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Review: Backtrace

I woke up at 11:30 a.m. this morning to my phone alarm, before setting it to snooze and drifting back to sleep for another half-hour. Just after noon, I crawled like caterpillar out of bed, my feet hitting the cold floors of my apartment. M...

 
 
 
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Review: The Girl in the Spider's Web

Lisbeth Salander should not be a superheroine. While the character is resourceful and strong, physically, mentally, and morally, The Girl in the Spider's Web turned her into some sort of action movie secret agent-type. As satisfying as...

 
 
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Review: Monster Party

Monster Party is a well-named film. Meaning it has a catchy title. It caught my interest. Especially when the film is described to be about a group of would-be thieves pretending to be caterers robbing a Malibu mansion, only they get m...

 
 
 
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See Hunter Killer for free in DC

Gerard Butler has found himself in a hot spot again, after saving the world from climate change he's got a new job on board a submarine that uncovers a secret Russian coup that could send the world tumbling into World War III in Lionsgate's...

 
 
 
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Alias may be coming back.

When I was six, I stumbled across the very first episode for the opening of Alias, the spy show that catapulted Jennifer Gardner and JJ Abrams into our pop culture brains. It was quite unfortunate, because I saw the scene where Garner's cha...

 
 
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Review: Assassination Nation

I'm not going to lie about Assassination Nation. The content in this movie is, frankly, uncomfortable to sit through. The movie begins by showing trigger warnings of all of the horrible things that happen over the course movie and tell...

 
 
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Review: Mandy

With a trailer that promised surreal, neon-lit landscapes as a backdrop to an unhinged spree of violent revenge, I marked Mandy as the one movie I needed to experience no matter what this year. I had seen Beyond the Black Rainbow almost a d...

 
 
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Official Suspiria trailer conjures witches

A new trailer for Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake sets to detail the witches that bring pain and torment through the world, known as the Three Mothers. As the Mother of Sighs, Suspiriorum, Tilda Swinton exudes a sort of dangerous mystici...

 
 
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Five Fingers for Marseilles

Five self-appointed protectors watch over the railroad town of Marseilles. They ride through rolling parries, the rock faces of mountains filling the background. The iconography of the American western is alive and well through the South Af...

 
 
 
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Here's the trailer for Overlord, the real Nazi Zombies movie

Now here's a movie that'll make you feel like you're in the 1970s exploitation era yet again. Producer J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot are bringing you Overlord, an intense horror-thriller about World War II American paratrooper...

 
 
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Review: Siberia

Generally speaking, films involving diamonds, gangsters, and infidelity that culminate in a gunfight tend to lean towards the exciting. Normally Keanu Reeves in a movie such as this adds grit and deadpan determination, but unfortunately, th...

 
 
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Review: Jurassic Games

From looking at Jurassic Games, you might assume that this is just some knockoff of another Jurassic film franchise meant to profit off confusion and association without any regard for being a good movie in any way shape or form. You'll tur...

 
 
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Review: American Animals

Movies based on true stories are tricky to capture in a lasting way. The best tend to distance themselves from their basis and stand as their own pieces. For me, the more a movie presses "based on a true story" as its main marketing hook, t...

 
 
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Review: Nancy

Nancy is a sparse and lonely film. A dead-end small town, a woman sequestered with her mother, looking for validation through the internet. Nancy (Andrea Riseborough) fights with her mother in the subdued way people do when they need to liv...

 
 
 
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The perfection of Hannibal Part 2: Rudeness

By the summer of 2014, Hannibal had just concluded its second season with an explosive finale that left viewers shocked. The series was renewed for a third season, praise for the series was unprecedented, and fans were ravenous for more con...

 
 
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The perfection of Hannibal Part 1: Kaiseki

Kaiseki: A type of art form that balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colors of food. Finished dishes are carefully presented on plates that are chosen to enhance both the appearance and the seasonal theme of the meal.&nbs...

 
 
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The Night of the Virgin trailer looks like grotesque fun

Gross movies are a blast for me. I know not a lot of people agree, but there's something about splurts of goo and guts whizzing past the screen that fills me with a childlike glee. Needless to say, I'm intrigued by the upcoming The Night o...

 
 
 
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Paramount is giving us another A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place, a cool movie and massive commercial success, will be getting a sequel, as Paramount announced at CinemaCon. The movie made $213 million against a $17 million budget, so a sequel was inevitable. Hell, ten sequels are probably ...

 
 
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Mindhunter Season 2 has a slew of great directors behind it

Last year's Mindhunter was a thrilling and stylish look into the life of serial killers and the people who hunt them. David Fincher's involvement was large part of that, giving each monologue and each scene appropriate weight through his st...

