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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Nightcrawler’ Is A Visceral Thrill Ride

Film: Nightcrawler
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal
Directed by: Dan Gilroy

Nightcrawler brushes with greatness before settling for a solid story with one truly great performance.

When we first meet Lou Bloom at the top of Nightcrawler he is a lonely man desperate for work. Portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, Bloom is a quiet and reserved man who has spent far too much time on the Internet. He’s smart, but a lack of social skills prevents him from ever forging lasting connections with other people. To make ends meet, Bloom is a thief, taking everything that isn’t nailed down in order to keep …

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MOVIE REVIEW: You Have Never Seen Anything Quite Like ‘LFO’

Film: LFO
Starring: Patrik Karlson
Directed By: Antonio Tublen

Mind control becomes a lot more complicated than one amateur inventor expects in the new film LFO.

It’s been awhile since a foreign film swept me off my feet in its opening moments, but over the weekend that exact experience returned to my life in the form of Antonio Tublen’s LFO. It’s a tale of a man who stumbles upon a way to control people using frequencies akin to those that impact people with tinnitus. His efforts are somewhat noble at first, but things quickly take a turn for …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘John Wick’ Delivers Thrilling Action And Little Else

Film: John Wick
Starring: Keanu Reeves
Directed by: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski

Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but neither can hold a candle to the rage that fuels John Wick after losing everything he loves.

The world is a very cold and cruel place when we first meet John Wick, and rarely in the 96 minutes that follow do things ever look up. Hidden away from society after years spent in a life of crime, Wick is a strong and quiet man who is trying his best to mourn the untimely loss of his wife. Her …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Whiplash’ Is Likely The Best Film Of 2014

Film: Whiplash
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons
Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Featuring two unforgettable performances and a script that is as close to perfection as you can find in cinema today, Whiplash is a surefire contender for best film of 2014.

There have been many films about music and various fictional individuals’ attempts at greatness, but never have the heartbreaking sacrifices and unnervingly tense moments that come with truly achieving something special been captured the way they are in Whiplash. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film is as much an exercise in focused effort as the story …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fury’ Offers A Haunting and Thrilling Vision Of World War II

Film: Fury
Starring: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman
Directed By: David Ayer

Fury is a violent film about bad men doing bad things in the heart of Nazi-occupied Germany at the tail end of World War II. It’s the complete opposite of a feel-good film, but it just might be one of the year’s best cinematic experiences.

The men who inhabit the tank known as Fury are not a group of people you would normally think to pair together. You have a fearless leader who’s seen it all, the war-worn young man clinging to the hope that God has good plans …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Stretch’ Is One Hollow Ride

Film: Stretch
Starring: Chris Pine, Patrick Wilson, Jessica Alba
Directed By: Joe Carnahan

In a scene from Joe Carnahan’s micro-budgeted Stretch that was dropped from Universal Pictures’ release schedule abruptly, David Hasselhoff questions the protagonist (who is his chauffeur) on if he is or is not a ‘punk-ass motherf****r.’ Yes that’s right, the main character then goes on to prove that he is not indeed a ‘punk-ass motherf****r’ for the rest of the runtime. Dealing with the basic thematic weight of any story about ‘becoming a man’ or ‘stepping up to the plate,’ Stretch tries to instigate laughs from depravity …

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloweenis a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Guest’ Is A Fun, Throwback Thriller That You Need To See

Film: The Guest
Starring: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe
Directed by: Adam Wingard

The Guest. So modest a title for so boisterous a film. What sounds like it could be a locked room (or house) slasher from Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (You’re Next, V/H/S) turns into a big, stylish thriller that throws back to classics both you and its creators love.

Dan Stevens dominates the film as our titular guest, a veteran who stops by the Peterson residence to visit the still-grieving family of a dead comrade. His beautiful, Bradley Cooper/Captain America visage captivates both the …

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Street Trash’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Nymphomaniac Uncut’ Is Lars Von Trier’s Best Work

Film: Nymphomaniac Uncut
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Directed By: Lars Von Trier

A year after releasing a distributor approved version of his finest work to date, filmmaker Lars Von Trier has finally shared the unflinching and completely uncut vision of Nymphomaniac with audiences worldwide.

There was never anything wrong with the version of Nymphomaniac that began to make its way through North America in winter 2013, but the two-part affair was not the film Lars Von Trier wanted audiences to experience. It was close, but not entirely complete. Nymphomaniac Uncut fills in the missing segments, offering more metaphors and gratuitous sex …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Automata’ Delivers A Familiar Story With Unforgettable Visuals

Film: Automata
Starring: Antonio Banderas
Directed By: Gabe Ibáñez

Robots have once again broke the protocols man set for them in the new film Automata.

Starring Antonio Banderas as Jacq Vaucan, Automata takes place in the not too distant future. Life on Earth has taken its typical dystopian turn, causing the worldwide population to dwindle to a mere 21 million. To aide us in our survival, mankind develops robots to build the machines needed to help sustain life on Earth and Jacq makes a living checking up on reports of faulty machines across his bustling city. These calls range …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Overnighters’ Is One Of The Year’s Best Films

Film: The Overnighters
Starring: Jay Reinke, Keegan Edward
Directed by: Jesse Moss

On the surface, The Overnighters looks like any other tale of someone doing whatever they can to help those whom the rest of a community forgot. In reality however, the latest film from Jesse Moss explores the reality of the North Dakota oil boom and the bad things that sometimes happen to people with only the best of intentions.

North Dakota has become a hot spot for job seeking Americans looking to get themselves out of money-related troubles. The age of fracking has brought the fastest growing economy …