Releasing This Week in Theatres
'Summer 1993' Is A Surprisingly Uplifting Movie From A Darker Time
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Summer 1993 is about a little girl named Frida (Laia Artigas) who is sent to live with her uncle and his family in the country after the untimely death of her mother. Frida's Uncle Esteve (David Verdaguer) and his wife, Marga (Bruni Cusi), welcome the little girl in, fostering her with the same love that they show for their own daughter, Anna (Paula Robles). Unfortunately, Frida has trouble adjusting to her new surroundings, and her growing pains are only made more complicated by her growing questions about...

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'Tag' Tells the Hysterical True Story Of Companionship, Camaraderie, And Competition
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Tag is about a five friends who have been playing the same game of Tag for 30 years. Every year during the entire month of May, the group sets aside their adult careers and lives to relentlessly chase, tag, and run from each other. It's an intense competition that the guys credit for keeping their friendship going for decades. Except that Jerry (Jeremy Renner from The Avengers), who holds the distinction of having never been tagged ever in the history of the game, wants to retire after this year's...

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The Horror Hype Train Was Right: 'Hereditary' Lives Up To Its Festival Buzz
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Every year, there seems to be a movie that comes out of its festival run with "scarier than The Exorcist" buzz. We've seen it recently with movies like It Follows, Raw, and The Witch. And now, we're seeing it again with Hereditary. A word of caution; the best way to experience Hereditary is completely blind, without reading a summary or seeing a trailer. Actually, avoid the trailer at all costs, as it includes a massive spoiler (and one that was intentionally placed there as a result of a dialogue edit...

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'Ocean's 8' Misses The Mark As It Panders To The Masses
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The 1960 heist film Ocean's 11 has gotten a hip 2001 remake, which has itself gotten not one, but two sequels. So, what's next? A gender-flipping rehash? Enter Ocean's 8. Ocean's 8 stars Sandra Bullock (Gravity) as Debbie Ocean (Danny's sister.ooh!), a thief who is released from prison and immediately sets in motion another con, one which she has been planning for her entire prison stay. The new job involves stealing a $150 million diamond necklace from the neck of an unwitting starlet named Daphne Kluger...

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'Hotel Artemis' Gives A Not-So-Subtle Glimpse Of A Cartoony Dystopic Near Future
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The year is 2028, the city is Los Angeles, and the Hotel Artemis is essentially a hospital for criminals, run by a nurse named Jean Thomas (Jodie Foster from The Silence of the Lambs) and an orderly known as Everest (Dave Bautista from Guardians of the Galaxy). For a membership fee, bad guys can check in and get fixed up when they're wounded, keeping off of the radar of law enforcement. When riots over the lack of clean water throw the city into an uproar, the Artemis has a busy night. Guests include...

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'American Animals' Is This Week's 'Other' - And Better - Heist Movie
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With all the hype surrounding the mediocre Ocean's 8, people have forgotten about the "other" heist movie that is being released this week. And that's a shame, because American Animals is a better movie. American Animals is about a pair of young college students named Warren Lipka and Spencer Reinhard (Evan Peters from X-Men: Apocalypse and Barry Keoghan from The Killing of a Sacred Deer, respectively) who, wanting more from their lives, decide to steal some rare and valuable art books from the University...

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'Upgrade' Is Pulpy Sci-Fi Action At Its Very Best
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As the writer of the first few Saw movies and the entire Insidious franchise, Leigh Whannell is best known as James Wan's sidekick, but he did make his directorial debut a couple of years back when he took the reins of Insidious: Chapter 3. Now, the writer/director brings fans his sophomore feature effort, the sci-fi thriller Upgrade. Upgrade takes place in a slightly futuristic world of cars that drive themselves and criminals who implant guns into their arms. A mechanic/automobile restorer named Grey...

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Paul Schrader's 'First Reformed' Explores...And Exposes...The Struggle Between Science And Religion
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Paul Schrader is one of the unsung members of the Spielberg/Scorsese/Coppola "movie brat" generation of filmmakers. He's hardly a household name, but he's had a hand in some of the most important movies in film history, both as a writer (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) and as a director (American Gigolo, Cat People). His newest movie, which he both wrote and directed, is the personal passion project First Reformed. First Reformed is about a pastor named Reverend Ernst Toller (Boyhood's Ethan Hawke) whose...

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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: Solo: A Star Wars Story. Just as the title suggests, Solo: A Star Wars Story is all about Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich from Hail, Caeser! and Stoker. The movie begins with his escape from...

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'The Seagull' Wastes A Stellar Cast On A Mediocre Movie
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What do you get when a Tony Award-winning director and a Tony Award-winning writer team up with an incredible cast to adapt a classic play for the big screen? In the case of The Seagull, you get a technically proficient snoozefest. The Seagull takes place at the lake home of an elderly dying man named Pjotr Sorin (Brian Dennehy from Knight of Cups). Among the guests is Sorin's sister, a famous actress named Irina Arkadina (Annette Bening from 20th Century Women) and her lover, a writer named Boris Trigorin...

