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'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' Is A Final Chapter Without Emotional Resonance
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In most cases, a movie franchise is only as good as its final film. If an ongoing property can stick the landing than most of the faults found in previous franchise entries will be mostly forgotten, or at the very least glossed over. Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy needed such a result with its final chapter,...

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'Wild' Is A Wildly Unbalanced Journey, But At Least It's Pretty
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Before it was even published, a manuscript of author Cheryl Strayed's book "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" found its way into the hands of actress/producer Reese Witherspoon (This Means War). From there, before the book had even hit shelves, Witherspoon had optioned the movie rights and...

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Is A Hollow Biblical Epic
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After the very first piece of marketing material was shown it became abundantly clear that Exodus: Gods and Kings was going to have a tough road. The whitewashing controversy that surrounded the depictions of its lead characters alone was enough to draw serious criticism, not to mention the liberties the film...

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'Late Phases' Brings Back The Classic Werewolf Fighting Movie
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Remember the good old days, way back before CGI, when movie wolf-men were guys in monster suits and werewolf transformations were done in-camera instead of on a computer? Those days may be gone, but they're not forgotten. Late Phases is leading the charge to take us all back there. Late Phases stars Nick...

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'Life Partners' Keeps It Light And Familiar, But Still Stays Fun
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In 2013, writer/director Susanna Fogel and her best friend/writing partner, Joni Lefkowitz, grabbed the brass ring; a series that the pair had been developing called "Chasing Life" moved into production. So, what do two recently successful television creators do with their down time? Make a movie called Life...

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'The Babadook' Will Follow You Home And Haunt Your Dreams
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Children's toys are great fodder for horror films. Whether it's a creepy doll (Annabelle) or a music box (The Conjuring), a ventriloquist dummy (Magic) or an action figure (Xtro), seemingly innocent playthings become objects of terror within the context of a good movie. Making audiences afraid of toys is bad...

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'The Homesman' Is A Beautiful Looking Modern Revisionist Western
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These days in Hollywood, it's not enough for some stars to simply act; many bankable actors have turned to writing and directing as well, with big names like George Clooney (The Monuments Men), Ben Affleck (Argo), and Clint Eastwood (Jersey Boys) multitasking their movies. Now, veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)...

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'Horrible Bosses 2' Brings Back The Lovable Losers...And It's Hysterical
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Those three bumbling fools from Horrible Bosses who couldn't criminalize their way out of a paper bag are back in Horrible Bosses 2. This time around, Nick (Jason Bateman from "Arrested Development," Bad Words), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis from We're The Millers,"Saturday Night Live"), and Dale (Charlie Day from "It's...

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'Phobia' - A Freaky But Flawed Little Fright Film
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The original title of Phobia was Alone. For some reason, possibly to avoid confusion with either the 2007 Siamese twin ghost movie from Thailand or the upcoming Sci-Fi film of the same name, Alone became Phobia. This opened up a whole new can of worms, as the film might now be mistaken for the 1980 John Huston...

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'V/H/S: Viral' Is As Consistently Inconsistent As The First Two 'V/H/S' Movies
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As spotty and uneven as they were, V/H/S and V/H/S/2 both made money, and that means a sequel - a threequel, if you will - was inevitable. Well, V/H/S: Viral is here. The concept is basically the same, with the film consisting of a handful of found-footage shorts with a wraparound segment that tries to tie them...

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'Starry Eyes' - This Love Letter To L.A. Is One Of The Best Movies Of The Year
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At one point in Starry Eyes, a movie producer describes his new picture as a "love letter to L.A.," saying that his story is about the ambition of the movie industry. Although he's talking about the movie-within-the-movie that he's making, that little tidbit functions as a pretty good description of Starry Eyes...

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'Dumb and Dumber To': Dumb In All The Right Ways
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Nearly 20 years after donning the chipped tooth and moptop of Harry and Lloyd, Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey are back for Dumb and Dumber To. Yes, there was a prequel released in the interim, but neither Carrey, Daniels, nor the Farrelly Bros. were involved in that project. In essence, this is the sequel fans of...

