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  • 'Stung,' about mutant wasps, is a throwback to 1980s B movies

    'Stung,' about mutant wasps, is a throwback to 1980s B movies
    Mutant wasps wreak havoc at a country-estate garden party in "Stung," a homage to those 1980s creature features that reveled in grotesque details. Novice filmmaker Benni Diez cut his teeth working in special effects, and to that end the film certainly...
  • Breathless outrage accompanies investigation of 'A Murder in the Park'

    Breathless outrage accompanies investigation of 'A Murder in the Park'
    Tabloid breathlessness meets advocacy outrage in the documentary "A Murder in the Park," which revisits a 1982 Chicago double homicide and argues against a notorious death penalty reversal, a case that led Illinois' then-Gov. George Ryan to commute all...
  • 'Closer to God's' cloning thriller a modern-day 'Frankenstein'

    'Closer to God's' cloning thriller a modern-day 'Frankenstein'
    The nifty little thriller "Closer to God" tells the what-if story of the first human cloning and its fraught aftermath. With admirable economy, writer-director Billy Senese has crafted an eerie piece that's as much an effective cautionary tale as it is...
  • 'Amy' tracks singer Winehouse's soaring talent, tragic demise

    Before she won six Grammys (including a trio for her massive breakout hit "Rehab"), before she descended into a morass of addiction and public humiliation, before she died of alcohol poisoning at age 27, bravura British songwriter and vocalist Amy...
  • Unconventional 'In Stereo' explores love in three time-twisted parts

    Unconventional 'In Stereo' explores love in three time-twisted parts
    In the unconventional love story "In Stereo," writer-director Mel Rodriguez III bounces between the two individuals who form one relationship. In a prologue, we meet David (Micah Hauptman) and Brenda (Beau Garrett), on the cusp of a breakup. Eighteen...
  • 'Jackie & Ryan' a strong duet of searching musical souls

    'Jackie & Ryan' a strong duet of searching musical souls
    The heartland drama "Jackie & Ryan" may prove too low-key and deliberately paced for less patient viewers, but distinct pleasures are to be had from this compactly shot film's easy rhythms, affecting tone and nicely modulated performances. Writer-...
  • 'Humpback Whales 3-D' a labor of love for documentary filmmakers

    How do you film a humpback whale? Veteran large-format filmmaker Greg MacGillivray admitted he didn't have a clue when he set out to make the new IMAX 3-D film "Humpback Whales 3-D," which opens Friday at the California Science Center. The 50-foot-...
  • Indie writer-director of post-9/11 thriller 'Retina' a multitasking whiz

    Indie writer-director of post-9/11 thriller 'Retina' a multitasking whiz
    Carlos Ferrer's incarnations ran wild during the six years he performed virtually every facet, except acting, in making the thriller "Retina": The producer in him worried about cost overruns; his inner special effects persona loved explosions; his sound...
  • Orlando theme park and attractions discounts, prices and hours

    Orlando theme park and attractions discounts, prices and hours
    Here's a selection of attractions offering reduced prices, check websites for details and restrictions: ADVENTURE ISLAND: Florida residents can purchase a "Weekday Pass" online for unlimited visits Mondays-Fridays through Sept. 7. $49 adults, $45 ages...
  • 'Men in War' review: A lean, spare account

     'Men in War' review: A lean, spare account
    Featuring Robert Ryan at his finest, as a platoon leader confronted by snipers, land mines, artillery fire and an inner sense of doubt, director Anthony Mann's "Men in War" (1957) is being screened in a 16 millimeter print Wednesday at Doc Films. It's a...
  • 'The Little Death' review: Fetish fables

    'The Little Death' review: Fetish fables
    I come to praise the portmanteau. Anthologies, omnibuses, whatever you want to call them: Those cinematic conglomerations of disconnected or slightly interwoven stories are what I'm talking about. As a storytelling tradition, it stretches back beyond...