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The Town That Dreaded Sundown Review


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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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'The Lost Boys' Actor Edward Herrmann Dies Following Cancer Battle


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Perhaps best known for his role in cult vamp flick 'The Lost Boys' as well as noughties TV show 'Gilmore Girls', veteran star Edward Herrmann has died in hospital aged 71 following a battle with brain cancer.

Edward Herrman in 2005 and 2014
Tributes roll in for veteran actor Edward Herrmann

The star, whose most memorable feature was his towering 6 foot 5 inch frame, was confined to intensive care in a New York hospital for almost a month due to complications with brain cancer, but his family were eventually forced to switch off his respirator when it became clear that his health was rapidly deteriorating on December 31st 2014 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Hospital.

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Are You Here Trailer


Steve Dallas may have a high-flying career as a TV weather man, but it hasn't affected his feelings for his distinctly less successful best buddy Ben Baker. The pair have been joined at the hip since their childhood, despite their vast personal differences, so when Ben attempts to barge into the studio to speak to Steve, the latter is by his side immediately. Ben's father has passed away and thus needs someone around who understands him and who can pull him through one of the toughest times of his life. Things get complicated though when Mr Baker Sr.'s last will and testament requests Ben be the receiver of his house, business and estate. Unfortunately, though, Ben is less than up to the task of taking on the family business and so Steve helps him find a way to get him back on his feet emotionally.

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Wedding Daze Review


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I've come across some absurd premises for movies in my day, but Wedding Daze (now bearing its third title) has to be one of the strangest.

Here's the setup: Hopeless romantic/loser Anderson (Jason Biggs, playing his usual persona yet again) proposes to his girlfriend so elaborately that she has a heart attack and dies on the spot. He mopes endlessly until his best friend (Michael Weston) goads him into getting back in the game. Anderson misunderstands... and proposes to the next girl he sees, Katie (Isla Fisher), the waitress at the diner where they're eating. It just so happens that Katie was proposed to the very day before all this happens; she doesn't want to marry that guy, so she agrees to marry Anderson on the spot. Who'd a thunk?

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I Think I Love My Wife Review


Unbearable
Let's admit up front that Chris Rock can be very funny.

The guy is vicious onstage, marching back and forth as he stares down his crowd. Rock usually grips the microphone like he's afraid someone's going to take it away before he's finished spitting hard truths about relationships, money, and celebrities. Even his television work is solid, from a memorable run on Saturday Night Live to the ongoing sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, which brings nostalgic sentiment to a textbook underdog story.

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Reds Review


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Audacious and ambitious even by today's standards, Warren Beatty's Reds still retains a certain humble nature to its sprawling, ambidextrous narrative. Just shy of 200 minutes and one of the last films by an American director to feature an intermission, Beatty's sickle-and-hammer romance seems even more sweeping when one consider what passes for "epic" these days (All the King's Men?).

A lecture in 1912 brought together Jack Reed (Warren Beatty) and Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) and that was beginning of a beau... well, actually, the relationship was more turbulent than beautiful. Though Bryant was married and Reed was a full-time politico, their relationship grew through ebb-and-flow from the days after their meeting till the Red Scare of the late 1910s and early 1920s. The relationship even survives Louise's romance with famed playwright Eugene O'Neill (Jack Nicholson) and Reed's rigorous commitment to the Communist revolution in Russia and in America.

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Relative Strangers Review


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Here's a funny thing I learned today: Meet fhe Parents was actually a remake of a film of the same name, made eight years earlier! (It is now reportedly impossible to find and/or suppressed by those who made Parents. Writer/director Greg Glienna didn't do a whole lot between then and 2006, when he brought us Relative Strangers, which went straight to video (despite an impressive cast roster). I mention all of this because it's a whole lot more interesting than actually talking about Strangers, a derivative and simplistic comedy that you'll figure out completely inside of 15 minutes.

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Psychologist/author Richard (Ron Livingston) lives an idyllic life with fiancee Ellen (Neve Campbell), when it's sprung on him by his uptight parents that he's adopted. Meet the (birth) parents: Danny DeVito and Kathy Bates. "The Menures -- it's French!" The laughs don't get much bigger than this. The Menures are country hicks (carnies, actually) who clash with everything in Richard's life. They eat meat and Richard prefers wheat gluten. They curse and have loud sex in the room next door. You get the idea.

