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Cop Shop: Siegel Crafts a Template with Widmark in Dated Cop Drama “Madigan” (1968) | Blu-ray Review

Kino Lorber refurbishes two B-side tracks from the filmography of Don Siegel, exemplifying both the highs and lows of his penchant for contemporary crime dramas. In the latter category is 1968’s Madigan, featuring Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda, a film which would later become a limited television series in the early 70s with Widmark returning as the titular character, a rebellious cop who never came across a rule he didn’t want to bend or break (Kino Lorber’s other recent Siegel release is the superior 1973 feature Charley Varrick).

In the late 60’s, Siegel was transitioning from the B-films he was known for in the 1950s (namely the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers) clearly on the hunt for something more extravagant, as evidenced by his 1964 race-car remake of Richard Siodmak’s noir classic The Killers (read review).…
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Black Christmas Remake Gets Rated PG-13, Ignites Huge Horror Debate on Twitter

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Black Christmas Remake Gets Rated PG-13, Ignites Huge Horror Debate on Twitter
The original Black Christmas released in 1974 and the first remake released in 2006 are both rated R. That's not something the new Black Christmas can boast, as the holiday killer thriller has been stamped with what some feel is the dreaded PG-13. A move to pull in tween girls who aren't old enough to see darker fare. Well, horror fans aren't having it, lighting up a healthy discussion on Twitter. Now, the screenwriter of the movie has come out to defend the PG-13 rating.

Writer April Wolfe, who is behind this latest take on the Holiday horror classic, has some things to say about her new horror movie receiving a PG-13 rating. She admits that they set out to make something a little more harsh and covered in a lot more blood. But test screenings changed their thinking. In a Twitter post, she says this.

"Here's the deal: We wrote it with an R in mind.
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Castle Rock Season 2 Episode 6 Review: The Mother

Castle Rock dishes a dark tale of three women in "The Mother." Our review...




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Castle Rock Season 2 Episode 6

Castle Rock season 2 shows no signs of slowing down after last week's season-defining Annie Wilkes origin story. "The Mother" not only delivers a big payoff after last week's big cliffhanger, but also digs deeper into whatever the hell is going on at the Marsten House. (It's sticky business.) The episode is exciting, heartbreaking, and as gruesome as you'd expect, and the climactic confrontation between Annie and Rita goes down as another one of the season's many highlights. 

Credit must be given to Sarah Gadon (11.22.63) for her top-notch performance as Rita. While gentle, sympathetic, and kind in "The Laughing Place," here we see her at the end of her rope, a broken woman who has every right to be angry at the teen girl who stole her baby.
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Exclusive Photo: ‘The World According to Jeff Goldblum’

Chicago – To paraphrase what used to be said of Frank Sinatra, “It’s Jeff Goldblum’s world, we only live in it.” The wacky, quirky veteran actor is experiencing a major career renaissance, which includes “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” on the new streaming service, Disney+, available beginning on the first day of its launch, November 12th, 2019.

Through the prism of Jeff Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems for his world in the series. Each episode is centered around something we all love — like sneakers or ice cream — as Jeff pulls the thread on these deceptively familiar objects and unravels a wonderful world of astonishing connections, fascinating science and history, amazing people, and a whole lot of surprising big ideas and insights.

Jeff Goldblum in Chicago at Wizard World Comic Con, August of 2019

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.
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Castle Rock Season 2 Episode 4 Review: Restore Hope

Castle Rock season 2 brings more deaths and revelations in "Restore Hope." Our review...




This Castle Rock review contains spoilers.

Castle Rock Season 2 Episode 4

Is Pop a villain? That's a question I posed to actor Tim Robbins during the Castle Rock season 2 press junket a few weeks back. He played coy and didn't directly answer the question, but one thing is for sure: Pop is a complicated man with a guilty conscience.

