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Review: GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, The Biggest Monster Bash of the Year

Michael Dougherty directs the latest installment of the original kaiju franchise.

CAPTIVE STATE Trailer: Rise to Meet Your Legislature

"No crime. No poverty. No unemployment. The state of our union is strong." Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Rupert Wyatt's Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the...

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Has A Trailer

When Gareth Edwards' version of Godzilla premièred in 2014, it was already known that if successful, Warner Brothers and Legendary were going to try and create a 'monsterverse'. Last year, Kong: Skull Island not only embraced those plans, but (in...

Liam Neeson in THE COMMUTER Trailer: One Little Thing

Never play dare with Vera Farmiga. This just a hunch on my part, informed by the first trailer for The Commuter, in which businessman Liam Neeson meets a stranger on a train (Farmiga) who suggests he do "one little thing,"...

Review: In THE CONJURING 2, The Warrens' Second Commission Is Not As Great

The Conjuring 2 has at least two crosses to bear. Firstly, it's burdened with being based on the exploits of a well-documented real-life demonologist couple, Ed and Lorraine Warren. Audiences expect authenticity. Secondly, it's a summer tentpole sequel for a...

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...

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...

BATES MOTEL Trailer Threatens To Unleash A Teenage Serial Killer

Something about this trailer makes me feel queasy. It's not that the images are shocking, or the idea that U.S. basic cable channel A&E is making the prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror classic the basis of a weekly television...

Todd's Thoughts On SOURCE CODE

Duncan Jones' sophomore effort Source Code hits theaters today and is the subject of my weekly column over at Showcase. What did I think? Basically solid but not exceptional and I count leading man Jake Gyllenhaal as the weak point....

SOURCE CODE Review

On the way out of the screening of the mind-bending beat-the-clock thriller "Source Code", I overheard a fellow local critic making the comparison, "It's 'Inception' meets 'The Matrix'." Funny (although he wasn't joking), but I was thinking it's "Groundhog Day"...

SXSW 2011: SOURCE CODE Review

Is Source Code an apocalyptic Groundhog Day? It's very tempting to call it that, simply because the premise of the two films are, at first blush, similar: a man must keep re-living a limited period of time in order to...