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Movies for the Resistance: Escape from New York

(Welcome to Movies for the Resistance, a weekly column intended to showcase films with particular pertinence for 2017. One of the fundamental purposes of art in general, and movies in particular, is to serve as a spiritual armory: bringing hope, timely lessons and shared experiences when times are dark. They can move us to positive political action, lend insight to …

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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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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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Halloween Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Bates, King Donovan and Carolyn Jones Directed by: Don Siegel Running time: 80 Minutes Year of release: 1956 My mother-in-law is a serious horror bug, and during a recent visit, she expressed shock that I didn’t count Invasion of the Body Snatchers among my collection. “Don’t you love it?” she asked, and …

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Fantastic Four Review

Once again, I, Victor Von Doom, must endure another affront to my genius. For too long, the exploits of Marvel’s so-called “heroes” have been fodder for the skulking lapdogs of Hollywood studios. Doom has watched their efforts and laughed, knowing that they would be as ants before a colossus when the Dr. Doom movie finally arrived. A pox on Sam …