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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 2 - “Chutes and Ladders”

Diving into the backstory of the Hotel Cortez itself gives the present storyline credibility, and allows its key themes to take center stage.

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For Guillermo del Toro, Home Is Where the Horror Is in ‘Crimson Peak’

Possibly the most elaborate monster Del Toro has ever constructed is the labyrinth-like Gothic mansion in Crimson Peak.

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Brian de Palma’s ‘Dressed to Kill’ Is Still Sexy, Still Shocking, Still Classic

Dressed to Kill doesn't address itself to every viewer, but for those who love horror and the tradition of suspense that de Palma so expertly participates in, it will always deliver.

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Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson Is ‘Comin’ Right at Ya’

A six-foot-seven-inch self-proclaimed Jewish hippie from Philly starts a Western swing band at a most inopportune time -- and lives to tell the tale.

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‘An Inspector Calls’ Indicts the Ruling Class in BBC’s Latest Literary Drama

An Inspector Calls goes beyond crime drama to offer a 90-minute indictment of moneyed (im)morality and social (lack of) responsibility.

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‘Felt’ Is Buried Beneath Its Own Style

Felt is unique, but its narrative shortcomings hinder its chance at lasting impact.

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Blindspot: Season 1, Episode 3 - “Eight Slim Grins”

Secret codes, shadowy organizations: is Blindspot piecing together the riddle wrapped in the mystery of the enigma that is Jane Doe?

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Gotham: Season 2, Episode 3 - “The Last Laugh”

In the wake of a shocking twist and the loss of one of the most compelling characters, what does Jerome's death mean for the future of Gotham?

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 3 - “Fires of Heaven”

Empire, has always been chess match played in a flamboyant, Machiavellian style, but this episode’s moves were so clearly telegraphed that it’s hard to admire them.

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American Horror Story: Hotel: Season 5, Episode 1 - “Checking In”

While it's fun to guess the references and inspirations of various plot points, the fifth season premiere of American Horror Story shows the same cabinet of morbid curiosities without adding anything new.

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Thriller ‘Reversion’ Has Some Hard Edges

Reversion is hardly subtle in its critique of our tech-dependent lives, and the idea that we might seek comfort, inspiration, and fulfillment of emotional needs from our devices.

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‘The People Under the Stairs’ Is Craven’s Most Original, Deranged, and Off the Wall Film

The People Under the Stairs falls into a category all its own, moving deftly from horror to comedy to social allegory, all wrapped in a wonderfully lunatic package.

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‘Northern Soul’: Rebellion at 45rpm

In the dance halls, we can see the transformation of lost individuals into a glorious tribe of dressed up, sweaty acolytes, flashing their baggy trousers and swirling their flared skirts.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 6 - “The Good Man”

Fear the Walking Dead’s first season finale finally proves we haven't been waiting in vain.

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‘Malice’ and ‘Blown Away’ Are Two ‘90s Thrillers With Popcorn Niche Appeal

Star casts and noirish action make for fun nostalgia viewing.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Is No Big Deal

Magic Mike XXL could have ratcheted up the expectations one has for the rom-com, but ultimately it does very little with the space that it ekes out for itself among the genre’s norms.

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‘The Connection’ Makes Familiar Paths Exciting Again

Although there's not much new in its' story, the way that director Cédric Jimenez balances formal style and emotional substance makes The Connection a worthwhile watch.

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The New ‘Poltergeist’ Is Stylish and Only Slightly Stupid

“Isn’t it like, you know, very uncool to move all those bodies and…” “Well, it’s not like it was an ancient tribal burial

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‘The Sender’ Delivers Psychic Horror

The Sender is a phantasmagorical film of deadly, surreal dreams delivered with subtlety and nuance.

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Despite Its Flaws and Clichés, ‘Blindspot’ Certainly Isn’t Boring

Co-stars Stapleton and Alexander have enough charisma for the limelight, but will that be enough?

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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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