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'Dave Made A Maze' Is The Most Endearingly Crazy Movie You're Bound To See This Year
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Every once in a while, a movie comes along that is so quirky, so wacky, so bat-shit insane, that its entire existence is brought into question. Dave Made a Maze is one of those movies. Dave Made a Maze is about a downtrodden guy, Dave (Nick Thune), who builds a cardboard fort in the living room of his apartment....

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'Annabelle: Creation' Is More Of The Same From The Creepy James Wan-Iverse - And That's A Good Thing
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The biggest hurdle facing Annabelle: Creation is the fact that, at first glance, it seems to be an unnecessary movie; the first act of Annabelle already covered the origin of the demonic doll. Or so we thought. As it turns out, that was only half of the story. Annabelle: Creation goes back a little further...

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Not Even Matthew McConaughey And Idris Elba Can Save 'The Dark Tower' From Itself
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Stephen King fans have been waiting a while for a movie adaptation of The Dark Tower. The first book in the series was written in 1982, but rumors of the film started up about ten years ago. Now that the movie is finally here, the question that begs to be answered is "is it worth the wait?" No. No, it's not. The...

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'Lost In Paris' Turns A Rough Vacation Into A Comedic Showcase
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For the past ten years or so, filmmakers Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel have been making quirky little comedies like The Fairy, Rumba, and L'iceberg. The third member of their writing/directing trio, Bruno Romy, has left the fold, so now they are officially a duo. But that duo has not missed a beat with its...

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'Atomic Blonde' Is More Than Just The Female Version Of 'John Wick'
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Set in 1989, right before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Atomic Blonde stars budding action star Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Lorraine Broughton, a British MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin to retrieve a list of double agents that was stolen when a fellow MI6 was murdered by a KGB thug. Once in Berlin,...

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'A Ghost Story' Executes Its Simple Concept Brilliantly
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A few years back, director David Lowery hooked up with actors Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara for the critically acclaimed-yet-criminally underseen Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Since then, Lowery has made the reboot of Disney's Pete's Dragon, Affleck has won an Academy Award for Manchester by the Sea, and Mara has...

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For Better And For Worse, 'Dunkirk' Immerses Its Audience In The Horrors Of War
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In his career, director Christopher Nolan has dealt with superheroes (The Dark Knight trilogy), outer space (Interstellar), dreams (Inception), and even the selective human memory (Memento). Now, for something completely different, he takes on the historical war re-enactment subgenre with his new movie Dunkirk. Just...

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Is The Best Spidey Story Yet
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No one would fault any moviegoer for saying that they have Spider-Man movie fatigue, with five films having been released in such a short span of time. And with Spider-Man: Homecoming hitting theaters this weekend, there's no doubt some will dismiss the latest comic book release simply because it features a familiar...

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Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' Combines A Hot Soundtrack With Cool Car Chases In The Best Movie Of The Summer (So Far)
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As a writer and a director, Edgar Wright has done a little of everything in his career. He took on horror with Shaun of the Dead, the buddy cop picture with Hot Fuzz, the slick graphic novel/video game adaptation with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and the apocalyptic adventure with The World's End, all the while...

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Sofia Coppola's 'The Beguiled' Plays With Loyalty, Emotion...And Genre
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One of the big buzzes coming out of the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival was the fact that Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) won the Best Director award for The Beguiled, an award that had only once before been given to a woman (and that was way back in 1961 when Russian filmmaker Yuliya Solntseva took...

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'Moka' Takes The Revenge Film In A Different Direction
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Moka is about a woman named Diane Kramer (Emmanuelle Devos from Coco Before Chanel) whose son has been killed by a hit-and-run driver. Using witness accounts of the crash, she determines that the driver was a blonde woman in a mocha colored luxury sedan. With the help of a detective friend, she gets a list of...

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'The Exception' Is The Exception, Not The Rule
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Set during World War II, The Exception is about a German Captain with a checkered past named Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney from the Divergent movies) who is sent to protect exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II (screen legend Christopher Plummer from Beginners and Danny Collins) in the Netherlands from British spies that are...

