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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Creep’ Is Incredibly Unsettling

Film: Creep
Starring: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
Directed By: Patrick Brice

I have never seen a found footage film quite like Creep, but I always wanted to. It’s a combination of horror, drama, and comedy that is so tightly wound that you never know what to expect from one moment to the next. Credit for this is owed as much to the script as it is to the cast, which consists of just two people, and even though I know it’s still a bit early in 2015 to say such things, I must admit I walked away from Patrick …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ted 2′ Is The First Major Misfire Of Summer 2015

Film: Ted 2
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane

Having established a new hero in the world of profane comedy with his initial outing, Seth MacFarlane has proven with Ted 2 what A Million Ways To Die In The West alluded to over a year ago: America’s turn of the millennium funnyman has lost his charm. To make matters worse, he’s pulling Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, John Slattery, and Morgan Freeman down with him.

Taking place one year, one marriage, and one divorce after we last said goodbye, Ted 2 reintroduces the characters you loved from the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avalanche Sharks’ Has Bite, But No Brains

Film: Avalanche Sharks
Starring: Alexander Mendeluk, Kate Nauta
Directed By: Scott Wheeler

Monster movies have never been for everybody. From the dawn of cinema–when the likes of King Kong first appeared–there have been some who simply do not grasp why so many people enjoy watching poorly realized fictional creatures terrorize people on screen. I’ve never been one of those people, but I’ve certainly known a few. I’ve even dated a couple (if we’re being completely honest) but eventually their inability to appreciate the fantastic goodness of b-movie carnage drove a wedge between us that no amount of sweet nothings could …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dope’ Is A Fittingly Titled Teen Masterpiece

Film: Dope
Starring: Shameik Moore, A$AP Rocky
Directed By: Rick Famuyiwa

Every year audiences are given numerous coming-of-age tales based around themes of self-discovery and love, but what ever happened to growing up in response to the stupid decisions we make when we’re young? Dope, the latest feature from writer/director Rick Famuyiwa, has the answer.

Malcolm is a promising young teen growing up in a rough neighborhood who, along with his two equally nerdy best friends, has a punk band and dresses as if he fell out of an early ’90s hip-hop video. Every decision Malcolm has made up …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Believe In Unicorns’ Showcases Young Love

Film: I Believe In Unicorns
Starring: Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack
Directed by: Leah Meyerhoff

With whim and creativity to spare, I Believe In Unicorns may be the most innovative coming-of-age film you see all year.

Davina (Natalia Dyer) is a lonely teen girl who spends her days going to school, fantasizing about unicorns, and taking care of her invalid father. To say she seems depressed at the start of the film would likely be an understatement. It’s unclear whether or not Davina can even remember a time she felt joy when we first meet her, but soon life as she …

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‘Jurassic World’ Just Had The Biggest Opening Weekend Of All Time

Move over, Avengers. The reign of superheroes atop the all-time box office charts may be nearing its end, as a new film from one of the most legendary franchises of all time just rewrote the book on big opening weekends.

We knew Jurassic World would be huge, but I doubt anyone could have predicted the film would be as successful as it is after only three full days of release. According to Deadline, industry analysts say the third Jurassic Park sequel generated $209 million during its first weekend of release. Some estimates place the film’s opening slightly lower, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘We Are Still Here’ Is Too Messy To Be Memorable

Film: We Are Still Here
Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig
Directed by: Ted Geoghegan

There is a house in rural New England that feeds on people, and every thirty years it grows hungry for a new family. We Are Still Here tells the tale of the latest residents to call the house their own, and the fight for survival they will soon begin.

It’s winter when We Are Still Here begins, and Anne and Paul Sacchetti are busy moving their belongings into their new home. The house is old and creaky, lying just on the edge of a typical farming …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Jurassic World’ Is Pure Summer Fun

Film: Jurassic World
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

Jurassic World is a loud, fun, and exhilarating thrill ride that offers plenty of eye candy for moviegoers young and old. It’s a bit dumb, but that’s okay.

Separated from their parents for the holidays, two brothers (the talented Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson) are sent to visit their aunt at the world’s greatest theme park. Jurassic World, built on the same island that hosted the original Jurassic Park, is a state of the art attraction featuring twenty different dinosaurs. The island welcomes twenty-thousand people a …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ Is Worth The Price Of Admission

Film: Insidious: Chapter 3
Starring: Stepfanie Scott, Lin Shaye
Directed By: Leigh Whannell

Coming off a near-perfect sequel, the third Insidious film finds scares and plenty of story in new, yet familiar territory.

I assumed the second chapter of Insidious said all that needed to be said, but Chapter 3 has proven me wrong. Set years before the haunting of the Lambert’s home, the film follows a young woman (Stefanie Scott) who desperately wants to reconnect with her deceased mother, and the father (Dermot Mulroney) who is struggling to strengthen their strained relationship. It also reintroduces Elise (Lin Shaye), and …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Love And Mercy’ Is The Best Film Of 2015 So Far

Film: Love And Mercy
Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano
Directed By: Bill Pohlad

A tale of one man told with two actors and more heart than any other film in theaters today, Love And Mercy may be the movie to beat in 2015.

You may think you know Brian Wilson, the iconic musical genius behind The Beach Boys, but the new film Love And Mercy reveals to us that even he struggles to know the man whose name is now synonymous with the history of American pop culture. He’s an enigma wrapped in flesh, both complex and shockingly simple, with …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tooken’ Is Just Another Worthless Parody

Film: Tooken
Starring: Lee Tergesen
Directed by: Josh Asher

Despite a cast of notable names and more than enough source material to work with, Tooken is yet another mindless parody film that will quickly be forgotten.

Tooken markets itself as the ultimate parody of the Taken franchise, but from the very first sequence that idea is thrown out the window in lieu of poking fun at every major Liam Neeson film. That would be fine if there were some original ideas to be found, but unfortunately there is very little to be found in this project. Instead, viewers are subjected …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Drunk Wedding’ Offers Cheap POV Laughs

Film: Drunk Wedding
Starring: Nick P. Ross, J.R. Ramirez
Directed by: Nick Weiss

Having suffered through well over a decade of increasingly mindless found footage horror that is typically far too shaky for most audiences to thoroughly enjoy, Drunk Wedding has arrived as proof that POV filmmaking can also be funny.

If there was ever a film about a group of people wandering around a foreign place with cameras you could buy at your local department store that you could actually relate to, it’s Nick Weiss’ Drunk Wedding.…