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Bereft Review


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It took two guys to direct this? Vinessa Shaw isn't really enough of an actress to carry such a weighty role, starring (in nearly every scene) as a woman who's distraught over her dead husband, who was run over by a car while jogging. To cope, she snaps photographs, shoplifts, and hangs out with a local freak (Tim Blake Nelson). Meanwhile, her parents want her to move on with her life, and after 90 minutes, so do we.

Intolerable Cruelty Review


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How can you not love the Coen brothers? The sibling creators of some of cinema's most classic films -- Fargo, Blood Simple, O Brother, Where Art Thou? -- are back at it, this time with their strangest production yet.

Oh, I don't mean strange as in Raising Arizona strange. I mean strange in that it's dearthly lacking the sophisticated humor we've come to expect from the duo. Strange in that it's so Hollywood-conventional as to make its existence puzzling at best, unnecessary at worst.

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The Shaft Review


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In a perverse way, you might consider The Shaft to be a kooky prequel to The Ring. (Get it?) Both feature possessed/demonic household items (elevator/videotape) and both star Naomi Watts as a reporter.

You might also consider that if you decide to watch a movie with a title like The Shaft, that's exactly what you'll get... the shaft.

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The Emperor's Club Review


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There's an old cheap saying that goes "those who can, do; those who can't, teach". Professor William Hundert (Kevin Kline) would disagree. A true scholar of the Classics, this intellectual believes that there is no greater endeavor than the passing-on of knowledge, that molding a young man's life is a noble and important vocation. What Professor Hundert gets for his lofty ideals is a lesson in cynicism, and maybe humility, in this fine effort from director Michael Hoffman (A Midsummer Night's Dream), which features an exceptionally strong performance from Kline, an actor who consistently raises the level of nearly every film he's in.

It's the mid-1970s at a proper boys' prep school in DC, and Kline's Hundert encounters his first splash in the face with the cold water of life outside revered academia when he meets the father of a mischievous underachieving student. The stern dad, a brash U.S. senator, scolds Hundert: "You will not mold my son, I will mold my son". With a dose more sympathy for the kid, Hundert befriends him and watches him turn into a studying machine.

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The Paper Chase Review


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At the age of 71, John Houseman finally broke through. Having been a movie and TV producer for many years, this was his big break as an actor -- and what a smash it was. To this day, I imagine my wife's law school days must have been like this, with a crusty old know-it-all making the hotshot students feel like utter shit. God, that must feel awesome! As for the story of The Paper Chase, it has long-hair Timothy Bottoms becoming obsessed with Houseman's prof, not to mention bedding his daughter. Eventually he'll have to find a balance -- or make a choice -- between the girl and the books. But never mind all that, because Houseman owns you whenever he's on camera.

The Day of the Dolphin Review


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Like watching a car try to beat a train across the tracks -- and failing -- The Day of the Dolphin is a jaw-dropping disaster that you can't turn away from. Fortunately, this one is caught on film (and now DVD) for posterity.

If you're unfamiliar with the movie, you won't believe it's really about this until you see it. Put simply, it's the story of a man (George C. Scott) who trains dolphins to speak -- English -- and then finds them caught up in a government assassination plot. It's either a grand joke on the scale of Punk'd or a grand disaster on the scale of Ishtar. There's not an ironic line in the film -- and in fact, there's not a terrible lot of lines, as the underwater footage recalls silent Jacques Cousteau-style filmmaking.

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The Aviator Review


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The mythology of Howard Hughes is quite possibly bigger than the man could ever live up to. Already the subject of a handful of movies and over 100 books, the particulars of the Hughes legend are widely known. But leave it to Martin Scorsese to spin the eccentric's life into a more coherent -- if sprawling -- mass.

As its title would imply, The Aviator focuses Hughes through the lens of the airplane, his greatest passion in the world. Hughes is known for many things -- business, movies, his women, hypochondria, political scandal (the lattermost is barely touched in this film) -- but it's his love of and scientific advances with aircraft that have had the most lasting effects on society.

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Mrs. Soffel Review


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True stories don't get much steamier. At the turn of the century, a prison warden's uber-religious wife (Keaton) falls in love with a man on death row (Gibson). She helps him and his brother escape, and together the three go on the run, trying to make it to Canada.

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Edward Herrmann

Date of birth

21st July, 1943

Date of death

31st December, 2014

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.96