Reviews: ‘Four Samosas’ and new Shudder horror titles

Reviews: 'Four Samosas' and new Shudder horror titles

‘Char Samosa’

Set in the Little India of Artesia, the heist comedy “Four Samosas” follows a proud American independent film tradition of underrepresented communities, using humor, genre conventions and stylistic flair to win over a broad audience – something shared While doing that creates its own corner. country specific. Written and directed by veteran character actor Ravi Kapoor (who previously helmed the 2015 comedy “Miss India America”), the film hits about halfway through its running time before curtailing the stretch. But for the most part it’s pretty fast.

Venk Potula plays Vinny, an aspiring rapper who becomes so incensed by his ex-girlfriend’s engagement to a rich snob (Karan Soni) that he organizes a gang to rob his ex’s dowry from a supermarket owned by his father. keeps together. The first half of “Four Samosas” features Vinnie’s eclectic allies and enemies in quirky little vignettes, shot in pastel colors with precise framing – highly reminiscent of Wes Anderson. We meet Bollywood fans, sharp scientific geniuses, bands of cultural reactionaries, Indian folklore cosplayers and more.

After the heist, the film spins its wheels, in broad strokes representing aspects of the Indian American experience with the characters struggling to move forward. (Unlike Wes Anderson’s films, the cartoon’s outlines never require shading to add depth.) But Kapoor’s love for these oddballs and their environments is consistently infectious. The plot may have run out of gas, but “Chaar Samosas” never stops being savory.

‘Four samosas.’ PG-13, for some language and a rude gesture. 1 hour 20 minutes. Available on VOD; Also playing theatrically, Laemmle NoHo 7, North Hollywood; Harkins Cerritos

‘A Wounded Fawn’

Travis Stevens’ short career as a writer-director (“The Girl on the Third Floor,” “Jacob’s Wife”) and his long career as a producer (“Cheap Thrills,” “We’re Still Here”) The name credited to a horror film has usually been a sign of something special. This is true again with his third feature film, “A Wounded Fawn,” a serial-killer thriller marked by strong performances, a twisty plot, and engaging 16mm photography. Overall, Stevens and his collaborators — including co-screenwriter Nathan Faudry, cinematographer Kusha Genenfeld, and sound designer/composer Val — take familiar ideas and images and give them a refreshing pop.

It’s hard to say much about “A Wounded Faun” without spoiling its wonder; But the story is primarily about Bruce (Josh Reuben), a nice guy driven by diabolical impulses to destroy beautiful women. When Bruce gets too close to a powerful and ancient Greek artifact, he is faced with a divine judgment – which, if nothing else, ruins the romantic getaway weekend he has planned for his next potential victim, Meredith. (Sarah Lind).

Much of the last third of “A Wounded Faun” is a veritable nightmare, filled with metaphor, which may put off those who are enjoying the film’s more tightly controlled middle section, which features Bruce and Meredith’s Fast tasty dinner date included. But the film really has a way of toying with expectations while keeping the audience off balance. Stevens and company put the audience in the place of both the hunter and the hunted. They have created a clever little worry generating machine.

‘A wounded fawn.’ Not rated. 1 hour 31 minutes. available on shudder

‘by birth’

There’s a charming looseness in writer-director-star Noah Segan’s “Blood Relatives,” a vampire about a century-old undead creature who discovers he has a half-human teenage daughter. Segan plays the sweet-natured monster, Francis, a European Jew who immigrated to America after World War II and has been living as a nomadic loner ever since. Victoria Morales plays Jane, who goes in search of her father, hoping to find out why he can’t go out in the sun without lotion.

Segan doesn’t create much of a plot for his two blood-sucking heroes. The film plays out like some episode of a cable TV sitcom as Francis and Jane have adventures across America: in a funky motel, a deserted farming town, a hospital, and finally in California, where Dad is about to give his Let’s try to settle the child a chance to finish school.

But the lack of urgency for “blood relatives” is overall more of a selling point than a liability. Sagan doesn’t force anything. He takes each situation and imagines exactly what might happen – and then what might happen next. He builds a world that feels real, and infuses it with such great kinship that it’s easy to see why a lone vampire would destroy his entire existence to preserve it.

‘Born by birth.’ Not rated. 1 hour 28 minutes. available on shudder

Lee Jung-jae in the movie “Hunt”.

