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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Shelter’ Is Captivating And Depressing In Equal Measure

Film: Shelter
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Connelly
Directed by: Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany’s first feature behind the camera, Shelter, is without a doubt one of 2015’s most depressing new films. It’s a heartbreaking look at life on the streets …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse’ Is Dumb Fun

Film: Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan
Directed by: Christopher Landon

Every time I think I have seen what will certainly be the last enjoyable horror-comedy involving zombies, a new title appears with …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Nasty Baby’ Is An Unforgettable, Albeit Flawed Film

Film: Nasty Baby
Starring: Tunde Adebimpe, Kristen Wiig
Directed by: Sebastián Silva

Nasty Baby may be the most surprising movie of the year, but to discuss why that might be true would be to ruin what is sure to be …


MOVIE REVIEW: ’99 Homes’ Is A Thrilling Tale Of Foreclosure

Film: 99 Homes
Starring: Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield
Directed by: Ramin Bahrani

Combining award-worthy performances with taut, thrilling narrative, 99 Homes is a chilling economic parable that speaks to the deepest fears of every man and woman hoping to provide …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead’ Is Funny & Important

Film: Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story Of National Lampoon
Starring: Henry Beard, Chevy Chase
Directed by: Douglas Tirola

In a world of remakes, reboots, and prequels the idea of tracing the roots of something funny all the way back …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pay The Ghost’ Finds Nic Cage In Peak Form

Film: Pay The Ghost
Starring: Nicolas Cage
Directed by: Uli Edel

Twenty-six years after first exploring the world of horror with Vampire’s Kiss, Nicolas Cage has returned to battle a child-stealing witch in Uli Edel’s Pay The Ghost.…


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Everest’ Offers More Heart Than Suspense

Film: Everest
Starring: Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, Kiera Knightley
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur

Not since Vertical Limit has a film reached the heights of mountain climbing entertainment achieved by Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest. It’s far from the perfect thriller, but …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Black Mass’ Does Not Celebrate Whitey Bulger

Film: Black Mass
Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton
Directed by: Scott Cooper

My faith in Johnny Depp has been restored.

At its best, Black Mass is a platform for Depp to showcase every ounce of acting talent his recent works …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Blind’ Is A Striking And Haunting Debut

Film: Blind
Starring: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali
Directed by: Eskil Vogt

The human mind recedes to some dark places when things important to us are taken away abruptly. In Blind, a middle-aged woman from Oslo loses …


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 …


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 …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘We Are Your Friends’ Isn’t That Fresh New Track You Wanted

Film: We Are Your Friends
Starring: Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski
Directed by: Max Joseph

Electronic dance music culture (EDM, in shorthand), the craze sucking in millenials left and right, has become the subject of many recent films directed …

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