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'The Theory of Everything' - A Movie About Stephen Hawking...And The Woman Who Loves Him
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The internet hype over the "ice bucket challenge" seems to have died down, but the fad has served its purpose; in addition to raising a bunch of money, it also raised awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. The second most famous person afflicted with...

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'Beside Still Waters' Channels 'The Big Chill' For The Next Generation
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Like it or not, crowdfunding has become a legitimate way to get a movie made. Sure-fire filmmakers like Spike Lee and Rob Zombie have turned to the public to raise money for their projects, and this year's Veronica Mars movie practically broke the internet with how fast it reached its goal. Perhaps taking a...

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'Jessabelle' Shows Potential, But Quickly Becomes The Ghost Movie That Everyone Expects
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Supernatural horror is really hot right now. Ghosts and demons have ruled the recent box office, with this year alone seeing Annabelle, Ouija, and Oculus packing theaters. Unfortunately, for every The Conjuring there is bound to be a The Apparition, and Jessabelle is one of this year's clunkers. Jessabelle...

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'Big Hero 6' Is Disney's Next Great Animated Franchise with a Marvel Twist
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Although the primary focus of Disney's $4 billion acquisition of Marvel was a future investment in The Avengers, that partnership has also resulted in unique releases like Big Hero 6. Based on a relatively obscure comic book series, Big Hero 6 casts a group of young geniuses as homemade superheroes, and puts...

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'Interstellar' Takes Bold Leaps, But Doesn't Always Stick The Landing
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After striking it big with The Dark Knight trilogy, director Christopher Nolan has earned himself carte blanche in the blockbuster realm. He's also earned the right to deliver bold stories with unique premises on budgets that are typically reserved for franchise films. Nolan is, in a lot of ways, one of the last...

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'Before I Go to Sleep' Is A Suspenseful Ride Through The Twists And Turns Of Nicole Kidman's Mind
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Amnesia is a great plot device for a movie. Whether it's an intense drama like Memento, or a screwball comedy such as 50 First Dates, the lack of a memory in a character can lead to some unforgettable cinematic moments for an audience. The newest movie to explore the amnesia fad is the Nicole Kidman (Stoker)...

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'Laggies' Is A Coming-Of-Age Story For Generation Y
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Laggies is the story of a twenty-something woman named Megan (Keira Knightley from Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) who, while trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life, finds herself drifting away from her friends. At the wedding of one of these friends, Megan's longtime boyfriend, Anthony...

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'Nightcrawler' Leads Because It Bleeds
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Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, End of Watch) as Louis Bloom, a two-bit thief who is trying to find his place in the world. Late one night, Lou stumbles across a traffic accident, and notices a pair of cameramen filming the scene. After picking their brains about what they do, Lou buys a camcorder...

