Matthew Lickona 4 p.m., Feb. 16
Hounds of Love
A kidnap victim (Ashleigh Cummings), kept under lock and key in a spare bedroom by an experienced pair of married abductors (Emma Booth and Stephen Curry) slowly — and I do mean slowly — sizes up the couple’s relationship and decides to try pitting captor against captor to enable her escape. It’s not a bad “based on a true story” premise, but it doesn’t really kick in until well over halfway into the picture. By then, the snail’s-pace horizontal pans, under-the-flight-path score, and other arthouse affectations had collided with the overall unlikeability of the major characters violently enough to make me consider jumping ship. I didn’t — a decision I lived to regret once the subsequent rape scene concluded with a closeup cutaway to a grinning toy pig. For a film whose main goal is to send audiences home feeling like crap, this ain’t nuthin’ but a dogged Hound. Written and directed by newcomer Ben Young. 2017.