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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Contracted: Phase II’ Is Another Bad Horror Sequel

Film: Contracted: Phase II
Starring: Matt Mercer
Directed by: Josh Forbes

Two years after Eric England’s Contracted took the world of body horror by storm, IFC Midnight has released a clunky sequel with no input from England that struggles to find a single original beat.

Opening with the same sequence that ended the first film, Contracted: Phase II bills itself as a continuation of Eric England’s original idea. The story follows Riley (Matt Mercer), who viewers will remember as the guy who pined for and ultimately slept with Samantha (Najarra Townsend) before her death, as he realizes he too has …

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‘Finders Keepers’ Trailer Teases One Of 2015’s Best Docs

Two men. One amputated leg. What’s the worst that could happen?

There are many wonderful documentaries being released in 2015, but none will be more fun or original than Finders Keepers. The film tells the story of a man who found another man’s leg in a used grill, and the ensuing battle for ownership that caught the attention of the entire world. It’s silly and surprisingly heartfelt, with people you will not soon forget. The first trailer was released last week ahead of the film’s release later this month, and you can now view that footage below.

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‘Danish Girl’ Trailer: Oscar Season Has Officially Begun

The first trailer for Tom Hooper’s long-awaited new film has arrived, and it’s every bit as poised for awards season glory as early reveals seemed to tease.

Set in the 1920s, The Danish Girl tells the true love story of Danish artist Einar Wegener and her wife Gerda as she makes the pioneering journey to becoming a woman, Lili Elbe. It’s Wegener’s wife who more or less introduces her to the notion of being a woman, and she stands by her side as she begins to explore her new identity. Troubles eventually arise however, and the couple’s love is put …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Addicted To Fresno’ Is One Of 2015’s Best Comedies

Film: Addicted To Fresno
Starring: Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne
Directed by: Jamie Babbit

Addicted To Fresno is the bold and unflinchingly hilarious comedy you never knew you needed to see. It’s the perfect response to anyone who claims women can’t be funny, as well as anyone who believes every movie needs romance or a male lead.

Shannon and Martha are two sisters who share an unshakeable bond. The eldest, Shannon, was recently released from sex rehab after landing herself on the national sex offender registry. The baby of the family, Martha, was able to secure her big sister a position …

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First ‘Old 37’ Trailer Will Make You Think Twice Before Calling 9-1-1

Two of horror’s biggest stars have finally come together for a tale of highway terror you won’t soon forget.

Old 37 tells of a quiet stretch of road in upstate New York where those who call 9-1-1 reach someone other than the police. An ambulance will still arrive, and men who claim to be paramedics will still help you, but there is no hospital at the end of the road. There is nothing except pain. The kind of pain that nightmares are made out of, and it’s being inflicted by two brothers hellbent on carnage

Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mistress America’ Is Not To Be Missed

Film: Mistress America
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke
Directed By: Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig have outdone themselves yet again.

Mistress America is the pinnacle of Baumbach’s career up to this point, and it’s only suiting that time come in a work created with, not to mention starring, his equally talented spouse. It’s funny and heartfelt, with just enough dramatic weight to keep things grounded while the level of absurdity rises to heights the still young-filmmaker has never before explored, and it all relies on a career-best performance from the ever-infallible Gerwig.

James Shotwell is the

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‘Concussion’ Trailer: Will Smith Battles The NFL

Will Smith doesn’t have the best track record with films that put an emphasis on drama over action, especially when looking at his last decade of work. Focus arrived half-baked, Seven Pounds failed to win over audiences, but The Pursuit Of Happyness did manage to find a way into our hearts. Concussion, Smith’s latest foray into the world of pure drama, looks like it could offer the longtime screen vet a second chance at glory.

Concussion is a film about the one thing the NFL does not want to discuss. Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who …

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‘The Iron Giant’ Is Returning To Theaters, Sequel Possible

If there was an animated film that never received the respect or universal adoration it deserved, Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant would be it. Released in 1999, the film received critical love, but failed to bring in the kind of major box office receipts expected of top tier family films. It was still a success though, and now after nearly two decades of underground fanfare the film is getting an incredibly rare second chance at life.

Warner Bros. recently revealed plans for a brief new theatrical release for a version of the beloved film dubbed The Iron Giant: Signature Edition

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‘Pay The Ghost’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage + Horror = Must See

After years of genre line with numerous direct-to-DVD/VOD titles, Nicolas Cage is finally stepping into the world of horror with the first trailer for Pay The Ghost.

I’m not going to lie to you. Some of what you’re about to see will feel a bit familiar. Pay The Ghost is essentially a play on the same idea that makes films like Insidious or Poltergeist terrify the living shit out of us, and that is the notion that spirits can and will steal innocent souls to fulfill some ancient prophecy we in 2015 have no idea even exists. In this …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘No Escape’ Offers Surprisingly Few Thrills

Film: No Escape
Starring: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell
Directed By: John Erick Dowdle

Films like No Escape may be the most frustrating of all forms of mediocre cinema, if only because you know it could be something great. Maybe it’s the script, or maybe it’s the cast, or maybe it’s a combination of both along with a director who clearly has no idea how to handle what is essentially a survival-horror film, but something about No Escape simply does not work.

Owen Wilson stars as Jack Dwyer, an ex-pat who recently uprooted his entire family and moved them from Austin, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Mend’ Is Life, Warts And All

Film: The Mend
Starring: Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Mickey Sumner
Directed By: John Magary

“You got a hairball, bro!” Mat (Josh Lucas), the hedonistic drifter brother of Alan (Stephen Plunkett), screams at his sibling in the heat of a physical quarrel. They’ve had just about enough of each other. The binge they’ve been on subsides and the ugliness of their reality comes to the surface. The Mend is a grouchy, unpredictable and emotionally explosive story about becoming the misanthropic person you always try to bury down deep inside. It’s about so many other things too, but hold up–I need to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Avoid The ‘Blood Moon’ At All Costs

Film: Blood Moon
Starring: George Blagden, Tom Cotcher
Directed By: Jeremy Wooding

Poor direction and lackluster cinematography unravel any potential for fun or scares in Jeremy Wooding’s Blood Moon.

Werewolves are tough. The idea of people who transform into beasts and back again seems like the kind of fodder that would provide material for dozens of great films, but the track record for such creature features is far from something to celebrate. Aside from maybe five films released over the last hundred years, the market for good werewolf horror has essentially been a wasteland of half-cooked ideas and low …

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