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Screamfest 2014: THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME Review

Thirty years ago, Dulce awakened on the floor of her home, bleeding and surrounded by shards of a broken mirror. Confused and disoriented, she was ultimately arrested, tried, and convicted of murdering her husband and son in their home.

Decades later, Dulce, now a frail, elderly woman, is released and placed under house arrest in the very home where her family died. Dulce was convinced that it was the house that killed her family, but no one believed her. Now, the supernatural forces that may have taken her family have returned, and Dulce’s terrifying journey to solve the mystery begins.



Touting itself as the first Iranian vampire Western, VICE Films has released a new trailer for the festival hit A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, which looks equal parts beautiful and unnerving. Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, this black and

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10 out of 10: CORNER OF HEAVEN

CORNER OF HEAVEN revolves around a young boy leaving behind his younger sister and their grandfather in search of their mother, who left days earlier. The camera follows the young boy along his seemingly destinationless journey, wandering through the broken villages along the Yellow River; a meditative excursion through a dreamlike ethereality of beauty and brutality, CORNER OF HEAVEN is a coming-of-age film like no other.

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White Bird in a Blizzard is a difficult film to place in a particular genre. It should be a mystery, but it plays out more like a coming-of-age movie about a teenager coming to terms with her parents. That teen, Kat, is played by Shailene Woodley (Divergent, Fault in Our Stars). Some pundits thought Woodley might be nominated for an Academy Award for her work in the George Clooney vehicle, The Descendants, where she performed much better than she does here, swinging from wooden acting to overacting opposite an eclectic cast that includes Christopher Meloni, Eva Green and Gabourey Sidibe. White Bird never comes together, remaining an incoherent mash-up of various themes, none of which are terribly interesting on their own or when stitched together in a less-than-mediocre script.

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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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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.



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


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