With Castle Rock, showrunners Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw get to rewrite the story of Pop Merrill, a character who first appeared in Stephen King's short story "The Sun Dog." Here, he isn't just a crime boss but a loving dad, a tough uncle, a loan shark, and seemingly a beloved member of the Castle Rock community. He even helps Somali immigrants start their own businesses in Jerusalem's Lot, a town that's generally unhappy with the arrival of these foreigners.
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Genetically Engineered Plants Start To Cause Trouble in Eerie Trailer For Little Joe

If sci-fi and horror movies have taught us anything, it’s when people start to screw around with mother nature and genetically engineer things, life for those involved takes a sinister turn and terrible things start to happen.

In this upcoming eerie sci-fi thriller titled Little Joe, a plant breeder genetically engineers a plant creating a crimson flower that is supposed to enhance people’s moods and make them feel good. But, as you might expect, things take an unsettling turn when the plant goes bad as people begin to be infected by the plant and they start acting strangely.

The movie was directed by Jessica Hausner and stars Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox and Kit Connor. Here is the synopsis for Little Joe:

Little Joe follows Alice (Emily Beecham), a single mother and dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a special crimson flower,
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Film Review: ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’

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Film Review: ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’
No asteroids are hurtling toward Earth in “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” though a flying frozen pizza does softly slice the top off an elderly shopper’s hairdo: That’s roughly the level of quirky peril we’re talking about in the latest outing from Aardman Animations, and as usual, the British stop-motion masters cheerfully prove that benign needn’t mean bland. Arriving nearly five years after the Oscar-nominated “Shaun the Sheep Movie” successfully expanded the bucolic “Wallace and Gromit” spinoff to feature length, this baa-lated but baa-guiling sequel — if such puns make you wince, perhaps give the film a wide berth — returns Aardman to winningly offbeat form after last year’s adept but oddly anemic prehistoric adventure “Early Man.”

Farmageddon” is the first feature-length sequel from an outfit that has experienced steadily diminishing commercial returns since “Chicken Run” raked in $225 million worldwide at the turn of the century.
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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Remake In Development

Get ready to get snatched again! A remake of the 1956 science fiction horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers is currently in the early stages of development and while little is known about this new reimagining of the bone-chilling tale, we’re certainly excited about it.

The original is often considered to be one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made and was preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1994 due to its significance. The flick has since been remade many times with rumors of yet another installation swirling for the past couple of years. Now, it seems that fans are finally going to be able to enjoy another adventure with the body snatchers on the big screen in the not-so-distant future.

The first movie’s storyline revolved around an alien invasion that begins in a fictional town in California. Extraterrestrial plant
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The Simpsons Season 31 Episode 2 Review: Go Big or Go Homer

An unpaid intern pays off for The Simpsons' season 31, episode 2, Go Big or Go Homer.




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The Simpsons Season 31 Episode 2

The Simpsons, season 31, episode 2, "Go Big or Go Homer," is a cautionary tale told recklessly. It opens with the worst thing that ever happened at a nuclear power plant (number six is when all those horses went bald) and closes with the most criminal enterprise to hit Springfield on wheels. But at the center is a sad tale of a vulnerable cog in an oil-deprived machine.

Mr. Burns burns Homer's buns because he signs a birthday card for Lenny. Without coughing up anything to pay for the card or the party, which includes the closeup magic of AbracaDebra, Burns pulls a Houdini to purloin all the glory from the best birthday party Lenny's ever gotten. Homer's slow burn is foreshadowing to his future shadow.
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Gremlins 4K Ultra HD

The exclusive 4K Ultra-hd club welcomes a worthy new member, Joe Dante’s evergreen horror comedy (and Christmas delight) about a cute furry critter and its 2nd-generation horde of scaly, impish demons. These aren’t Gremlins from the Kremlin, but homegrown domestic terrorist monsters, and Dante contrasts their killer antics with a sentimental parody of small town America. No CGI … You will believe that the animatronic rascals can multiply like rabbits, break dance, and run amuck!


