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  • Maybe it's a just a sign of the Blumhouse-era horror-movie world we find ourselves in, but there's something refreshing about a scare flick that (a) actually shows you its monster occasionally and (b) gives you a definite reason to be afraid of...

  • Despite his reputation, M. Night Shyamalan has never lived and died by the twist. His best films, like Unbreakable or even last year's cheerily nasty wicked-grandparents thriller The Visit, work first as accomplished, emotionally engaging...

  • It's a question the movies ask again and again: How should a person grieve? In Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson’s slow-burn pseudo-mystery Claire in Motion, a talented mathematics professor named Claire Hunger (Betsy Brandt) realizes her amateur...

  • The Belgian crime drama The Ardennes is predictably tense and violent, but its aesthetic pleasures are also considerable. Director Robin Pront plays a lot of familiar notes, but with just enough verve and variation to keep things interesting. The...

  • Eiichiro Oda's manga One Piece has run for 82 volumes since 1997, and has been made into four straight-to-video movies, a television series that recently completed its ninth season and a baker's dozen anime theatrical films, the latest of...

  • I want to make something clear: “Horror,” as a genre, does not necessitate joylessness. Directors who don’t discern this tend to produce movies that some critics have labeled “torture porn,” the type of films that mistake suffering for character...

  • For 75 years, the U.S. has dominated the production of World War II action comedies. Now, as Hong Kong cinema expands into a formidable world power, it's promoting its own big-budget WWII historical heroes. With heart, humor and some breathtaking...

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