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'Beast' Is A Subtle Psychological Thriller That Feels Like A Puzzle With A Few Missing Pieces
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Beast is neither a live action Disney movie nor a B-movie creature feature. It's about a young woman named Moll Huntford (Jessie Buckley from "Taboo") who, at the age of 27, is still living under the constriction of her domineering mother, Hilary (Geraldine James from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). After running away from her own birthday party, Moll meets a mysterious fellow named Pascal Renouf (Clouds of Sils Maria's Johnny Flynn) with whom she becomes instantly infatuated. The fact that her mother doesn't...

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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 Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Life's Ryan Reynolds) getting a shot at joining the X-Men. On his first training assignment, he meets a mutant kid named Russell (Julian Dennison from Hunt for the Wilderpeople),...

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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. Unfortunately, a thug named Eddie (Billy Burke from Lights Out) wants something that's hidden inside the house, and he shows up with three of his goons (Richard Cabral from Paranormal Activity: The...

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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 (not only a Reitman/Cody favorite, but a Hollywood favorite as well thanks to movies like Atomic Blonde and Mad Max: Fury Road) as a woman named Marlo who is a tired mother of three, one of whom is...

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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: Infinity War picks up about a year after the events of Captain America: Civil War, with the Avengers disbanded and scattered randomly about the universe. A super-villain named Thanos (Josh Brolin)...

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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 exactly what Ghost Stories does. Ghost Stories is about a professor named Phillip Goodman (The Commuter's Andy Nyman) who exposes fraudulent psychic mediums on a hit television show. He is summoned...

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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 a rodeo cowboy named Brady Blackburn (played by the film's inspiration, cowboy Brady Jandreau) who is recovering from a devastating head injury that he suffered while competing. Brady wants nothing...

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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 first big release of 2018, the boy-and-his-horse drama Lean on Pete. Lean on Pete is about a boy named Charley Thompson (All the Money in the World's Charlie Plummer) who lives in poverty with...

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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 that is pure, mindless entertainment. Unfortunately, the journey to the destruction is paved with poor character development, a generic story, and some uninteresting action set pieces. Rampage knows...

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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 their name above the title, calling it Blumhouse's Truth or Dare. Blumhouse's Truth or Dare is about a young woman named Olivia (Lucy Hale from "Pretty Little Liars" and Scream 4) who goes to...

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Recently Released in Theatres
'Hostiles' Is A Beautiful, If Forgettable, Revisionist Western
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In his relatively short Hollywood career, writer/director Scott Cooper has tackled the music drama (Crazy Heart), the revenge movie (Out of the Furnace), and the crime biography (Black Mass). Even though the genres are all markedly different, each of his movies has bared his distinct cinematic thumbprint. The same can be said for his newest movie, the revisionist western Hostiles. Hostiles is about a legendary retiring U.S. Cavalry officer named Captain Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale from American Hustle...

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'Phantom Thread' Is More Of The Same Pretentious Genius From Paul Thomas Anderson
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With the exception of maybe Quentin Tarantino and M. Night Shyamalan, Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice, The Master) is probably the purist modern film auteur working today. Taking on music video and documentary projects in between feature films, his big releases generally land a few years apart. Well, it's a lucky year for PTA fans, as his newest movie, Phantom Thread, is here. Phantom Thread is about a renowned London dressmaker named Reynolds Woodcock (Lincoln's Daniel Day-Lewis) who has built an...

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'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool' Shows Annette Bening Getting Better And Better With Each Movie
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In 1978, a young British man named Peter Turner struck up an unlikely relationship with Hollywood film actress Gloria Grahame. In 1986, he wrote a book about it, and now, that book has been adapted into the movie Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool begins in 1981 with Gloria Grahame (20th Century Women's Annette Bening) collapsing while getting ready to take the stage one evening. She refuses medical treatment, instead reaching out to her ex-lover, Peter Turner (Jamie Bell...

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It's Steven Spielberg vs. The White House In 'The Post'
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Whether it's subtle, as in Duel, or more overt, like in Minority Report, director Steven Spielberg has never been afraid to poke the bear. However, his poking is probably never been as obvious as it is in The Post. Set at the tail end of the Vietnam War, The Post stars Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies, Sully) as Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of The Washington Post. Rival paper The New York Times scoops The Post on some leaked documents called The Pentagon Papers that prove that the U.S. Government falsified...

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'Paddington 2' Is More Of The Same Charming, Charismatic Bear That Everybody Loves
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A few years ago, Paddington, along with its eponymous protagonist, charmed its way into filmgoers' hearts everywhere. Now, thankfully, there's a sequel that's just as charming: the appropriately entitled Paddington 2. Paddington 2 picks up with Paddington Bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw from Cloud Atlas and The Lobster) living in London with the Brown family and enjoying life as a member of the Windsor Gardens community. His Aunt Lucy, who always wanted to visit London but never could, is turning 100, and...

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'Molly's Game' Proves Sorkin, Chastain Can Do No Wrong
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Molly Bloom could have won a medal at the Olympics in skiing. That didn't happen because of a freak accident. The best way to get over it and move on is to of course head out West to Hollywood. That's what Bloom did, working as an assistant to real estate entrepreneur Darin Feinstein. He just happened to co-own The Viper Room, where, each week a high stakes poker game would take place. Bloom had to help with the game, welcoming billionaires, Wall Street titans, politicians, and of course, the Hollywood elite....