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'Before I Go to Sleep' Is A Suspenseful Ride Through The Twists And Turns Of Nicole Kidman's Mind
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'Nightcrawler' Leads Because It Bleeds
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'Stonehearst Asylum' Features A Familiar Madness
'John Wick' Features A Bunch Of Awesome Fighting...And Not Much More
'Birdman' Is A Perfect Blend of Technical Filmmaking And Artistic Storytelling...With A Superhero
'The Book Of Life' Is A Visual Masterpiece With A Great Story
'Extraterrestrial' Is A Fun Throwback To Classic Sci-Fi That Still Manages To Feel Modern
'Men, Women, & Children' Sends An Obvious Message 10 Years Too Late
'Whiplash' Is The Most Exciting Band Geek Movie Ever
'Fury' Is A Familiar Feeling War Movie That Still Packs A Punch
'Kill the Messenger': One Half Of An Engaging Drama
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'Kill the Messenger': One Half Of An Engaging Drama
'Dracula Untold' Shows A Kinder, Gentler Prince Of Darkness
'The Judge' Is Shameless Melodramatic Oscar Bait
'The Pact II' Is Just Another Mediocre Horror Sequel
James Wan Gives The People What They Want - 'Annabelle' Gets Her Own Movie
'Gone Girl' Plays A Little Too Fast And Loose With Tone
'Believe Me' Entertains, Informs, And Enlightens, Without Anyone Realizing It
'The Maze Runner' Is Mild Entertainment With A Deflating Resolution
'A Walk Among the Tombstones' Recycles The Same Liam Neeson Character Into A Paint-By-Numbers Crime Drama
'Tusk' Is A Bizarre Fever Dream Courtesy Of Kevin Smith
'The Skeleton Twins' Proves Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader Are Ready For Prime Time
'The Drop' - This Amazing Movie Is Not Your Father's Crime Drama
'At The Devil's Door' Tries Really Hard, But Just Doesn't Deliver Any Scares
'The Identical' Is A Bad Impersonation Of A Rock And Roll Movie
'The Pact II' Is Just Another Mediocre Horror Sequel
'As Above/So Below' Makes Up For Its Contrivances With Some Freaky Scares
'The Calling' Has A Religious Serial Killer, And Endless Tropes
'The November Man' Is A Spy Thriller Without the Thrills
'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' Is A Fitting Sequel That Also Stands On Its Own
'If I Stay' Is Heart-Wrenching, But Not Enough To Save The Movie From Mediocrity
'The Expendables 3' is Self-Aware, Goofy, and the Series' Best
'The Giver' Wastes An Intriguing Premise On A Disappointing Third Act
'Into the Storm': Batten Down The Hatches And Let This One Pass By
'Guardians of the Galaxy': Marvel's Crowd Pleasing Cosmic Adventure
'Magic In The Moonlight' - Woody Allen's Not-So-Romantic Comedy Is A Hit
'Lucy' Combines Solid Execution With A Weak Script
'A Most Wanted Man' - See It Just Because Of Philip Seymour Hoffman
'Land Ho!' Will Make You Want To Visit Iceland With Your Grandpa
'Sex Tape' Is A Clever Concept Masked By Moronic Execution
'The Purge: Anarchy' Ruins The Entire Purge Concept
'Boyhood' Is An Instant Timeless Classic
'Venus in Fur' - Roman Polanski Makes The Most Of Two Characters And A Room
'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Delivers Plenty Of Ape Action
'Snowpiercer' is Smart Sci-Fi Executed Well
'Earth To Echo' Earns Its 'E.T.' Comparisons - But Not In A Good Way
'Deliver Us from Evil' - "True" Story That Is Heavy On Mystery, Light On Scares
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Frame Of Mind

Event HorizonEver since George Méliès’ groundbreaking 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, science fiction has been one of the campier genres in movie history.  The silliness ran rampant throughout the fifties, with alien invasion movies like Robot Monster and The Man from Planet X inspiring more amusement than terror.  In the late seventies, Ridley Scott’s Alien flipped the script on the sci-fi label, stripping the corniness away and turning it into a genre that could really scare people.  In 1997, another pivotal movie in the sci-fi horror world was released, the absolutely horrifying Event Horizon.

The Deadly BeesReal-life legendary monsters make great fodder for horror films.  Whether it’s the mythical Abominable Snowman in Shriek of the Mutilated or the Bigfoot-like Fouke Monster in The Legend of Boggy Creek, nothing scares people like something that can actually get them, even if that fear is fueled by paranoid speculation.  When a few groups of the more aggressive Africanized honey bees escaped from their South American hives and were rumored to be heading for America in the fifties, movies about swarming killer bees were bound to follow.  The first of these was, surprisingly, a British film, made in 1966, called The Deadly Bees.

Moon of the WolfBack in the days before cable television and home video, there were basically two ways to see a movie; one could go to the theater and see the movie as it was intended, or one could wait a few months (or years) until the movie hit T.V., where it would be shown edited for time and content.  To compete with theaters, broadcast networks took to producing their own made-for-T.V. movies, and these television movie-of-the-week offerings included a handful of films that went on to become horror classics, movies like Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Dark Night of the Scarecrow, and even the first adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.  Sometimes, the T.V. movies were less-than-classic, but still ended up being a lot of fun.  Such is the case with 1972’s Moon of the Wolf.

Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake CountyThanksgiving horror movies are hard to come by; Turkey Day fright flicks just aren’t as plentiful as those set on Christmas or Halloween, and those that are out there are, well, turkeys.  In past years, Cinema Fearité has featured Home Sweet Home, Blood Freak, and Blood Rage.  Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your dinner table, we’ve dug up another hidden holiday horror.  This year’s Thanksgiving offering is a science fiction/horror T.V. movie from 1998 called Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County.

