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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Tells A New Story In An Old Familiar Way
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It's a great time to be alive for Star Wars fans. Between canon sequels like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and standalone movies like Rogue One, Disney is pumping out a new movie every year, whether audiences want them or not. This year's offering is the origin story for which fans have been clamoring for years:...

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'Deadpool 2' Is Still The Proud, Awkward Outsider Of The Marvel Universe
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In the Marvel Movie world, Deadpool is kind of an outsider, not quite fitting in with the X-Men universe, but straying even farther away from that of The Avengers. Still, despite this stepchild status, Deadpool still is a very viable property. Nothing makes this fact clearer than Deadpool 2. Deadpool 2 sees...

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'Show Dogs' Is The Year's Second Best Talking Dog Movie
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A few months back, Wes Anderson wowed us with the talking dog movie Isle of Dogs. Now, hot on the heels of that and riding the coattails of live action/animation hybrids like Paddington 2 and Peter Rabbit, we're getting the years second talking dog movie, Show Dogs. Show Dogs is about an NYPD Rottweiler named...

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'Breaking In' Tests A Mother's Resolve...And An Audience's Patience
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Breaking In is about a woman named Shaun Russell (Gabrielle Union from The Birth of a Nation) whose father dies unexpectedly. She is put in charge of his estate, so she takes her two kids, Jasmine (Acrimony's Ajiona Alexus) and Glover (Seth Carr from Black Panther), up to the family home to get it ready to sell....

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'Measure Of A Man' Tells A Story Of Coming-Of-Age In The Seventies
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Set in 1976, Measure of a Man is about a young boy named Bobby Marks (The Maze Runner's Blake Cooper) whose New York family spends every summer at their lake house. This year, his parents (Judy Greer from The 15:17 to Paris and Luke Wilson from The Skeleton Twins) seem to be having problems, so instead of hanging...

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'Tully' Is More Than Just A Spiritual Cinematic Soulmate to 'Juno' And 'Young Adult'
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Director Jason Reitman (Labor Day, Thank You for Smoking) and screenwriter Diablo Cody (Jennifer's Body, Ricki and the Flash) have collaborated three times. The first was the charming coming-of-age comedy Juno. The second was the Charlize Theron vehicle Young Adult. And the third is Tully. Tully stars Theron...

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'Avengers: Infinity War' Is The Marvel Mashup That Fanboys Have Been Dreaming About
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In 2008, a little movie called Iron Man, starring the guy from Weird Science and directed by the guy from Swingers, launched a mega-franchise. Ten years and eighteen movies later, the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems unstoppable as it releases its most ambitious movie to date - Avengers: Infinity War. Avengers:...

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'Ghost Stories' Turns A Trio Of Terrifying Tales Into This Year's Must-See Horror Flick
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From the silent classic Waxworks to the modern V/H/S franchise, the anthology film has been one of the most lasting cinematic horror experiences. The best anthologies, however, are the ones that trick the viewer into thinking they're all one story through seamless editing and a clever wraparound story. And that's...

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Beautifully Shot And Heartbreakingly Authentic, 'The Rider' Falls Victim To Its Cast's Inexperience
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It would seem as if casting real people to play themselves in docu-drama movies is the big trend in 2018. Clint Eastwood did it with disastrous results with The 15:17 to Paris. Now, director Chloé Zhao has done it with The Rider. The results are better, but they're still not exactly good. The Rider is about...

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'Lean On Pete' Is The Tragic Opposite Of A Feel-Good Animal Movie
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A24 has emerged as one of the freshest production and distribution companies in today's Hollywood. The end of last year alone saw the release of brilliant movies like Lady Bird, The Disaster Artist, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and The Florida Project. And the studio is showing no signs of letting up with their...

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'Final Portrait' Wastes A Pair Of Great Performances On The Tedium Of Portrait Modeling
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In 1964, American art lover and writer James Lord sat for a painting by his friend, the legendary painter Alberto Giacometti. What initially was supposed to only be a two-hour session wound up stretching out for eighteen days. Lord wrote a book about the sitting the next year called A Giacometti Portrait. And...

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'Rampage' Is Monster Destruction Porn...And Little Else
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Rampage might be based on a video game, but it draws its inspirations from the likes of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island. This is a movie where three mutated animals - in this case an albino gorilla, a wolf, and an alligator - lay waste to the city of Chicago. It's the type of fetishistic, CGI heavy destruction...