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'Happy End' Almost Connects The Dots...But Not Quite
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Happy End is about a woman named Anne Laurent (Elle's Isabelle Huppert) who has taken over the running of her family's construction company from her eighty-year-old father, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant from Amour). As she is busy dealing with a catastrophic workplace accident that was caused by the negligence of her foreman son, Pierre (Franz Rogowski from Victoria), the ex-wife of her brother, Thomas (Amélie's Mathieu Kassovitz), is mysteriously poisoned and his daughter, Eve (Fantine Harduin from Fanny's...

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'Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game' Lets Martin Landau Be Martin Landau
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As an actor, Martin Landau did it all, from slasher movies (Alone in the Dark) to quirky biopics (Ed Wood), from science fiction television ("Space 1999") to science fiction television ("The Twilight Zone") to, well, science fiction television ("The Outer Limits"). And he kept doing it all, right up until his death in July of 2017. But, like most legendary actors who worked right up until their passing, he left a handful of projects in the bank that have been slowly trickling out. Unfortunately, the bank...

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'Insidious: The Last Key' Is A Compelling Paranormal Mystery...That's Still Very Much An 'Insidious' Movie
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Most horror filmmakers would be ecstatic to have one lasting franchise. If they're really lucky, they might create two. James Wan, with his Midas touch, has been behind three, count 'em, three successful horror franchises - Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring. Even the arguably weakest one, Insidious, has spawned three sequels, the last of which is the spanking new Insidious: The Last Key. Taking place after the events of Insidious: Chapter 3 but before those of Insidious, Insidious: The Last Key sees famed...

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It's Like Kevin Spacey Was Never There In 'All The Money In The World'
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On July 10, 1973, John Paul Getty III, grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, was kidnapped in Rome and held for ransom. Almost 45 years later, director Ridley Scott (Alien: Covenant, The Martian) turned the ordeal into the movie All the Money in the World. All the Money in the World begins with the kidnapping of Paul Getty (King Jack's Charlie Plummer). The kidnappers demand seventeen million dollars for his release, and his mother, Gail Harris (Michelle Williams from Manchester by the Sea),...

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Execution Is The Villain In 'I, Tonya'
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It's hard to imagine today, given the proliferation of scandalous news stories, that one could grab the attention of the world. Okay, that's not true, it seems to happen weekly. But, in 1994, that wasn't the case because the Internet as we know it didn't exist. You watched the news -- on a television. And one story did grab the attention of the world: the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan that was allegedly instigated by fellow skater Tonya Harding. And with the release of I, Tonya, the real story of...

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Thanks To A Brilliant Timothée Chalamet Performance, 'Call Me by Your Name' Lives Up To Its Hype
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One of the most buzzed-about movies of the year coming off of the festival circuit is the independent darling Call Me by Your Name. But does it live up to the hype? Well, in most regards, yes. Yes it does. Set somewhere in Northern Italy during the year of 1983, Call Me by Your Name is about a graduate student named Oliver (Free Fire's Armie Hammer) who is assisting a Classics professor named Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg from The Shape of Water) for the summer. When Oliver meets Perlman's musically talented...

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Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing' Is Not The Movie It's Pretending To Be
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Writer/director Alexander Payne has been money in the bank. From the teenage comedy of Election to the introspective drama Nebraska, his movies always hit the right notes. Until Downsizing. Downsizing takes place in a world where a process called cellular reduction, also known as Downsizing, has been perfected. The general idea is to shrink people down so that they use less resources and take up less space, therefore lessening their footprint and making it more economical for them to live. A man named...

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Mixes Suspense And Surprises Into An Enjoyable - If Meandering - Popcorn Movie
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When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released a couple of years back, fans noted that the plot closely mirrored that of the original Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope). It should only be fitting that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would bear some similarities to Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees The Resistance, led by General Leia Organa (the late, great Carrie Fisher), being pummeled by The First Order to the point of almost being snuffed out. A small band of survivors, including...

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'Darkest Hour' Amounts To Little More Than An Oscar Grab For Gary Oldman
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One can always tell when it's Oscar season because theaters get flooded with indulgent, two-and-a-half-hour epic historical biopics with little more to offer other than a few brilliant performances. Which brings us to Darkest Hour. Darkest Hour begins with the appointment of Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Prime Minister of Great Britain by King George VI (Rogue One's Ben Mendelsohn). Britain is in the middle of World War II, and German armies have stormed through France...

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James Franco's Masterpiece 'The Disaster Artist' Is The Spirit Of 'The Room' With Higher Production Values
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In 2003, an ambitious dreamer named Tommy Wiseau got frustrated with waiting for his big Hollywood break, so he made that break himself by writing, directing, and starring in The Room. Initially ridiculed, The Room has gone on to become the biggest cult film of the twenty-first century. Wiseau's partner in crime, Greg Sestero (Retro Puppet Master) wrote a book called The Disaster Artist about the experience of making The Room, and indie hero James Franco (Spring Breakers, True Story) has adapted that book...

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'The Shape Of Water' Brings Guillermo Del Toro Back To The Realm Of Monsters
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A few years back, rumors swelled that director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, The Devil's Backbone) was developing a remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon, possibly as an entry into the ill-fated Universal Dark Universe. That movie never materialized, but that hasn't stopped del Toro from turning his work into his own sea monster movie called The Shape of Water. Set in the cold-war era of the early sixties, The Shape of Water is about a mute woman named Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins from Paddington...

