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ALIEN DOMICILE Veteran local fi lmmaker Kelly Schwarze achieved wider success with 2015's small-scale sci-fi thriller Territory 8, and his new feature is in the same vein. A few military personnel fi nd themselves in the underground catacombs of Area 51, hunted by mysterious creatures, with no memory of how they ended up there. Available on Amazon. BILLY TOPIT: MASTER MAGICIAN What has former Strip headliner Lance Burton been up to during his retirement? Co-writing, directing and starring in this family- friendly feature about a birthday-party magician who takes on the mob, with appearances from fellow Vegas performers including Frankie Scinta and Louie Anderson. Available on Amazon. HEIDI A rough cut of Daniel Ray's found- footage horror movie about two teens who fi nd a killer doll premiered at the 2014 Pollygrind fi lm festival, and Ray has since refi ned his vision, with the fi nal result (shorter, faster- paced, with improved sound effects) arriving just in time to capitalize on the popularity of Annabelle. Available on Amazon. VEGAS BABY Executive produced by Morgan Spurlock, Amanda Micheli's documentary focuses on a Vegas fertility clinic that sponsors an online contest to win a free round of IVF treatments. The movie follows winners and other entrants from one year's contest over the course of several treatments, as a way to explore the struggles and heartbreak of couples who deal with infertility. Available on Netfl ix. –Josh Bell VEGAS ON HOME VIDEO FOUR RECENT LOCAL FEATURES NOW AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING + The main characters of Friends From College are supposedly so close that they've remained in each other's lives for 20 years, yet they're all so unpleasant and treat each other so poorly, it's hard to imagine they'd want to spend even a few minutes together. That's just one of the problems with the show, created by lmmaker Nicholas Stoller and his wife Francesca Delbanco. With a talented ensemble cast, Friends has the potential to be a funny and a ect- ing look at getting older while attempting to hold onto the glories of youth. The six friends (played by Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage and Jae Suh Park), all approaching 40, all graduates of Harvard, are all facing midlife crises of sorts—and handling them very badly. The friends are all obnoxious, grating and unlikable, and the main serialized thread of the rst season involves an a air between two of the friends who are married to other people. Stoller balanced humor and relationship drama well in his 2012 movie The Five-Year Engagement, but here the tone veers awkwardly from sitcom clichés to cringe comedy to heavy drama, without any smooth transitions. The writing and direction fail the talented ac- tors (including high-pro le guest stars like Kate McKinnon and Seth Rogen), trapping them in annoyingly contrived storylines and unfunny set pieces. These are not the kind of friends you want to keep. –Josh Bell BAD FRIENDS SCREEN ABCCC FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE Season 1 available July 14 on Netfl ix. OBNOXIOUS NARCISSISTS POPULATE FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE Caesar leads the apes into battle. (Twentieth Century Fox/Courtesy) clichés to cringe comedy to heavy drama, without any smooth transitions. The writing and direction fail the talented ac- tors (including high-pro le guest stars like Kate McKinnon and Seth Rogen), trapping them in annoyingly contrived storylines and unfunny set pieces. These are L A S V E G A S W E E K LY 0 7 . 1 3 . 1 7

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