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Eli Roth and "The Last Exorcism," a film that could make Jesus freak.

Reviewed at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. "The Last Exorcism" screened outdoors at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, and whether you packed a jacket or not, there were chills to be had. Soon after producer Eli Roth thanked the crowd for "loving Satan more than 'Twilight,'" a reference to the "Eclipse" world premiere happening across town, "The Last Exorcism" made its world premiere, three months removed from pulling out of SXSW after being...

"Circo," small lives under the big top.

Reviewed at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. Of all the death-defying stunts performed by the Ponce family in "Circo," the most impressive may be keeping the family business alive. Tied up in tradition more constrictive than the chains that their teenage Cascaras finds himself trying to loose himself from for the benefit of a half-filled cheering section, the Ponces are descendants of a once-strong clan of traveling circus performers. Circo Mexico, led by the indefatigable ringmaster...

"The Tillman Story," demystifying an American hero.

Reviewed at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. "Everybody who speaks about the Tillman family says, 'I don't want to speak for them,'" said Amir Bar-Lev, who admitted he was developing a habit of saying the same thing during what was his eighth festival Q & A for "The Tillman Story," his doc about the lies and deception that befell the family of NFL star-turned-fallen soldier Pat Tillman after he was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Strange words from someone...

"Bitter Feast," a horror flick for foodies.

Reviewed at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. During the post-screening Q & A for "Bitter Feast," writer/director Joe Maggio declared himself not a fan of torture porn. But with all those butcher knives around, who could blame him for getting a little grotesque in telling the tale of a world-class chef who chains up a food critic in his basement after a particularly nasty review? What separates "Bitter Feast" from most entries into that particular genre are the great lengths...