 
 
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American Animals trailer shows off a fratboy heist

There's something about the "people who have absolutely no business committing a crime try to commit it anyway" flavor of dark comedy that makes it one I can never get enough of, and with how stellar last year's I, Tonya was, I'm certainly...

 
 
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The First Purge trailer lacks some color

The Purge series is, for me, one that gets continually better. The first squandered the premise as a by-the-numbers home invasion film. The second took the series to the streets and opened it wide up for future installments. And the third,...

 
 
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How has no one made a killer gun movie yet?

The upcoming release of Vampire Clay, a movie in which possessed clay comes to life with flesh eating gusto, has had me wondering about movies in which inanimate objects kill people. We have dolls, cars, tomatoes, refrigerators, beds, video...

 
 
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Review: The Endless

The Endless follows Justin and Aaron, two brothers who escaped from a cult in the California wilderness called Camp Arcadia, ten years ago. Movies centered around a cult tend to focus on the leader or its active members by relying on the i...

 
 
 
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Review: Number 37

Number 37 is the first feature from South African director Nosipho Dumisa, which uses Hitchcock's Rear Window as a skeleton around which it wraps a thriller of drug dealers and debts. Randal (Irshaad Ally) has been left paralyzed ...

 
 
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Fred Durst begins rolling rolling rolling on Moose

Here's something to stick up your yeah. Living 90's joke, Fred Durst has just started principal photography on Moose, a thriller that will star John Travolta as an obsessed celebrity stalker. The film has also been co-written by Durst and i...

 
 
 
 
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A Quiet Place gets a new trailer with actual words

John Krasinski's upcoming horror thriller has a new trailer, and in it, we get a peek into why the world is in the state that its in. As Emily Blunt stares at multiple televisions with a reporter using the words "worldwide devastation," we...

 
 
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Latest Unsane clip is really boring

Unsane, the questionably titled first horror film from Steven Soderbergh, landed a trailer that was pretty good. It established its setup and escalating stakes well and offered plenty of glimpses at the manic atmosphere of the asylum. This...

 
 
 
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Review: Before We Vanish

If you were to ask me years ago what I thought about modern day science fiction movies I could have gone on at length about how the genre that once made us look in on ourselves and think about who we are as a person had given up on telli...

 
 
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Steven Soderbergh's Unsane looks completely insane

Steven Soderbergh is well known for, well, everything. The guy directs whatever the heck he wants, and does it however he wants, and that's brought us to Unsane. The first trailer of which is now out, and it looks like it's going to be one...

 
 
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Review: Black Mirror (Season 4)

We live in a time of fear. Fear of other people, fear of our government. We’re afraid of where we are, but more than that, we are terrified of where we are going. We can hardly predict what will happen in a given year, and technology ...

 
 




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Backtrace"Spinning in the mud"

 

Mowgli"Uncanny jungle valley"

 

Anna and the Apocalypse"We've reached uber niche!"

 

The Favourite"Probably not a pun, but it should be--it's my favorite"

 

Ralph Breaks the Internet"The deepest piece of media that also has the floss dance"

 

Creed II"Creed : Creed II :: Rocky : Rocky II"

 

Robin Hood"For the last time, arrows are not bullets"

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald "Doesn't break the mold, just dusts it off for more"

 

Instant Family"I'm not crying! You're crying!"

 

Widows"Viola Davis = fire"

 

They Shall Not Grow Old"Every bit as remarkable as expected"

 

The Long Dumb Road"Not quite long and only a little dumb"

 

Overlord"Cloverlord"

 

The Girl in the Spider's Web"Great 'Girl,' lame 'Spider's Web'"

 

The Grinch"Stink, Stank, Stunk"

 

The Other Side of the Wind"Orson Welles' "final" film is an angry, sloppy, salvaged ego trip"

 

Bohemian Rhapsody"Traveling at the speed of light"

 

The Great Buster"Proof that silent movies never get old"

 

Monster Party"Cause the party don't stop until -- wait, it does stop."

 

Mid90s"A pretty good coming-of-age movie that you've probably seen before"

 

Castlevania (Season 2)"Let us go out this night for exposition"

 

Johnny English Strikes Again"Atkinson is a load-bearing actor"

 

All Creatures Here Below" And the Most Disturbing Movie goes to..."

 

Suspiria"An arthouse overhaul of Dario Argento's 1977 classic that will enrage and alienate audiences (but I liked it... I think?)"

 
 
 
 
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