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Get Out (Movie Review)

NOTE: This review originally ran as part of our Sundance 2017 coverage PLOT: A young black man ( Daniel Kaluuya ) visits his white girlfriend’s ( Allison Williams ) parents in the country, and immediately senses something sinister is afoot. REVIEW: GET OUT marks the directorial debut of Jordan Peele , best known as half of the comedy duo Key & Peele....
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02.26.2017
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XX (Movie Review)

NOTE: This review originally ran as part of our Sundance 2017 coverage PLOT: A new anthology directed solely by women: A woman is puzzled when her children stop eating, another mom tries her best to keep her daughter’s birthday from being ruined by a tragedy, four hikers wander into an off-limits park, and a woman discovers something horrific about her son on the eve of his...
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02.15.2017
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Berlin Syndrome (Sundance Review) starring Teresa Palmer

PLOT: An Australian backpacker ( Teresa Palmer ) traveling through Germany has a one-night stand with a stranger (Max Riemelt) only to discover the next morning that he’s made her a captive in his prison-like apartment. REVIEW: The premise for BERLIN SYNDROME is admittedly familiar. A young, gorgeous girl is held prisoner by psychopath. We’ve seen this movie...
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01.31.2017
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Sundance Film Festival announces their 2017 Midnight line-up

Each year, the Sundance Film Festival selects a batch of intriguing genre films to fill out their Midnight movie line-up, and the 2017 edition of the festival will be no exception. In past years, films that have received a late-night showing at the festival have included THE BABADOOK , THE GUEST , IT FOLLOWS , 31 , and YOGA HOSERS . With the next Sundance festival set to be held in...
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12.06.2016
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Trailer: Adrian Grenier and Angela Trimbur ignite a Trash Fire

Having made its world premiere at Sundance this past January, writer/director Richard Bates Jr.'s comedic psychological thriller TRASH FIRE is now set to receive a November 4 th theatrical and VOD release, courtesy of Vertical Entertainment and Orion Releasing. The plot:  When Owen is forced to confront the past he’s been running from his whole adult life, he and his...
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10.13.2016
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Movie Review: Carnage Park

This review first appeared during the Sundance Film Festival PLOT: A young woman (Ashley Bell) taken hostage by bank robbers is stalked in a deadly stretch of land by a psycho Vietnam vet (Pat Healy). REVIEW: While the news out of Sundance typically heralds all the high-tone, sophisticated, awards-bait movies that land distribution deals, there’s a parallel version of...
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07.01.2016
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The Blackout Experiments trailer is intense, sadistic

The trailer for the supposed documentary THE BLACKOUT EXPERIMENTS has just dropped. The THE GAME-esque story is played out in a quick succession of frightening, vicious images of pretty intense sadism to allegedly "real" people. My gut tells me this is one of them FACES OF DEATH scenarios. At the very least, I hope so. Although the film was not well-received by our very own Chris...
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05.20.2016
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Under the Shadow (Sundance Review)

PLOT: In post--revolution Tehran, a mother (Narges Rashidi) and her daughter (Avin Manshadi) are haunted by a malicious spirit. REBIEW: While this year’s Midnight selection at Sundance has been wildly inconsistent, one notable exception has been UNDER THE SHADOW. The highly praised debut from Iranian director Babak Anvari, it’s a remarkable, highly poised and atmospheric...
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01.30.2016
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The Blackout Experiments (Sundance Review)

PLOT: A group of people become obsessed with an experience called “Blackout” - which is supposed to stimulate your deepest fears and leave you forever changed. REVIEW: For the last few weeks, the publicists behind THE BLACKOUT EXPERIMENTS have been sending me emails and press kits promising that the film is 100% factual and a full-fledged documentary. Having seen the...
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01.29.2016
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Check out this first clip from Sundance horror comedy Trash Fire!

If you're like me and you're one of the poor souls who didn't get to see the premiere of Richard Bates Jr.'s latest horror comedy,  TRASH FIRE , never fear! The first clip has surfaced, and it features the stunning Fionnula Flanagan lording it over a dinner table in true Ice Queen fashion. I don't feel like I get a real sense of the movie as a whole from...
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01.25.2016
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31 (Sundance Review) + video

PLOT: A group of carnies are abducted and forced to play a deadly game where, to gain their freedom, they have to survive twelve hours in a labyrinth while being hunted by psycho-clowns. REVIEW: You have to admire Rob Zombie. More than a lot of other genre directors out there, he has a sensibility and style that’s immediately recognizable. Much of this comes from his...
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01.24.2016
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Exclusive clip: The Blackout Experiments, the new horror doc at Sundance

One of the most highly anticipated documentaries premiering at Sundance this week is THE BLACKOUT EXPERIMENTS , which takes a look at the fascinating/disturbing "haunted house" experience, Blackout. Firstly, if you're unfamiliar with Blackout, here's an accurate synopsis of what occurs to you: You arrive at a secret location at a precise time, prompted by a mysterious email. You must...
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01.21.2016
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