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House of the Devil

House of the Devil

| May 30, 2010

Ti West, if you haven’t been keeping track of him lately, has had sort of a strange sort of infatuation with retro fare. After seeing “The Roost”, I had an idea how he was looking to handle his movies. Turns out House of the Devil was going to be another example of retro fare. House […]

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Home Movie

Home Movie

| March 4, 2010

There is nothing, ladies and gentlemen, quite so scary as the concept of children gone bad. Children, you see, awaken certain instincts in us. In most of the population, these are instincts of protection, instincts that in most cases requires us to defend the children in question. The thought that we may have to defend […]

The Hills Run Red

The Hills Run Red

| March 4, 2010

Considering that the first five minutes of The Hills Run Red open up with some truly horrendous self-mutilation, I can see where you would think this would be pretty shocking. And giving me further hope for the movie is the surprise revelation that this is a Dark Castle film. Dark Castle has given me LOADS […]

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Alien Raiders

Alien Raiders

| March 4, 2010

Sometimes that which you see is only the beginning. And sometimes it takes a team of heavily armed sociopaths holding you hostage in a grocery store to see the world for what it really is. That’s the basic concept of Alien Raiders, our review target this go-round. And it’s a downright doozy too, kids. In […]

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Dead Air

Dead Air

| March 4, 2010

First off, for those of you expecting a zombie movie, you will be somewhat disappointed, but only somewhat. See, Dead Air isn’t really a zombie movie so much as it is one of those 28 Days Later-esque “rage virus” movies. And this is directly related to the plot–in Dead Air, a handful of what I’m […]

MARSHALL COMES FULL CIRCLE

MARSHALL COMES FULL CIRCLE

| February 7, 2010

Native New Yporker has been a part of film and television culture for three decades. Best known as the producer of such iconic TV shows as Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy, his directorial career on the big screen include such seminal hits as Beaches, Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries and his […]

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WATTS SHINES AS COLD ‘CHILD’

WATTS SHINES AS COLD ‘CHILD’

| February 7, 2010

Throughout her career, the consistently luminous and diverse Naomi Watts has played a gallery of distinctive women, complex and fascinating, but none more so than her portrayal of emotionally detached lawyer Elizabeth who has an affair with her new boss [Samuel L. Jackson] in Mother and Child. At Sundance this year for a few short […]

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NOT SO SUNDANCE  UGLY FERRERA RETURNS TO SUNDANCE

NOT SO SUNDANCE UGLY FERRERA RETURNS TO SUNDANCE

| February 5, 2010

Best known as the titular character in the recently cancelled Ugly Betty, America Ferrera is no stranger to Sundance, but this time she returned with a producer credit on The Dry Land, an evocative tale of a returning soldier coping with life in a small Texan town. Ferrera also plays his wife in the Ryan […]

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Reviews – 2010

Reviews – 2010

| February 4, 2010

ANIMAL KINGDOM Rated: 8 1/2 Set in contemporary Melbourne, Australia, ANIMAL KINGDOM tells the violent story of what happens to seventeen year old J -aka Joshua- (James Frecheville) when he finds himself suddenly living in the home of his maternal grandmother (Jacki Weaver) and her three twenties to thirty-something criminal sons (Ben Mendelsohn, Sullivan Stanton […]

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SUNDANCE ANNOUNCES AWARDS AT CLOSING NIGHT

SUNDANCE ANNOUNCES AWARDS AT CLOSING NIGHT

| January 31, 2010

The Sundance Film Festival closed with the announcement of its annual awardsw which included some surprises. Films receiving Jury Awards were selected from four categories: U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition and World Cinema Documentary Competition. All films in competition were also eligible for Sundance Film Festival Audience Awards as selected […]

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