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112- The Raid: Redemption [7.0]

A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

There were a handful of times throughout The Raid: Redemption that I found myself yelling “oh shit!” in the theater along with everyone around me. The Raid features relentless action as well as some of the most technically impressive fight sequences I’ve seen placed on film. Thankfully, director Gareth Evans has a good grasp on tension, and so the scenes in which action is absent are no bore whatsoever.

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111- Cabin in the Woods [9.0]

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again.

Scream has been regarded as a film that both changed the horror genre while acknowledging all of its pitfalls. To some extent, I disagree. Scream stopped horror right in its track, causing a reactionary wave of filmmakers who decided that meta and self-awareness was akin to intelligent cinema. Cabin in the Woods, on the other hand, is a challenge to filmmakers to do something new with horror. It also has to be really damn entertaining. Featuring one of the better third acts I’ve seen in a while, Cabin in the Woods is one of the most refreshing films in quite some time, genres be damned.