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Whether you liked or loved 10 Cloverfield Lane (review), there's no question the film emerged as one of the year's biggest surprises. Not only was J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot able to keep the film's production completely under wraps, they didn't even let on that a Cloverfield universe was underway.

Now I know there are Cloverfield deniers out there who see this film as a blatant turn of marketing. Those people are not wrong, only wrong headed about how to approach the film. The only thing that matters is if the film works and, boy, does it ever work. Dan Trachtenberg makes one of the most assured debuts in recent memory with this claustrophobic and wildly entertaining sci-fi apocalypse yarn. Evoking the best of The Twilight Zone, it's a winner.

Almost 14 years after the original X Files series run, the next mind-bending chapter of the game changing show comes back for a six-episode event. Chris Carter is back along with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as iconic FBI agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY.

The show wasn't a hit with everyone, but hardcore fans will want to check this out if it was missed.

Gridlocked balances humor and no-nonsense action with the best of 90's action movies like Lethal Weapon and The Hard Way. And with a great cast leading the charge, it emerges as one of the most interesting and ambitious Canadian films in recent memory.

I caught the film last year and enjoyed it a lot. We also spoke with director Allan Ungar for The Quietcast, so be sure to check out that conversation.

French director Éric Hannezo remakes Mario Bava’s classic kidnapping-gone-wrong thriller Rabid Dogs with great assuredness. Shout! Factory handles the blu-ray here and I'm dying to check it out. The french have a long and rich history of great crime thrillers, so I'm thrilled to see this getting a region A release.

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