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‘Compliance,’ with Ann Dowd, is a terrifying tale based on real events

Ann Dowd stars as Sandra in Craig Zobel's Compliance — Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Ann Dowd stars as Sandra in Craig Zobel’s Compliance — Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

In Compliance, writer-director Craig Zobel crafts perhaps the scariest movie of 2012. This is not a genre-specific horror movie with vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. This a harrowing tale based on real events where ordinary people are asked to do nightmarish tasks.

The movie is difficult to get through because the actors, working off Zobel’s script, seem so realistic.

Becky (Dreama Walker) works at a fast-food restaurant where Sandra (Ann Dowd) serves as manager. It’s a stressful day that only grows more stressful as the minutes tick by.

INTERVIEW: Alonso Ruizpalacios creates love letter to Mexico City in ‘Güeros’

Ilse Salas stars in Güeros, directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios. Photo courtesy of Kino Lorber Inc.

Ilse Salas stars in Güeros, directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios. Photo courtesy of Kino Lorber Inc.

Güeros, the new film from director Alonso Ruizpalacios, follows four young characters as they navigate the prolonged student strikes that rocked Mexico City in 1999. The movie, currently playing New York City’s Film Forum, won Best First Feature at the Berlin Film Festival and was recently nominated for 12 Ariel Awards, Mexico’s Oscar equivalent.