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'Blumhouse's Truth Or Dare' Is A Rare Miss For The Titan Horror Studio
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In the last few years, horror fans have gotten not one, but two Blumhouse movies about Ouija boards with Ouija and Ouija: Origin of Evil. It was only a matter of time before Blumhouse made a movie about the other big teenage slumber-party game Truth or Dare. And they seem to be so proud of it that they're sticking...

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Lynne Ramsay Gets Dark Again With 'You Were Never Really Here'
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Writer/director Lynne Ramsay earned a reputation for making thoughtfully dark movies with her brilliant We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her newest movie, You Were Never Really Here, will help cement that legacy. You Were Never Really Here stars Joaquin Phoenix (Irrational Man, Her) as Joe, a Gulf War veteran suffering...

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'#Screamers' Gets To The Horrifying Bottom Of Those Annoying Screamer Videos
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You know those internet videos that tell you to look real closely at part of the screen, and as soon as you're concentrating, you're blasted with a horrifying face (usually a still of Regan from The Exorcist) and an eardrum-shattering scream? Yeah, someone made a horror movie about those videos, and it's called...

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John Krasinski's 'A Quiet Place' Serves Up The Maddeningly Silent Suspense
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Last year, Jordan Peele, the "Peele" half of comedy duo Key and Peele, made the socially conscious Get Out, which ended up being one of the best movies of the year, horror or not. This year, John Krasinski, best known as the wisecracking and prank-playing Jim Halpert on "The Office," hopes to duplicate the feat...

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'Blockers' Flips The Script On The Cinematic Rite-Of-Passage Movie
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The losing of one's virginity is a time-tested cinematic rite-of-passage. Usually, though, when the deed (or attempted deed) is depicted in a movie, the focus is on the male gender. Now, Blockers is here to flip that script. Blockers is about three lifelong friends named Julie (Kathryn Newton from Paranormal...

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'Ayla' Is An Effective, Occult-Tinged Tale Of Loss And Grief
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Kickstarter has changed the way that horror movies get made, for both the better and the worse. The fact that any good idea can get funded is a blessing, but it sometimes takes several months, or even years, for the movies to be completed. Case in point: the new movie from writer/director/producer Elias (no...

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'Ready Player One' Combines Retro-Geek Culture Eye Candy With A Timely Message
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There's absolutely no doubt that Steven Spielberg is one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation. His filmography includes a healthy mixture of childlike wonder (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind), heart-racing adventure (Raiders of the Lost Ark, War of the Worlds), sheer...

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Wes Anderson Is Back To His Old Quirky Tricks With The Charming 'Isle Of Dogs'
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Writer/director Wes Anderson has become one of New Hollywood's most distinct voices. From Rushmore and Bottle Rocket to Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, his quirky storytelling and instantly recognizable visual style have gained him both fame and notoriety. As fantastical as his movies are, he's...

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Frame Of Mind

SistersThis past weekend, Canadian-born actress Margot Kidder passed away at the age of 69.  Although Kidder was known primarily as Lois Lane from the classic Superman series of movies, horror fans remember her as both Barb in Black Christmas and Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror.  However, her first fright flick, made two short years before Black Christmas in 1972, was Sisters.

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.

Nightmare SistersIn 1987, cult director David DeCoteau (Dreamaniac, Creepozoids) got together with scream queens Linnea Quigley (Graduation Day, Silent Night, Deadly Night), Brinke Stevens (The Slumber Party Massacre), and Michelle Bauer (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers) and made the camp classic Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama.  But that’s not the only movie that particular quartet made in 1987.  It’s not even the campiest.  That title goes to Nightmare Sisters.

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.

FrankenhookerMary Shelley’s Frankenstein could possibly be the most adapted novel in horror history.  Starting with a silent version in 1910, the tale has been told countless times on the screen.  Some are classics, like the iconic 1931 Universal adaptation that made Boris Karloff a star.  Others are looser retellings, such as the more recent Victor Frankenstein.  Still others are speculative reboots, like I, Frankenstein.  There has even been Gothic, which explored the circumstances around the novel’s very creation.  And then, there are the parodies, the more comedic movies that take the general concept of Frankenstein and run with it, like Frankenweenie and Young Frankenstein.  The 1990 shocker Frankenhooker falls firmly into that last category.