(magnet release)

‘to hunt’

Promotional material for South Korean political thriller “Hunt” makes it clear that the film, despite being fictional, is rooted in real history with contemporary relevance. That’s what really sets director-actor Lee Jung-jae’s film in motion. Even when this tale of assassination conspiracies and inter-agency law enforcement tussles begins to seem complicated—and it undeniably is complicated—its true meaning remains clear.

“Squid Game” star Lee makes his directorial debut as Park Pyong-ho, head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency’s overseas unit. Jang Woo-sung plays Kim Jung-do, the head of the KCIA’s domestic unit. When the government learns of a plot to assassinate the president of South Korea – and the involvement of a North Korean spy deep within the KCIA – the two units investigate separate moles, as neither So completely rely on the other.

“Hunt” is set in the 1980s, at a time when South Korea was more authoritarian. Amidst all the well-organized chases and explosions, Lee focuses heavily on the paranoia of the era as some citizens constantly scrutinize each other, looking to save themselves by sacrificing their neighbors. “Hunt” works fine as a slam-bang action movie; But at heart it is a cautionary tale.

‘to hunt.’ In Korean with English subtitles. Not rated. 2 hours 5 minutes. Available on VOD; theatrically at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Downtown Los Angeles; CGV Cinemas Buena Park


Writer-director Sean Perry’s dramedy “Dash” is one of a number of movies made over the years that follow the sometimes funny, sometimes funny, often shocking adventures of ride-share drivers. “Dash” was shot in one take, consisting of more than 90 hectic minutes in the life of Milly (Alexander Molina), a hapless hustler juggling a wife and multiple girlfriends. On this night, Millie begins her “this will fix everything” plan yet again, taking a bag of white powder from one of her boyfriends and becoming an amateur drug-dealer.

Perry structures “Dash” as a series of extended sketches, some of which are more amusing than others. The characters who book rides with Millie fall into a broad “type”, such as goofy tourists, a macho brother and two googly Gen Z-ers; And his dialogue often sounds more stiff and “writerly” than clever. But Molina does well as the sleazy Millie. He and Perry are trying to thread a narrow needle, turning a selfish, short-sighted doofus into a tragic antihero. And while his film may not be entirely original — in fact it’s actually some obvious homage to Quentin Tarantino that borders on plagiarism — it’s strangely absorbing to see every mistake Milly has ever made. There has been a lot of destruction.

‘dash.’ Not rated. 1 hour 46 minutes. available on VOD

‘Dio: Dreamers Never Die’

By the time Ronnie James Dio launched his platinum-selling heavy metal band Dio in the early 1980s, he was already in his 40s and most notable for half a dozen touring and recording acts in the late 1950s. was ahead With a voice that veered between crooning, blues and operatic, Dio was able to sing almost any type of rock ‘n’ roll. But he himself was partial to epic tales of heroes and villains inspired by ancient myths, the classical music and pageantry that filled the arena.

Dio died of cancer in 2010 at the age of 67, meaning that Don Argott and Damian Fenton’s documentary “Dio: Dreamers Never Die” recounts his perspective on his long and sometimes tumultuous career. Has been – outside of his voice in some old interviews. But Argott and Fenton have had input from Dio’s many, many bandmates, as well as his wife Wendy (a producer on the film) and famous fans like Jack Black, Rob Halford, and Sebastian Bach. Add in some vintage clips and great-looking theatrical re-creations – shot to look like faded old home movies – and “Dreamers Never Die” is one of the honest, thought-provoking, and at times heavy metal’s premier and most creative becomes fascinatingly exciting as one. Era.

‘Dio: Dreamers Never Die.’ Not rated. 2 hours 7 minutes. Available on Showtime Anytime

also on VOD

“My So-Called High School Rank” is a documentary that takes an unusual perspective on the topic of cultural bias in college admissions. Directors Ricky Stern and Annie Sundberg follow the growing popularity of a new musical theater production titled “Ranked” featuring songs and stories about the academic pressures on American teenagers; And when they check in on rehearsals at schools across the country, they hear from the kids themselves about the jumps they have to make to get into a top-tier university these days. Available on HBO Max

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray

“Voices from Ukraine” A collection of four films from the past decade — “Bad Roads,” “Donbass,” “Reflection” and “The Earth Is Blue as an Orange” — that chronicle life in Ukraine on the Russian border, before the recent full-scale invasion. Represents. The films offer an enlightening, artful, and often surprisingly funny document of just how dangerous the situation between the two countries was before their conflict captured the attention of the entire world. film movement

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