Category: Verdict: 3.0

The piece mostly accomplishes what it sets out to do but only because it doesn’t set the bar high.

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Scream 1.01: Red Roses

Somehow the first eight minutes of “Red Roses” manages to encapsulate everything that works about Scream: The TV Series and everything that doesn’t. Paying homage to the iconic opening of

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Seven Psychopaths (2012)

I hate it when would-be cinephiles say stuff like, “Clearly, the filmmakers didn’t know where they were going with the story, so they cobbled…

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Side Effects (2013)

Reviewing a movie like Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects can be challenging. Like so many thrillers since The Usual Suspects (1995) and The Sixth Sense…

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Sinister (2012)

Though I consider myself an avid horror fan, I must confess that I approach the genre from a certain distance. Though I enjoy the…

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Skyfall (2012)

Fifty years have passed since James Bond first graced the silver screen in Dr No (1962), and director Sam Mendes must have found it…

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Step Up Revolution (2012)

After Step Up 3D (2010) took the next step in dance movie awesomeness, Step Up Revolution, a.k.a. Step Up 4: Miami Heat, feels like…

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The Diviners (1974)

What is an artist? What is his or her role in society? According to the 1994 edition of The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an artist is “one who practices an art”. And what

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The Family (2013)

As a modest writer with enough success to get a paycheck but little recognition otherwise, I often find myself confronted with amateur scribes lecturing…

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The Grudge (2004)

Of all the different types of remakes, reboots, and revivals, none puzzle me as much as those adapted from contemporary foreign films. It’s as…

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The Grudge 3 (2009)

Back when Ghost House Pictures first announced their remake of Ju-On: The Grudge (2002), I braced myself for the worst. I didn’t know Shimizu…

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