Dead CalmOver the last few decades, Australia has emerged as a powerful force in horror movie production.  Between the classic Ozploitation movies of the seventies and eighties, such as Patrick and Razorback, to the new wave of Aussie horror that includes films like the Wolf Creek franchise and The Babadook, the land Down Under has put out some consistently terrifying movies.  They’re not all B-movie schlock, either.  In 1989, Australian director Phillip Noyce (Sliver, The Bone Collector) took a tiny-yet-talented cast and turned out a suspenseful thriller called Dead Calm.

Phase IVEven those who are unfamiliar with the name Saul Bass know his work.  An iconic visual artist with an instantly recognizable style, Bass is responsible for the promotional posters for films like The Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder, and The Shining.  In addition to print work, Bass also designed title sequences, crafting the memorable opening credit scenes to Alfred Hitchcock movies such as Psycho, North by Northwest, and Vertigo.  For all of his Hollywood clout, Bass only got to direct one feature length film, but it was a doozy: 1973’s insect sci-fi/horror movie Phase IV.

Donovan's BrainScience Fiction movies from the fifties have a reputation for being simple creature features, films with names like Beast from Haunted Cave, The Mole People, and It Came from Beneath the Sea.  Not as plentiful, but still just as popular, are the movies from the era where man is the monster, films such as A Bucket of Blood and The Black Sleep.  Sometimes, however, the villain is a combination of both.  In 1953, one of the most creative sci-fi movies of the sixties was made, a clever little movie called Donovan’s Brain.

Hack-O-LanternThere is no scarier night on which to set a horror movie than Halloween.  John Carpenter’s Halloween revolutionized the entire genre, and Cinema Fearité has already discussed that particular date’s impact on movies like Trick or Treat, Trick or Treats, and Night of the Demons.  No matter how many Halloween movies that one is able to see, it seems like there will always be more.  In 1988, a straight-to-video low-budget job was made that has been silently gliding under the radar of many fans, the ingeniously titled Hack-O-Lantern.

ShockVincent Price was one of the most recognizable personalities in the horror world.  The late actor had enough talent to work with greats like Alfred Hitchcock and Cecil B. DeMille while still keeping enough of a sense of humor to lend that talent to movies by the likes of Roger Corman and William Castle.  Price made truly disturbing movies like Witchfinder General, yet still found time to twist his moustache as a guest star on “The Brady Bunch.”  In the midst of all of his gimmicky villainy, people sometimes forget that the man could act.  One only needs to look as far as his 1946 thriller Shock for proof.

Cannibal HolocaustThe reason that The Blair Witch Project was so effective is that audiences thought that it was real; the movie had a genius viral internet marketing campaign that helped fool the public into believing that the three filmmakers were really missing and presumed dead.  Unfortunately, now that the hoax has been exposed and every aspiring director with a camera has made a found footage movie, there will never be another movie like The Blair Witch Project; today’s viewers are too astute to be fooled twice.  That doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been a movie like The Blair Witch Project in the past, however; in 1980, another film convinced the public that its subjects had met with horrible fates.  This film, sometimes called “the most controversial movie ever made,” is Cannibal Holocaust.

A Bay of BloodThe roots of the modern slasher movie can generally be traced back to 1960 and the release of Psycho and Peeping Tom.  Between then and the late seventies, when the golden age of the slasher began with the release of films like Halloween and Friday the 13th, a handful of modest films kept the blood flowing, movies like Fright and Black Christmas.  However, in 1971, the Italian giallo master Mario Bava made a film that seemed to lay down the blueprint for the modern slasher, a movie called A Bay of Blood.

Kirsten Dunst in THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.Adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith (who also wrote "Strangers on a Train," the basis for Hitchcock's classic), The Two Faces of January is a brightly painted portrait drenched in noirish tendencies.

Sleepaway CampThere is nothing more satisfying for a horror fan than a surprise ending.  From The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Saw, twist endings have been keeping horror audiences guessing for decades.  Whether it’s a simple last second jump scare or a jaw-dropping revelation, the shock of the unexpected is something that makes a movie really memorable.  In 1983, a movie was released that had the mother of all shock endings.  That movie is Sleepaway Camp.

