"Rain Man" helmer Barry Levinson doesn't seem like a natural fit for the horror genre, but with "The Bay" he proves he has the chops to seriously creep you out. Technically a found-footage film a la "Paranormal Activity," "The Bay" tracks a 24-hour period on July 4, 2009 when a parasitic infiltration of the water in Claridge, Maryland threatened to infect the entire town. "While the rash of deaths and close encounters with the leech-like parasites borrow liberally from the traditions of zombie and alien invasion movies, the source of the chills never strays too far from the real world, "wrote Eric Kohn in his review out of Toronto, where the film world premiered in September to solid notices. "'The Bay' manages to scare up a real fear of environmental neglect. It's quite possibly the first example of jump scares used in service of activism."
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Set in 1932, this droll period dramey centers on Dolly (Felicity Jones), a bride-to-be who locks herself in her bedroom with a jug of rum on the morning of her wedding. Understandably, Dolly's exasperated mother (played by "Downton Abbey"'s Elizabeth McGovern) doesn't take the turn of events so well, but soldiers on by putting on a brave face when family and friends start gossiping about her daughter's whereabouts.
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At the outset of this twist-filled thriller, obscenely good-looking siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are on the run from a casino heist gone wrong. When a car accident leaves their wheel man and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border during a near whiteout blizzard. While Addison heads across the country, Liza is picked up by ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam), en-route for a Thanksgiving dinner with his parents (played by Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson). "The climax -- where virtually every strand collides over the course of a Thanksgiving dinner -- stands out because it eschews endless gunfire for tense conversation," wrote Kohn in his review. "Those final scenes turn 'Deadfall' into a bonafide family drama, proof that noir has humanistic roots. It left me feeling thankful for persistent movie traditions."
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