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B&B

Writer-director Joe Ahearne unabashedly cribs from Alfred Hitchcock for this psychological thriller, in which an attractive gay couple (Tom Bateman, Sean Teale) revisit a remote English country inn some time after they successfully sued the bigoted owner (Paul McGann) for refusing them a double bed. Once a burly Russian ex-con arrives, the newlyweds get caught in a complex revenge scheme hatched by the owner's teenage son. The handsome visuals belie the film's low budget: cinematographer Nick Dance expertly copies Hitchcock's stylistic trademarks, the nocturnal park scenes mimicking the iconic low-angle wide shots of Vertigo and Psycho. But the plot is overly reliant on such technology as smart phones and night goggles, gizmos that eventually hamper the paranoiac suspense.

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