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THE HEART MACHINE Review

Once again we have ourselves a film tackling the subject matter of human connections and relationships along with technology's role - both beneficial and detrimental - in the matter. These films portray millennials reliant upon a smattering of websites and smartphone apps that give them the ability to instantly connect with one another physically and/or pseudo-socially, yet ultimately failing when connecting face-to-face emotionally. The difference with Zachary Wigon's debut, compared to the others, is that his film, The Heart Machine, is an intimate exploration bereft of judgement or ridicule.

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OUIJA Review

There are plenty of frightening things knocking about the local Wal-Mart, but Hasbro’s Ouija board – in the toys and games aisle right between Scrabble and Boggle – isn’t one of them. The mass-produced novelty made of common cardboard and plastic is not a vessel for contacting the spirit world but makes for a satisfactory piece of spooky entertainment for tween slumber parties. That’s clearly the target demographic for Ouija, a smorgasbord of homogenized horror that relies on jump scares and a rote haunted house story to supply the shocks. Predictably, the results are more tiring than terrifying.

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JOHN WICK Review

In the post-Raid era it’s an unescapable certainty that any action film that follows simply won’t be able to achieve the lofty heights of those masterfully made films. The films, especially the second one, featured a fine balance between compelling drama and hard-hitting, fast-paced action.   They had a palpable energy that many films, regardless of genre, seldom achieve.   For recent action films, the adage of “old is new again” holds true as many of the big action films have been ‘80s-‘90s action-throwbacks that feature aging action-stars. Actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Costner, Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson have all graced the silver screen with action-thrillers, some with greater success than others. Keanu Reeves now joins that group with the action-thriller John Wick.

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INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 Trailer

The first teaser trailer for Leigh Whannell‘s Insidious Chapter 3 has been released, which acts as a prequel to the original two Insidious films. The film follows the team of paranormal investigators from the the first two as they attempt to help rid

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Short Film: YARDBIRD A Stark but Beautiful Aussie Thriller

Director Michael Spiccia‘s bleek Australian thriller Yardbird is a wonderfully crafted short film that, like all quality shorts, tells a compelling story with a strong lead within a brisk thirteen and a half minute runtime. Moreover, the film’s protagonist, played by Mitzi Ruhlmann, doesn’t utter a

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH Trailer

The first trailer for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the sequel to 2012’s The Woman in Black, has been released, which takes place 40 years after the events of the first film. The film takes place during WWII, with Phoebe Fox

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Screamfest 2014: GIRLHOUSE Review

I’ll likely piss off some readers, especially horror fans, when I say the slasher genre has pretty much been dead for the last two decades. It has been one of the weakest and most under-utilized subgenres of horror film lore, and looking back, it’s been nothing more than remakes, sequels to remakes and cookie-cutter, cliché-riddled schlock.

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THE ACT OF KILLING Follow-up THE LOOK OF SILENCE Trailer

Drafthouse Films has released a trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, his follow-up to the Oscar nominated documentary The Act of Killing, which looks at the Indonesian genocide which left over a million people dead at the hands of kill

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Sean Bean Joins Ridley Scott’s THE MARTIAN


Sean Bean has been announced as the latest addition to Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi flick The Martian, which also stars a slew of big name talent including Matt Damon, Jeff DanielsJessica ChastainKate MaraMichael Peña, and Kristen Wiig.

The film, based on a novel

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Warner Bros. Knocks THE CONJURING 2 Back to 2016


Deadline reports that Warner Bros. and New Line have decided to push back the release of The Conjuring 2 from October 23, 2015 to sometime in 2016. With the huge success of the first Conjuring along with the decent sales of

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HERE COMES THE NIGHT Review

Here Comes the Night has the hallmarks of do-it-yourself filmmaking. It was written and produced by directors Pete Shanel and Peter Kline as well as the film’s principal actors, Ben Duhl and Kurt Haas. The result is nearly 90 minutes of what amounts to the beginning of a film; that is, there is a premise that is never fully explored or realized. Duhl and Haas create likeable characters who might have something to say in a bigger universe than the one they inhabit on the streets of Los Angeles.