While the dialogue is never quite as clever as it wants to be, the idea and execution are. Two losers starting their own slaying business while dealing with relationship issues and the like is quite entertaining, and makes for the type of film you'd love to see remade with a bigger budget and a little bit of a script clean-up. Until then, this will certainly do. Louis Fowler

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Black Metal Satanica (NR)

MVD Visual

As Black Metal Satanica's narrator tells us, Scandinavia is nearly picture-perfect, with low crime, barely any unemployment and super-clean resources. But there is also a dark underbelly to this perfection, and that is the hilarious ridiculousness that is satanic black metal. Tracing its origins back to the Vikings, black metal is the total rejection of all things Christian by embracing those pagan times before forced conversion. How this is accomplished through cartoonish grease-paint, spiked leather wrist-guards and throat-ripping vocals is beyond me, but Odin bless them for doing it! Mats Lund-berg's film is unintentional comedy at its best, while also a wholly interesting and fully enthralling documentary that shines a much-needed light on a musical genre that would much rather stay in the shadows. Louis Fowler

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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (NR)

Music Box Films

While Americans need to resort to dick-'n-fart jokes for their spy send-ups, the French manage to one-up us with Michel Hazanavicius' OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies. It's a slick, subversive, hilarious spoof of 1960s-era Bond films, and, even better, the foreign rip-offs that were so prevalent at that time. Comedian Jean Dujardin is the titular secret agent, a suave action hero who always gets his man. When a fellow agent is murdered, he's sent undercover to Cairo to investigate, where danger and intrigue follow, all with a sly wink. In a welcome change, OSS 117 is not a bumbling buffoon; instead, the situations and plot bring the laughs. Everything about this parody is dead-on and witty, from the character contrivances to the swinging pseudo-Mancini soundtrack. Too bad American filmmakers will never follow suit. Louis Fowler

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