Chris Packham

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  • Sometimes Extinction is a zombie-apocalypse story; mostly it's a meditation on isolation, redemption and family that could, in its basic outline, be satisfyingly told outside of its genre. But then you wouldn't get to see a zombie horde...

  • It's a basic narrative principle dating back to the epic tale "Hunter Chase Mastodon" that you tell your shit in chronological order unless it's more interesting to shuffle the timeline around. The audience-cheating 6 Ways to Die relates a...

  • "Bills, bills, bills! I can't take it anymore!" The plot of many payday loan advertisements is also the protagonist's generic motivation in 7 Minutes, writer-director Jay Martin's heist-gone-wrong thriller, although stone-faced Sam's...

  • Back in the 1980s, it was possible to shoot a tiny film on a slight budget as a calling card for studio executives, a way for directors to say, "Imagine what I could do with real money." A few of these underbudgeted films, such as The...

  • Using a slavery narrative to advance an unrelated agenda is pretty tasteless, bordering on offensive. The product of an "inspirational" production house, a white director, and an Asian-American screenwriter who once wrote a film that was actually...

  • David Dastmalchian will appear in this summer's new Marvel franchise Ant-Man, but Animals is probably way more important to him, considering he wrote it. The premise -- homeless drug addicts in love -- is depressing, but as directed...

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