“Tusk”: My, what big teeth you have now!


“Tusk” opens Friday at Point, Eastgate and Star Cinemas. R, 1:42, two and a half stars.

“Tusk” is basically a horror movie Kevin Smith made on a dare. He came up with the idea on his podcast with his partner Scott Mosier kind of as a joke, and when his legions of fans pushed him, he went ahead and made the movie.

It sounds like the worst sort of fan service — Movies Made To Order! — but there are moments in “Tusk” that represent some of the most assured filmmaking the “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy” writer-director has ever done. And when it sticks to that “do it on a dare” spirit, especially in its absolutely bonzo third act, “Tusk” can be a lot of fun.

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“Best Man Down”: Grooming Tyler Labine for better things


“Best Man Down” is now streaming on VOD and is available for purchase on ITunes. PG-13, 1:31, two stars out of four.

When your film’s most compelling character dies in the first five minutes, your film has a problem. Writer-director Ted Koland’s debut comedy-drama “Best Man Down” has that problem. And a few others.

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