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Best Movies To Watch on Halloween (Family Friendly Edition)

Before it became an excuse to throw drunken adult dress-up parties, Halloween was always for kids first. You get to pretend to be your favourite animal/monster/superhero/princess/whatever-in-between. You are encouraged to collect (and consume) as much candy as possible. You get to carve pumpkins and make an almighty mess of yourself. You get to stay out …

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Horror For Kids! : A Brief (and Hardly Comprehensive) Round-Up

Listen, I get it. No right-minded parents wants to intentionally terrify and traumatize their kids. It is in our every instinct to protect them from the world's terrors. And even if our altruistic instincts as parents aren't our prime motivators, the possibility of having to deal with our fraidy-cat children who can't sleep at night because …

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Bargain Basement Vol. 3: Stephen King Edition

Thanks to his almost prodigious writing speed (averaging almost two novels a year since first publishing Carrie in 1974), and his generally generous attitude towards letting filmmakers adapt his work (save for one glaring exception), Stephen King represents something of a gold mine for Hollywood. For four years running I have spent some part of October catching …

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Adventures in Criterion Vol. 3: Horror Movies

Thanks to the increasing respectability of the horror genre in academic circles, horror movies that previously were destined for the bargain bins or packaged in cheap 50-film packs are being rescued and given the kind of fully restored Blu-ray releases usually reserved for much more prestigious and respectable fare. Now there may be some who wonder …

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20 Years Later: Best Films of 1998

As has been the case with all my previous retrospective lists (1997, 2007, 2008), looking back at the world in film twenty years ago has been a very rewarding experience. Perspective is something that is painfully missing every awards season as most awards contenders are declared great barely months after they have first been seen. …

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Big Screen Double-Feature: Searching & The Little Stranger

It's time for me to confess something: For the last few months whenever I just need to zone out I've found myself lulled into the genteel murder mysteries of Midsomer Murders, of which every episode is currently on Netflix. After two dozen episodes (each about 100 minutes long) I've got the formula down pat: there …

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