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ARCHENEMY
2020, 90 min, Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer

Adam Egypt Mortimer (DANIEL ISN’T REAL) is back to astonish us with a twisted, utterly unique take on comic book superheroes. Max Fist (Joe Manganiello) is an intergalactic defender of worlds and vanquisher of evil … until a hapless accident propels him through space and time to Earth, rendering him stranded and his powers useless. Hamster is a kid from the wrong side of the tracks trying to realize his dream of becoming a popular social media storyteller with the support of his protective sister Indigo, who works for a local gang. It’s not too long before their paths cross with Max’s, and when they do, there’s no telling what might happen. Riffing on familiar comic book-adaptation tropes, Mortimer’s film is a breath of fresh air that skewers our expectations; nihilistic humor collides with relatable characters in a universe reflective of the times we live in to create the sort of superhero we didn’t know we needed. – Evrim Ersoy


DANIEL ISN'T REAL
2019, 96 min, Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer

If you’ve always wanted to see DROP DEAD FRED reimagined as a horror film, then this is your movie! Luke (Miles Robbins) is a Manhattan college student wrestling with his studies, his artistic inclinations and caring for his mentally ill mother. As a kid, he had an imaginary friend named Daniel - who suddenly reappears as an adult. Initially, Luke loves having Daniel around; he's exciting, daring and brimming with confidence, all qualities that Luke lacks. But it isn't long before Daniel's darker side emerges, and what follows is a thrilling and horrific look at mental illness through a genre lens. An absolute gut-punch, and one of the must-see films of 2019.


COLOR OUT OF SPACE
2019, 111 min, Dir: Richard Stanley

Director Richard Stanley brings to the big screen his long-gestating adaptation of the H.P Lovecraft short story, starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson. After Nathan Gardener (Cage), his wife (Richardson) and their three kids move to a rural farmstead once owned by Nathan’s father, their idyllic new life is shattered by a meteorite that crashes into their front yard, bringing with it an alien organism. The pathogen quickly begins to contaminate plant life, farm animals and, in time, the Gardeners themselves, filling the screen with beautiful, disturbing, hypnotic and hallucinatory images. This creeping, atmospheric tale envelops the viewer in dread and unease until everything finally erupts into an effects-laden, soul-shattering climax.


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