Grace (pictured) is one seriously effed-up horror film about a woman who gives birth to an undead baby. When one of the props required for your movie is a baby bottle filled with blood, you know you've got something special on your hands. I reviewed it for Cinematical at Sundance and said, "First-time writer/director Paul Solet ... proves himself adept both as a visual storyteller and as a guy who can make you crap your pants." Reviews at Rotten Tomatoes are evenly split between positive and negative. If this is your kind of movie, you probably know who you are. In New York and L.A. for now.
Spread, another Sundance premiere, stars Ashton Kutcher as a guy who has lots of sex with lots of women, then decides to do it professionally. (It was one of a few films at Sundance that, rather notoriously, didn't have press screenings.) At Rotten Tomatoes, 8 out of the 10 reviews are negative, though a few do offer praise for Kutcher's surprisingly good performance. Opens today on about 90 screens nationwide.
It Might Get Loud is a documentary about the electric guitar. Sound kind of boring? Well, what if I told you it's really an excuse for Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White to get together and jam so hard it makes your face fall off?? Three-fourths of the critics at Rotten Tomatoes agree that for fans of the guitar -- or of any of these guys specifically -- this is a dream come true. Playing in New York and L.A.
Taxidermia, a bizarre Hungarian anthology, has been kicking around festivals since 2006 before finally landing in theaters in New York and L.A. today. You can see why it might be a hard sell: Its three stories are about an obese speed-eater, a man who embalms cats, and a man who shoots fire out of his penis. Cinematical's Scott Weinberg, who I'm pretty sure the third story was based on, caught it at the Philadelphia Film Festival in 2007 and wasn't sure what to make of it: "absurd, ugly, disgusting, surreal, confusing, arcane, difficult, ponderous, and (intermittently) fascinating." At Rotten Tomatoes, 76% of the reviews are positive, though many of them recommend the film only to those with cast-iron stomachs.