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Sundance 2012: "Compliance" is a Bloodless Horror Film That I Couldn't Resist

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 21, 2012 3:06 PM
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For a good portion of Craig Zobel’s twisted new single-setting drama, “Compliance,” I had difficulty believing what was happening. The film, which is based on a true story, depicts a busy night at a Midwest fast food restaurant during which a teenage employee is accused of theft, detained in a stock room and consequently strip searched in the process of investigating her alleged crime. The problem is there’s no police detective in sight, though there is supposedly one on the phone dictating irregular procedures to the chicken joint’s manager and staff. And to them it all seems a strange yet acceptable idea to conduct such an outlandish probe by proxy with only the word and authority of an unfamiliar “cop.”

On DVD: Underrated Horror Comedies "Saint Nick" and "Burke and Hare," Plus Under-Seen Western "Blackthorn"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 20, 2011 1:21 PM
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Looking for something to rent this week? Here's what we had to say about the films out on DVD/Blu-ray today. Titles include "Saint Nick," "Burke and Hare" and "Blackthorn." Also: Docs on DVD highlights and new VOD release "Moneyball."

Morning Pour: Remake Roundup with "Scarface," "Akira," "The Raid," "Knuckle," "Oldboy" and More

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 30, 2011 11:26 AM
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Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your five discussion topics involving remakes for Wednesday, November 30, 2011:

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