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Effects (Agfa) is a film put together on a miniscule budget by friends of the late director, George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead). A group of filmmakers high on cocaine including Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead), and John Harrison (Tales From the Darkside: The Movie) gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher flick called …

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Buena Vista) opens with the Guardians battling an alien squid-like monster. Typically such a scene would be an action film’s set piece, but here it’s relegated to the background, often in soft focus. In the foreground, shuffling to the Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” is Baby Groot, the small tree-like being, totally …

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A fantastic achievement in both entertainment and form, William Wellman’s Beggars of Life (1928) received only a tepid response on its original release. Based on Jim Tully’s second (of over 40) books about his years riding the rails, Beggars portrays hobos as all-American representatives of freedom. Not that it’s changed…

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Back in 1979, a friend who worked as a publicist for 20th Century-Fox told me about a new science fiction/horror film called “Alien.” He had seen it, and I asked how he thought it would do at the box office. His answer: “Money in the bank.” And he was absolutely correct.

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Everything, Everything (Warner Home Video) stars Amanda Sternberg (Rue in The Hunger Games) as Maddy, a teen living with a rare immunodeficiency disease that makes her allergic to nearly everything. She’s never left her house, and only has contact with her mother, her nurse, and the one friend she is permitted to bring into the house. Before entering the home, guests must pass through an airtight chamber where they are decontaminated of germs.

Reviews wind river
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The “white savior” narrative gets a remarkable workout in writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, a surprisingly shallow, generic mystery-thriller set on a Native American reservation. An unfortunate cross between Thunderheart and Mississippi Burning, Wind River tries valiantly to tackle serious, weighty issues…

Reviews annabelle creation
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Only Disney and Marvel have managed to crack the cinematic universe code, but that hasn’t stopped other movie studios from trying. Just as moviegoers are showing signs of fatigue, Paramount wants to turn the Transformers series into a full-fledged cinematic universe. Universal just tried and failed to create the…

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The Dinner (Lionsgate) is a thriller about how far parents will go to protect their children. A group of four well-to-do people gather to formally discuss a crime committed by their children. The two couples meet at a fancy restaurant. Cynical history teacher Paul (Steve Coogan) and campaigning congressman Stan (Richard Gere) are brothers who don’t much care for each other. Paul’s wife …

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