FFF: Friday, April 15

3:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - 
Red Chapel (3 Stars) The most interesting part of Red Chapel is the fact that it fails. It fails in interesting ways, but it still fails. Its stated mission was to undermine the North Korean state with a (tremendously unfunny) comedy show featuring two Danish-Koreans (one who is overweight and one who is handicapped), but it only succeeds in crashing headfirst into the red wall of Korean nationalism. They become propaganda puppets for the North Koreans in every possible way, even ending up in a state sponsored anti-American parade through Pyongyang. The film as director Mads Brügger set out to make would've been a trainwreck. But the film he ended up with is a rare view into the North. -RB

6:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Illegal (3 Stars) The biggest problem with Illegal is that it suffers from spoke-on-a-wheel syndrome. We've seen this story before in its various forms: the desperate immigrant who is eventually snared by immigration officials, while a loved one escapes. The Visitor did it better, but Illegal is compelling enough to get by, morphing itself almost into a prison drama, and Anne Coesens is good as Tania. -RB

8:45 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Terri (3 Stars) Azazel Jacobs' uneven drama about an obese high-school boy (Jacob Wysocki) teetering on the cusp of total social withdrawal and brought back from the brink by his doofy principal (John C. Reilly, brilliant as always) suffers from a failure to commit to either dark teen realism or indie affectation. Despite a supporting cast that shines, including The Office's Creed Bratton, Rescue Me's Olivia Crocicchia (able to hint coyly at a deep emotional reservoir) and promising newcomer Bridger Zadina, Terri luxuriates in its aimlessness when it should narrow 
its focus. -JS

10 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - The Weird World of Blowfly (2 Stars) Clarence Reid, aka Blowfly, is one of countless O.G. rappers to claim he recorded the first-ever rap song. It's a claim made not altogether unfathomable in this documentary, which features testimonials from Chuck D and Ice-T. The film follows Reid and an ambitious fan attempting to "manage" him back into the spotlight as they book increasingly well-attended gigs based on the nostalgia of Reid's 1980 novelty hit, "Rapp Dirty." As Reid gets nearer and nearer to his goal - to be appreciated by anybody, really - the film seems to run out of ideas. By the time he and a band of younger white fans team up for an ill-conceived stab at horrorcore, Blowfly seems more and more like a sad old man avoiding the real world. (His bitter, WNBA-playing daughter can attest to that.) -JS

11 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - 
The Troll Hunter (4 Stars) André Øvredal's faux-documentary follows a group of students as they track down a mysterious hunter who is actually responsible for keeping Norway's very real, very big troll population from the public eye. The end result could stand to be just a bit funnier, a bit faster, a bit more frightening, but as it is, the film remains an inspired and well-realized addition to the "found footage" subgenre. -WG

11:59 p.m. at Enzian Theater - Midnight Son (3 Stars) Throughout its first half, this unassuming take on junkie-vampirism in the modern world coasts gracefully on writer-director Scott Leberecht's rich colors and storytelling clarity (Leberecht worked in visual arts at ILM previously, so he can do a lot with a little budget) and co-stars Zak Kilberg and Maya Parish's chemistry. But when the plot necessitates some actiony goodness, the whole enterprise unravels. It's as if they ran out of money: The night scenes lose their luster around the same time guns and cops get involved. By the end, Midnight Son opts for the camp-horror bailout, but they had a good thing going for a while. -JS

11:59 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Redline See review in next week's Orlando Weekly.

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