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10+ Years Later: 28 WEEKS LATER Has A Fierce Bite

I do not quite recall the mood around 28 Weeks Later upon its 2007 release. I remember the wonderful “Maintain The Quarantine” poster, and that the production was financed at the full flush of Fox Atomic, 20th Century Fox’s ill-fated...

Review: NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, A Message To Young Women

A fairly wretched and sloppily assembled sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is too lazy to conjure up anything new for its putative heroes to do. Instead, the focus turns to delivering an oddly mixed message: young women can still be...

Review: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, Less Than What Came Before

As with the first two films in the series, Insidious: Chapter 3 delivers a very audience-friendly experience, which bolsters a tepid movie that is only occasionally effective. Writer Leigh Whannell, making his directorial debut, includes an abundance of moments intended...

Review: SPY, McCarthy Shines In Uproarious Espionage Send Up

Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig team up once again for a wickedly funny send-up of the James Bond series with charm and wit in ample supply. Jude Law and Jason Statham add to the fun as, respectively, a suave, painfully...

Review: ADULT BEGINNERS, An Excellent Cast In A Movie That's Not

One thing I know for sure: Adult Beginners is not a good movie. Here's the cast: Nick Kroll (Kroll Show), Rose Byrne (Neighbors) and Bobby Cannavale (Chef), with supporting roles from gifted comedians Joel McHale (Community), Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with...

First Teaser Trailer For INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 Suggests Sequel Scares

The first teaser trailer for horror movie Insidious: Chapter 3 paints a familiar prequel picture. Dermot Mulroney stars as a paternal figure with a lovely teenage daughter (Stefanie Scott). They've recently moved to Chicago, next door to a family with a...

Review: NEIGHBORS Goes Directly For The Raunch

To put it bluntly, asking why things happen in Hollywood studio comedies is besides the point. It's all about getting to the funny as expeditiously and as often as possible. Neighbors, a new Hollywood studio comedy by Nicholas Stoller, quickly...

SXSW 2014 Review: NEIGHBORS Goes Directly For The Raunch

To put it bluntly, asking why things happen in Hollywood studio comedies is besides the point. It's all about getting to the funny as expeditiously and as often as possible. Neighbors, a new Hollywood studio comedy by Nicholas Stoller, quickly...

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...

Hey Chicago! Win Tickets For INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Screening

I am stoked for three reasons: (1) James Wan makes fun movies that have tons of re-watchability; (2) He has a penchant for paying homage to Mario Bava; (3) I got to interview him and Leigh Whannell for Insidious and...

Melbourne 2013 Review: THE TURNING Mines Deep Australiana, Unearths Some Gems

Curator, producer and director Robert Connolly knows how to convey a good story. He has been intimately involved with some great Australian productions over the years; from Balibo to These Final Hours. He has the skills necessary to bring together...

Review: I GIVE IT A YEAR, Romantic Comedy Brashly Turned On Its Ear

Effortlessly emerging from an ocean of belabored romantic comedies, I Give It A Year is a breath of fresh air; it's brash, witty, and insightful. On paper, Dan Mazer's script sounds stereotypical and schematic: a couple rush into marriage, experience...

Check The Trailer And Stills For Unique Australian Literary Adaptation THE TURNING

Author Tim Winton's collection of stories The Turning is being lovingly adapted into this haunting, ethereal showcase of Australian darkness and fury. This impressively bold film is part of the Melbourne International Film Festival, and is the very exciting world...

Review: THE INTERNSHIP Doesn't Make You Search For Product Placement

Finally! The movie that marketers have been waiting for has arrived: The Internship is an affable comedy that wears its product placement proudly on its sleeve. Vince Vaughn, the son of a salesman, is credited with the story and shares...

Dare To Watch The Trailer For INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2

Aww, I wanted to use the roman numeral "II" but that made it look like we were talking about Insidious going Chapter Eleven. Anyway, a sequel to James Wan's Insidious is indeed in the making and here is a trailer...