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'Only God Forgives' Blu-Ray Review: Tedious Exercise in Violence, Minimalism

Only God Forgives wants to be an exploration into violence. It wants to be a mysterious and hypnotic experience. Nicholas Winding Refn writes and directs Only God Forgives and Ryan Gosling headlines, so the potential probably didn't seem too far out of reach for the movie especially after the sleeper hit that was Drive. Oct 22, 2013 9:40 AM PT

'Carrie' Review: Remake Improves on Original But Forgets the Frights

The original Carrie is not a good movie. I know people claim it's a classic of the horror genre and shows Brian DePalma's genius, but watch it today and tell me if that's how you truly feel. The concept, by Stephen King, is good, but the execution is all wrong. The original movie is slightly perverted, character motivations are unclear and we never get a chance to ever take Carrie's side or really understand her plight. The new Carrie, directed by Kimberly Peirce, works much better than the original. We understand Carrie better as a character, motivations are clearer and the true meaning of the story really comes to light. However, as much as I dislike the original Carrie, I must admit it was truly frightening and had a sense of dread that this new adaptation of the Stephen King story is missing. Peirce's Carrie works on all the levels the original failed, but it fails on the one level that the original succeeded. Oct 18, 2013 5:04 AM PT

'The Colony' DVD Review: Formula Freezes Post-Apocalyptic Genre Attempt

The Colony is a post-apocalypse film fused with a quasi zombie movie. It's also one of the most formulaic flicks I've seen all year. The set up here is that the Earth has frozen over and survivors now live in colonies where they attempt to survive the harsh weather and kill anyone that gets sick. Oct 15, 2013 2:50 PM PT

'Nothing Left to Fear' Blu-Ray Review: Botched Attempt to Explore Religion in Old School Shocker

Nothing Left to Fear is the first movie from Slasher Films, a new film company owned by Guns N Roses guitarist Slash. It's a strong attempt at an old school horror film based on a legend out of Stull, Kansas. The story goes that Stull, Kansas is really a gateway to Hell and Nothing Left to Fear plays on that assumption through the family of a pastor new to the town. Oct 15, 2013 1:07 PM PT

'Maniac' DVD Review: Serial Killer Remake Delivers Shock and Little Else

Maniac is a movie that seems to exist for the sole purpose of shocking the audience. It's a film from the perspective of a serial killer named Frank (Elijah Wood). He has mommy issues and runs a mannequin store. He meets a lovely young woman that shows some interest in his awkwardness. However, Frank harbors a dark secret. He can't control himself around women and kills them at night to collect their hair for his mannequins. This new girl in his life only encourages his serial killer needs and he begins stalking more and more women. Oct 14, 2013 3:02 PM PT

'Stuck in Love' Blu-Ray Review: Literary Love Story Writes Its Way Out of Self-Parody

Stuck in Love is about a family of writers dealing with new and lost love. That sounds like an invitation for the most pretentious movie of the decade and for the first ten minutes, I thought it was. However, the rest of the movie sucked me in. Stuck in Love is one of those small movies that flies under the radar but has enough charm, insight and pleasurable moments to make it worth a watch. Oct 13, 2013 3:20 PM PT

'Runner Runner' Scribe Wants Online Gambling Legalized

Screenwriter Brian Koppelman, famed co-writer of Rounders, had his newest movie, co-written with David Levien, debut this past weekend and he had a few things to say about the subject matter his new film tackles on the red carpet when talking to All In Magazine. Oct 11, 2013 2:51 PM PT

'Zombie Hunter' Review: Grindhouse Attempt Falls on Its Bloody Face

Zombie Hunter could have been a fun grindhouse like movie with Danny Trejo in the lead role killing zombies and giving mean looks to the camera. Instead it's a movie that seems straight from the mind of a 15 year old that has no idea how to make a movie or how to be original. Oct 10, 2013 4:13 PM PT

'Doomed' Review: Chuck Palahniuk Goes to Hell and Back in Strong New Novel

Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, writes like no other writer. That includes living and dead. There are many talented storytellers with strong voice and originality, but it can be tough to find a writer that seems to construct sentences and phrases together in a way so unique that you are sure what you are reading will never be successfully mimicked. After writing numerous novels, you would think that this strange and unique style of Palahniuk's would have grown thin and tired. I'm happy to report it hasn't. Doomed certainly isn't his finest work, but damn this guy can write. Oct 10, 2013 11:27 AM PT

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