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  • 2 years ago | Film Reviews

    Kids born in 1992 can buy beer now, and according to the usual timeline of nostalgia, this means that the fetishization of all things '90s is already well underway. And while John Dies at the End is assuredly a product of today's online world, it ...

  • 2 years ago | Film and TV

    'It's hard to get these things started," says Walter Hill, the dean of the American action movie, speaking to me from Los Angeles. "Action films are by their very nature more expensive than what are sometimes called, in the independent world, 'rel...

  • 2 years ago | Film and TV

    In George A. Romero's deeply silly 1993 Stephen King adaptation The Dark Half, Timothy Hutton stars as Thad Beaumont, a writer whose highbrow pretensions don't pay the bills. When Thad needs to make a quick buck, then, he seals himself into his st...

  • 2 years ago | Film Reviews

    Originally slated to open in September 2012, Gangster Squad was delayed when the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, suddenly made a scene of gunfire in Grauman's Chinese Theatre "inappropriate." Four months later, a turn in the film's plo...

  • 2 years ago | Film Reviews

    Salesmen are typically depicted in screen drama as the quintessential American phonies. The exceptions — in Barry Levinson's Avalon or Whit Stillman's Barcelona — are buried under a mountain of films proving the rule. That one set of p...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    Part of the renascent body-count action industry, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning's mere existence might shock many Americans. "There are four Universal Soldier movies?" those shocked Americans would say. They might also be taken aback by the ...