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'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' Twists And Turns Its Way Into One Of The Best Movies Of The Year
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Playwright Martin McDonagh has been making quite a name for himself in Hollywood. He burst onto the scene in 2008 with In Bruges and continued his success with 2012's Seven Psychopaths. Now, he's back with his best work yet, the masterful Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is about a woman named Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand from Fargo and Almost Famous) whose daughter was sexually assaulted and murdered in the town of Ebbing, Missouri. Frustrated...

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'Roman J. Israel, Esq.' Is The Movie Denzel Washington Fans Have Been Waiting For
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For the last few years, Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington has been toiling away in either bland theatrical adaptations (Fences) or phone-in action films (The Magnificent Seven). The one constant has been that, no matter how bad the material is, Washington brings his A game to the screen, frequently elevating the quality of the film by simply being in it. Now, he finally gets a movie that is worthy of his talents with Roman J. Israel, Esq. Roman J. Israel, Esq. stars Washington as an attorney, of course...

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'Justice League' Is A Messy Superhero Team-Up That Lacks Weight
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At the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the DC Extended Universe put itself on a path with one inevitable destination. Now, that destination has arrived in the form of Justice League, the superhero team-up movie that would bring DC Comics' most iconic heroes together in one cinematic adventure. This is Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) all on the same screen, for the first time in a live...

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'Lady Bird' Shows That Greta Gerwig Can Literally Do It All
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In front of the camera, Greta Gerwig has proven herself to be a powerhouse of independent cinema with show-stopping and scene-stealing performances in movies like Mistress America, 20th Century Women, and Maggie's Plan. Now, audiences get to see what she can do behind the camera with her solo directorial debut Lady Bird. Quite simply, Lady Bird is the story of a young girl named Christine McPherson, who calls herself Lady Bird (Brooklyn's Saoirse Ronan), as she makes her way through her senior year...

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After 27 Years, 'IT' Is Back To Terrorize The Kids Of Derry Once More
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In 1990, prolific horror novelist Stephen King's most ambitious book, the simply titled It, was made into a two-part television miniseries. The book, and miniseries, was about a clown who terrorized a New England town and kidnapped its children every twenty-seven years. Now, just like in the book, IT is back, twenty-seven years later. Set in the late eighties, IT is about a group of outcast kids who jokingly call themselves the Loser's Club and live in the town of Derry, Maine (a Stephen King staple)....

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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 in time to bring fans the other half. Set about 12 years before the events of its predecessor, Annabelle: Creation is about a dollmaker named Samuel Mullens (Anthony LaPaglia from Big Stone Gap) who,...

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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 Dark Tower is about a boy named Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor from "Doctor Foster") who is plagued by dreams of a long-standing battle between a heroic Gunslinger (Idris Elba from Prometheus) and...

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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, Lorraine and her contact, another agent named David Percival (Split's James McAvoy), navigate the criminal underworld to retrieve the list from the Russians, encountering helpful allies (Bill Skarsgard...

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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 been nominated for one for Carol. Longing for simpler times, Lowery, Affleck, and Mara are all back together again, putting their big, ambitious projects aside for the very minimalistic indie A Ghost...

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'ClownTown' Is A Generic Stalk-And-Siege Movie That Still Manages To Pack A Few Good Scares
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The news has been full of sightings of creepy clowns lately, some trying to lure kids into the deep dark woods while others are content just to lurk and look. Well, as if ripped from today's headlines, ClownTown wonders what would happen if these jokers took it a little further. After a pre-credits scene that is as obvious of a tribute to John Carpenter's Halloween as one is bound to find in movies today (there's even a character named "Mr. Strode"), ClownTown ends up being about a group of young folks...

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'The Magnificent Seven' Is A Good Popcorn Action Movie - Nothing More, Nothing Less
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While it may be hard to prove that Hollywood is truly out of original ideas, there hasn't been any recent shortage of remakes and reboots. This summer alone has provided moviegoers with re-imaginings of Ghostbusters and Pete's Dragon, as well as a Blair Witch movie that, let's face it, may as well be considered a remake rather than a sequel. Well, summer's got one more familiar property for audiences: a remake of the seminal 1960 western The Magnificent Seven. The Magnificent Seven takes place in a typical...

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'Operation Avalanche' Is Lo-Fi For Film Geeks And Conspiracy Theorists
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Taking place in 1967 right as the Space Race between the US and the USSR was heating up, Operation Avalanche is about a pair of CIA agents named Owen Williams and Matt Johnson who are sent into NASA to uncover a mole planted by the KGB to sabotage the Apollo moon landing program. Filmmakers themselves, Owen and Matt pose as documentary directors who are making a movie about the program, but their primary objective is to uncover and flush out the Russian spy. During their investigation, they learn that the...

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'Blair Witch' Has The Same Fun Spirit As The Original, With More Storyline...And More Scares
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There can be little doubt that The Blair Witch Project has been one of the most legendary and influential movies of the modern era. The 1999 no-budget classic practically jump-started the "found footage" trend of filmmaking (whether it gets credit or blame is up to you, dear reader). A year later a sequel was made - Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 - which confounded and alienated most audiences. Now, more than fifteen years later, the direct sequel for which fans have been clamoring is here, simply entitled...

