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Entrance

A textbook example of a movie that betrays its audience, "Entrance" begins as a mildly interesting slice-of-life look at a struggling Los Angeles cafe worker, then impulsively devolves into a manipulative slasher pic.

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With: Suziey Block, Karen Gorham, Florence Hartigan, Bennett Jones, Jonathan Michael Margolis, Morgan Phalen.

A textbook example of a movie that betrays its audience, “Entrance” begins as a mildly interesting slice-of-life look at a struggling Los Angeles cafe worker, then impulsively devolves into a manipulative slasher pic. Co-directed and edited by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath (who co-wrote the script with several other hands, including cast members), the film tries to establish a mood of dread before its grisly third act, but it’s so underwhelming that the twists feel rudely unearned. Fests desperate for a slot-filler may apply.

Suziey (Suziey Block) is a striking-looking barista at a Silver Lake cafe with few friends and a generally absent housemate. Her quotidian existence is staged in a manner that appears to have been influenced by the brothers Dardenne, signifying loneliness in an Angeleno paradise. When her dog goes missing and an intruder manages to take photos of her, Suziey decides to leave town. Calculated to shock, the bloody conclusion seems bent on delivering the message that it’s really lousy living in Los Angeles.

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Entrance

Production: A Towards a New Cinema production in association with Blue Fire Hot Prods. Produced by Suziey Block, Karen Gorham, Dallas Hallam, Patrick Horvath, Michelle Margolis. Directed, edited by Dallas Hallam, Patrick Horvath. Screenplay, Suziey Block, Karen Gorham, Hallam, Horvath, Michelle Margolis.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Hallam; costume designer, Margolis. Reviewed at Silent Movie Theater, Los Angeles, June 7, 2011. (In Los Angeles Film Festival -- The Beyond.) Running time: 82 MIN.

With: With: Suziey Block, Karen Gorham, Florence Hartigan, Bennett Jones, Jonathan Michael Margolis, Morgan Phalen.

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