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Shame (NC-17)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

I'm at a loss to explain all the critical acclaim this sex-addiction flick has garnered. It's never as deep as it thinks it is, never as shocking as it promises to be, and never as ferocious as it pretends to be. But, somehow, people think it's this brilliant character study of a tortured man's psyche. Shame is nothing more than a modern-day sexploitation movie masquerading as wildly pretentious art-house fare. The very handsome Michael Fassbender has sex with everyone and everything, but his life of constant sport-effing is interrupted when his equally screwed-up sister (Carey Mulligan) tries to create some sort of idiot's guide to forbidden sexual tension between them. The real shame is that people fall for it. — Louis Fowler


The Innkeepers (R)

Dark Sky Films

A kind of under-the-radar complement to the mega-hyped The Cabin in the Woods, this New England-set thriller is less professorial in message and more grounded in its location, never forgetting that the latter is always key to scary movies. Ti West picked a great one with the Yankee Pedlar Inn, a Connecticut hotel with a history and at least one suspected paranormal resident. Boasting endless hallways and a dark cellar, it's the perfect locale for two clerks, played by the sneakily charming Sara Paxton and the reliable Pat Healy, to mount a time-killing ghost-hunting escapade. Much emphasis is placed on anticipation; takes stretch on forever, while the relatively bustling city around the hotel lulls viewers into a false sense of security. — Justin Strout


Roadracers (R)

Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

After the success of his $7,000 debut feature El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez got a crash-course on Hollywood filmmaking by helming the 1950s juvenile-delinquent tribute Roadracers. It's a remake of an old Roger Corman cheapie that was a part of Showtime's early '90s Rebel Highway series that featured A-list directors remaking Z-list youth-gone-wild pictures. The best of the lot was this, a rockin' take on the greaser scumbag bad-boy that featured Salma Hayek in her first American role. A baby-faced David Arquette is Dude, a drag-racer with a bad attitude and a giant chip on his shoulder, poppin' off to the wrong people in a deadly finale. Roadracers is Robert Rodriguez's true lost classic. — Louis Fowler

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