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'Snowden' Shows Off Oliver Stone At His Most Polarizing
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In recent history, few figures have been as polarizing as National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Some feel he is a patriot, while others consider him a traitor. In Snowden, writer/director Oliver Stone (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July) makes it clear which side of the fence he is on. Snowden begins in 2013 with Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt from Looper and The Dark Knight Rises) meeting film director Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo from Prisoners and The Big Short), reporter Glenn...

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Despite All The White Powder, 'White Girl' Is As Bland As White Bread
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White Girl is about a young college student named Leah (McFarland, USA's Morgan Saylor) who, along with her best friend/roommate Katie (India Menuez from Something in the Air), moves into a new apartment in a seedy part of New York. Looking to score some marijuana in her new neighborhood, Leah boldly approaches a Hispanic man on the street named Blue (Nerve's Brian Marc) and asks if he's selling - and promptly starts dating him. Leah ends up latching onto Blue's world of drugs and thugs, and also ends up...

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'The Neon Dead' Has More Neon Demons Than 'The Neon Demon'
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Earlier this year, Nicolas Winding Refn's strangely hypnotic The Neon Demon was released to receptive-yet-confused audiences. To add to the confusion, there is now a movie called The Neon Dead that has found its way to American horror fans. Luckily, the two movies could not be more different. The Neon Dead is about a recent college graduate named Allison Hillstead (Marie Barker from "Horror Hotel: The Webseries") who, while getting ready for a job interview, discovers a zombie woman living in her home....

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'Sully' Shows Another Side Of The 'Miracle On The Hudson'
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Most Americans know the story. On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 departed from LaGuardia Airport, bound for Charlotte, North Carolina. Just after takeoff, the plane ran into a flock of birds and both engines were disabled. The pilot, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, was forced to put the plane down in the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people on board. Well, finally, this incredible story has been made into a movie. But, Sully is not the movie that one might expect it to be. The...

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'Little Men' Is A Lighthearted Movie With A Powerful Undercurrent
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Coming-of-age movies usually deal with kids growing up. But sometimes, as Little Men shows, the adults go through some growing pains, too. Little Men is about a thirteen-year-old boy named Jake Jardine (Theo Taplitz in his first feature-length role) whose grandfather dies and leaves a Brooklyn building to Jake's father, Brian (Little Miss Sunshine's Greg Kinnear), and mother, Kathy (Jennifer Ehle from Fifty Shades of Grey). Since Brian is an under-employed actor, he decides to move the family from their...

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'Other People' Laughs And Cries With Raw, Genuine Emotion
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One of the most surprisingly funny movies to hit theaters last year was the festival darling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, in which "Saturday Night Live" alum Molly Shannon played the mother of the titular girl who spends the entirety of the film dying of cancer. Now, it's Shannon's turn to face the deadly disease in Other People. Other People is about a struggling television comedy writer named David (Jesse Plemons from Black Mass) who moves back in with his family in order to help care for his cancer-stricken...

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The Light Between Oceans Is High Drama With Top-Tier Acting
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The Light Between Oceans is a tearjerker. It's the type of movie where, if you aren't hearing sobs at least a few times throughout the film, then you are likely in an empty theater, or you're seated in a room full of soulless monsters. Director Derek Cianfrance has never been one to shy away from tough subject matters, but here he finds a delicate balance between the wistfully happy and the unbearably depressing. At times it may feel like the film is trying to force the audience with contrived plot points,...

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'Morgan' Disappoints With Its Sci-Fi Predictability
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From the trailers and advertisements, Morgan looks like it could be a sequel to last year's Ex Machina. While Morgan does share some of the same themes and ideas as Alex Garland's robotic masterpiece, and even goes so far as to flaunt some similar imagery, Morgan is no Ex Machina. The title character in Morgan, played by hip horror It-girl Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), is a Hybrid Biological Organism, which means that she (or it, depending on who's talking) was manufactured with synthetic engineered DNA...

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Fede Alvarez's 'Don't Breathe' Is An Edge Of Your Seat, Fright-Filled Thrill Ride
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A few years back, writer/director Fede Alvarez took on the unenviable task of remaking Sam Raimi's legendary cult classic The Evil Dead. He knocked it out of the park; Alvarez's Evil Dead, a dark and brutal interpretation of the tongue-in-cheek original, was one of 2013's best movies. Now, with Raimi behind him once again as a producer, Alvarez is back with his follow-up - the equally dark and brutal Don't Breathe. Set in the rundown slums of Detroit, Don't Breathe is about a trio of burglars - a young...

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'Killer Party' Is A Zombie Movie With A Refreshing Lack Of Zombies
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For the better part of three years, first-time filmmaker Alex Drummond's The Shower has been toiling away in its various forms on the festival circuit. Finally, it will be available to audiences - only the name has been changed to Killer Party. Killer Party is about a group of Hollywood twenty-somethings who are attending a baby shower. In the middle of the party, there is an outbreak that turns ordinary people into murderous maniacs, resulting in widespread rioting across the city. The guests lock themselves...

