<i>Gerald's Game</i> serves its hair-raising purpose

Gerald's Game serves its hair-raising purpose

Horror fans the world over just can't seem to get enough Stephen King adaptations this year.


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The Smith brothers' Walking Out takes aim at the father-son bond

In Walking Out, a father and his teenage son sit around the campfire on the first night of their weekend hunting expedition, deep in the Montana wilderness.

(Film)   Oct 12, 2017

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The Smith brothers' Walking Out features in the third annual Montana Film Festival

A couple of weekends ago, Missoula's Hip Strip was swarming with revelers.

Oct 5, 2017

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Super Dark Times explores a bygone era

What a great title we have in Super Dark Times, brought to us by first-time director Kevin Phillips from an original screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski.

(Film)   Oct 5, 2017

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Savoring dreariness in The Unknown Girl

This is the first time I've checked the upcoming weather forecast before thinking about how to recommend a movie, which sounds odd, but I can explain.

(Film)   Sep 28, 2017

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The birth of camp: Unpacking Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Pee-wee's Big Adventure is the story of an adult man who is pathologically whimsical.

(Film)   Sep 21, 2017

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Mother! only masquerades as feminism

I cannot recall the last time a film made me as angry as Darren Aronofsky's Mother!

(Film)   Sep 14, 2017

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Good Time: a grittily authentic heist movie

Not even five minutes into Good Time, I felt fairly certain that I was watching one of the best films of 2017.

(Film)   Sep 7, 2017

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Filmmaker Drew Xanthopoulos talks about the human drama behind The Sensitives

In The Sensitives, filmmaker Drew Xanthopoulos tells a fascinating cinema verite story about people with such severe chemical and electrical sensitivities that they are forced to live apart from society.

Aug 31, 2017

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Infidelity goes off the hook in Landline

Set in Manhattan in 1995, the comedy/drama Landline embodies a time of alternative music and few cellphones, when it was still possible to just go off the grid and chill out for a few days.

(Film)   Aug 31, 2017

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Ingrid mines Instagram—but not too deeply

In Ingrid Goes West, Aubrey Plaza stars as Ingrid, a lonely, unhinged millennial who really loves Instagram and the pretty girls who live there.

(Film)   Aug 24, 2017

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Lady Macbeth: modern horror in period-drama clothing

The more layers of clothing society puts on a young woman in the Victorian era, the more we want to take the clothing off.

(Film)   Aug 17, 2017

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In defense of The Dark Tower

The majority of critics agree that the long awaited adaptation of Stephen King's beloved series The Dark Tower is a dumb, murky mess of a film, but what this review presupposes is ... maybe it isn't?Here are the basics: Beyond Earth, there exist many other worlds that access each other through a series of portals.

(Film)   Aug 10, 2017

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A Ghost Story reimagines a haunting

The most provocative thing about writer and director David Lowery’s latest film, A Ghost Story, is probably the ghost itself.

(Film)   Aug 3, 2017

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To the Bone reveals the nature of anorexia

Of all the many ways the human psyche can turn on itself, anorexia nervosa might be among the most frightening and hard to comprehend.

(Film)   Jul 27, 2017

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Kumail Nanjiani makes romcom magic in Michael Showalter's The Big Sick

Did you know that there's a lot of hype surrounding the summer's biggest romantic comedy, The Big Sick?

(Film)   Jul 20, 2017

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War for the Planet of the Apes illuminates the human impulse to violence

It's not unusual for genre fiction to offer compelling allegories for our time.

(Film)   Jul 13, 2017

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The Beguiled: Kinda like a gothic Bachelor

It's three years into the Civil War, and the girls at Farnsworth Seminary are growing bored and restless.

(Film)   Jul 6, 2017

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Neither Wolf Nor Dog's Zahn McClarnon sources sympathy for his characters at home

Zahn McClarnon's performance as Hanzee Dent in TV's Fargo is one of the most chilling in the series—and that says something, considering the number of mobsters and murderers in the show's second season.

(Film)   Jun 29, 2017

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Baby Driver: Learning to care about people in cars

What a fun and thrilling summertime romp we have in writer-director Edgar Wright's Baby Driver.

(Film)   Jun 29, 2017

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The Force goes behind cop culture's thick blue wall

Peter Nicks' documentary feature The Force takes an intimate and humanizing look at the Oakland Police Department as it undergoes federally mandated reforms in front of an increasingly distrustful public.

(Film)   Jun 22, 2017

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A refreshingly Raw take on teen horror

If you generally don't care for horror films, or you don't have the patience for subtitles, or you're terrified of your own sexuality, or you just can't stomach watching teens engaged in cannibalism, then Raw might not be the picture for you.

(Film)   Jun 15, 2017

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Forget blockbusters—here are some of the summer's most anticipated indie films

The 2017 summer movie season fast approaches.

(Film)   Jun 1, 2017

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Buster's Mal Heart is a visual poem about the suffocating sadness of a world in which we're victim to unfair rules. How does that make you feel?

It's been a minute since I've had the pleasure of sending you into a dark theater to trip out in the immersive glow of a bizarre story, but writer and director Sarah Adina Smith's latest feature, Buster's Mal Heart, delivers the opportunity.

(Film)   May 18, 2017

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Moms on film: a Mother's Day compendium

Mother's Day: a time for appreciating the women who birthed us, for being appreciated by our children, and for longer than usual brunch lines.

(Film)   May 11, 2017

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