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Gilda Blu-Ray Review

Review by Robert T. Trate Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready Directed by: Charles Vidor Running time: 110 minutes Year of release: 1946 Spine #795 “Gilda, are you decent?” Rita Hayworth then tosses her hair back and says “Me?” This was my first introduction to Hayworth, but it was not in her star turning performance as Gilda. In fact, it …

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Blu-ray Review: Cooties

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Petrad, Ian Brennan, Jorge Garcia and Cooper Roth Directed by: Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion Running time: 88 Minutes Year of release: 2015 More than anything else Cooties represents a cathartic scream for anyone who’s ever had to teach elementary school. Obviously every teacher needs to be fair …

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Movie Review: The Peanuts Movie

Review by Rob Vaux Starring the Voices of: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Alexander Garfin, Mariel Sheets and Noah Johnston Directed by: Steve Martino Running time: 92 Minutes Year of release: 2015 Few phrases set critics’ teeth on edge like “bold reimagining.” With Hollywood busy devouring its own tail, not a single existing property is safe from some form of 21st …

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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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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 …