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‘John Dies at the End’ Deserves Cult Classic Status
11 hours ago

‘John Dies at the End’ Deserves Cult Classic Status

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Don Coscarelli’s “John Dies At The End” begins with a fantastic opening shot.

The camera glides across a snow-crested lawn to reveal, just in the distance, a horrible murder is …
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Why Van Sant’s ‘Psycho’ Remake Matters (Really)
1 week ago

Why Van Sant’s ‘Psycho’ Remake Matters (Really)

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The news that Gus Van Sant planned a “shot-by-shot remake” of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” was, for most film buffs, akin to finding out a dear friend had popped up in …
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Why ‘Wildlife’ Is Half a Breakthrough for Dano
1 month ago

Why ‘Wildlife’ Is Half a Breakthrough for Dano

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When we meet the Brinson family in “Wildlife,” Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) are sharing a tender moment.

Their only son, Joe (Ed Oxenbould) watches his parents, visibly …
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Welles’ ‘Other Side’ Is Both Great and Self Indulgent
1 month ago

Welles’ ‘Other Side’ Is Both Great and Self Indulgent

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Writing about Orson Welles is like being the last cop to show up at a crime scene.

Coming up with fresh insights is nearly impossible when there are film scholar …
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The Hanks-Aykroyd ‘Dragnet’ Deserved Better
2 months ago

The Hanks-Aykroyd ‘Dragnet’ Deserved Better

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“Dragnet” may not be the ultimate ’80s comedy, but it screams 1987 in ways that were unintended and quite intriguing.

Here are the facts.

Dan Aykroyd stars as Joe Friday, …
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‘Big Kill’ – All Western Cliches, No Cattle
2 months ago

‘Big Kill’ – All Western Cliches, No Cattle

By  •  Reviews, Movies

I want to go easy on writer/director Scott Martin’s “Big Kill.”

It’s an earnest western that is clearly in love with the genre and its cinematic lineage. Unfortunately, evoking the …
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The Real Reason ‘Urban Legend’ Still Matters
3 months ago

The Real Reason ‘Urban Legend’ Still Matters

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The freakiest urban legend I’ve ever heard is the one known as “The Hippie Babysitter.”

According to “The Encyclopedia of Urban Legends” (written in 2002 by Jan Harold Brunvand), the …
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Sorry Fanboys, You’re Wrong About Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’
3 months ago

Sorry Fanboys, You’re Wrong About Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’

By  •  Reviews, Movies

“Because he is unique, the world will not tolerate his existence.”

– David Banner (Nick Nolte) describing his Gamma ray-infused son, Bruce … and Ang Lee’s “Hulk” overall.

The 2003 …
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Is ‘Secret History of Hollywood’ Just More Fake News?
4 months ago

Is ‘Secret History of Hollywood’ Just More Fake News?

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Scott Bowers was an infamous, albeit top secret, figure during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

A former Marine who later worked at a gas station, Bowers became famous for hooking …
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Why ‘Down a Dark Hall’ Is a Certified Dud
4 months ago

Why ‘Down a Dark Hall’ Is a Certified Dud

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Everyone in “Down A Dark Hall” is in need of redemption, and I’m not talking about the characters.

This Young Adult novel adaptation has a collection of great performers in …
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