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'The House with A Clock In Its Walls' More Or Less Faithfully Adapts John Bellairs' Classic Children's Thriller
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Earlier this year, the big-screen adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved children's novel A Wrinkle in Time disappointed both critics and fans. The film was lackluster enough to cast doubts upon the next highly anticipated children's book adaptation, John Bellairs' The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Well,...

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'Lizzie' Tells A Different Version Of The Lizzie Borden Legend
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Everyone knows the story of Lizzie Borden. It's one of the most notorious murders in American history. But, because Borden was acquitted of the crimes, there has always been an air of mystery surrounding both the woman and the killings. Which leads to some speculative and creative movies. Movies like Lizzie. Lizzie...

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Ethan Hawke's 'Blaze' Celebrates The Life And Times - And Music - Of An Unsung Country Hero
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For every country music star, there are seemingly a dozen anonymous artists of whom the general public have never heard, but have had massive influence over their peers. Blaze is a movie about one of these unsung modern country pioneers. Blaze stars Ben Dickey (himself more of a country/folk musician than an...

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'A Simple Favor' Teams Anna Kendrick And Blake Lively In A Pulpy, Twisty Thriller
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If you're like me, you love pulpy mysteries. And that means you'll love A Simple Favor. A Simple Favor is about a mommy vlogger named Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick from The Last Five Years and Into the Woods) who meets an eccentric and enigmatic woman named Emily Nelson (Blake Lively from The Shallows and...

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'The Nun' Does Not Live Up To Its Horrifying Potential
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Of all of the scary stuff that was going on in The Conjuring 2, the iconic image that captured the attention of horror fans everywhere was the Demonic Nun that haunted Lorraine Warren. Of course, that nun now has her own movie, simply called The Nun. Set in 1952, The Nun is about a priest named Father Burke...

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'The Wife' Lets Glenn Close Be Glenn Close
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Over the years, actress Glenn Close has been nominated for six Academy Awards for her performances in everything from Fatal Attraction to The Big Chill, but she's never won. That may change with The Wife. The Wife is about an author named Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce from Something Wicked This Way Comes) who...

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'Epidemic' Entertains, Even As It Falls Into The Same Old Horror Traps
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I often see something in independent movies that I like to refer to as the "Film School Aesthetic." It's usually a product of a film's budgetary constraints, and I use the term not so much as a critique as I do an observation, because it can be a good and a bad thing, sometimes both within the same film. Epidemic...

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Lenny Abrahamson's 'The Little Stranger' Sells Supernatural Thrills But Delivers Historical Drama
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When we were all walking out of the press screening of The Little Stranger, a fellow critic turned to me and said "well, looks like the trailer got us on that one." He could not have been more right. The Little Stranger is about a doctor named Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson from Ex Machina and Frank) who is called...

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'Operation Finale' Shows The Less Glamorous Side Of Nazi Hunting
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After the end of World War II, most of the surviving high-ranking members of the Nazi party went into hiding so that they could not face trial for their war crimes. And a select few Israeli "Nazi Hunters" made it their life's work to track them down and bring them to justice. Operation Finale is the story of...

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'The Miseducation Of Cameron Post' Lets Its Young Stars Shine
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post stars Hollywood It-Girl Chloë Grace Moretz (If I Stay, Carrie) in the title role as a teenage girl who is caught making out with another girl on her prom night. She is promptly sent to a Christian conversion therapy camp run by a psychotherapist named Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer...

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'Papillon' Is Competently Made, But Why Was It Made In The First Place?
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The trend of remaking movies is almost as old as the movies themselves. Usually, it's horror movies like Carrie or Poltergeist that are subjected to being "reimagined," but no genre is safe; the last few years have given moviegoers remakes of everything from The Magnificent Seven to Endless Love. The newest...

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The Pieces Of 'Puzzle' Fit Together A Little Too Neatly
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Puzzle is about a woman named Agnes (Goodbye Christopher Robin's Kelly Macdonald) who, while not unhappy, has led an unfulfilling life taking care of her husband, Louie (David Denman from "The Office"), and their two sons, Gabe (Austin Abrams from Paper Towns and Tragedy Girls) and Ziggy (The Ranger's Bubba Weiler)....

