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  • Piranha (R)

    A rip-off of Jaws from Roger Corman's New World Pictures, with all the New World virtues intact: it's a fast, well-made, entertaining film with enough cheap thrills for the action trade and plenty of in-jokes for the cognoscenti. more...
  • The Purge (R)

    Political filmmaking disguised as genre entertainment, this low-budget horror item is surprisingly serious in its consideration of class inequality and violent crime in the U.S. It takes place in a dystopian future where the government, hoping to exorcise criminal impulses in the populace, has instituted an annual holiday on which crime goes unpunished. more...
  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Brian De Palma's Grand Guignol send-up and put-down of the rock business (1974), with a maimed musician (William Finley) haunting a concert hall operated by a malevolent mogul (Paul Williams). more...