Ready or Not

“Ready or Not” is a modern horror/black comedy movie with a bunch of twists. A young woman marries into a rich, eccentric family. As part of their tradition, the newlywed must play a game with them. One of the games is hide and seek with the in-laws ultimately killing the newlywed. A lot of the action is played for laughs. The biggest star in it is Andie MacDowell, but Samara Weaving as the bride is wonderful. Lots of blood and gore, but kind of witty and lots of surprises. An enjoyable “B” movie. If you don’t see it in the theaters it can be a good diversion on a rainy afternoon.

The Death of Stalin

Here is a film that almost no one has heard of. It’s truly an independent. Starring Steve Buscemi as Nikita Kruschev, it is the story of the transition of power after Stalin died. His chosen successor is a dolt so Kruschev and another are fighting for the second position. Believe it or not Kruschev is the good guy. The movie is a farce with many comical characters including Stalin’s son who is one step above an idiot. This is a black comedy, so some people may not like the morbid humor, but I enjoyed it. You will probably have a hard time finding it in theaters so look for it on cable or streaming video. It really is a gem.