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'Band Aid' Will Satisfy Your Quirky Indie Musical Comedy Cravings
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Zoe Lister-Jones is most recognizable from appearances on sitcoms like "New Girl," "Whitney," and "Life in Pieces," but she's done her time behind the camera as well, having written the indie flicks Consumed and Breaking Upwards. Now, Lister-Jones takes on a new challenge with her directorial debut, the rocking...

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'The Mummy' Kicks Off Universal's Dark Universe With A Whimper
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After a handful of false starts with I, Frankenstein, Dracula Untold, and Victor Frankenstein, Universal Pictures is finally ready to officially launch their Dark Universe of monsters. And they have chosen The Mummy to be the film that breaks the ground. The Mummy stars Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher) as American...

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'It Comes At Night' Will Scare You With What It Doesn't Show
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Last year, indie filmmaker Trey Edward Shults hit the ground running with his feature debut Krisha, an interesting and affecting experiment about a recovering alcoholic who returns home to celebrate thanksgiving with her estranged family. The movie itself walked the line between drama and comedy, but the approach...

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'Wonder Woman' Is Here To Save The DC Cinematic Universe...Or At Least Get It Some Respect
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When it comes to last year's disappointing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, most fans agree that Wonder Woman stole the show. Some might even go a step further and say that the Amazon princess was the only thing about the movie that was worth watching, and audiences were left waiting with bated breath for...

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'Alien: Covenant' Connects Some - But Not All - Of The Dots Between 'Prometheus' And 'Alien'
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In 2012, director Ridley Scott's Alien prequel Prometheus was one of the most polarizing movies of the year. People either loved it or hated it, and those opinions tended to sway from one side to the other with subsequent viewings. Because of this, any review of the new Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel should...

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'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Brings The Merry Band Back Together
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When Guardians of the Galaxy was released back in 2014, it was a major risk for Marvel Studios. Sure, they had a nearly flawless record, but most of those hits were with well-known properties. Guardians of the Galaxy, on the other hand, was a relatively unknown comic series, led by familiar but unproven stars,...

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'My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea' - Corny As Hell, But You'll Like It
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As a writer and illustrator, Dash Shaw has had several successful graphic novels. Now, following in the footsteps of Daniel Clowes and Frank Miller, Shaw has turned to feature filmmaking for his next challenge with the wildly entertaining My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea. The title of My Entire High...

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Frame Of Mind

PulseFor the most part, horror movie antagonists are somewhat tangible, whether they’re human killers, monstrous creatures, or demonic spirits.  Sometimes, however, the villain isn’t so clear cut.  Movies like It Follows, Sole Survivor, and the Final Destination movies have more abstract villains, and therefore, they are a different kind of frightening.  The 1988 movie Pulse also falls into the unconventional antagonist category.

King Kong vs. GodzillaAnother death rocked the pop culture world earlier this week.  The name Haruo Nakajima is not instantly recognizable by most, but he was a key figure in many people’s youths - he was the first man to don the Godzilla suit way back in 1954.  He played the King of the Monsters twelve times over the course of 18 years (not including stock footage appearances), beginning with the original 1954 Gojira (and its 1956 American re-edit Godzilla, King of the Monsters!) all the way up to Godzilla vs. Gigan in 1972.  Right in the middle, in 1962, Nakajima got to portray the big guy as he did battle with the other King of the Monsters, King Kong, in the aptly titled King Kong vs. Godzilla.

Disturbing BehaviorMost horror fans will agree that the genre experienced a bit of a lull in the nineties.  Sure, there were some bright spots, like Event Horizon, Nightbreed, and Candyman, but much of the decade’s horror output was dedicated to high-gloss, hip-cast clones of Scream.  Some of these too-cool, slick-and-glossy productions weren’t all that bad, though.  Case in point – the 1998 sci-fi horror flick Disturbing Behavior.

C.H.U.D.It seems as if 2017 picked up right where 2016 left off when it comes to Hollywood deaths.  Last week, the passing of influential director George Romero overshadowed that of master thespian Martin Landau.  Unfortunately, this past weekend brought another death to the movie community; character actor John Heard died at the age of 71.  Heard was best known for his portrayal of Macauley Culkin’s father in the Home Alone movies, but the prolific actor had a rich resume of both television and film that spanned from the mid-seventies right up to today.  In between appearances in high-profile movies and regular stints on network television series, Heard stuck his tongue firmly into his cheek and made fun horror movies, from Cat People to Sharknado…as well as the subject of this installment of Cinema Fearité, the classic 1984 fright flick C.H.U.D.

