September 2011

Movie review of “50/50,” where Seth Rogen plays the best friend of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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You’ve seen this story before, but never quite like this: A group of college kids on a road trip run into a couple of unsavory types in the back woods and terror and mayhem ensues. So what makes Tucker & Dale vs. Evil so different? The script by Morgan Jurgenson and Eli Craig turns the overused premise sideways and provides one [...]

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I have a simple rule of thumb when it comes to discussing and analyzing movies about cancer. Does the film work, is it compelling, if you replace cancer with something else? If the characters still hold your interest, and the situations they find themselves in move us more deeply into the story without the big [...]

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While I certainly appreciate the first two “Paranormal Activity” films, I was worried that they’d be unable to sustain a third installment. Based on the cut of the film presented as a secret screening at Fantastic Fest, I was right to worry. The way I see it, these are the cardinal sins of found footage [...]

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Last night at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, Fantastic Fest Creative Director Tim League hosted the 2011 Fantastic Awards. From the FF2011 site: Every winner had to chug a Shiner out of their mug-shaped award or select a proxy-drinker. Beer was drunk, beer was spilled, beer was poured. Also: artistry in independent and genre [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2011 is under way, and contributor George Hickman is filing his reports each day as the festival and its movie events continue. Here are a couple condensed-reviews of new films at Fantastic Fest this year. We Need to Talk About Kevin (solid rock fist up) “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is the [...]

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Top 10 Fantastic Fest Titles Available to Stream on Netflix

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Fantastic Fest 2011 is under way, and contributor George Hickman is filing his reports each day as the festival and its movie events continue. Here are a couple condensed-reviews of new films at Fantastic Fest this year. Headhunters (rock fist way up) The Norwegian crime comedy “Headhunters,” based on a bestselling novel, tells the story [...]

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: Bridesmaids and Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

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The Human Centipede 2 Full Sequence movie review from Fantastic Fest 2011

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Fantastic Fest 2011: Reviews of LET THE BULLETS FLY and BOYS ON THE RUN

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Eric Melin from KTKA and KSNT reviews Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”

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Movie Review: Killer Elite

by Alan Rapp on September 23, 2011

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Tired of killing, the world’s best mercenary (Jason Statham) calls it quits only to be pulled out of retirement a year later by an oil sheikh (Rodney Afif) who holds one of his oldest friends (Robert De Niro) hostage to make sure Danny takes the job. It seems a few years back, the British S.A.S. [...]

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Coming of age stories often come in two forms. Some explore the expansion and depth of a life just begun. Films like “My Life as a Dog” follow young adolescents as they blossom into a proto-sexual adulthood. The other type of coming of age story deals with the fleeting nature of life. In films like [...]

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The Contrarian’s take on the Star Wars saga, out now on Blu-ray, with many changes by George Lucas.

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