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Reviews Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 9.08.45 AM

What’s that saying? If at first you do succeed, try, try again (until you don’t). That’s a paraphrase, of course, but when it comes to the horror genre, a single success can lead to an entire series or franchise spinning out across the better part of a decade or two. And when audiences grow tired of the set-in- …

Home Entertainment Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 9.14.41 AM

Jarhead 3: The Siege (Universal Home Entertainment), despite the number attached to its title, is a stand-alone action film. Apart from the fact that its main character is a Marine, there’s no relation to 2005’s Jarhead, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Assigned to protect a seemingly safe U.S. Embassy in a fictional Middle East country, Marine …

Home Entertainment Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 8.47.14 AM

Hail, Caesar! (Universal Home Entertainment) takes place in a bygone era partly based in reality, party based in the vivid imaginations of Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in 1950s Hollywood, the film takes us on a colorful tour of the fictional Capitol Studios. Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a “fixer” for the …

Reviews Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 8.21.55 AM

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the second reboot of the 90’s-era series, made just enough bank to justify a sequel. That, of course, is the only reasonable, plausible explanation for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the unanticipated follow-up to 2014’s semi-surprising semi-hit …

NP Approved Chevalier

For most of us, buying a sleek new storage unit is an event. It’s not a high holiday or anything and we probably wouldn’t run to Instagram about it, unless we found ourselves pinned underneath in a tragicomic shelving assembly accident, but it’s an event all the same. For the rich men in Chevalier, the latest feature…

Reviews Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 10.57.41 PM

Once again, the end is nigh in the X-Men universe. And almost as often, Magneto has been to blame for the world and/or humanity almost ending. He’s the supervillain who always keeps on giving (and giving and…). In short, he’s been used as a character and narrative crutch for the better part of two …

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Paul Verhoeven’s controversial and provocative character-driven rape drama Elle that paradoxically also functions as a lighthearted but twisted black comedy premiered in Cannes to rave reviews. It is the director’s first feature in 10 years and was praised as one of his best films to date, marking some sort of a comeback for the Dutch filmmaker…

Film Festival Carnage Park (dir. Mickey Keating, 2016)

Mickey Keating’s latest film is a ’70s grindhouse throwback that has a bit of an identity crisis but, with time, is rewarding enough. When this Tarantino/Rodriguez/Coens cocktail focuses its sights on not saturating any one influence, it’s pretty killer, but seems to function solely as a throwback, despite a fantastic Pat Healy and potential for cult fandom. Keating is…

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