After a surprisingly strong remake, Steven R. Monroe delivers exactly the kind of bottom-feeding exploitation trash one expected the last time around.
With a sordid "true story" of sex, violence and Mormonism tailor-made for TV-movie treatment, "Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret" makes no apologies for its obligatory exploitation. Twenty years ago…
CRIX ON PIX: Variety reviewers sift through the wreckage of Zack Snyder's Superman reboot and other post-9/11 blockbusters.
Gleefully trashy "Aftershock" applies a grindhouse sensibility -- minus the faux-oldie stylings of other recent exploitation homages -- to a disaster-survival thriller that acts more like a horror…
Disturbingly condescending and almost irresistibly cheeky, this exploitation of deep-fried Southern rubes is balanced by the fact they'll all likely be much richer, ultimately, for the experience -…
Documaker Ashim Ahluwalia ("John & Jane") makes an impressive transition to features with "Miss Lovely," an atmospheric tragedy set in the sordid world of Bombay's exploitation-film industry during…
A low-budget feature concerning America's underground sex-slave industry, "Cargo" necessarily walks a fine line between exploitation and social expose.
With "Stripped Down," multihyphenate Elena Krausz has attempted to concoct either a soft exploitation film with strong feminist leanings or a moody feminist meller with a soupcon of porn.
If reality TV teaches us anything, it's that anyone can become a celebrity. The flip side of that is the reassuring notion that celebrities -- except for the entourage of agents, assistants and…
A sprawling but amusing CliffsNotes-like history of various disreputable subgenres.
The freak-show aesthetic so prevalent in modern culture doesn't have a better exemplar than "Billy the Kid," Jennifer Venditti's debut doc and one of the more irresponsible eruptions in the current…
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