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Why the Big Budget Movie Western Is Dead
1 year ago

Why the Big Budget Movie Western Is Dead

Academy-Award winner Denzel Washington led the ensemble piece, and Antoine Fuqua (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Equalizer”) called the shots behind the camera.

The film hasn’t scratched $100 million at the …
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How ‘Child’s Play’ Franchise Trumps Freddy, Jason
1 year ago

How ‘Child’s Play’ Franchise Trumps Freddy, Jason

Through sequels, reboots, re-imaginings and remakes, they simply refuse to go away. They are characters as everlasting as James Bond.

Through six films, Chucky from “Child’s Play,” carved out a …
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5 Horror Remakes That Deserve a Second Chance
1 year ago

5 Horror Remakes That Deserve a Second Chance

The name recognition helps secure a big opening weekend, and they’re churned out like product on an assembly line.

That’s not always the case. Most horror remakes may seem stale, …
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5 Great Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen (But Should)
1 year ago

5 Great Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen (But Should)

“A Nightmare on Elm Street.” “The Exorcist.”  “The Shining.” These great horror movies sell themselves.

In a genre with low budgets and easy to exploit gimmicks, most horror films are a far …
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Star Power Can’t Save ‘Wild Oats’ from Itself
1 year ago

Star Power Can’t Save ‘Wild Oats’ from Itself

Sadly, there’s not much else going on with “Wild Oats” to recommend it.

MacLaine plays Eva, a recent widow who comes into a windfall of cash when a …
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‘Saw’ Scribe Saw Blue Collar Comic’s Dark Side
1 year ago

‘Saw’ Scribe Saw Blue Collar Comic’s Dark Side

Films like “The Purge: Election Year” and “The Shallows” have dominated box office charts, outpacing many summer blockbusters. “Don’t Breathe” and “The Conjuring 2” have added critical acclaim from to their treasure …
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Eszterhas Curses Hollywood’s ‘Bland Tentpole’ Fever
1 year ago

Eszterhas Curses Hollywood’s ‘Bland Tentpole’ Fever

An immigrant from a poor family, the “Basic Instinct” screenwriter became a budding reporter on the front lines of the civil rights movement. Later, he moved to Hollywood where he became …
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Engvall’s Creepy ‘Neighbor’ Worth Getting to Know
1 year ago

Engvall’s Creepy ‘Neighbor’ Worth Getting to Know

By “acting,” I’m not referring to his role in “Sharknado 3” or some movie called “Bait Shop” where he shared the screen with Billy Ray Cyrus.

Sorry, IMDB and I …
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2016’s Most Underrated Films (So Far)
1 year ago

2016’s Most Underrated Films (So Far)

March’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was divisive when it was supposed to be beloved. The summer’s graveyard of flops including “Ghostbusters” and “Ben-Hur” promised excitement.

Spoiler Alert: They didn’t …
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Zombie’s ’31’ Delivers Far More Than Gore
1 year ago

Zombie’s ’31’ Delivers Far More Than Gore

That’s quite a statement from the man that brought to life bloody nightmares like “The Devil’s Rejects” and “The Lords of Salem.”

It turns out Zombie isn’t bluffing.

“31,” while …
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