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Predators (R)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

After the blasphemous outrages that were the two Alien vs. Predator flicks, über-producer Robert Rodriguez does his damnedest to return the cool factor to the Predator franchise with Predators (note the "s"!). It stars Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody, who is slipping into the Nicolas Cage era of his acting career quite comfortably. Brody involuntarily leads a team of kidnapped trained killers in a Predator game preserve, presumably on another planet, where they are hunted for sport by dreadlocked interstellar Ted Nugent fans. When we get into this action, it's a rocking good time — too bad the entire first act is bogged down by way too much talky character development. This is a Predator movie, not Eat Pray Love! Skip the talking, just give me cold-blooded killers ripping out some spines and you've done your job, fellas. — Louis Fowler


Antichrist (NR)

Image Entertainment

Fetishistic, sadistic and, well, just plain ick, Lars von Trier's Antichrist divided and prickled the film community last year more than any movie in recent memory, and for good reason. Trier's story of a man (Willem Dafoe, always game for "bad-sex" schlock) and a woman (Charlotte Gainesbourg, Trier's latest victim) coming to grips with grief over their son's death — a tragedy played out in the opening sucker-punch sequence — is a study in how to alienate your audience. The horrors on display though four chapters, with prologue and epilogue, have our attention, but then Trier (Dancer in the Dark) hates us for our curiosity and punishes disproportionately. Still, there is artistry within the madness and it's something to behold, if only to bear witness. What better way to do that than with this pristine transfer from the ever-reliable Criterion Collection? — Justin Strout


The Psycho Legacy (NR)

Shout! Factory

Alfred Hitchcock's seminal Psycho not only changed the way genre film was viewed by the public, but also the face of film in general. Never before had we experienced shock and deviance thrust so close to our faces, with legendary mama's boy Norman Bates perversely slashing his way across the screen. The Psycho Legacy, a well-made documentary about the film and its three official sequels, is a great little primer that will definitely get you interested in rewatching the films, but, sadly, is nowhere near as deep and exhaustive as other horror-franchise docs like Never Sleep Again or His Name Was Jason. For example, the 1987 TV pilot Bates Motel, as well as the Gus Van Sant remake, are completely ignored. Legacy is like a really good special feature that would have been well-suited for the recent Psycho Blu-ray release. — Louis Fowler

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