SOCIETY OF THE SNOW – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

The horrific 1972 plane crash in the Andes Mountains that stranded a Uruguayan rugby team is surely one of the greatest exploits in human endurance in recent memory. Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona retells their tale as a stark, haunting adventure of the spirit, viscerally terrifying and full of despair, and of the audacity it takes, in such a situation, to hope.

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ALIVE – Review by Beth Accomando

The film marks the feature debut of writer-director David Marantz and producer-editor Annie Rachel Hillman. They are working with an obviously limited budget. Much if not all of the sound seems looped or replaced with foley work, and the effects are erratic. Making a zombie film always invites comparison because there are so many entries in the genre and therefore so many films to compete with. Sorry to report that Alive doesn’t have anything to make it stand out amongst the reanimated corpses.

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