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They Remain Offers Lasting Weirdness

They Remain Offers Lasting Weirdness

  They Remain is an unusual horror movie in that it is not actually horrific. Instead it is creepy, and quiet, and very, very weird. Considering it’s source material is Laird Barron’s short story “–30–”, I’d be disappointed if it weren’t.  This is a slow, meandering movie that seems to

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Cargo Almost Pulls its Own Weight

Cargo Almost Pulls its Own Weight

  Cargo begins with so much potential. A zombie plague. A family struggling to survive. The wilds of rural Australia. A top-notch cast to bring it to life. It packs a real emotional punch inside a small story. And then…it loses momentum and falls back on several common stereotypes and

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Solo: A Star Wars Story: No New Tale to Tell

Solo: A Star Wars Story: No New Tale to Tell

Solo: A Star Wars Story is polished and sleek, a fine demonstration of the well-oiled machine that is Disney. The cast is talented, the effects bright and shiny, the story exciting enough if a little too long. But I think Solo would have been so much better if it weren’t

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Deadpool 2 Does It Again (With Spoilers)

Deadpool 2 Does It Again (With Spoilers)

***A Few Spoilers Ahead*** Deadpool 2 is everything the first one was, and more. The violence is even more ridiculously over the top, the profanity so ramped up that even Colossus drops an f-bomb, and the emotional core of the story remains as believable as ever. I laughed. I cried.

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Read This: Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography

Read This: Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography

  Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography by Tom Johnson and Deborah Del Vecchio delivers what it promises. First published in 1996, this compendium details every film put out by Hammer studios–165 full length films over forty three years, as well as shorts and television shows. While there are a slew

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Avengers: Infinity War: Random Thoughts and Spoilers

Avengers: Infinity War: Random Thoughts and Spoilers

Let’s face it: Avengers: Infinity War does not need a review. It’s been out for over a week, the fans (and the box office numbers) have spoken, and anyone who has yet to see this juggernaut should already have a pretty good idea of what to expect. So instead I

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Under the Shadow: Djinn and Personal Demons

Under the Shadow: Djinn and Personal Demons

Under the Shadow, an Iranian horror film released quietly in the U.S. in 2016, is low-key, creepy, and tantalizingly  unresolved. Set in 1980’s Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, writer-director Babak Anvari’s story of an evil djinn’s grip on a family works largely through the power of suggestion, with a few

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Isle of Dogs: Offbeat, In More Ways Than One

Isle of Dogs: Offbeat, In More Ways Than One

Isle of Dogs is in so many ways a quintessential Wes Anderson movie. It is beautifully filmed, the characters–even though they are dogs–are believably quirky yet still slightly exaggerated, and playful, dreamlike storytelling mingles seamlessly with blunt and ugly truths. And yet despite all the charm and genuine sentiment Anderson

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Rogue One Wins the Battle but Loses the War

Rogue One Wins the Battle but Loses the War

So, now that the opening weekend excitement is out of the way, the reviews are in, and the arguments have started in earnest, I’d like to offer my humble assessment of the best and the worst of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Spoilers ahead. Was it entertaining? Oh, yes.

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The Changeling: A Haunting Tale

The Changeling: A Haunting Tale

The Changeling is a classic ghost story–heavy on atmosphere and suggestive chills, light on gore and graphic violence. That’s not really how I usually define a scary movie, but every so often I see The Changeling mentioned as one of those “must-see” films for horror buffs. Having finally watched it,

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