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'Hell Or High Water' Feels Like A Lost Coen Brothers Faux-Western
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Between his prison drama Starred Up and his sci-fi romance Perfect Sense, director David Mackenzie has been simmering away in the independent filmmaking underground. With Hell or High Water, he is poised to break through. Hell or High Water follows the exploits of Toby and Tanner Howard (Star Trek's Chris Pine and Warcraft's Ben Foster, respectively), a pair of brothers who systematically rob banks all over West Texas. It also follows a cop named Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges from Crazy Heart) who, days...

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Fear Not - 'Pete's Dragon' Will Not Ruin Your Childhood
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In 1977, as a seven-year-old kid, I loved the original Pete's Dragon. The clever blend of animation and live action stuck me on the hook, and the catchy songs reeled me in. Not even the two-hour-plus running time discouraged my "Sesame Street" attention span. So, while everyone else was worrying about whether or not this year's Ghostbusters remake would ruin their childhood, I was quietly anticipating Pete's Dragon with a mixture of hope and apprehension. Hope won out. Pete's Dragon is about an orphan,...

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'Sausage Party' Is An R-Rated Toy Story, And It's Hilarious
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Imagine Toy Story, but instead of a talking cowboy doll and spaceman, the main characters were a talking hot dog and bun. And instead of the world of toys come to life, the world of food takes on a mind of its own. That's basically Sausage Party in a nutshell. Oh, and the food is raunchy, foul-mouthed, and borderline offensive at every turn. At its core, Sausage Party is about a grocery store filled with sentient food, all of which believe that being "chosen" by a human means they are moving on to some sort...

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'Suicide Squad' is a Messy Anti-Superhero Movie
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What if Superman came down to Earth and, instead of helping the population, decided to enslave it? That's the question posed by Suicide Squad, director David Ayer's anti-Avengers, a movie where the bad guys unite under the flag of good, while at the same time consistently reminding us they are bad. It's a movie that, in principle, sounds intriguing, if for no other reason than we don't often see movies starring the bad guys. But unfortunately, outside of a few strong performances, Suicide Squad's concept is...

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Modern Action Movies Have Passed 'Jason Bourne' By
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For all intents and purposes, the Bourne franchise has been batting 1.000 with Matt Damon in the lead role. The Bourne Identity came out with a surprise blend of espionage and gritty action, and its follow-ups, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, continued that legacy. Speaking of legacy, it's best to forget the Jeremy Renner-led spin-off The Bourne Legacy, which proved that it is Damon (and in part director Paul Greengrass) that makes the franchise tick. So then, with Damon and Greengrass back...

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'Macbeth' Is A High Production Value Adaptation That Lacks Purpose
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Like most of Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth is a story that has graced the silver screen its fair share of times. Some productions choose to play it in a modern context, others adapt Shakespeare's dialogue to a common tongue, and some simply play it straight. Justin Kurzel's Macbeth adapts Shakespeare as only a film could, putting the story into its correct setting and context, and preserving all of the sharp dialogue. It is, for all intents and purposes, exactly what Shakespeare fans will expect from a cinematic...

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The Whole Of 'The Danish Girl' Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts
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Sometimes, a movie will bring together a bunch of great elements, yet the movie itself will still be mediocre. The Danish Girl is one of those times.The Danish Girl is about a couple of married artists named Einar and Gerda Wegener (Eddie Redmayne from The Theory of Everything and Alicia Vikander from Ex Machina, respectively) living in Copenhagen in the 1920s. Einar is a successful and respected landscape painter, while Gerda is a talented-yet-struggling portrait artist. One afternoon, Gerda's model cancels...

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'The Wonders' Is A Confused Movie With No Real Story - But Lots Of Bees
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Every director dreams of making personal movies. The problem is that when a movie gets too personal it fails to connect with the majority of its audience. That's the main problem with the new movie from writer/director Alice Rohrwacher (Corpo celeste), Le meraviglie. Or, as it's known in English, The Wonders.The Wonders is about a family of beekeepers who lives in a crowded house in the Tuscan countryside in Italy. Although the mother, Angelica (the director's sister, Alba Rohrwacher from I Am Love), and...

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'Legend' Lacks Cinematic Punch, Despite A Solid Performance From Tom Hardy
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Legend seeks to tell the tale of Reggie and Ronnie Kray (Tom Hardy in dual roles), two East End London gangsters with a set of chips on their respective shoulders. Twin brothers with seemingly noble intentions despite criminal aspirations, the Krays are each a unique brand of gangster. Ronnie is a schizophrenic homosexual and prone to random bouts of violence or aggressive behavior; while Reggie is the more even keel brother, who wants nothing more than to control London through intimidation and a dapper look....

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'Victor Frankenstein' Is Not Your Grandfather's Frankenstein Movie
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The first spoken line in Victor Frankenstein is "You know the story." And of course, everyone does. But it has never before been told like this.Shown from the point of view of the humble assistant Igor (played by Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, who has also been making a name for himself in the horror world with movies like The Woman in Black and Horns), Victor Frankenstein begins at a circus where Igor performs as a hunchbacked clown. The deformed fool also has a very bright medical mind, and it...

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Wide Open and Brutally Honest, 'James White' Packs An Emotional Punch
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Borderline Films is the production company formed by film school pals Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond. The three filmmakers alternate projects, with two producing while the third writes and directs. So far, the partnership has been fruitful, with Durkin helming Martha Marcy May Marlene and Campos coming up with both Afterschool and Simon Killer. Now, it's Mond's turn to take the wheel with James White.Played by Christopher Abbott (A Most Violent Year), the title character in James White is a...