PreyAlien intruder movies come in all shapes and sizes.  Sometimes, the aliens are friendly, like in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial or Arrival.  Sometimes, they’re horrifying, as in Xtro or The Dark.  And sometimes, not even the audience can tell the difference.  That’s the case with the 1977 schlocker Prey.

Don't Go to SleepOver the years, Cinema Fearité has covered plenty of movies that tell their audience what NOT to do, movies such as Don’t Look Now, Don’t Answer the Phone, Don’t Look in the Basement, and Don’t Open Till Christmas.  And that’s not even counting movies like Don’t Breathe and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark that are non-Cinema Fearité, regular section reviews here at FilmFracture.  Well, there’s no shortage of negative commanding horror movies, and this week, we’re going to add another one to the pile – the 1982 television movie Don’t Go to Sleep.

Psychic KillerSeveral years ago, Cinema Fearité covered The Astral Factor, aka Invisible Strangler, which is a 1976 movie about a killer who has mastered the psychic art of astral projection, allowing him to commit his crimes without being detected.  However, a year before The Astral Factor was made, in 1975, another movie beat it to the conceptual punch.  That movie is Psychic Killer.

The CreeperLet’s face it.  Cats are cool animals to have in horror movies.  Whether it’s a classic like The Black Cat or a modern masterpiece like Cat’s Eye, a feline presence adds just the right amount of cuddly creepiness to any fright flick.  Cats are even cute when they turn into the antagonists of the movie, such as in Cat People, because in the end, the cat is not to blame, right?  Director Jean Yarbrough (The Devil Bat, She-Wolf of London) played around with the cat-like villain motif with his aptly named 1948 noir thriller The Creeper.

SpiderEven the slimiest of schlock filmmakers grows up eventually.  Aside from Drag Me to Hell, Sam Raimi hasn’t looked back towards his Evil Dead days since The Quick and the Dead.  Wes Craven took a break from making slasher movies to make his passion project Music of the Heart (with Meryl Streep and Angels Bassett, no less).  John Carpenter also put away the scary stuff long enough in the mid-eighties to direct Starman.  Even the goopiest of the goop directors, David Cronenberg, turned a corner and started making Oscar bait movies.  For Cronenberg, the transition film between the weird eXistenZ and the brilliant A History of Violence came in 2002 with his somewhere-in-between movie Spider.

VertigoTo horror fans, Alfred Hitchcock is best known as the director of Psycho, one of the pioneering movies of the slasher genre.  But to cinema geeks, he is better known for what many consider to be his masterpiece – the 1958 classic Vertigo.

The Amityville HorrorOne of the most tried and tested ways that Hollywood has found to sell horror movies to the public is to bill them as “based on a true story” or “inspired by actual events.”  This piques the interest of moviegoers, no matter how dubious the claim may be.  Case in point: the 1979 classic The Amityville Horror.

The Silence of the LambsHorror fans everywhere are celebrating the Oscar success of Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which won best picture and best director (among a handful of other honors), and Jordan Peele’s Get Out, which took best original screenplay, at this year’s awards.  Horror(ish) movies at the Oscars are rare, but not unheard of.  The last (and only, until now) horror(ish) movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture was 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs.

Demon WindFueled by the success of the Friday the 13th and the Evil Dead franchises, the cabin-in-the-woods motif has become a staple of the modern horror movie.  Sometimes it’s played for gore, as in Cabin Fever, and sometimes it generates real horror, as in Misery, but the trope itself is one of the most recognizable in cinematic history, even garnering a parody, simply called The Cabin in the Woods, which turned out to be one of the best movies of 2012.  Because of its familiarity, however, the archetype is usually played for laughs, even way back when it was in its infancy in 1990 and Demon Wind was made.

EmbryoSometimes, science fiction horror movies are subtle, like the modern classics Ex Machina and 10 Cloverfield Lane.  Other times, they’re pants-poopingly frightening, like Alien and Event Horizon.  Still other times, however, they walk the line, becoming so crazy that the viewer is unsure as to what to think, like Phase IV and Prophecy.  And then, there are movies like Embryo.

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