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Movie Review: A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

A GIRL WALKS HOME AT NIGHT movie poster | ©2014 Vice/Kino Lorber

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marno, Dominic Rains, Milad Eghbali Writer: Ana Lily Amirpour Director: Ana Lily Amirpour Distributor: Vice/Kino Lorber Release Date: November 21, 2014 Here is something that doesn’t come along every day – a Farsi-language vampire story set in Iran, written and directed by an Iranian woman, Ana Lily Amirpour. Early into A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, we can surmise this wasn’t made in Iran (there’s nudity, blood, self-determining women and whatnot), but the Kern County, CA locations are for the most part persuasive as a city in the …Read On »

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22 JUMP STREET Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

22 JUMP STREET | © 2014 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: 22 JUMP STREET – The sequel to the unlikely hit, 21 JUMP STREET, does a good job of not changing too much of the formula that made it successful. In fact, they go out of their way to point out in the movie how what you are …Read On »

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Movie Review: BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN

BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN | ©2014 Revolver

Stars: Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Raajpal Yadav, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Fagun Thakrar Writers: Ravi Kumar and David Brooks Director: Ravi Kumar Distributor: Revolver Release Date: November 14, 2014 In 1984, a disaster at the American-owned Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India, killed ten thousand people. A number of documentaries have been made about the incident, but now director Ravi Kumar, who co-wrote the film with David Brooks, has made the scripted drama BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN. The movie, inspired in part by journalist Sanjoy Hazarika’s book BHOPAL – LESSONS OF A GAS TRAGEDY, depicts not only the …Read On »

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Movie Review: FOXCATCHER

FOXCATCHER movie poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller Writers: E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman Director: Bennett Miller Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: November 14, 2014 FOXCATCHER is a disturbing film, and not only because of the true-life events it depicts, though those are certainly unnerving and dismaying. Director Bennett Miller, working from a screenplay by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, creates an atmosphere of unhappiness and shame that works as an emotional fog. However, through all the sweat, tears and finally blood that appears here, we feel as though we’re watching at …Read On »

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Movie Review: OPEN WINDOWS

OPEN WINDOWS movie poster | ©2014 Cinedigm

Rating: R Stars: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell Writer: Nacho Vigalondo Director: Nacho Vigalondo Distributor: Cinedigm Release Date: November 7, 2014 OPEN WINDOWS declares its intentions right from the start, when we appear to be watching an especially cheesy horror movie starring scream queen Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). Then it turns out we’re watching a trailer, being watched at a convention, which is in turn being streamed live on the computer of Nick Chambers (Elijah Wood). We can’t say we weren’t stylistically warned that the film is going to play more than a few tricks on its characters and …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PACT 2

THE PACT 2 movie poster | ©2014 IFC

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Camille Luddington, Caity Lotz, Scott Michael Forster, Patrick Fischler, Mark Steger Writers: Dallas Richard Hallam & Patrick Horvath Directors: Dallas Richard Hallam & Patrick Horvath Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: Theatrical and VOD October 31, 2014 The good and bad news about THE PACT 2 is that it’s a horror sequel that stands perfectly well on its own; there’s no need to have seen the original PACT. The good news is that newcomers will feel up to speed; the bad news is that this means the plot is relatively sparse. June Abbott (Camille Luddington) is a …Read On »

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Movie Review: INTERSTELLAR

INTERSTELLAR movie poster | ©2014 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Mackenzie Foy Writers: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan Director: Christopher Nolan Distributor: Paramount Release Date: November 7, 2014 The term “hard science fiction” means that the subject matter involves actual science, rather than the type of science fiction like, say, STARGATE, where the science only exists to get characters from here to there. INTERSTELLAR is a melding of hard science fiction, interpersonal drama, big action sequences and big ideas. The screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and director Christopher Nolan goes for epic scope, with the fate of both …Read On »

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DELIVER US FROM EVIL Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

DELIVER US FROM EVIL | © 2014 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: DELIVER US FROM EVIL – Apparently, this supernatural horror film is based on events that actually happened to a New York police officer during his time with the force. Eric Bana stars as the said officer and gets wrapped up in a supernatural case where a group …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE: 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray | ©2014 Dark Sky Films

Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen Writer: Kim Henkel & Tobe Hooper Director: Tobe Hooper Suggested Retail Price: $49.98 Distributor: Dark Sky Films Time has been very good to 1974’s THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. Not only has there been multiple, inferior sequels and remakes that have tried to supplant it with lesser results, but a whole new subgenre of horror movies was jump started due to this Tobe Hooper classic. That subgenre of course is the “kids in a van” movie. So many movies have used this template to the point of nauseum – kids take a detour …Read On »

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WHIPLASH composers Justin Hurwitz and Tim Simonec keep a mean jazz beat – Interview

WHIPLASH soundtrack | ©2014 Varese Sarabande Records

In a cinema where wannabe musicians have their aspirations lifted through the very mild tribulations of crotchety, yet ultimately humane instructors, filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH  is FIGHT CLUB as opposed to FAME – the equivalent of a cymbal in the face, or a shower of blood splashed across a drum kit. While young percussion prodigy Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) gets out of the way of the first abuse-bomb, he’ll have plenty of blood, sweat and tears to give in his sadistic servant-master relationship to his instructor Terence Fletcher, a jazz drill sergeant who makes the scream-swear martinet in FULL METAL …Read On »

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