EvilspeakAnytime a new technology is introduced into the popular culture, a horror movie will come along to exploit it and make people afraid.  Cinema Fearité has already covered this phenomenon with TerrorVision’s treatment of cable television and Videodrome’s take on home video.  Modern movies have explored the darker side of personal computers in films like Cry_Wolf and Smiley.  Computers were a target of horror movies well before the 21st century, however; in 1981, when home computers will still relatively new, Evilspeak was there to make them scary.

Take Me to the RiverAround the same time that Motown Records was doing its thing in the big city of Detroit, Stax records was recording and releasing music down south in Memphis.  The output from these two labels represented the best of what American music had to offer, and continued well into the days of the British Invasion of the mid-sixties.  Although Motown had more chart success and record sales, Stax had the attitude; the cool mix of blues, gospel, funk, and jazz that became a recognizable sound all its own.  Director Martin Shore tells the Stax story, but not in the traditional way, in his new documentary Take Me to the River.

FrankIf you have not seen Frank, stop at the end of this paragraph and go see it.  Do not check IMDB, watch a trailer, or read any reviews or publicity materials for the film, just go see it.  The rest of this article will deal with a spoiler that is not really a spoiler, because just about all promotional materials for the film make it common knowledge.  But, Frank is the kind of movie where the surprise reveal of the identity of the title character is a key aspect of the effectiveness of the film.  So do not pass go, do not collect $200, just go watch Frank.  We’ll be right here.

Wetlands PosterMeet Wetlands' Helen (Carla Juri). She is in her post-teen years, still lives at home, is quite pretty with her tomboy haircut that is juxtaposed with her liking for very short shirts. She is a tiny bit insecure, and extremely precocious; exhibiting a child-like sense in her very much young adult body. Helen is also extremely vulgar in everything that she does. Obsessed with sex, sexuality, and pushing the boundaries of appropriateness there is no end to what Helen will do. Or what those around her will be compelled to do by her influence. Helen is, in a word, amazing. Solely for the fact that she exhibits everything that is wrong for a girl of her age, and you instantly fall in love with her because of this fact.

Rich HillRich Hill, Missouri, is a small town of less than 1400 located about 90 minutes south of Kansas City.  The town’s citizens are a mixture of the working class and the poverty stricken, but they hold on to hope.  A new documentary, simply called Rich Hill, paints a picture of the town as seen through the eyes of three of its residents, all teenaged boys.

One Hour PhotoAs everyone has heard by now, Robin Williams died earlier this week at the age of 63.  A comedian first and foremost, the actor broke into Hollywood playing humorous roles in movies like Popeye and Mrs. Doubtfire, but quickly proved his meddle by taking on dramatic parts in such films as Dead Poets Society and What Dreams May Come, even winning an Oscar for his performance in Good Will Hunting.  Williams showed time and again that he was a versatile and talented actor, and he even got to prove his chops in the horror genre with a truly creepy performance in One Hour Photo.

Jimi: All Is By My SideJimi: All Is By My Side is a film with multiple problems serious enough that the couple of very good things it has going for it stand little chance of compensating. As written and directed by 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley, the narrative sets off down familiar musical biopic lane: musician discovered; gains success; deals with distractions and behaves badly; and that's it.. Perhaps because the production was denied the use of Hendrix's music by his estate (holding out for full control of the production), the story ends in mid-1967, with Jimi and his Experience trooping off to Monterey and international fame.

Under the Electric Sky (2014)Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Electric Daisy Carnival, an electronic dance music festival held in several different locations all over the world during the summer months.  The festival brings fans together into a musical circus-like atmosphere for three days of non-stop partying.  The largest of these gatherings is the one that takes place in Las Vegas, NV, and that is the one that is at the center of Under the Electric Sky.

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep GordonIn Yiddish, the word “mensch” refers to “a person of integrity and honor.”  One would not think that it would be a term that could apply a showbiz manager, but it is the best description for Shep Gordon.  Even those who have never heard of Shep Gordon are probably familiar with his clients.  He’s one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful players, having represented musical heavyweights like Alice Cooper, Anne Murray, and Teddy Pendergrass.  His list of A-list friends is exponentially longer than his artist stable, and the guest lists to his famous parties read like a who’s-who of Hollywood.  And every one of these friends and acquaintances has nothing but good things to say about him.  He’s more than a mensch, he’s a Supermensch, hence the title of the intriguing documentary about his life and times, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.

