A pinched punk band — so poor they can barely afford a presence on social media — siphons their way from gig to gig before contracting an engagement at an all-day skinhead sock hop. The white supremacist paraphernalia lining the walls of the titular cubbyhole should have been an instant signal to skedaddle. Instead, the members wind up fighting for their lives after accidentally stumbling across a murder scene. As the wealthy club owner who holds racial advocacy workshops during off hours, Patrick Stewart comes off too blandly unthreatening to make much of an impact. It takes a while for the solid premise to unravel, though, and for the better portion of its running time Green Room functions as a highly effective thriller. The closer writer-director Jeremy Saulnier inches toward horror, the more predictable it becomes, until it’s simply a matter of death-by-billing. Starring (in no particular order) Imogen Poots, Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, and a deliciously scuzzy Macon Blair. (2015) — Scott Marks
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