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Igor Brings Special Insights to ‘Victor Frankenstein’

The film makes clear its own debt to monster movie history, but it remains caught in a universe where its most obvious love story can't speak its name.

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A Very Special Christmas With Freddie  Mercury and Co.

Forty years after the release of A Night at the Opera we're treated to a powerful set from Queen, the best British band of the '70s, at the mighty Hammersmith Odeon.

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The Frankenstein Chronicles: Series 1, Episode 2 - “Seeing Things”

This week, fairy tales, myths, horror, and reality collide. William Blake doesn't make it to the end; but will you?

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 8 - “My Bad Parts”

At only halfway through the show’s second season, there is still a lot of space for Empire's writers to surprise us, but the further the show strays into melodramatic cliche, the less likely it seems they will.

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It Looks Like Most Rock Docs and Feels Like Most Rock Docs—It’s ‘I Am Thor’

He’s a tank that keeps on plowing through the fields in the face of opposing forces, and it’s somehow admirable and inspirational that he hasn’t given up.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 7 - “Plush”

"Plush", the first true stand-alone episode of this season, is stuffed with horror movie cliches and filler.

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Gotham: Season 2, Episode 9 - “A Bitter Pill to Swallow”

Returning to a characteristically meandering, unfocused plot, this week's Gotham is at least punctuated by the promise of a fiendish friendship.

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Does Michael Jackson’s Work Contain the Stuff of Genius?

Steve Knopper’s highly readable biography MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson lays out a credible case for Jackson to be considered along those lofty lines, and not simply as a supreme entertainer.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 7 - “Flicker”

Despite introducing yet another plot line, this is actually a well-done episode that explains both the Countess's origins and her connection to the infamous Hotel Cortez, even while the other storylines flounder.

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‘Secret in Their Eyes’ Brings on Reflections of Loss After 9/11

Billy Ray's movie uses the transition of post-9/11 fears into xenophobia and forever war as backdrop, but it focuses most intently on the distractions of a hideous murder case.

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Blindspot: Season 1, Episode 9 - “Authentic Flirt”

Despite an absurd premise, near-impossible coincidences, and lazy writing, Blindspot remains at least somewhat watchable.

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A Profile of the Great Profile: ‘The Mad Genius’ and ‘The Great Man Votes’

Two performances from John Barrymore take us from pre-Code camp to prescient political satire.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 6 - “Room 33”

In another stalled mid-season episode, we find out what makes the Countess tick and why motherhood is so damn difficult despite all the modern amenities of back-alley abortions, vampirism, and nannies.

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Cronenberg’s ‘The Brood’ Taps Into Some Fundamental, Primal Terror

Setting the table for his work to come, David Cronenberg's psychotronic masterpiece, The Brood, has its very own Criterion Collection edition.

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‘Impromptu’ Is Light on Coherence, Heavy on Scandal

It's not that this film is bad, but the witty dialogue, solid acting, and lovely camerawork can't make up for it's tonal confusion or pacing.

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Gotham: Season 2, Episode 8 - “Tonight’s the Night”

Barbara’s back, baby, crazy and completely captivating; it’s about time!

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The Frankenstein Chronicles: Series 1, Episode 1 - “A World Without God”

The Frankenstein Chronicles is not a lumbering monster, but a finely crafted, dark Georgian mystery.

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Empire: Season 2, Episodes 5-6 - “A High Hope for a Low Heaven” / “True Love Never”

By introducing new plot lines and dramatic twists and turns without ever really capitalizing on the ones already set up, Empire's offering too many loose ends and half-developed characters about whom it's incredibly difficult to care.

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‘A Black Veil for Lisa’ Isn’t Worth Unveiling

An obscure relic from late '60s European cinema, A Black Veil for Lisa is a standard giallo thriller -- minus the blood and thrills.

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Reality Itself Is Malevolent in Thomas Ligotti’s Work

Ligotti's stories seem almost violently unpalatable. They afford neither easy resolutions nor the seemingly ambiguous but ultimately fulfilling pleasures of so many mystery stories.

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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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