William Eubank“I don’t know if they’re here, or have ever been here, but I definitely do believe in them.”  William Eubank, director of The Signal ponders the existence of aliens and UFOs.  It’s a fair question; The Signal is all about the possibility of extraterrestrial life on Earth, and Eubank’s first film, Love, was produced and scored by the rock band Angels & Airwaves, whose famous frontman, Tom Delonge, is an outspoken alien conspiracist.  Eubank speaks fondly of Delonge - “I’ve sat in his backyard many a time with night vision goggles, looking at the sky.  He’s a good dude.”

Watermark - Courtesy Entertainment OneWater is something we all take for granted.  We couldn’t exist without it, yet we only think about it when it’s running scarce.  We use it to cook, clean, work, and play, and we do it all on a daily basis.  Renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky has teamed up with filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Payback) to pay tribute to the most overlooked and underappreciated of the Classical Elements in the documentary Watermark.

Finding Vivian Maier - Courtesy Sundance SelectsIn 2007, a young realtor named John Maloof was looking for pictures of different areas of Chicago for a book that he was compiling.  He bought a storage unit for $380 that contained thousands of negatives and a bunch of undeveloped rolls of film.  When he examined the negatives, he saw some of the most captivating street photography that had ever been taken.  He knew that he was onto something, so he snooped around the locker a bit more and found pieces of mail addressed to a woman named Vivian Maier.  Seeing that there was a story developing, he enlisted producer Charlie Siskel (“Tosh.0”) to help him tell it, and the resulting documentary is Finding Vivian Maier.

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Jurassic World Poster - 1The moment has arrived, Universal unleashed the first trailer for Jurassic World. Call it a re-boot, a re-make, a complete waste of time, or the best thing to come in 2015. Whatever you do, don't ever tell this movie lover that you don't care about Jurassic World; my bite is ferocious.

From the trailer, there are questions that will surely be raised. My biggest one is whether or not there will be a reference to the prior three films, or whether Jurassic World is poised to stand on its own and in fact be a new telling of the famous story about the dinos we love ever so much on screen. The trailer makes me think that it is an entirely new story, with the park being created anew and any signs of the past washed away by Hollywood's ever-present eraser.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Rebel Warriors PosterYou knew it was bound to happen, and it has officially. The character posters for the Rebel Warriors of The Hunger Games; Mockingjay Part 1 have been released. You've got Gale, Pollux, Messalla, Cressida, Boggs, and Castor all looking very serious, and very ready to battle.

Disney's Are you ready for your daily dose of adorableness?  Disney's "Feast" is here to help you on your way with brand-new images from the upcoming short film. Who knew an animated puppy could bring so much joy, and such a big smile to one's face.

"Feast" will release in theatres November 7, 2014, playing with Big Hero 6.  Until then, go ahead and fall in love with the adorable puppy, Winston.

AnnabelleI will admit, the trailer for Annabelle may not be terrifying to you. For me, it is, thanks to a debilitating fear of creepy dolls. Annabelle is one of the scariest dolls I have ever seen on film--I have The Conjuring to thank--and I have seen an incredible amount of movies. Regardless, the trailer for Annabelle will get your senses going, and your anticipation peaked for this sort-of prequel to The Conjuring.

Keanu Reeves in John WickEveryone who enjoys viewing the 'Sad Keanu' picture that is plastered all over the internet--you know the one, don't deny it--well, it is time to play homage to a new Keanu Reeves photo...that of him looking bad ass in the upcoming John Wick.

Reeves plays ex-hitman John Wick who must come out of retirement in order to battle gangsters. Yes, you read that correctly...gangsters vs. Keanu Reeves. Amazing.

ChefIt is a special treat when a movie like Chef is created. A film full of heart that brings out your emotions organically, without the need for gimmicks or special circumstance. Jon Favreau's Chef deserves the accolades it has received thus far since release in May and those that are sure to follow come awards season (fingers crossed).  Chef is being re-released in theatres for a special engagement begininning August 29, 2014. If you did not have a chance to catch this gem of a film before in theatres now is your chance--and do not pass it up.

