Devil's Due, Scream Park, The Pawnbroker 


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Devil's Due (R)

20th Century Fox

Allison Miller charms as a modern Rosemary Woodhouse, supernaturally impregnated despite being "religious" about The Pill, in Devil's Due, a found-footage creeper from the Radio Silence team (of V/H/S fame). Miller's Sam McCall and newlywed hubby Zach devote themselves to living the adventurous phase of their marriage on film. On the final night of their honeymoon, the couple stumbles into the hands of an underground occult, and Sam ends up pregnant. The fact that she's pregnant at all doesn't sit well with Sam — one of many elegant nods by writer Lindsay Devlin to the politics behind the premise. But when unexplainable events unfold around her pregnancy, her very identity starts slipping from her grasp. Even if the logic behind the omnipresent surveillance never quite feels airtight, the filmmakers and leading couple lend buoyancy to the mayhem. — Justin Strout

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The Pawnbroker (NR) (Blu-ray)

Olive Films

An absolute classic has finally hit Blu-ray and should without reservation hit the top of you must-see list. Sidney Lumet's 1964 masterpiece The Pawnbroker is one of those movies that is always on the top of best-ever lists, though a surprising few have ever seen it. Now's the chance to rectify that. A transcendent Rod Steiger portrays a concentration camp survivor bitterly defeated and left soulless due to the death of his family. Flash forward and now he's the sullen manager of a Harlem pawnshop that caters to the absolute dregs. This is challenged, however, by his impoverished-but-optimistic assistant Ortiz. Steiger was nominated for an Oscar for the role, cementing his status as one of the best actors of the '60s.Pawnbroker comes through here in stunningly crisp black-and-white, and features a wonderful score by Quincy Jones. — Louis Fowler

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Scream Park (NR)

Wild Eye Releasing

A lovingly honest attempt at a spot-on recreation of '90s slasher tropes, Scream Park is fun little roller-coaster ride that is far better than any other low-budget efforts of this type made in the past five years. Stereotypical teens decide to party after their final shift at the going-out-of-business theme park at which they all work. Fueled by hormones and liquor, the kids are taken down one by one by a pair of utterly creepy killers. There's a nice twist toward the middle that elevates the film favorably, and cameos from Hellraiser's Doug Bradley and Nivek Ogre from Skinny Puppy lend a little higher-quality cult star-power than we're used to seeing in these films. The filmmakers deserve applause for at least attempting to do something different and entertaining with the same tired, worn-out clichés. — Louis Fowler


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