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Halloween Review: The Innkeepers

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Lena Dunham and Kelly McGillis Directed by: Ti West Running time: 101 Minutes Year of release: 2011 (Note: This review originally appeared on Mania.com. With the demise of that site, I’m reposting it here for general edification and amusement.) I had another look at director Ti West’s The House of the …

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Bone Tomahawk Movie Review

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons and David Arquette Directed by: S. Craig Zahler Running time: 132 Minutes Year of release: 2015 Westerns have taken a turn for the grim of late, with today’s batch of prairie oaters pushing the bleak and unforgiving realities of frontier life in ways that bear little resemblance …

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Halloween Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss and Philip Granger Directed by: Eli Craig Running time: 101 Minutes Year of release: 2010 (Note: This review originally appeared on Mania.com. With the demise of that site, I’m reposting it here for general edification and amusement.) How far can you take a single joke? At first glance not …

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Halloween Review: Halloween III — Season of the Witch

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Tom Atkins, Dan  O’Herlihy, Stacey Nelkin, Michael Currie, Ralph Strait and Jadeen Barbor Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace Running time: 98 Minutes Year of release: 1982 (Note: This review originally appeared on Mania.com. With the demise of that site, I’m reposting it here for general edification and amusement. Incidentally, the film opened 33 years ago this very day.) I’m …

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Interview: Steven Spielberg

With a body of work that even the most celebrated directors might envy, Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg shows no signs of slowing down. His blockbuster days may be behind him, but he continually finds new and interesting stories to tell, the latest of which – Bridge of Spies regarding the U2 spy plane incident and the subsequent fallout – opened …

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Interview: Tom Hanks

After starting his career – and achieving a high level of success – as a comedic actor, Tom Hanks famously reinvented himself as a dramatic performer with 1993’s Philadelphia, and scored back-to-back Oscars as a result. In the intervening years, he has worked several times with another multiple Oscar winner, Steven Spielberg, with whom he joins forces again for this …

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Blog Post: Horror Remakes… Not So Scary?

Watching the remake of Poltergeist – a film that seems just as surprised that there was a remake of Poltergeist as we are – I’m struck by the mercurial nature of remakes in general and horror remakes in particular. It’s easy to bash them, and frankly most of them deserve it. With original content constantly being driven further away, the …

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The Walk Movie Review

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Cesar Domboy, Steve Valentine and James Badge Dale Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Running time: 123 Minutes Year of release: 2015 The only real knock against The Walk is that it has to follow an outstanding documentary on the same subject. 2008’s Man on Wire recounts the unbelievable story of Phillippe Petit, a …