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Bob Dylan’s Magical, Controversial Night Shows No Signs of Losing Life

Elijah Wald expertly recreates the (in)famous Newport electric set, shifting perspective amongst Dylan, Seeger and others to fans in the crowd and even the beleaguered sound man.

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‘Child 44’ Is Worth 44 Seconds of Your Time, Probably Less

This universally panned "thriller" is about as thrilling as a conversation with a parking meter.

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Tarzan Meets Jane in the Urban Concrete Jungle of ‘Wild Thing’

From the wide range of ‘80s cheese to choose from, Wild Thing offers very little of the tang that makes the slightly better ‘80s schlock a little more fun to watch.

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The Ghosts of Lucio Fulci and H.P. Lovecraft Haunt ‘We Are Still Here’

We Are Still Here mixes modern horror aesthetics and '80s shlock sensibility.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Could Have Come Straight Outta Today’s Headlines

As a biopic, as a social commentary, as a reminder of our current cultural limits and liabilities, you couldn't ask for a better film.

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From Stockholm with Love, Robert Mitchum Anchors the Good-Looking ‘Foreign Intrigue’

Foreign Intrigue is a continual pleasure to the eye, shot in various locales of mid-'50s Europe with creamy colors and elegant camera moves by Bertil Palmgren.

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11 Aug 2015 // 7:38 AM

Top 5 Left-Wing Action Films

Which are the best heart-pounding action films that lean towards the left of our political spectrum?

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It’s the Special Features That Shine in ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXIII’

The featurettes here are extremely respectful and well-made, detailing the oft-forgotten studio systems in place that made cheap B-movies thrive in the '50s and '60s.

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Some Memories Just Won’t Be Released in ‘Unfriended’

Unfriended successfully updates horror movie conventions for a social media savvy audience.

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Things Get Really Creepy in ‘The Gift’

Our protagonist's status as victim is mostly a function of images, mesmerizing shots from behind, so you might be stalking her in the shower or jogging on the streets near her home.

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‘The Crimson Cult’ with Demented Dreams

When Boris Met Christopher, and Barbara Got Green.

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10 Aug 2015 // 9:45 AM

‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Was Must-See TV in Mid-‘60s

U.N.C.L.E. kind of painted an idealistic world where an American and a Russian could be working together — this was at the height of the Cold War — in an effort to combat criminal activities around the world.

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Singapore’s ‘1965’ Sacrifices a Good Story and History at the Altar of Nationalism

Conflations, copouts, and confusions turn 1965 into a kitschy commemorative paean that will struggle to shrug off accusations of being propaganda.

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Not Safe for Children, ‘Cop Car’ is a Crafty and Cool-Handed High Plains Thriller

When two ten-year-old boys steal a seemingly abandoned police cruiser, they get roped into an absurdist crime drama they don’t comprehend any better than the audience does.

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Franco Shadows Franco in These Two Strange Films

The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus and The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein illustrate what bad things can happen when you have too much time on your hands.

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‘Wyrmwood’ Breathes Fresh Life Into the Undead

While not perfect, this independently produced passion project is a surprisingly refreshing and original zombie movie with a twist.

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Tom Cruise Teaches the Genre What Action Is All About With ‘Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation’

This is the best thriller of the year not named Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Geeks Are the New Overlords. Great. Now Can We Get Over Ourselves?

The counterculture I once found so communal has now become oppressive. Dorks are cool. Can we please stop trying to prove it?

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There’s No Resting in Peace in Roger Corman’s ‘Premature Burial’

So burdened is Ray Milland by the trappings of horror convention that you marvel he doesn’t smother on the spot, even though he is safely above ground.

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‘Five Came Back’ Is an Unusual and Seminal Suspenser

This film feels like a template for subsequent multi-character airplane-disaster and crash projects, all the way down to Lost.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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