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‘Crawl’ swims in for the kill at the box office

“Crawl” is a look into the natural world: man’s scariest enemy out there.  The film, directed by Alexandre Aja, stars English actress Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper as a daughter-father duo in Southern Florida who become trapped in their first home during a Category five hurricane and soon after, become terrorized by …

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‘Midsommar’s’ Ari Aster delivers boring box office bomb

“Midsommar” is a spiritual successor to Ari Aster’s last film, “Hereditary” in almost every way: it’s weird, it’s not scary, and it doesn’t pull punches with graphic content.  The film, directed by Ari Aster, is a psychological thriller/horror film set primarily in a small Swedish commune. It stars Florence Pugh as Dani …

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‘Ma’ serves up a box office flop

“Ma” is much like a car accident: grotesquely horrible but for some reason, you are absolutely unable to look away.  The film, directed by Tate Taylor and produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, features Octavia Spencer in the titular role of Sue Ann Ellington, soon known to the town’s teenagers as Ma. The …

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Marvel characters bring it all home

With “Avengers: Endgame,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is coming to a momentous stopping point. It’s time to ask, “What has it amounted to?”, “What will come next?”, and “Why should anyone care about these movies?”  The MCU had simple beginnings but not exactly smooth ones. For those that remember, …

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‘Pet Sematary’ raises the box office and ratings

“Pet Sematary” is a shocking remake of the Stephen King classic, and it will send a shiver down the spine of any unsuspecting viewer.  The film, directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, follows Louis Creed, played by Jason Clarke, and his family after they move to rural Ludlow, Maine from the busier Boston. Creed …

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‘Shazam!” says the magic word: fun!

“Shazam!” is a stark turnaround from most DC movies released to date: and news flash, that’s incredible.  The film, directed by David F. Sandberg, follows Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, a 15-year old foster kid who discovers a magical power that turns him into a superhero. Batson, after multiple …

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‘Us’ tethers a thrilling and creepy experience

“Us” is an allegorical tale that interweaves horror and thriller elements into a package that most everyone can enjoy (read: not for young kids).  The film, directed by Jordan Peele, is the filmmaker and comedian’s second film after the wildly successful and award-winning “Get Out” of 2017. It stars Lupita …

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‘Greta’ grabs the horror crowd at the movies

“Greta” makes no effort to hide what it is: another standard centerpiece of the movie season, this one plucked from the horror bin.  The film, directed by Neil Jordan, stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Frances McCullen, a sheepish waitress living in New York making the most of her overtly boring days. McCullen, …

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