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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date October 1, 2019 / 41.99

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Keye Luke, Frances Lee McCain, Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph, Judge Reinhold, Polly Holliday, Belinda Balaski, Edward Andrews, Don Steele, Scott Brady, Corey Feldman, Harry Carey Jr., Chuck Jones, Glynn Turman, Jerry Goldsmith, William Schallert, Steven Spielberg, Kenneth Tobey.

Cinematography: John Hora

Film Editor: Tina Hirsch

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith
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Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild Awards: Thomas Burman & Martin Samuel Set For Lifetime Achievement Honors

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Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild Awards: Thomas Burman & Martin Samuel Set For Lifetime Achievement Honors
Emmy-winning makeup artist Thomas Burman and Oscar-winning hairstylist Martin Samuel are set for lifetime achievement awards from the Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild at its awards ceremony in January.

Burman has racked up more than 30 Emmy nominations during his 50-year career and won seven for such series as The Tracey Ullman Show, Nip/Tuck, Tracey Takes On … and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He also picked up an Oscar nomination for the 1989 Bill Murray holiday pic Scrooged. Since launching his career in 1966 as an apprentice to Ben Nye at 20th Century Fox Studios and becoming an assistant to John Chambers on Planet of the Apes in 1967, his dozens of credits also include Grey’s Anatomy, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Acclaimed for his period hair styling and expertise with wigs, Samuel has scored three Academy Award nominations for Hitchcock, Pirates of the Caribbean: At
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Andrei Rublev,’ John Singleton, Lily Tomlin & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.


“Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z” returns with Andrei Rublev and Amarcord.

Stage a Satoshi Kon double bill, with Millennium Actress and Perfect Blue both screening.

“Shaw Sisters” ends with Ann Hui’s Love in a Fallen City.

A print of The Green Ray continues.

Belle de Jour plays late-night, while City Lights and Spirited Away screen early.
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Hulu in September: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

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Hulu is out with its list of new and expiring content for the month of September, and what better way to beat the back-to-school blues than with a whole bunch of binge-watching.

Among the new goodies coming next month is the 12th episode and season finale of horror anthology series “Into the Dark.” Out Sept. 6, the finale is called “Pure,” and is described as a female coming-of-age horror story in which a group of teenage girls perform a secret ritual at a “Purity Retreat.” When one of them begins to see a “supernatural entity,” a scary question is posed: “What is more dangerous: the demon they’ve unleashed, or the pressure to conform to their fathers’ expectations?” Scary indeed!

The Hulu original documentary “Untouchable” will be released on Sept. 2, described as “the inside story of the meteoric rise and shocking fall of movie titan Harvey Weinstein.” Directed by Ursula Macfarlane,
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Salem Horror Fest’s “Fear of Invasion” Programming Includes The Blob, The Thing, and a Critters Marathon

Combining great programming and special guests, in one of the best places to celebrate Halloween, Salem Horror Fest was one of my favorite events of 2018 and I'm very excited for horror fans to experience what they have planned for this year. Their "Fear of Invasion" film series has been announced, featuring classic remakes like The Thing and The Blog, along with modern favorites like The Strangers and Under the Skin.

Details on the full lineup are below and you can learn more at:

"Salem Ma - Salem Horror Fest returns this October with a series of programs and double features that will explore our nation’s fear of invasion.

“They’ve meddled in our elections. They’re storming our borders. We’re in constant fear of some outside force taking over, we often forget our own role in wiping out an entire population of indigenous people.
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Shout! Factory

1978/ 1.85:1 / 92 min.

Starring Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy

Cinematography by Jamie Anderson

Directed by Joe Dante

In 1968 Joe Dante and Jon Davison teamed up to make The Movie Orgy, a counter-culture take on 1941’s comic blitzkrieg, Hellzapoppin’. Running two hours longer than Ben-Hur, the Dante/Davison opus was an epic mash up of monster movies, kids’ shows, A-Bomb tests and toothpaste commercials – the cinematic equivalent of a Will Elder cartoon.