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Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' Is The Visionary Filmmaker's Best Movie In Years...And His Most Important
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Visionary filmmaker Spike Lee has never been one to shy away from political and social commentary. Films like Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing were more overt about it, but he even managed to sneak messages into his less preachy movies like Summer of Sam or his reimaging of Old Boy. BlacKkKlansman might be his...

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A Giant Shark And Jason Statham Can't Save 'The Meg' From Mediocrity
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On its face, The Meg should be a slam dunk late summer flick. It has all the makings of a fun, 2-hour distraction, and yet somehow, it misses the mark in most of the important categories. For a movie with a giant shark terrorizing a group of oceanic researchers (as well as a few other faces), The Meg isn't sure...

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The Cute Characters In 'Christopher Robin' Can't Help The Movie Hit Its Mark
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Have you ever wondered what happens when the imaginative human protagonists in children's movies grow up and grow out of their wide-eyed wondrous ways? That is the concept that is explored by Christopher Robin. Christopher Robin sees the title character (Ewan McGregor from T2 Trainspotting and Miles Ahead)...

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'The Darkest Minds' Turns A Message Of Acceptance Into A Series Of Painfully Awkward Encounters
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Ever since the triumphant conclusion of the Hunger Games series and the whimpering ending of the Divergent franchise, there has been a hole in the Young Adult Dystopian Movie Market. The Darkest Minds is here to try and fill that gap. The Darkest Minds takes place in a world where 98% of the children have...

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'Custody' Goes From 'Kramer vs. Kramer' To 'The Shining' In Ninety Minutes Flat
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A few years back, French director Xavier Legrand made a compelling short film called Just Before Losing Everything about a woman escaping an unhappy marriage with her kids. The film not only earned Legrand an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film, but also inspired him to explore the characters...

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'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Is Non-Stop Action Courtesy Of Tom Cruise
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After five films worth of dizzying action, incredible stunts, and more double crosses than a British bakery, you'd figure that the Mission: Impossible franchise would run out of steam. Yet somehow, its latest entry, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, is just as exciting, fast-paced, and - most importantly - creative...

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'Eighth Grade' Is A Brutally Honest Look At Tweens In The Social Media Age
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YouTube star turned writer/director Bo Burnham has always been known for capturing reality at its most absurd, but also its most pure. His comedy specials try to paint a picture of every day life in a way that's a bit uncomfortable, sometimes controversial, and undeniably authentic. With Eighth Grade, Burnham...

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'Unfriended: Dark Web' Runs The 'Unfriended" Gimmick Into The Ground
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A few years back, the creative little horror movie Unfriended took the simple concept of presenting its story completely on a computer screen and ran with it. That movie was effective enough, both critically and commercially, to warrant a sequel called Unfriended: Dark Web. Unfriended: Dark Web is about...

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Frame Of Mind

LisaThere are horror movies geared towards children, like Paperhouse or Something Wicked This Way Comes, and there are horror movies that only adults should see, such as The Human Centipede or Irreversible.  But tucked in the middle are the movies for “tweeners,” the (usually) PG-13 flicks that are too intense for little ones, but tame by adult standards, movies like Scream for Help or The GateLisa is one of these tweener movies.

The PredatorIn this sixth predator-featured film, Screenwriter Fred Dekker and Director Shane Black, who also has a writing credit, clearly realize that the Predator franchise needs a fresh take and an overhaul. It's great to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger crawl in the mud for survival in Predator, and even Alien vs. Predator (2004) is dreamy to fans of both series, but 2010's Predators is a total disaster. Something had to be done, and Black and Dekker have done something very different with The Predator: They've taken a page out of the Scream notebook and made it -- dare it be said --lighthearted and ridiculously funny, with a side of decent gore, body splicing, and plenty of explosions.

PredatorThis week, the latest movie in the recent trend of sequels/reboots of classic flicks hits the screen with The Predator.  It seems like a good time for Cinema Fearité to take a look at the beloved creature feature that kicked off the franchise, 1987’s Predator.

