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Solid Horror: 'Annabelle: Creation' Works Thanks to Fine Scares, Excellent Acting

Solid Horror: 'Annabelle: Creation' Works Thanks to Fine Scares, Excellent Acting

Thursday, August 17, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Annabelle, the creepy doll from The Conjuring movies, gets her second standalone film with Annabelle: Creation , a silly movie that is nevertheless enjoyable thanks to some deft direction and surprisingly competent acting.

The movie holds together thanks to solid performances from Talitha Bateman and Lul...

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Family and Fandom: 'Brigsby Bear' Is a Weird, Quirky Film With Ample Charms … and Mark Hamill!

Family and Fandom: 'Brigsby Bear' Is a Weird, Quirky Film With Ample Charms … and Mark Hamill!

Thursday, August 17, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Saturday Night Live ’s Kyle Mooney stars in Brigsby Bear as James, a man who loves a kids’ TV show called Brigsby Bear , and loves his parents (Mark Hamill and Jane Adams). As it turns out, he’s a kidnapping victim: His parents aren’t his real parents, and the TV show was produced by his fake dad only fo...

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Blu-Ray Review: Despite Mediocre Box Office, 'Alien: Covenant' Is a Good Movie

Blu-Ray Review: Despite Mediocre Box Office, 'Alien: Covenant' Is a Good Movie

Wednesday, August 16, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Ridley Scott’s third Alien movie, Alien: Covenant , is a good one. Sadly, it was not good enough to motivate a lot of domestic viewers to take it in—putting the franchise in jeopardy.

A direct sequel to his Alien prequel, Prometheus , Covenant tries to be both a gory monster movie and a philosophical meditat...

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True TV: 'Marvel's Defenders' Delivers the Goods; 'Halt and Catch Fire' Powers Down

True TV: 'Marvel's Defenders' Delivers the Goods; 'Halt and Catch Fire' Powers Down

Wednesday, August 16, 2017  |  Bill Frost

Be careful what you whine for: Marvel’s The Defenders (series debut Friday, Aug. 18, Netflix) is only eight episodes long, maybe partially in response to complaints that previous Marvel/Netflix series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist felt stretched thin at 13 episodes per season each. The...

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Tear Down This 'Tower': This Adaptation of Stephen King's Work Is a Total Disaster

Tear Down This 'Tower': This Adaptation of Stephen King's Work Is a Total Disaster

Thursday, August 10, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

A couple of years ago, there was talk of Ron Howard directing a big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower . The film would act as an introduction to the Dark Tower universe, and was to be followed by a TV series. Javier Bardem was cast as Roland the Gunslinger, the main protagonist of Kin...

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An Important Piece of History: 'Detroit' Is Worth Seeing, Even If Some Elements Seem Too Fictional

An Important Piece of History: 'Detroit' Is Worth Seeing, Even If Some Elements Seem Too Fictional

Thursday, August 10, 2017  |  Bob Grimm

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ( The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty ) directs Detroit , an uneven yet occasionally powerful account of the 1967 Algiers Motel incident, part of a race riot that put the city of Detroit under siege.

When a man fires off a pistol from his hotel window during intense r...

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