There’s no doubt that Los Angeles can be a magical city, but for most of its denizens it’s little more than the urban sprawl they call home. In that regard it’s not very different from any other city, but there remains certain expectations in L.A. that something better is just around the corner. Something unexpected will appear if you give it just one more day. It’s unclear what Suziey (Suziey Block) expected from her L.A. adventure, but whatever dream she once had is long gone. Her days now are little more than exercises in monotony. Wake up, get dressed, feed the dog, walk to her job as a coffee shop barista and then return home for sleep before she does it all over again the next day. She has a roommate and a handful of casual acquaintances, but she’s never really made a connection with anyone (outside of her dog, Darryl). We follow her through these routine days, often literally from a few feet behind as she walks to and from work, and slowly we start to notice small disturbances. She hears noises in her apartment while showering. A car follows her home from work one night. She’s hit on by a couple very persistent guys. But when Darryl goes missing one night Suziey throws in the towel on L.A. and finally decides to move back home to Michigan. Unfortunately, she waited too long.


What is Movie News After Dark? Tonight, it’s hanging on by a thread, as we enter Day Four of Dear Leader Neil Miller’s Mental Health Break Staycation. While he’s off eating the finest BBQ that FSR’s hometown of Austin, Texas has to offer and Instagraming all the way, the rest of us are slaving over our keyboards and monitors to bring you the best content we possibly can. Of course, for tonight’s round of MNAD, that includes kitty GIFs, Battleship love letters, and something about the world’s most green soda missing the boat on a marketing opportunity and saddling up with the wrong superhero (to super-sad effect). It’s Movie News After Dark! And, man, is it tired. I won’t bury the lede here, folks, some people love Peter Berg‘s Battleship. Our Cole Abaius is not one of them. But guess who is! Huffington Post’s Mike Ryan! The scribbler has penned a love letter to the film, and while I can’t quite agree with the sentiment, he brings up some interesting and articulate points. And, as Ryan is both a friend and a colleague, I can assure you – he’s not joking and he’s not trolling.


Later this week, IFC Midnight is releasing Entrance, a film by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath, a tricky little indie that comes with a metric ton of thrills and chills, wrapped up in a very surprising package. Our own Cole Abaius posted its goose bump-inducing trailer last week, and if it’s been haunting your dreams and you happen to live in LA, we’ve got a surprise for you! We’re giving away two tickets to see Entrance at the Downtown Independent theater this Friday, May 18th at 8PM. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Hallam and Horvath, as moderated by filmmaker Ti West. Having seen the film at last year’s LAFF (and weirdly enough, having seen it at the Downtown), I can vouch for its ability to lure audiences in, lull them gently, before nailing their guts and minds to the back wall of the theater. It’s fun! To win the tickets, which includes 2 tickets to Entrance at the Downtown Independent theater, followed by a Q&A with directors Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath moderated by filmmaker Ti West, all you have to do is jump down into the comments section and let us know what your favorite independent theater is in Los Angeles (this isn’t a trick! you don’t have to say the Downtown! but, man, what a great theater!). Filmed on location around Los Angeles, Entrance is both a very LA production and a very indie one, so it’s a pretty perfect confluence of interests. […]


It’s rare that you don’t want to “spoil” a trailer. That sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Spoiling the very thing that so often spoils the movie itself? But this new trailer for Entrance earns a little reverence. It’s sharp, smart horror shot with a sort of modern casualness that takes practice, and the selling point is a monologue. Not flashy effects or gross-out gore. Just a simple, breathy bit of words leading to the true nature of the speaker’s dangerous intent. This is a goosebump factory. Check it out for yourself:

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