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'Theeb' Is Part Coming-Of-Age Story And Part Incredible Journey Film, All Held Together By Beautiful Scenery
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In the Arabic language, the word Theeb means "Wolf." It is also the name of the title character of an Arabic movie.The eponymous Theeb is a young boy, played by Jacir Eid, who is growing up amongst his Bedouin people in Arabia during World War I. With the help of his older brother, Hussein (Hussein Salameh), Theeb is learning the ways of his nomadic tribe, mastering tasks like shooting rifles and killing goats, in order to become a man in the eyes of his people. One day, a British soldier named Edward (Jack...

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' Provides A Fitting End To An Inconsistent Franchise
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Like those of Twilight and Harry Potter before, the saga of The Hunger Games is coming to a close. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 signifies the fourth and final installment of the popular teen movie franchise. But does it go out with a bang or a whimper? Well, it kind of does both. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 picks up right where Mockingjay - Part 1 left off, with Katniss Everdeen (American Hustle's Jennifer Lawrence) as the Mockingjay - the public figurehead of...

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Bryan Cranston Takes The Hollywood Ten From The Blacklist To The Black Market In 'Trumbo'
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One of the most embarrassing times in American film history occurred just after World WarII when the country's politics and patriotism got the best of it. The House Un-American Activities Committee, or HUAC, was formed to uncover citizens with ties to the Nazi and Communist parties. In 1947, the committee turned its witchhunt towards the Hollywood motion picture industry, and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo got caught up in the middle of it. Trumbo is his story.Trumbo stars Bryan Cranston (Godzilla, "Breaking...

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'Brooklyn' Is Saoirse Ronan At Her Tired, Poor, Huddled Best
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Set in the 1950s, Brooklyn stars Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish woman who is excited to cross the Atlantic and start a new life in America. She says goodbye to her family and makes the journey, moving into a boarding house in Brooklyn, New York. At first, Eilis finds the city intimidating and gets extremely homesick. Eventually, however, Eilis discovers her place in New York, taking a job in a department store, going to night school to learn bookkeeping, and even...

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'The Night Before' Is A Modern Stoner Christmas Classic
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After tackling TV show heroes, the apocalypse, and even Kin Jong Un, it seemed only a matter of time before comedic writing duo Seth Rogen (Neighbors) and Evan Goldberg (This Is The End) took on the Christmas movie. However, after The Interview, it became clear that maybe giving Goldberg and Rogen unfettered control wasn't the best idea. So for The Night Before - Rogen & Co.'s send up of a Christmas movie (Home Alone, Die Hard, etc.) - the duo has enlisted some help. Rather than direct the movie themselves,...

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'Spotlight' Makes Heroes Out Of Reporters In A Surprisingly Suspenseful Pseudo-Mystery
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Set in Boston in the early 2000s, Spotlight is named after the four-person team of Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the massive sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. The movie is the true account of their investigation. Led by Walter 'Robby' Robinson (Birdman's Michael Keaton), the team of Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo from Infinitely Polar Bear), Sacha Pfeiffer (Aloha's Rachel McAdams), and Matt Carroll (Brian d'Arcy James from Time Out of Mind) digs into allegations of child molestation in the...

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'By the Sea' Is The Cinematic Equivalent Of Vaguebooking
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Angelina Jolie (or Angelina Jolie Pitt, as she's now known) really wants to be a director. Her behind-the-camera debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, was a wreck. Her follow-up, Unbroken, still fell flat, despite the best efforts of a Coen Brothers script and a first-rate cast. Well, for her third foray into directing, the self-indulgent By the Sea, she brings along her husband, the one and only Brad Pitt (Fury, World War Z). Unfortunately, his presence doesn't help much. By...

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'Entertainment' Spends Some Quality Time With The Saddest Funnyman Around
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Entertainment is all about a bad stand-up comedian (Gregg Turkington, better known by his fictional comic alter-ego name Neil Hamburger) who is making his way to Los Angeles across the American southwest, doing gigs in crappy nightclubs and dive bars as he goes. Along the way, he calls his estranged daughter every chance he gets with the hope of reconnecting with her. He also meets colorful characters who help to enrich his touring experience. That's really all of a synopsis for...

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'Time Out of Mind' Lets The Audience Spy On The Life Of A Homeless Hero
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Time Out of Mind is a line from a Warren Zevon song and the title of an album by Bob Dylan. And now, it's a movie by writer/director Oren Moverman (Love & Mercy, The Quiet Ones). The film stars Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, An Officer and a Gentleman) as a homeless man named George who wanders the streets looking for a phantom person named "Sheila." What George really wants is to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Maggie (Jena Malone from Sucker Punch), and he spends much of each of his days standing...

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'Time Out of Mind' Lets The Audience Spy On The Life Of A Homeless Hero
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Time Out of Mind is a line from a Warren Zevon song and the title of an album by Bob Dylan. And now, it's a movie by writer/director Oren Moverman (Love & Mercy, The Quiet Ones). The film stars Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, An Officer and a Gentleman) as a homeless man named George who wanders the streets looking for a phantom person named "Sheila." What George really wants is to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Maggie (Jena Malone from Sucker Punch), and he spends much of each of his days standing...

