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July 2, 2016

Seven Minute Takes: Super Sized Holiday Edition

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Seven Minute Takes

Seven Minute Takes


Seven Minute Takes starts summer with a vengeance! In our Independence Day preview edition, we catch up with a plethora of indie cinema. Don’t try to celebrate the 4th without it!

In this edition, SMT reviews Dark Sky Film’s EMELIE, Momentum Pictures’ ANDRON and IFC Midnight’s INTRUDER. Whew! We also give our ten cents on THE CONJURING II and look forward to some of 2016’s other upcoming genre releases

As you can see, Seven Minute Takes  has been busy busting our eyeballs with films galore… Does the Vader count keep pace with all the video? Find a good comfy spot and check our recommendations right here in the YouTube link!












Seven Minute Takes Coming Attractions: THE INVITATIONSeven Minute Takes

Available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 26th
“”This is how a twist ending is chilling as it is perfect. A-“
– Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
“One of the scariest movies you’ll see this decade.” -Fangoria
“Sweat-inducingly tense … you won’t see a more shocking thriller all year.”
– Calum Marsh, The Village Voice
Dubbed “the best horror film of the year” by Maxim, the stylish chiller The Invitation will arrive in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on July 26, 2016, from Drafthouse Films. In this taut psychological thriller from award-winning director Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and new husband David (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”). The estranged divorcees’ tragic past haunts an equally eerie present; amid Eden’s suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will-and the audience-are unsure what threats are real or imagined.
Kusama’s thriller opened the Midnight section of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival before receiving wide acclaim during the nationwide theatrical release. For Kusama, who first made her mark with the breakout 2000 hit Girlfight, The Invitation boasts a triumphant return to her independent roots, as well as an impressively-crafted script written and produced by screenwriting duo Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Crazy/Beautiful, Ride Along). Also starring isEmayatzy Corinealdi (Miles Ahead, “Roots”) and John Carroll Lynch (“American Horror Story,” Zodiac).
Genre:  Psychological thriller
Rating: Not rated
Running time: 100 mins. plus extras
Languages: English
Year: 2015
SRP: $34.95
Street date: July 26, 2016

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Jason Stewart

Jason Malcolm Stewart is a Northern California-based author, journalist and public relations/marketing professional. He holds degrees in Political Science and Comparative Religion, but can have a conversation without starting a small war. When he’s not writing or reading, J. Malcolm spends his weekends talking about how to avoid being in a real-life horror movie.
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