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DVD Review: Something Wicked

“Something Wicked”–a copy of which our friends out at Arc Entertainment sent over for review–carries with it an unusual pedigree. Said to be the last film ever recorded by former “Clueless” star Brittany Murphy after her death more  than five years ago, this one features a strange concept and a stranger execution. “” follows a young more »

Movie Review: “It Follows”

Shhhh… it’s around the corner. Okay, now that I’ve gotten that old, lame joke out of my system, let’s get down to business. Plus, there’s nothing remotely humorous about “It Follows.” In fact, it’s seriously one of the creepiest, most innovative films to hit the horror genre in years. Yes, ladies and gentleman, the hype more »

Movie Review: “Home”

Man, movies for children are not what they used to be and this is not a bad thing  and we’re all just whatsoever. It seems that more and more movies that are aimed towards children are as well structured and layered as most films aimed towards adults. In fact, I’m willing to bet that adults more »

Movie Review: “Get Hard”

The new comedy “Get Hard,” opening this weekend, believes that the following things are inherently, unspeakably hilarious: Prison rape. Panic about the idea of prison rape. Sharp weapons going into and out of people’s butts. White people walking slowly to gangsta rap. White people wearing “hip-hop clothes” while walking slowly to gangsta rap. Gay people being more »

Movie Review: “Serena”

How does a film starring two major movie stars, who have collaborated in the recent past on a pair of money-making, Oscar-grubbing hits, only get a perfunctory theatrical release, along with its on-demand bow? That’s the question with “Serena,” and the answer is simple. In short, it’s boring. “Serena” is a not-especially interesting story, and more »

Movie Review: “’71”

The Troubles in Northern Ireland have been the subject of quite a few films, but never one quite like “71,” which takes that historical moment and makes it into a first-rate action thriller. The film, directed by Yann Demange and the darling of quite a few film festivals last fall, the film follows a single more »

Blu-ray Review: Digging Up the Marrow

It would be easy to think that horror movies were out of ideas, but “Digging Up the Marrow”–a copy of which our friends out at Image Entertainment sent out for review–has a rather novel idea here. But as we all well know, a great idea isn’t always enough to make for a worthwhile entry. Can more »

Movie Review: “Uncle Kent 2″ (SXSW)

“Uncle Kent 2″ might not be the best film that showed at the recent South by Southwest film festival, but it may very well be the weirdest. It doesn’t all hold together, but I admire its crazy spirit and laughed with it a lot. The film is a loose sequel to “,” the 2011 comedy/drama more »

Blu-ray Review: Exterminators of the Year 3000

No, it has nothing to do with bugs, but rather, “Exterminators of the Year 3000″–a copy of which our friends at Scream Factory sent our way for review–has everything to do with people trying to wipe each other out in the far-flung future. And though this relic of video’s past will be plenty over the more »

Blu-ray Review: New Year’s Evil

While it’s a little late to be seeing this one now, our friends out at Scream Factory sent out a copy of “New Year’s Evil” for us to review. Though the calendar may suggest that we’re nowhere near New Year’s Eve in either direction, the evil will remain somewhat timeless, and at the same time, more »

Movie Review: “Insurgent”

I have to be honest, going into the first film in this series — last year’s “Divergent” – I was expecting something along the lines of “The Hunger Games” Lite. Well, that would have been a nice way to put it. Actually, I was expecting a trifling pile of cinematic dreck that copied all of the more »

Movie Review: “The Look of Silence” (SXSW)

Two years ago Joshua Oppenheimer made “The Act of Killing,” one of the most astonishing achievements in the history of the documentary form. In the film, Oppenheimer spoke with a group of men who had led death squads in Indonesia in the 1960s, local gangsters who executed thousands of “communists,” were never punished in any more »