Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan
27

Cinefantastique Spotlight: HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

Yup, It's That Pretty: Jeremy Renner (left) in a characteristic action sequence from HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

It’s a childhood classic, seen in a whole new light. For clarification’s sake, CFL bulbs are whole new lights, too, but you don’t see anyone buying tickets to watch them. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are the titular brother and sister team in HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, all growed up and battling Famke Janssen …

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Jan
21

Cinefantastique Spotlight: MAMA

Either She's Confronting a Hostile Spectral Force or Just Been Told She Can't Have McDonald's for Dinner: Isabelle Nélisse meets MAMA.

Screw the armed guards in the schools, let’s get some firepower into the home, ’cause there’s definitely some malignant stuff going on there. In MAMA, a young couple (Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are saddled with a pair of literally feral children and have to contend with the challenges not only of raising a pair …

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Jan
18

Tom O’Brien on FAIRHAVEN

Tom O'Brien (left), Chris Messina (center), and Rich Sommer renew an old friendship in FAIRHAVEN.

The small town comes complete with big personalities in FAIRHAVEN. In tracing a couple of days when Dave (Chris Messina), an exile from the titular Massachusetts fishing town presently living la vida loca on the west coast, returns for the funeral of his estranged father and reunites with his old friends, the questing Jon (Tom …

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Jan
14

Cinefantastique Spotlight: A HAUNTED HOUSE

Before There was the Clapper, There was the Screamer: Essence Atkins and Marlon Wayans do not get a good night's sleep in A HAUNTED HOUSE.

In defiance of conventional wisdom, the second week of 2013 sees yet another film that doesn’t aspire to the bottom-of-the-barrel stature usually typified by early-in-the-year releases. Quite to the contrary, A HAUNTED HOUSE sets out to deflate found-footage horror in general, and the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise in specific, and more often than not hits its …

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Jan
11

Dennis Haysbert on LUV

Blood's Thicker than Water, and Can Flow Just as Freely: Dennis Haysbert is a crime boss in LUV.

Dennis Haysbert has used his magnificent voice and imposing presence to portray everything from a prophetically charismatic President of the United States in 24 to a brilliant scientist in NOW AND AGAIN to a tortured lover in FAR FROM HEAVEN. Now, in the incisive drama LUV, he’s Mr. Fish, crime boss and mentor to the …

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Jan
07

Cinefantastique Spotlight: TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D

The Long and Winding Road/That Leads to Your Slaughterhouse: Dan Yeager clocks in as the new Leatherface in TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D.

Blood runs thick in TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, both in its usual, slaughterhouse context, but also in a more symbolic way. Yes, the venerable horror franchise has caught up with the rest of mainstream film, and now it’s all about family, as a surviving — and hitherto unknown — member of the murderous Sawyer clan (Alexandra …

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Jan
04

Temple of Bad: MARS NEEDS WOMEN

Oh, the Sixties, was there a way in which you weren’t one of our most fraked-up decades? War, assassinations, riots in the streets, MY MOTHER THE CAR on TV — never was there a time when it more seemed that society was shredding at the seams. Fortunately, director Larry Buchanan, the mastermind behind such cinematic …

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