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Once, Again

 

Speaking of Unholy Abominations…

 

Never Go “Full Arthouse”

 

Ride this Dragon

 

United in Praise

 

Twitter Wars: A New Nope

 

Can Mew Dig It?

 

Fashion Backward

 

Yas, Queens!

 

Beasts of Burden

 

Tom Cruise’s Drone Policy

If you conceived a child back when Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch, it would now be old enough to tell you to move on. Despite welcoming back rapists and murderers when they win a Super Bowl, modern society seems intent on grudge-holding against a guy who, at worst, is a weird idiot. Oblivion is still being written into a “comeback narrative” that those with a brain stopped furthering after Mission Impossible:...


All the President’s Meh

Although he may still be a panty dropper to the baby boomer set, Robert Redford looks like he needs a good nap. The bags under his eyes are scene-stealing uncredited supporting actors in The Company You Keep, a 70s-style thriller about investigative journalism that is neither thrilling nor investigatory. It can’t even sustain the indignation it clearly wants to unleash on the modern slack-tivist journalism...


Chainsaws + Comedy = Cult Classic

Chainsaws + Comedy = Cult Classic
Evil Dead is alive…again…
Amanda Perrin Stoffel

The plot is familiar.

The cast is not.

For Evil Dead (not to be confused with The Evil Dead, its 1981 predecessor), the formula is perfect. Although the film boasts the tagline of “The most terrifying film you will ever experience,” those wary of “terror” should have no fear; there’s enough camp here to keep you safe.

Those...


Retro Review: Life Before Test Screenings

“And then the big Native American smothers him to death with a pillow after he sees that he’s been lobotomized! Wait, Mr. Producer! Where are you going?”

Pitching One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in an era of careful demographic selection and test audience input on filmmaking would ensure somebody would be going to an asylum. There’s no arguing that the ending, if not the whole film, would be softened today....


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X-Men: Apocalypse

A nonstop mutant fight club with little plot, thin characters and a whole lotta fun!

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