Full reviews of these films have been posted online at latimes. com/ entertainment/ movies/ reviews:
“Bound to Vengeance”: A young woman escapes from her abductor, but rather than run run run, she stays, forcing him at gunpoint to free hostages locked inside dungeons all over town. Next time, may we suggest 911?
“Gone Doggy Gone”: Friends who met at Upright Citizens Brigade write, direct and star in this satire on the Ben Aff leck disappeared- wife f lick. Broadly played characters feel like sketch comedy escapees, and not even an adorable teacup Yorkie will keep you from wanting to escape yourself.
“L. A. Slasher”: If you revel in torture and death at the hands of a masked killer, have we got a movie for you.
“The Midnight Swim”: Three sisters come together after the suspicious drowning of their estranged mother. Are supernatural forces at work? Here’s a family drama that unfolds more like a mystery.
“Saugatuck Cures”: When Maggie can’t afford cancer treatment, two family members ( one gay) take the Hetero Mobile on the road and pretend to cure homosexuality to raise money. The f ilm pokes fun at religious zealotry but offends along the way, with grotesque stereotypes and little compassion for anyone struggling to reconcile their religious upbringing with their sexual orientation.
“The Strongest Man”: Centered on a vacuous, ignorant laborer named Beef and filled with eccentric, unrelatable supporting characters, the f ilm plays out like a patronizing freak show.