Movie of the Week

Cloverfield Lane

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First things first - beyond the title - this has next to nothing to do with 2008 creature feature Cloverfield: best to think of it as a different entry in an anthology series. After a car crash, Mary Elizabeth Winstead wakes up imprisoned in a bunker with a creepy John Goodman (as evidenced), who claims an apocalyptic event has poisoned the air above. Naturally, not everything is as it seems (or is it?), and while first-time director Dan Trachtenberg’s debts to his influences are pretty hefty, he does craft plenty of armrest-gripping moments. That said, a willingness to go for a higher rating might have helped this linger in the memory more. Trailer & Times

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