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The Town That Dreaded Sundown Review


Good

Layers of real life and movie history combine cleverly in this postmodern horror film, which just might be too knowing for its own good. But at least it's an unusual approach to the genre, offering a twisted retelling of a legend while aiming for some emotional resonance along with the usual violent nastiness. It's also directed with an unusually artful eye by first-time filmmaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

It was a series of unsolved murders in a small town on the Texas-Arkansas border in 1946 that inspired the 1976 movie of the same name, which screens here annually on Halloween. But this year, the screening is accompanied by a copycat murder, which escalates into a full-on rampage. Everything seems to centre around Jami (Addison Timlin), a teenager whose boyfriend was the first victim. After her parents died, she was raised by her straight-talking grandmother (Veronica Cartwright), who continually urges her to take charge of her life. So with the local cops unable to solve the case, Jami teams up with the local library archive clerk Nick (Travis Tope) to get the whole history of these past events. Meanwhile, a Texas Ranger (Anthony Anderson) arrives to head up the official investigation.

Screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa gleefully blends fact, fiction and the movies together into a heady mixture of horror movie cliches and shockingly realistic grisliness. In other words, this is both a fictional sequel and a playful true-life drama at the same time, which makes it feel eerily like the Scream franchise. Although this film never becomes a pastiche, and the characters are so likeable that we genuinely root for them to survive the killing spree. Timlin brings the right amount of plucky stubbornness to her role, even if it's unlikely that a witness-victim would be quite so gung-ho about doing her own police work. And there are nice turns from veterans like Cartwright, Ed Lautner (as a stubborn cop) and the late Edward Herrmann (as a nutty preacher) to add some weight.

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A Week In News: '50 Shades' Kerfuffle, Sad 'Glee' Announcement, & The Loss Of Ed Lauter


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'50 Shades' of Shambles: Where do we begin? Leading man Charlie Hunnam AKA Christian Grey, walks out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, citing "an immersive schedule," Dakota Johnson starts feeling uneasy and Irish actor Jamie Dornan is the current favorite to step in...for about the next minute probably. Click to find out who Jamie Dornan is.

Bye Bye 'Glee': Not only have Glee fans had to contend with having to wave a sad farewell to the deceased Cory Monteith's Finn Hudson in an emotional memorial episode last week; the show's co-creator Ryan Murphy has announced that after one more season, Glee will be no more. Read Ryan Murphy's explanation.

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Which Role Will Ed Lauter Be Remembered For?


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The sad news that Ed Lauter had passed away hit the mainstream media on Wednesday (October 16, 2013), as his characteristic and unique roles started flooding into the zeitgeist. During a career that spanned five decades, Lauter would fill the shoes of many characters.

Ed Lauter MovieguideLauter was known for his wide-ranging roles

It would be fair to describe Lauter’s time on the screen – both silver and small – as varied. He was a journeyman of the industry, applying the same attitude and refined skill to a hardened thug and dutiful butler alike.

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Ed Lauter, Veteran Character Actor, Dies Aged 74


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Ed Lauter, the veteran character actor, has died at the age of 74. Lauter died On Wednesday 16th October at his home in West Hollywood. His publicist, Edward Lozzi, announced his death resulted from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer usually caused by exposure to asbestos. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the sad news.

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Ed Lauter died on Wednesday at the age of 74.

Lauter was highly praised for his chameleon acting abilities. He was able to portray violent and menacing as easily as a benevolent character. One of his most famous roles was in The Longest Yard in which he played Burt Reynold's nemesis, an aggressive prison guard. More recently he starred in The Artist as the butler to a Hollywood star, played by Berenice Bejo. He also worked with a number of other actors and directors such as Charles Bronson, Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood and Tom Cruise, amongst others. 

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Ed Lauter, Star Of 'The Artist,' Dies Aged 74


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Actor Ed Lauter passed away aged 74 yesterday (16th Oct.) due to mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer usually caused by asbestos exposure, his publicist Edward Lozzi said, via The Telegraph. The New York-born star of the Oscar-winning movie, The Artist, enjoyed an acting career that spanned 45 years and he appeared in over 100 films.

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Ed Lauter, Actor, Has Died.

A skilled actor and impersonator, Lauter was often cast as thug-like characters due to his angular face and bald head. He said of his typecasted roles: "I like those roles. Lee Marvin once told me, 'When you play a heavy, every once in a while make the audience like you a little bit. Then they'll think, 'Wait a minute, he's not such a bad guy. Did you see the way he petted that dog?'" via BBC News.

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Beloved & Well-Known Character Actor Ed Lauter Passes Away


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Ed Lauter may not be a household name, but his face is instantly recognisable to film and TV lovers the world over thanks to his numerous character roles. At the age of 74, the character actor sadly passed away after a long and prolific career that has spanned more than forty years.

