PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN
2020, 92 min, Canada, Dir: Steven Kostanski

Indomitable Mimi (Nita-Josée Hanna) and her mild-mannered older brother Luke (Owen Myre) unwittingly revive a malevolent alien who happens to be buried in their backyard. The siblings name him Psycho Goreman (PG for short) and tame him with his own magical amulet, now in the possession of young Mimi, who forces PG to bend to her every childish whim despite his desire to destroy everything in existence. Elsewhere in the galaxy, PG’s cronies and captors catch wind of his reemergence and chart a course for Earth – and the bloodiest interstellar showdown this side of Gigax. Canadian cult filmmaker Steven Kostanski (THE VOID) kicks things into overdrive with painstakingly detailed world-building inhabited by even more painstakingly crafted creatures animated by all the classic tricks of the trade: puppetry, miniatures, stop motion, O.G. computer effects, and presumably gallons of liquid latex and blood. – Nicole McControversy


SYNCHRONIC
2020, Well Go USA, 101 min, USA, Dir: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead

When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) are called to a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene. But after Dennis’s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality- and the flow of time itself.


SECONDS
1966, Paramount, 106 min, USA, Dir: John Frankenheimer

Rock Hudson delivers a powerhouse performance in this critically acclaimed suspense-thriller from director John Frankenheimer (THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE). Desperate to escape his dreary, dead-end life, aging banker Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) succumbs to a mysterious organization's offer of a new identity and a fresh start. Surgically transformed into the handsome, young Tony Wilson (Hudson), he begins a jet-set existence among a shadowy community of similar "Reborns." But Tony's heady exhilaration spirals into heart-stopping terror as he discovers that his newly purchased life carries a terrifying price.


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