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Movie Review: “Before I Go to Sleep”

When taking into consideration how utterly boring it actually is, never before has a film been given a more appropriate title. The best words I can use to describe “Before I Go to Sleep” are tired, lethargic and devoid of all energy. Ironically enough, these words could have been used to describe my mood after more »

Blu-ray Review: Tammy

Life has a way of changing unexpectedly, and that’s just the kind of situation that we’ll be faced with in “Tammy,” a copy of which our friends out at Warner Bros. sent over for review. But will you want to follow along with Tammy’s unlikely journey when this hits stores in DVD, Blu-ray and digital more »

DVD Review: Yu-Gi-Oh The Complete Set

If you’ve ever seen an episode of “Yu-Gi-Oh”, then you’ve probably been pretty confused. But when you get behind the whole set–as is done with “Yu-Gi-Oh The Complete Set”, a copy of which our friends out at Cinedigm sent out for review–the whole thing makes much more sense. Sometimes. And provides a fairly exciting experience more »

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Squad’

It’s hard to be original in the horror genre. Between the standard monsters and madmen (or women), the psycho killers and the haunted houses/objects, death can come in only so many memorable ways. Instead, trends are telegraphed and them mimicked ad nauseum, each go-round given a name (“J-Horror,” “Torture Porn,” “Splatter/Slasher,” etc.) that offers scary more »

Blu-ray Review: ‘Squirm’ (Collector’s Edition)

We’ve had killer shrews and killer cars, killer tomatoes and killer clowns. From demon possessed dogs to equally evil cats, any and all objects and animals have been known to haunt the horror aisle of your local video store (or today, the selections of your favorite streaming service). While most were mindnumbingly awful, a few more »

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Movie Review: “Print the Legend”

Are you familiar with 3D printing? Some say it’s the wave of technology’s future, and that one day before long we’ll all have them in our homes, while others think it’s weird and incomprehensible, the printers looking strange and the things they print looking even stranger. “Print the Legend” is a documentary about that phenomenon more »

John Goodman drops F-bombs of Mark Wahlberg in ‘The Gambler’ teaser

Rupert Wyatt, who went from helming small indie fare like ‘The Escapist’ to jumpstarting one of the most successful sci-fi reboots of all time (‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’) is reaping the rewards of his $481 million box office success to take the controls of the long-in-development update of 1974′s ‘The Gambler.’ The more »

Blu-ray Review: Nightbreed

One of the longest and plain old strangest careers in horror writing has to be that of Clive Barker. From the bizarre–”The Midnight Meat Train”–to the disturbing, as was the case with much of the “Hellraiser” series, Clive Barker stuff has been weird, occasionally bleak, often hard to follow, and just generally the weirdest in more »

Movie Review: “Birdman, Or: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” (Philadelphia Film Festival) 

I’ve never seen a film quite like “Birdman,” and few, if any, this year have been better. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” is at once a satire of superhero-driven pop culture and a door-slamming Broadway farce. It’s at different times harrowing, tragic and uproariously funny. It features career-best performances from five or six different actors. more »

Movie Review: “Wild” (Philadelphia Film Festival) 

“Wild” belongs to one of my all-time least favorite film subgenres, occupied by such past stinkers as “Eat Pray Love” and the Ben Stiller “Secret Life of Walter Mitty”: One person goes on an extreme quest to find happiness, and just about every other character is there for no purpose than to serve that quest. more »

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Movie Review: “Happy Valley” (Philadelphia Film Festival) 

No, the stereotypes aren’t true. Penn State fans and supporters, as a rule, aren’t uneducated rubes. They’re also not rabid moral cretins, blinded by their loyalty to football and to Joe Paterno and still in denial about some of the worst human atrocities imaginable. Their culture is not a diseased one, and when they talk more »

Movie Review: “Escobar: Paradise Lost” (Philadelphia Film Festival)

Well, at least it’s better than “Medellín.” That was, of course, the ill-fated biopic of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar that Vincent Chase starred in about halfway through the run of Entourage; I believe at one point there was a reference to “an offer going out to Benicio.” The movie all but ruined Vince’s career, more »