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Lauter made over 200 film and television appearances

According to his publicist, who broke the news of his client's death to The Hollywood Reporter late on Wednesday, 16 October, Lauter passed away following a struggle with mesothelioma, a strand of cancer usually linked to prolonged exposure to asbestos. In the wake of his death, the Ed Lauter Foundation has been set up to help aspiring actors achieve their goals, awarding a yearly scholarship to worthy individuals.

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Hollywood Character Actor Ed Lauter Dies At Age 74


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Veteran Hollywood actor, Ed Lauter, died aged 74 on Wednesday (Oct 17th).

According to the Associated Press, Lauter's publicist, Edward Lozzi said he had died from a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma, commonly caused by asbestos exposure.

The character actor's career spanned over 4 decades and he appeared in over 200 films, including the original 'The Longest yard' (1974), Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Raw Deal' (1986) and the best-picture Oscar winner 'The Artist' (2011).

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Ed Lauter - The Celebrity Cup - Beverly Hills Vs. Celebrity Ranch Polo Match - Pacific Palisades, California, United States - Saturday 8th June 2013

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Ed Lauter - 23rd Annual Night Of 100 Stars Black Tie Dinner Viewing Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 24th February 2013

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Trouble With The Curve Review


Weak

With beautiful but bland direction and a script that can't help but overstate everything, this film is an odd misstep for Eastwood and his assistant-turned-director Lorenz. Instead of being an intriguing exploration of ageing, the film isn't much more than a trite inspirational drama. Fortunately the solid cast manages to inject some subtle touches here and there that bring out more interesting layers of the issues at hand.

Eastwood plays Gus, a scout for the Atlanta Braves who refuses to admit that he's going blind. And he's also in trouble with his boss (Lillard), who's more interested in computer stats than Gus' finely honed ability to see the potential in young players. As a final test, Gus is sent to scout a rising-star teen pitcher (Massingill). Meanwhile, Gus' high-powered lawyer daughter Mickey (Adams) is up for partnership in her firm. She can barely stand to be in the same room as her dad, but abandons the biggest case of her career to accompany him and help him see this young player, because she's even more adept at spotting talent than he is. Along the way she meets Johnny (Timberlake), a charming scout who helps take her mind off her work and her dad.

This is one of those films that undemanding audiences will think is just fine. It never expects us to think at all, telling us everything that's happening and how everyone is thinking while dropping painfully obvious hints about where the plot is going. So the film feels shallow and superficial even though it touches on some intriguing themes, such as the difficulties of ageing gracefully and mending relationships, or the challenge to move forward without forgetting the old skills.

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Ed Lauter and Grauman's Chinese Theatre Friday 2nd November 2012 "Hitchcock" World Premiere - AFI FEST 2012 Presented By Audi, held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

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Ed Lauter and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Ed Lauter and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Ed Lauter and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Ed Lauter and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Ed Lauter and Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Ed Lauter Wednesday 19th September 2012 The world premiere of 'Trouble With The Curve' held at Mann Village Theatre

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The Artist Trailer


George Valentin is a silent movie star in 1920's Hollywood. His latest film, A Russian Affair, opens to rave reviews and it seems that George has hit the big time. As he walks the red carpet, someone knocks into him.

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The Artist Review


Essential
Made as a 1920s-style silent movie, this hugely enjoyable film is already a classic. And while it's far from mainstream, it's also packed with more wit, passion and invention than all of the films in any given multiplex combined.

In 1927, George (Dujardin) is Hollywood's top star, swashbuckling through adventure blockbusters with his faithful sidekick dog Uggy. At one of his premieres he meets Peppy (Bejo), a mystery girl who gets her own shot at stardom as a dancing extra in one of George's films. His grumpy wife (Miller) isn't happy about this. And there's more trouble when the studio boss (Goodman) decides to switch to talkies. So George walks out to make his own silent film, while Peppy becomes a sound-movie star. But she doesn't forget that he gave her a break.

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Ed Lauter - Ed Lauter and Marchell Williams Beverly Hills, California, USA - The Norby Walters 21st Night of 100 Stars Awards Gala held at Beverly Hills Hotel Sunday 27th February 2011

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown Movie Review

The Town That Dreaded Sundown Movie Review

Layers of real life and movie history combine cleverly in this postmodern horror film, which...

Trouble With the Curve Movie Review

Trouble With the Curve Movie Review

With beautiful but bland direction and a script that can't help but overstate everything, this...

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Trouble With The Curve - Trailer Trailer

Trouble With The Curve - Trailer Trailer

Gus Lobel is one of the most formidable baseball talent scouts around, however his age...

The Artist Trailer

The Artist Trailer

George Valentin is a silent movie star in 1920's Hollywood. His latest film, A Russian...

The Artist Movie Review

The Artist Movie Review

Made as a 1920s-style silent movie, this hugely enjoyable film is already a classic. And...

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Thirteen Days Movie Review

Thirteen Days Movie Review

I don't often override the writers at filmcritic.com, free speech and individual preference being what...

Seabiscuit Movie Review

Seabiscuit Movie Review

Making a genuinely stirring, unabashedly all-American feel-good movie -- the kind that makes you want...

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