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Goodnight Mommy (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Goodnight Mommy - Blu-ray ReviewHow well do you know the people around you?  I mean, really, really, really know them?  Those closest to you, in fact?  That’s the question Goodnight Mommy dares to ask its viewers.  Trust me when I suggest to you that filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fialas   ...

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Suture (1993) - Blu-ray Review

Suture - Blu-ray ReviewThere is something incredibly haunting about Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s feature-length debut.  Shot in black-and-white and filmed in and around the Phoenix area, Suture is a neo-film noir examination into a person’s identity.  What makes a person know themselves?  ...

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The Hallow - Blu-ray Review

The Hallow - Movie ReviewVisual artist Corin Hardy’s directorial debut is, indeed, something to see.  Opening this weekend here in Kansas City, the horror film grabs viewers with its sheer intensity and atmospheric effects.  It’s a hard one to immediately shake off which is why my rating easily gets rounded ...

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Chandu the Magician (1932) - Blu-ray Review

Chandu the Magician - Blu-ray Review“Now are you ready to tell me the secrets of the death ray,” snarls Bela Lugosi as the all-black wearing villain in Chandu the Magician.  He plays Roxor, an evil mastermind hell-bent on ruling nations with the destructive power of a new invention.  And only one man can   ...

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Ghost Story (1981) - Blu-ray Review

Ghost Story (1981) - Blu-ray ReviewAdding to the supernatural splendor of Ghost Story are the matte paintings of Albert Whitlock and Syd Dutton. They add so much life to this frightening tale that it’s rather shocking to discover that the majority of them were edited out. Recognizing it as a forgotten art form  ...

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The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974) - Blu-ray Review

The Swinging Cheerleaders - Blu-ray ReviewFor anyone who hates on exploitation film auteur Jack Hill’s The Swinging Cheerleaders for its objectification of women – namely cheerleaders – there’s a need for a brief lesson in film and cultural history.  Made during the 1970s, Hill’s movie was a very tough and very real examination of powerful  ...

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Blu-ray Review

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Movie ReviewWhile uneven to a fault, Guy Ritchie’s spin on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., originally an American television series broadcast on NBC from 1964-1968, is easily the best thing Warner Bros has put out this summer. Maybe that’s not saying much this year but, once the  ...

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The Alien Factor: Limited Signed Edition (1978) - Blu-ray Review

The Alien Factor - blu-ray reviewI freakin’ love The Alien Factor.  Filmed in Baltimore, Maryland by a bunch of freaks and geeks, the schlocky film is a throwback to the classic run of 1950’s creature features and has just the right amount of humor and gore to make it worth revisiting time and time again  ...

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Trainwreck - Blu-ray Review

Trainwreck - Movie ReviewNot yet on the Amy Schumer bandwagon? If the comedienne’s steady rise to cultural notoriety on such shows as Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and her numerous turns at the mic on awards programs and comedy clubs have yet to ping your entertainment radar, there’s still time to catch  ...

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Mysterious Island (1961) - Blu-ray Review

Mysterious Island (1961) - Blu-ray ReviewRay Harryhausen’s stop-motion work in Mysterious Island is the stuff of legend AND nightmares.  Featuring memorable attacks from a gigantic crab, an oversized bee, a large prehistoric bird, and an angry snail, the fantasy kept many a young person up at night.  It also  ...

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The Intern - Blu-ray Review

The Intern - Movie ReviewWriter/director Nancy Meyers (The Parent Trap, Something’s Gotta Give) takes on the American generation gap and mixes in clichéd beats of gender role reversal in her latest called The Intern, a film which would come and go without much notice were it not for the surprising chemistry  ...

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Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988) - Blu-ray Review

Return of the Killer Tomatoes - Blu-ray ReviewPicture it.  Two men are sitting across from each other at a table in a diner.  Their conversation is quick and intense.  One is a very panicked Anthony Starke (best known for his role as the third-person speaking Jimmy in the Seinfeld episode “The Jimmy”) and the other is a  ...

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Faust (1926) Blu-ray Review

Faust (1926) - Blu-ray ReviewThere are few things more unforgettable and terrifying in the cinematic annuals than Emil Jannings as Mephisto in F. W. Murnau's Faust. Who? That's your first response. I know, I know. Unfortunately, when it comes to horror, the entire silent era of filmmaking gets overlooked   ...

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Jeepers Creepers Collector's Edition (2001) - Blu-ray Review

Jeepers Creeper II - Blu-ray ReviewOne would have to dig clear through the classic era of Universal Monster Movies in order to find a title that is a Jeepers Creepers equivalent in tone, structure, and suspense.  And that’s a good thing.  Writer/director Victor Salva explores his love of classic creature features  ...

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Inside Out - Blu-ray Review

Inside Out - Movie Review

And. I. Still. Have. Chills. That’s how insanely good Pixar’s Inside Out is. One could nitpick and point to faults in a frenzied middle but, with a concept as daring as the one presented here, there is simply no argument one could legitimately make to dissuade you from embracing  ...

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