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'The Hallow' Takes All The Usual Suspects And Turns Them Into A Creative Creature Feature
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Director Corin Hardy has been so mired in the entertainment news reports of the on-again/off-again status of his next project, the controversial remake of The Crow, that many people have forgotten how he's got a new movie to promote. Well, he does: the nifty little creature feature The Hallow. The Hallow is about a scientist named Adam Hitchens (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter's Joseph Mawle) who moves his wife, Clare (Bojana Novakovic from Devil and Drag Me to Hell), and their infant son...

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'Suffragette' Is An Woefully Passionless Passion Project
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This year, there has been a surprising number of movies about civil disobedience. From the feel-good Jimmy's Hall to the god-awful Stonewall, theaters have been full of social activism and quests for political reform. There's one more to add to the pile: the British feminist movement movie Suffragette. Set in England in the year 1912, Suffragette stars Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis) as Maud Watts, a young working-class mother who, through a co-worker named Violet Miller (Before I Go to Sleep's...

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'The Keeping Room' Serves Up A Heaping Helping Of Genre-Bending, Gender-Defying, Western-Revising Suspense
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Movies about the American Civil War usually focus on the soldiers, the men fighting on the front lines. There was another side to the war, one that is explored in The Keeping Room.Set in the South in 1965 right as the Civil War is winding down, The Keeping Room is about a trio of young women - Augusta (Brit Marling from Sound of My Voice), her younger sister Louise (The Homesman's Hailee Steinfeld), and a slave girl named Mad (Muna Otaru from "Whitechapel") - who have been left alone while the men of the...

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'Truth' Has A Message, But It Gets Lost In The Reporting
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Set just as George W. Bush was gearing up his bid for re-election in 2004, Truth stars Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) as Mary Mapes, a news producer who, fresh off her Peabody Award-winning breaking of the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal, is looking for her next big scoop. She thinks she has found it when she receives a tip that suggests that Bush used his family connections to sneak into the Texas National Guard, thereby avoiding Vietnam. Mary assembles an investigative team which consists...

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'Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension' Answers The Questions That Should Be Left Unanswered
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When Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was first announced, series producer Jason Blum promised that it would answer all of the questions that have been brought up by the first five movies. Well, considering the ambiguity of some of the franchise entries, that's a bold statement.Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension starts out promisingly enough, with a young man named Ryan Fleege (Chris J. Murray from Bad Roomies) moving into a new house with his wife, Emily (Brit Shaw from "Nashville"), and young...

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'Experimenter' Serves Up A Different Kind Of Mad Scientist Movie
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The subject of Experimenter, the new film from writer/director Michael Almereyda (Cymbeline), is psychologist Stanley Milgram (played in the film by Peter Sarsgaard from Black Mass), a researcher at Yale University in the early sixties who devises an experiment where one test subject quizes another on a series of word associations, and the tester is told to administer a painful shock to the other participant each time they get an answer wrong. The tester is told that the experiment is about memory retention...

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'Death Valley' Is A Brilliant Character Study With Idiotic Characters
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There has quite possibly never been a more appropriately titled movie than Death Valley; not only is it set in the desert area after which it is named, but there's plenty of death to be had in that breathtakingly cinematic valley.Death Valley is about a movie producer named Billy Rich (Freddy vs. Jason's Lochlyn Munro) and his actress fiancé Annie Gunn (Katrina Law from "Arrow") who, along with newlywed tourist couple Jamie and Roy Dillen (June's Victoria Pratt and Nick E. Tarabay from "Spartacus: War of...

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'Steve Jobs': A Portrait Of The Myth As A Broken Man
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Most know Steve Jobs as the mythic, silver-haired, bespectacled figure in the black turtleneck, who is best known for introducing the world to the Mac, iPod, and iPhone. However, few know the man behind the turtleneck; the brutal businessman, the impersonal inventor, and the selfish father who is synonymous with Apple. Danny Boyle's biopic Steve Jobs hopes to shed more light on that second figure, and does so with the help of a sharp script by Aaron Sorkin and a bold performance by Michael Fassbender. The...

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'Goosebumps' Serves Up All Of R.L. Stine's Monsters In One Bite-Sized Movie
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R.L. Stine has sold millions of copies of his Goosebumps series of children's books, and a successful Saturday morning television show has been spawned off of the property. So, when the time came to make a movie of the series, how did the filmmakers think of a story that hadn't already been done when all of the good books had been previously made into T.V. episodes? Goosebumps figured it all out. Goosebumps is about a teenage boy named Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette from Prisoners) who moves to Madison,...

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'Crimson Peak' Tries To Tell A Gothic Ghost Story Without Any Ghosts
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Between the action movie Pacific Rim and the superhero flick Hellboy, it's easy to forget that Guillermo del Toro has made horror movies like Cronos and The Devil's Backbone. The filmmaker would like to remind audiences of that fact with his latest movie, the gothic ghost story Crimson Peak. Crimson Peak is the story of a young aspiring author named Edith Cushing (Stoker's Mia Wasikowska) who meets a charming Englishman named Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston from The Avengers) who is seeking funding...

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