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Paranormal Activity 3

Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Cast: Zayd Jaber
21 October
Paranormal Activity 3

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How do you keep your franchise going when you’ve kind of, sort of pinned yourself in a narrative corner? Why, break out the prequel. Works every time, right? Well, not really, and in the case of this surveillance camera silliness, dragging everything back a decade and a half doesn’t seem like the right way to go. After all, the first two films were built on the notion of available technology as a means of gathering evidence. In this case, it looks like home movies and random camcorder experiments will drive the spook show. We’re shivering—or is it bored—already.


 

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The Three Musketeers

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Christoph Waltz, Orlando Bloom, Milla Jovovich, Matthew Macfadyen.
21 October
The Three Musketeers


Alexandre Dumas must be wondering where he went wrong. After all, his most recognizable work—the archetypical swashbuckler The Three Musketeers—has been remade so many times that the original story and sentiment seem literally lost in time. Now, prince of the paltry blockbuster, Paul W. S. Anderson is out to give the tale a fresh, funky take… and he’s bringing along 3D to make sure all the gimmicks are in place. The casting—Christoph Waltz, Orlando Bloom, Ray Stevenson—is promising. The proposed ‘reimagining’ of the characters and setting are not.


 

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Margin Call

Director: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker
21 October
Margin Call


With all the brilliant documentaries that have come out concerning the global financial collapse of 2008 until… well, let’s just say it’s not over yet, it seems suspect that a fictional take on the subject could be as effective. Yet this intriguing title was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and the cast couldn’t be better. In fact, the dramatization of such a fiscal scandal could be just what the movie doctor ordered. Sometimes, audiences roll their eyes at talking heads spouting statistics. Here, watching a major financial institution disintegrate over a 24-hour period may be the wake-up call the disconnected public needs.


 

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Director: Sean Durkin
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy
21 October
Martha Marcy May Marlene


A young woman escapes from a scary cult run by an enigmatic but dangerous leader. Months after going missing, her sister receives a phone call for help. Reunited, the former finds re-assimilation into a life outside the sect is harder than she thinks. It’s made even worse by the paranoid thoughts running through her brain. As another Sundance favorite, this movie has been mentioned for the outstanding work of Winter’s Bone‘s John Hawkes as the crazed head of his Catskills clan. Though writer/director Sean Durkin is an unknown quantity, the story and the actors performing it promise something interesting and intense.


 

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Red State

Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Michael Parks, John Goodman, Kevin Pollak, Melissa Leo, Stephen Root
21 October
Red State


Red State is destined to become the movie where everything else except the film itself becomes the eventual legacy. From the moment he announced the bidding war at Sundance to the 180-degree switch to self distribution, writer/director Kevin Smith has made this horror movie a prime cause celeb for the last eight months. He even released it to VOD and Pay Per View before this timely pre-Halloween release. So, what about the movie itself? Well, let’s just say that a man already out of favor with film critics for his numerous attacks on the profession isn’t garnering that much favor. Fans seems to dig it, though.


 

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The Mighty Macs

Director: Tim Chambers
Cast: Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn, Marley Shelton. David Boreanaz, Katie Hayek, Kim Blair
21 October
The Mighty Macs


Women’s basketball doesn’t get enough respect in the United States. Relegated to something less than its male counterpart, it’s often cast aside as less than engaging. Now comes the true story of a ‘70s tomboy who decides to live out her dream. She gets a job at a local Catholic School, putting together a ragtag group of gals who—in pure Tinseltown style—end up playing for the national championship. While it’s hard for us to picture Carla Gugino as the lead, there is still a lot to like about this traditional hard knocks story.  as long as it avoids the cliches, it should survive.


Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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