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Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: Only A Mother Could Love JAMES WHITE

The debut feature from Josh Mond, producer of Simon Killer and Martha Marcy May Marlene, is a tough coming-of-age tale featuring a couple of top-notch showboating performances. However, the desperate circumstances alone do not make for an engaging drama, and...

ANNABELLE: The Doll From THE CONJURING Breaks Out In First Trailer

Stuck in the basement under lock and key for much of 2013's The Conjuring, the demonic doll known as Annabelle breaks out in her own spin-off movie later this year. And now the first official trailer has been unleashed. As Eric...

Quentin Tarantino's Top Ten Films Of The Year: From GRAVITY To THE LONE RANGER

Quentin Tarantino sure loves making top lists. Aside of his contributions to the Sight & Sound polls, there's Tarantino's favorite films since Reservoir Dogs, spaghetti westerns, grindhouse films and even death scenes and killer movie moments. While his genre knowledge...

Review: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Teeters On The Edge Of Horror Hokum

Less nerve-jangling than nerve-nudging, Insidious: Chapter 2 nontheless tweaks horror conventions with verve and surety of craft, taking the sequel into the realm of confrontational thrillers with a supernatural twist. It is a very bizarre realm, indeed. James Wan has...

Review: DRINKING BUDDIES Brings Joe Swanberg To The Big Time

Joe Swanberg's career as a filmmaker has gone through several phases, all without his name being known to more than a tiny fraction of the movie-going public. The inadvertent and unwilling godfather of the "Mumblecore" sub-genre (in which listless twentysomethings...

Opening In Mexico: JURASSIC PARK 3D And THE CONJURING

Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park turned 20 on June 11, 2013. To commemorate the 20th anniversary, it was converted to 3D and released theatrically in the US back in April. Jurassic Park 3D finally opens in Mexico on August 23. Jason...

Hollywood Beat: Lessons From THE CONJURING, R.I.P.D., THE ACT OF KILLING, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, And More

Are there any lessons to be learned from The Conjuring winning -- and R.I.P.D. losing -- this weekend's box office? Oh, just the same ones that were offered up last weekend, and many weekends before that: K.I.S.S.: Keep It Super-cheap,...

Review: THE CONJURING Will Scare You, Not Scar You

Let's be blunt: most wide-release horror films are bad. They tend to be either watered-down, teen-friendly PG-13 mediocrities that aren't scary; or gruesome, R-rated endurance tests that aren't scary either. It almost feels miraculous when something genuinely scary finds its...

Hollywood Beat: PACIFIC RIM Did Not Fail This Weekend; FRUITVALE STATION More Relevant Than Ever

As my colleague James Marsh tweeted, "The people have spoken." He was referring to the victory of Grown Ups 2 (and Despicable Me 2) over Pacific Rim at the U.S. box office this weekend, but the sentiment applies with equal...

Hey, Chicago! Wanna See THE CONJURING For FREE This Monday?

I really like James Wan. Some dislike him simply because they loathe the Saw franchise. I'm not a huge fan of the sequels but I found Saw gripping all the way to the end and fairly funny to boot. I...

Watch A Half Dozen New Clips From THE CONJURING

James Wan's The Conjuring is drawing near-universal praise from those who have seen it early and perhaps emboldened by that fact an even half dozen new clips from the film have been released online. Check out the latest chiller from...

The Trailer For THE CONJURING Gives Me The Creeps

In many ways James Wan has been the victim of his own success. Though he never returned to the world of Saw after the enormously successful first installment it seems as though Wan lived in the shadow of that initial...

Trailer for THE CONJURING Aims To Scare You By Clapping

I applaude the framing of the above image taken from James Wan's new horror film, The Conjuring.  Yet the trailer also has the unfortunate side effect of reminding me how much more emotionally attached I was to the children's games...