American Chaos, courtesy Sony Pictures ClassicsNovember 9th, 2016 is a day that will live in infamy for many Americans.  It is the day that reality television star/real estate mogul Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America.  Documentary filmmaker and self-described “political junkie” James D. Stern (Every Little Step, Sport in America: Our Defining Stories) decided at the beginning of Trump’s campaign that he wanted to know why anyone would vote for the man.  He got his answers, and shares them in American Chaos.

Shock TreatmentSequels are funny things in the horror world.  Of course, the most successful movies turn into franchises, like Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th.  Other popular movies, like American Psycho or The Lost Boys, spawn sequels that many fans don’t even know exist.  And then there are the sequels that people don’t know are sequels because they became so much bigger than their predecessor, like The Silence of the Lambs.  In today’s episode of “they made a sequel to THAT?”, we’ll take a look at the underrated sequel to the cult hit The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1981 musical comedy Shock Treatment.

RBGIn her long and storied career, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has gone from lawyer to judge to Supreme Court justice.  But perhaps her most interesting accomplishment has been becoming an internet meme, an inspirational figure for both modern women and liberal activists all over America.  Her fascinating story is the subject of a new documentary, appropriately entitled RBG.

PiranhaIn 1975, the movie world was changed by Steven Spielberg’s summer blockbuster Jaws.  And almost immediately, schlock filmmakers started imitating it, hoping some of the success would rub off.  And some did.  The Jaws clone trend has given us awesome movies like Orca, Tentacles, and even Grizzly.  Oh, and Piranha.

FilmworkerWhile the great Stanley Kubrick had a fairly modest output over his long career (13 movies in 46 years), there’s little doubt that he’s considered to be one of the most influential filmmakers of all time.  Filmworker takes a close look at the second half of his career through the eyes of someone who was involved intimately in it, his trusted colleague and friend Leon Vitali.

Fatal AttractionNot long ago, Cinema Fearité dug into the phenomenon of “Oscar Horror” when we took a look at The Silence of the Lambs.  Although that movie may be the best example of a modern horror movie going mainstream for the Academy Awards, it certainly isn’t the only one, and we’re not talking about The Shape of Water.  Four short years before The Silence of the Lambs brought home the Big Five, Fatal Attraction earned a slew of Oscar nominations of its own.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?Those who grew up in the seventies may remember a children’s show nestled in between “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company” on PBS called “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”  It wasn’t as flashy as its bookends, but it was every bit as charming, and probably even more historically important.  The show and its creator, Fred Rogers, are the subject of the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

ThreadsLast year, Cinema Fearité dove into The Day After, the 1983 television movie that scared the hell out of an entire nation that was living on the brink of nuclear war.  A year after the broadcast of that groundbreaking film, Great Britain came out with their own horrifying vision of the aftermath of an atomic attack.  Since we are still, as a country, flirting with the reality of a nuclear incident, it seems like as good a time as any to take a good look at Threads.

Pope Francis: A Man of His WordIn 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to the Papacy and took the name Pope Francis, after Saint Francis of Assisi.  Almost immediately, he became a controversial figure because of his progressive views.  A few years later, documentary filmmaker Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire, The Salt of the Earth) was given unprecedented access to the Pope in order to make a movie.  That movie is simply called Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.

Liquid SkyIt’s always fun when one actor gets to play multiple roles in the same movie.  Sometimes, it’s twins (Sisters, Dead Ringer, The Black Room, Jack’s Back) or doppelgangers (Enemy, +1).  Other times, it’s a more creative use of the characters (Alien: Covenant, Nocturnal Animals).  Still other times, it’s a thematic motif (Cloud Atlas, Holy Motors, Anomalisa).  And sometimes, it’s just for show.  That’s the case with Liquid Sky.

To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder StoryAt the beginning of To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story, Kane Hodder claims that he has murdered more people on film than any other actor in history.  As a horror movie icon who has played both Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees and Hatchet’s Victor Crowley four times each, he is probably correct.  But even if he isn’t, no one is going to argue with him.

Eating AnimalsJust as the title suggests, Eating Animals is a documentary about the American factory farming system.  Director Christopher Dillon Quinn (West of Memphis) based the film on the book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), and it essentially, through interviews and investigative footage, follows the lives and times of a handful of the farmers that bring animals like turkeys, chickens, and pigs from the farm to the table.

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