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Visions of Hell: The Films of Jim Van Bebber

Visions of Hell: The Films of Jim Van Bebber

| May 24, 2008

The term cult filmmaker gets thrown around far too casually these days. While there are no set rules as to what separates a cult director from his or her mainstream counterpart, it’s safe to say that when a director has been making features for over 20 years, and managed to spend 15 of those years […]

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Son of Rambow

Son of Rambow

| May 17, 2008

Family films that actually manage to entertain the entire family and not just the kindergarten crowd have become few and far between in these days of appealing to the lowest common denominator. That’s why it’s such a relief to find a film like Son of Rambow. While it has its flaws, it’s a consistently entertaining […]

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Teeth

Teeth

| March 31, 2008

When a film takes as many elements from different genres as Teeth, it usually winds up as a derivative mess. But occasionally, as is the case with this film, you find something original. Using bits of ’50s sci-fi films, Cronenberg-style body horror, low-brow slapstick, splatter film excess, teen sex comedies and pointed feminist satire, writer-director […]

Boarding Gate

Boarding Gate

| March 17, 2008

The latest film from French writer-director Olivier Assayas, Boarding Gate is a cure for insomnia that is riddled through with unlikable characters and stereotypical plot twists that lack any sense of surprise. Sadly, this is the type of movie that gives foreign films an unfair reputation as pretentious twaddle. But in this case, the label […]

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Doomsday

Doomsday

| March 17, 2008

If Escape from New York, The Road Warrior, 28 Days Later…, Aliens, Braveheart and Gladiator had a child, it might look and sound something like Doomsday. As a futuristic action movie that wants to be nothing more than a big, dumb popcorn flick, the film succeeds admirably. But as a next step in the career […]

The Bank Job

The Bank Job

| March 9, 2008

The Bank Job has a lot of strikes going against it even before it starts. It boasts the claim that it’s based on true events, a statement that can always be viewed with a healthy degree of suspicion. It’s been cursed with the most generic title this side of a John Grisham novel. Lions Gate, […]

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The Signal

The Signal

| February 23, 2008

Television is really taking a beating lately as the scapegoat for a lot of society’s ills. Last week George Romero turned his zombies and his satirical sights on television–along with other forms of media–with Diary of the Dead. This week, we have The Signal, a semi-experimental indie from the writing-directing triumvirate of David Bruckner, Dan […]

Cloverfield

Cloverfield

| January 20, 2008

Ever since its trailer debuted last summer before Transformers, the film that eventually became known as Cloverfield has been the source of a lot of mystery. Thanks to an ingenious marketing scheme that kept the true plot and identity of the central monster a secret, it has become a rarity for a January release: a […]

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The Orphanage

The Orphanage

| January 2, 2008

As executive producer of this Spanish ghost story, Guillermo del Toro’s name is front and center in the trailer and advertisements. With the success of his Pan’s Labyrinth last year, it only makes sense to do so. But for those audience members looking for a further blast of original and dark fairy tale storytelling, The […]

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Stephen King’s The Mist

Stephen King’s The Mist

| November 24, 2007

Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the Stephen King novella “The Mist” is one of the best and most uncompromising horror films to sneak out of Hollywood in years. Not only is it easily the best movie version of any of King’s horror work, it might be the best adaptation of any of his novels or stories, […]

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