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Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE NEW WORLD Worthy of Discovery

“Come, spirit, help us sing the story of our land. You are our mother. We, your field of corn. We rise from out of the soul of you.”   The wind blows. The crickets gently chirp. The grass crunches ever...

KONG: SKULL ISLAND First Trailer: Stomp On This

The first trailer for Kong: Skull Island has stomped online and it does a good job of establishing a foreboding mood that is strikingly different from its predecessors. This is a teaser -- more than likely, future trailers will come...

Review: PREACHER, No More Waiting for God

Superhero comics are no longer the only material from the realm of sequential art suitable for big or small screen adaption. Terry Zwigoff shared that opinion back in the early aughts. In the latest fad, the small screen is becoming...

Review: LIGHTS OUT, When Darkness Rules

Modesty is an underappreciated virtue, especially in horror movies. Lights Out revolves around a frightening idea: turn out the lights and something sinister appears. Turn on the lights and the something disappears. A few years ago, filmmaker David F. Sandberg...

Destroy All Monsters: GHOSTBUSTERS Got Rid of Capitalism; Can We, Too?

I suppose the best thing that happened this past weekend, pop-culturally speaking, was that Ghostbusters finally came out, and more than lived up to both the original premise (bustin' ghosts!) and the new one (ladies bustin' ghosts!). To clarify, because...

Review: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, A Franchise Ready To Go Extinct

The formula of the Ice Age franchise is easy to identify: a group of prehistoric animals suffer Earth’s constant drastic changes, while they also face personal conflicts. In every entry the protagonists must travel from one place to another, to...

Second MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Trailer Arrives And - Again - Is Way Better Than Expected

Okay, Antoine Fuqua, you got me. You can have my money. And probably my kid's money, too, which is also my money. Because as promised by the first teaser, this new trailer for The Magnificent Seven just looks like way...

Now on Blu-ray: RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN, RETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES, THE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS, SUTURE

Let's take a look at four of Arrow Video USA's latest Blu-ray releases. First up is the US Blu-ray debut of Gilles Penso's Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, next up we have sci-fi spoof Return of the Killer Tomatoes, then...

Hollywood Horror - How far can the truth be stretched before it's unacceptable

Being a big fan of horror movies in general, I understand that to fully enjoy them there has to be a suspension of disbelief. Most of the times with the genre this isn’t a problem, but what if the horror...

ROGUE ONE A STAR WARS STORY: Stop Everything You're Doing, Watch This Celebration Reel

Star Wars Celebration is going on in London, England right now and ScreenAnarchy's Jason Gorber is over there endulging his share of crumpets, bangers and mash and enough Star Wars goodness to choke a Bantha.  And what goodness there is....

Gamera Obscura: GHOSTBUSTERS and Why Your Childhood Should Be Ruined

I’ve actually never read any of the online screeds, purportedly penned by middle-aged nerdy guys, about how the new Ghostbusters was bound to “ruin their childhood” -- I know only that catchphrase. But since I’m a middle-aged nerdy guy, I...

Review: GHOSTBUSTERS Ain't Afraid of No Estrogen!

The new Ghostbusters uses the same iconic logo of the original 1984 film, with a few minor differences: the new one is beveled, and shiny. Such is the essential difference between this new remake and the beloved classic of our...

Review: CAFE SOCIETY, Woody Allen's Entertaining, If Familiar, Comedy

You ever see the Woody Allen film about the older man who’s in love with a younger woman, only to have her torn between her affection for another nebbishy guy? Sure, it’s fair to say that Allen’s treading on familiar...

Destroy All Monsters: The Toxic Masculinity of Shaming the GHOSTBUSTERS Haters

The cadre of solipsistic, misogynist Ghostbusters fanboys executed what one hopes would be their final coup de grace against Paul Feig's imminent Ghostbusters reboot this week, by spamming the IMDB (and Letterboxd) with disastrously low user ratings for a movie...

Review: THE INFILTRATOR, A Decent Hero in a Decent Movie

Robert Mazur seems so normal. As played by Bryan Cranston, Mazur is an all-American good guy, an exceedingly decent man who is also a top-notch U.S. Customs official, an honest and dedicated employee, a loyal and loving husband and father....

70s Rewind: THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE Remains a Highly Charged, Terrific Thriller

Newly available on Blu-ray, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three remains a great, charged, gritty thriller, shot through with sardonic humor. Growing up in Los Angeles, I couldn't help but take my hometown for granted and wish that I...

Olive Films Announces New Signature Series

Olive Films have been quietly releasing a huge swath of catalog titles on Blu-ray over the last few years. This has been great for cineastes still interested in growing their physical media libraries, but for folks who enjoy special features, the...

First Look at PACIFIC RIM: MAELSTROM! Japan Stands Guard

UPDATE: Darn you, IMDB, you continue to be an unreliable source! Thanks to readers for pointing out that these amazing pieces are in fact artwork created outside the production. I think we can all agree they are pretty amazing regardless. ...

Review: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS Has No Bite

Ever since the second or third Pixar feature film, I've rested assured in my assessment that the secret of the animation studio's success is in their wondrous telling of “the secret life of [fill in the blank].” A Bug's Life...

Gamera Obscura: The Best Five Minutes of THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR Are Clichéd and Nonsensical

One of the many reasons I’ve never been terribly successful as a movie reviewer is that I tend to confuse “interesting” with “good.” Consistent with that, yet worse still, as in the case of The Purge: Election Year, is that...