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Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Movie Review

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a pleasant comedy propelled almost exclusively by dry, character-driven humor. That’s a refreshing characteristic in a summer landscape bloated with contrived, action-heavy blockbusters and gross-out comedies led by men and women alike. Writer-director Taika Waititi is a creative force that will be increasingly nitpicked, considering his next film is Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok; independent filmmaking… Read more »

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The Witch – Movie Review

After seeing The Witch for a second time, I’m certain it’ll be talked about for decades to come as a horror classic. It had been 13 months since I initially saw the film at its widely hyped premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (my initial thoughts can be found here), where I was left with an indelible… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 19, Bear Reviews Edition: Ringu

Note: The following contains spoilers. Imagine the scene. You’ve just returned home after vandalizing a woman’s resting place and climbing wells and thinking about ghosts and curses for many-a-nights and you sit down and the television turns out. Standing there is a bear on a unicycle and it slowly, menacingly unicycles towards the camera. You… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 18: Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood

Note: The following contains spoilers. In some ways I appreciate The New Blood more than most Friday the 13th movies. It at times manages to hit the “fun” tone that Jason Lives wanted to hit with better results, but the decision to have Jason face a telepath is probably an interesting one that was just… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 17: The Cabin in the Woods

Note: The following contains spoilers. Early on in The Cabin in the Woods, our group of college kids visits an old gas station and gets warned about their doom from the station owner. The crotchety old fella is a cliché in every sense of the word, but while watching the scene I couldn’t help but… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 16: Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives

Note: The following contains spoilers. I thought that I may have hit the nadir of the Friday the 13th franchise with A New Beginning, in which, just to remind everybody, a faux-Jason spends the movie slaughtering kids at a halfway house. But then I watched Jason Lives and found something even worse than the killing… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 15: Scream 2

Note: The following contains spoilers. I have conflicted feelings on Scream 2. While I really like the way they played with the villains’ motivations being responses to the common reasons people gave for violent behavior around the time the movie was released, the villains themselves didn’t quite come together for me, and they felt more… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 14: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Note: The following contains spoilers. Much of the bad word-of-mouth around A New Beginning stems from the fact that it doesn’t have Jason in it. Despite what people may say, this isn’t an inherent problem (the original film didn’t have Jason as the killer either, and we don’t even hear Jason’s name until the film… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 13: REC 2

Note: The following contains spoilers. REC 2 starts out very much as the Aliens to REC’s Alien. Meaning that the original was a group of ordinary people shoved into extraordinary circumstances that they have no real hope of overcoming and they get picked off one-by-one, while the sequel starts with an armed, highly-trained group (in… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 12: The Descent

Note: The following contains spoilers. One of the cave-dwelling monsters in The Descent attacks and scares the main group 56 minutes into a 96-minute movie. It’s a long time for the “villains” of the movie to not be active in terrorizing the main characters, but Neil Marshall masterfully builds tension throughout the first hour, and… Read more »

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  • If I told you that Snitch was a good, effective film, you wouldn’t believe me. But it is. Here’s a commendable thriller that genuinely excites, delivering a gripping storyline that isn’t apparent in the previews, and proves that Dwayne Johnson can lead a film. This isn’t a revolutionary film, but it’s one of those escapist, solid adventures… Read more »

  • Eric’s Alternate Oscars

    I love awards season, and I love the Oscars. They don’t honor every great film, and they are for the most part pointless in dictating which great films live on in history, but it’s a fun night where we attempt to celebrate the best of the year.  Just for fun, though, I decided to compile… Read more »

  • Why must it be so difficult to let a franchise run its course? A Good Day to Die Hard is one of those profoundly terrible films, one of no merit or enjoyability. It’s the epitome of a franchise running long past its prime, almost into self-mockery, yet even this film can’t infuse that slight bit of entertainment…. Read more »

  • Safe Haven is the best Nicholas Sparks film since 2004’s The Notebook, which reminds me that, yes, romances can be engaging, and yes, they can still surprise us. This one’s being billed as a romance and a thriller, and while the latter element is much weaker than the former, it holds resonance when the film… Read more »

  • Beautiful Creatures is a film that starts off creatively strong, but falls into the trap many of its genre face: heavy exposition and little character development. There’s a large, talented ensemble here, led by Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, and Viola Davis, each with standout scenes. Yet this becomes a film of increasingly loud substance with… Read more »

  • Identity Thief has two of the most likable comedic leads working today in Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, yet they fail to deliver on a premise that is really flimsy on the surface. There are some funny bits in the film, don’t get me wrong, but there aren’t any hilarious bits, or ones worth remembering…. Read more »

  • This season of Girls is pushing forth the most complex comedy on television, in that it so deliberately balances screwball comedy with stark human drama. The titular characters this year are just as carefree, just as emotional, just as aggressive, and just as lovably flawed as ever. I say that with a sprinkle of hesitation… Read more »

  • Chasing Ice is one of the most gravely important documentaries I’ve seen in years, a middle-finger to the naysayers of global warming and yet another reminder of how effective documentary filmmaking can be. This is a short, swift feature, coming in around 70 minutes, but this film is heaped with content on glaciers and their… Read more »

  • 21 and Over is ridiculous, narratively whacked, but above all incredibly funny and occasionally earnest, grounded in college emotion that I connected with instinctively. This is a raunchy and foul comedy in every sense of the word; I would elaborate on what makes it that way, but this film is based on surprise. It’s from… Read more »

  • Stand Up Guys is a carefree film, but it’s also one that is harmless and pointless and severely disappointing. Three incredibly talented actors, all Oscar winners, showcase their talents in a film that runs too much on Viagra jokes and repeated plot points we’ve seen in better films. This is a likable film, one audiences… Read more »