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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.


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