Night of the Living DeadTo say that the horror world lost an irreplaceable icon this past weekend when George A. Romero passed away is an understatement.  Although he made movies about vampires (Martin), witches (Season of the Witch), and killer monkeys (Monkey Shines), and had some legendary collaborations with superstar horror writer Stephen King (Creepshow, The Dark Half), Romero was, and always will be, known as the father of the modern zombie movie with his “Living Dead” series of fright flicks.  And it all started in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead.

WitchtrapHorror movie titles can be confusing, and we’re not just talking about the endless sequels, remakes, and movies that are called Don’t (insert activity here).  There are the completely different movies that share a common name like Stage Fright, Beneath, or The Boy.  There are the very similarly titled movies that are often mistaken for each other, such as Trick or Treats, Trick or Treat, and Trick ‘r Treat.  It only adds to the quagmire when the same director makes two different movies with titles that are very much alike, such as what writer/director Kevin S. Tenney (Night of the Demons) did when he followed up his 1986 classic Witchboard with his 1989 offering Witchtrap.

Encounter with the UnknownAs one of the premier voices in the science fiction and horror genres, Rod Serling made his mark in the world as a screenwriter.  But, it’s impossible to overlook how effective of a narrator he was.  Between “The Twilight Zone” and “Night Gallery,” Serling’s soothing and calm introductions to tales of the mystical and macabre are burned into the minds of fans everywhere.  He was even enlisted as a narrator on projects that he didn’t write, everything from Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise to Delbert Mann’s The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond.  He also slummed it sometimes, such as when he narrated the subject of this week’s Cinema Fearité – the 1973 anthology Encounter with the Unknown.

White of the EyeMost thrillers go from point A to point B in chronological order.  A few, like Irreversible or Memento, work their way backwards.  Still others will skip around in a Tarantino-esque kind of way.  White of the Eye falls into this last category.

The UnseenLast week, Stephen Furst passed away at the age of 62 from complications related to type 2 diabetes.  Furst was one of those actors with a face more famous than his name, his most instantly recognizable role being that of Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in Animal House.  Although his early career saw him in mostly comedic roles, he also worked in drama, action, and, yep, you guessed it, horror.  In 1980, just a couple of short years after he made Animal House, Furst played the “title” role in The Unseen.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane DocumentaryAfter getting his start in nonfiction television, documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld has carved out a nice little niche for himself in the music film world with his The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?).  Keeping up the momentum, he now explores the life of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane in his newest film, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.

One Dark NightGeek culture lost one of its biggest icons this past weekend when Adam West passed away at the age of 88.  West was easily most well-known and loved for fighting crime on television in the sixties as “Batman” (the Pow! Zap! Bam! era), but he also won over millennial audiences by playing a cartoon version of himself, Adam West, the mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island, on the animated series “Family Guy.”  But West had a plentiful and prolific career on both the big and small screens, even venturing into horror a few times with movies like Zombie Nightmare, Curse of the Moon Child, and the subject of this week’s Cinema Fearité: the 1982 supernatural thriller One Dark Night.

ObitIn the rapidly declining world of print journalism, newspapers are known for their different sections.  There’s the news and politics section, the funny papers, the sports page…and the obituary column.  Obit takes a good look at the surprisingly lively writers who are responsible for producing the content for that last section.

Empire of the AntsBritish science fiction writer H.G. Wells was one of the most inventive and prolific writers of the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries, and it seems as if every one of his stories has been turned into a movie.  Of course, there are the popular big name films, like The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man, but a deeper examination of the adaptations of Wells’ bibliography will bring up awesome fright flicks like the subject of this week’s Cinema Fearité: Empire of the Ants.

Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter TribeDocumentaries about subcultures are usually fun because they give the viewer a glimpse into a world that they might otherwise have never even known existed.  The new film from Jon Manning, Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe does just that, and does it in a way that is both informative and entertaining.

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