Paul Rudd In Ant-ManIt has taken years for a movie version of Marvel's Ant-Man character to the screen. Some may say it is unnecessary; others are full of joy and anticipation.  Either way, the Ant-Man movie has started production in San Francisco, CA and a first-look photo of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man has been released.

Here he is, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man.

Men, Women & ChildrenJason Reitman had a rough time of it last year when Labor Day did not sit well with audiences or critics. A far cry from his previous works that received rave reviews and awards aplenty, such as Up In The Air.  It is a new year and with that comes a new movie for Reitman to deliver to the masses--and hope that this time goes better than the last.  Reitman's latest is Men, Women & Children, yet another dramedy set around familial life, this time with the internet age taking center stage.

Kelly & Cal PosterShe may not exactly be a punk rocker any longer, but being a mother post-punk is tough for Juliette Lewis' Kelly in the trailer debut for Kelly & Cal from IFC Films.  Cal, 17, is having a tough time at life as well. Enter the unlikely friendship of these two different people and the way they will each make everything just a little easier to manage for one another.

Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket and Groot PosterFor those who have seen Guardians of the Galaxy you know the enjoyment there was to be had with Groot dancing. If you have not seen the film, then you're in luck as a clip of Groot dancing has been released. If the clip does not convince you to go see the movie read the review here and get yourself to the movies.

31The process of crowdfunding has been a touchy one among movie fans.  Established filmmakers like Zach Braff and Spike Lee have come under fire for wanting to raise money for their films through campaigns on Kickstarter, while the Veronica Mars movie obliterated its goal in a single day.  Now, another established director is turning to crowdsourcing for movie money: horror icon Rob Zombie.

Into The WoodsDisney is taking multiple stories from The Brothers Grimm fairytales and mashing them up into one intertwined story with Into The Woods.  This is of course nothing new for Disney, as they have been reimagining The Brothers Grimm stories for eons.  But it is a new twist on old stories, and with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp, to name a few, it is sure to be a star-studded musical outing. 

SpongeBob SquarePants Movie PosterHave you been forced to watched "SpongeBob Squarepants" with your niece, nephew, friend's child, or more than likely your own child over and over again?  Have you ever been able to figure out the plot or theme of an episode?  Me neither.  There is hope that the movie SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water will make more sense. Or are we asking far too much?  The time will come to decide in 2015 when the movie is released. Until then, I dare you to watch the trailer...

Groot, Guardians Of The GalaxyHave you ever wondered what Vin Diesel would sound like speaking Russian, Mandarin Chinese, or just plain old common Spanish?  Well, you are in luck as videos have been released where you can hear Diesel dubbing his lines for Guardians of the Galaxy in those three languages, and two more.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMBIt just so happens that two evenings ago I was in the company of children and they chose to watch Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.  Imagine my surprise when the first teaser trailer for Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb popped up in my inbox this morning--and I must admit I had no idea they were making a third film in the franchise.  There is more fun to be had this time around with all of the characters we remember from the other two films, and some new ones too. 

Forrest GumpIn case you have not had enough of a fix over the past 20 years of Forrest Gump playing on television you are in luck. Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are re-releasing the film in IMAX theatres to celebrate its 20th anniversary.  You will only have one-week to catch Forrest Gump on IMAX screens, starting September 5, 2014.  Make sure to bring a box of chocolates, and kleenex (Forrest Gump made me cry like a baby).

Hot Tub Time Machine 2To put a little spring in your step, and get your funny bone working, here is the brand-new red band trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2. You remember the hilarious original, right? It featured a hot tub, that was a time machine, and a band of misfit comedic actors who got taken back in time to the 80s. Yes, it was epic in all its ridiculousness, and now there is a new chapter of time travelin' hot tubbin' to be done.  Oh, the anticipation!

Scream FactoryScream Factory, the horror imprint of home video distributor Shout Factory which fans have lovingly dubbed “the Criterion of horror,” announced plans for ten new blu-ray titles during their Friday night Comic-Con panel.  Here are the newest members of the Scream Factory Family:

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