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Best Movies To Watch on Halloween (Grown-Ups Edition)

Now I know what you might be thinking, why not just make a list of the best horror movies ever? After all, isn't every horror movie an appropriate movie to watch on Halloween? Well, the answer is a little bit more complicated than that. While it is true that the best Halloween movies are going to be …

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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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Double Feature: Ghostwatch and The Blair Witch Project

Thanks in part to the ineptitude of the bulk of latter-day "found footage" movies, it is easy to heap derision on Ghostwatch and The Blair Witch Project, two movies that in many ways pioneered the genre. In the latter case, the fact that it became such a phenomenal cultural touchstone in 1999 also meant that it achieved the level …

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Ad Astra (Big Screen Review)

Do yourself a favor: Before strapping yourself in for this Brad Pitt star-vehicle, ignore any of the promotional material surrounding the movie, which hints at some sort of science-fiction action extravaganza that provides cosmic;level entertainment. Anyone going in expecting that is bound to be disappointed. What Ad Astra stands firmly in the tradition of universe exploration …

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Hustlers (Big Screen Review)

Early on in Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers we follow Destiny (Constance Wu) in a single steadicam shot as she prepares for her first night at a high-end strip club in New York, the moment evoking Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas in the best possible way. Moments later, we are given an unforgettable introduction to the club's star Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) with a show-stopping …

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Ready or Not (Big Screen Review)

Ready or Not's premise is as simple as it is devastatingly ludicrous: At every wedding the Le Domas family, an insanely wealthy board-gaming dynastic family, play a simple game at midnight to welcome the newest member of the family. This year it is Grace's (Samara Weaving) turn as the eldest son's bride to blindly draw …

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It: Chapter Two (Big Screen Review)

Trying to cram Stephen King's massive tome It into one movie was always going to be an impossible task. The decision back in 2014, when the It project was still a Cary Fukunaga project and not an Andi Muschietti joint, to split the movies by timeline certainly was controversial as King's weaving between the past and present lent the …

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Studio Ghibli #4: Kiki’s Delivery Service

By the time Kiki's Delivery Service came out, Studio Ghibli's penchant for finding magic in ordinary things was quickly becoming the studio's calling card. Yet, as seems to be the case with most animation studios, the critical success of Ghibli's early work did not translate into commercial success (perhaps pairing the melancholy My Neighbor Totoro with the soul-crushingly …

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Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood (Big Screen Review)

For the last half-decade or so, cinephiles and Quentin Tarantino-fans have been sifting the tea leaves with every new Tarantino release to see if he was looking to stop after making ten movies, a claim he has insisted on multiple times. With Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood, his presumably penultimate film, we finally get …

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