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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.

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