If it had an agenda, it was pure fun – a seven-hour blow out aimed at altered college kids weened on Mad Magazine and Famous Monsters. These days Bigfoot makes more appearances than The Movie Orgy but when one of those infrequent screenings materializes audiences are galvanized by the onslaught – and surprised by what was hiding in plain sight all the time – the supposedly buttoned-down Eisenhower era was not just deeply subversive but more than a little weird.
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Jeff Goldblum Says He Loves Marvel, But Really Wants to Work With Claire Denis

Jeff Goldblum Says He Loves Marvel, But Really Wants to Work With Claire Denis
When Jeff Goldblum appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to promote his latest role as a lobotomist in “The Mountain,” the 66-year-old actor proclaimed that he lived more in 10 minutes than most people do in a lifetime. The next day, he proved it.

Sitting in midtown Manhattan traffic for 45 minutes en route to an NPR interview, Goldblum covered a lot of ground: revisiting his origins in theater, recalling early work with Philip Kaufman and Woody Allen, analyzing the psychology of his blockbuster performances in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” worrying about Donald Trump, and explaining his recent quest to discover world-class auteurs. At the end, he squeezed in an impromptu catch-up with Billy Crystal.

Long beloved as a lanky, bespectacled font of charisma and intellect, Goldblum is now a genuine a pop-culture force. Two decades after “Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day” made him a household name,
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Magnolia Buys Cannes Award Winner ‘Little Joe’ (Exclusive)

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Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to “Little Joe,” a sci-fi drama that won the Cannes Film Festival’s best actress award for star Emily Beecham. The indie studio is planning a theatrical release for later this year.

Little Joe” centers on Alice (Beecham), a single mother and dedicated plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. In that role, she creates a special crimson flower, one that is beautiful and emits a scent that induces happiness. One day, Alice violates company policy by taking the plant home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. As it grows, Alice becomes suspicious that her creation may do more harm than good. In a positive review out of Cannes, where the film premiered, Variety’s Owen Gleiberman called “Little Joe” the “‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ for the age of antidepressants.”

The film is the English-language feature debut
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The Blob ’88

1958’s The Blob proves just as adaptable to the times as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing in this remake helmed by Chuck Russell and co-written with Frank Darabont. Laced with cheeky humor and post-Watergate paranoia, the movie is memorable for Russell’s nimble direction and a quick-witted cast that includes Shawnee Smith and Candy Clark.

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: All the Pop Culture References and Homages, Episode by Episode

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: All the Pop Culture References and Homages, Episode by Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Season 3 of “Stranger Things,” including the finale.]

Another season of “Stranger Things” brings another slew of opportunities to drop pop culture references by avowed cinephiles, the Duffer Brothers. Set in 1985, Season 3 includes plenty of nods to the decade, in addition to various horror and sci-fi films that influenced the more monstrous elements from the Upside Down.

Here’s an episode-by-episode breakdown of all the references and homages in the third season, beyond the Eggo waffles and Dungeons & Dragons that fans already know and love. Unless the songs have particular significance to the story, they won’t be mentioned here but are included in this separate soundtrack post.

“Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?” “War Games” (1983) – A popular trope in movies that involve high security or nuclear weapons, the real-life two-man rule (or two-keyed lock) shows up at the beginning of the Matthew Broderick hacker movie “War Games” when two soldiers are tasked
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‘Stranger Things 3’: A Blockbuster Finale Shakes Things Up Just Enough

‘Stranger Things 3’: A Blockbuster Finale Shakes Things Up Just Enough
This column contains full spoilers for Stranger Things 3. If you want general impressions of Season Three without spoilers, click here.

Three major developments happen towards the end of Stranger Things‘ third season:

1. Eleven appears to lose her powers as a result of being bitten by a piece of the Mind Flayer.

2. Jim Hopper appears to die in the explosion Joyce sets off to again seal off the rift between our world and the Upside Down.

3. Joyce, Jonathan, and Will leave town to find a new community with fewer monsters, and they take Eleven with them.
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