Excerpt: Though the term is bandied about with abandon these days, "B movies" are an historically determined thing. As Hollywood transitioned to narrative cinema, where the roughly 90-minute story became standard, the studios realized that bigger is generally better. Today's blockbuster summer tent-pole franchise flicks are an extension of this phenomena; one really expensive picture can make more than twice as much as two films half as expensive.
Excerpt: In 6 Souls , directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein waste little time in setting their protagonist, Cara Harding (Julianne Moore), up for a moral and spiritual reckoning. A forensic psychiatrist, she displays a bit too much relish in declaring a death-row inmate fit for execution. A moment later, Cara is wildly over-tipping a bartender so he'll keep the joint open and ply her with shots of tequila as she watches a newscast announcing the inmate's execution.