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The Incessant Violation in Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ Makes Me Mad in a Good Way

The house, wife, and their shared outcry against violation are dangerously tied to white feminism. Viewing Mother! from a racial context circumscribes the power of its possible feminist message.

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Bava, Baby, Bava! Three Films from Italy’s Horror Maestro

Erik the Conqueror, Roy Colt and Winchester Jack and Kill Baby Kill show Bava's colorful ways with the camera.

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The Pottery Barn Principle of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’

Season three's exploration of the politics of survival is fascinating, even with the series' over-reliance on coincidence.

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‘mother!’ Is Poignant and Powerful, and Not At All Pleasant

This is a grotesque, two-horned beast of a marital drama, a nightmarish vision of emotional abandonment and psychological abuse, all for the sake of art.

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Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ of All Head Trips

Bold, pretentious, and divisive, Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller is an exhilarating (and exhausting) cinematic experience.

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14 Sep 2017 // 10:00 AM

TIFF 2017: mother!

While Aronofsky’s artistry is at an all-time-low, it's his misogyny that makes this film abhorrent.

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Lose Yourself: Dir. Benjamin Barfoot and Writer Danny Morgan on Comedy-Horror Flick, ‘Double Date’

"...[My] theory is people do their best stuff when they lose themselves. So I hold on really tight and then let go because that’s when an interesting chemistry starts to happen."

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Stephen King Adaptation ‘It’ Hurts

Director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic is a hodgepodge of tones and genres that begs the question, “Who is the audience for this movie?”

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Ever Wish You Could Go into a Parallel World? Todd Tucker on ‘The Terror of Hallow’s Eve’

For those who have been bullied, revenge fantasy The Terror of Hallow's Eve may prove cathartic.

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Do We Have to Explain Everything? Director Patricio Valladares on ‘Nightworld’

"...with my previous movie Downhill, that screened at FrightFest in 2016, a lot of people were bothered by the fact that I left things in the plot without explaining them."

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‘Blade II’ Pioneers the Marvel Sequel Yet Remains Hopelessly Outdated

If Blade reflected its time in 1998, Blade II, despite of-the-moment visual effects dazzling action, feels like a film from an earlier era.

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Gremlins and the Housewife in ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’

The house itself wants to pull the neurotic woman into its maw and absorb her whole as a literal housewife.

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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Assaults the Senses From All Angles

David F. Sandberg takes a straightforward approach to horror in this atmospheric, immersive, The Conjuring spinoff.

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With ‘Wish Upon’ You Come for the Horror and Stay for the Comedy

The clinical precision of John R. Leonetti’s simplistic horror premise is undermined by set pieces that resemble slapstick comedy routines.

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‘The Lodger’ Is the First True Hitchcock Film and His First Masterpiece

Here we have Hitchcock's first archetype of "the wrong man", his first blonde heroine, and his first cop-boyfriend of ambiguous character. We also have his mastery of image and, ironically for a silent film, of sound.

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It All Began the Day ‘Blade’ Sliced Through the Silver Screen

How Blade found success out of the rubble of comic book films and Marvel's bankruptcy.

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‘Caltiki’: The Creeping Blob!

Even at its most creaky in between the hair-raising scenes of queasy ickiness, this movie appeals to style mavens, auteur watchers, and horror historians.

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White by Northwest: ‘Twin Peaks’ and American Mortality

"White" and "weird" series such as Twin Peaks and Wayward Pines speak to an American history haunted by colonialism and racism.

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‘Supernatural’: Season 12 Ends With a Bang, Not a Whimper

The wayward sons carry on in a two-part finalé full of action, surprises, and death.

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Maybe What’s Going on in ‘Get Out’ Is All in His Head

This film's horror could be satire of a fish-out-of-water situation; perhaps Chris is only imagining much of what he thinks is happening, and he's just overly anxious...

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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