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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 …

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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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The Bear 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray Review

Review by Robert T. Trate Starring: Bart the Bear, Youk the Bear, Tcheky Karyo, Jack Wallace, Andre Lacombe Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud Running time: 96 minutes Year of release: 1988 The Bear, in 1988, would not have been a film that fell on my radar. The adventures of a bear cub lost in the wild sounds more like something you …

Blog Post: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Film as an Interactive Medium

Our screening tonight was The Walk, Robert Zemeckis’s dramatization of a tightrope walker to engaged in unauthorized whimsy by practicing his craft between the towers of the World Trade Center. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in another charming performance from him. We’re also fans of his show HitRecord, where he pulls together artists, creatives and random denizens from the Internet in an …

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The Gift Movie Review

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall Directed by: Joel Edgerton Running time: 108 Minutes Year of release: 2015 A movie like The Gift saves its greatest tricks for flummoxing those of us who think we’ve figured it out. It sets up the clichés and lets us form an opinion, then just then we have it cornered, …

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Match: DVD Review

Review by Robert Trate Starring: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard Directed by: Stephen Belber Running time: 92 Minutes Year of release: 2015 Jeffrey (1995) was the first thing I saw Patrick Stewart in post Star Trek: The Next Generation. I was a huge fan of STTNG because of his performance. As an actor, he grabs you and pulls you …

Trainwreck Movie Review

Trainwreck earns a lot of points simply by presenting its main character in a refreshingly different light. It has the comedic chops to keep us entertained, the quality writing to fully develop its characters, and the thoughtfulness that could make for a long-term classic. It misses that mark only because of a shaggy dog structure of the kind we’ve come to …