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The Narrative of the ‘Halloween’ Saga Gets Confused Over Time

The message of John Carpenter's Halloween is simple: "Evil is here!" To expect any sequel to enhance that idea is to miss the point.

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Horror Lurks Behind Every Door But Beware the Robin at the Window

As the red-breasted bird folds its wings from flight, it too portends things are less than all right... on Prom Night.

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Cinema Made in Italy, March 5th - March 9th 2015, Ciné Lumière, London

Mob comedies, reflective looks at wartime, and the Italian financial crisis are all under the gaze of the cameras at the Cinema Made in Italy season.

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The ‘80s Jazz Fads Return!

Two unique jazz phenoms of the Reagan '80s -- tapping guitarist Stanley Jordan and falsetto scatting legend Bobby "Don't Worry, Be Happy" McFerrin -- are back.

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Splitting Hairs (of Identity) in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

James Gunn's epic borrows from the mythologies of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, but its characters are on a much more contemporary quest for identity.

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Ambiguously Yours: The Late Works of the Late Otto Preminger

Hurry Sundown, Skidoo, and Such Good Friends welcome you to a world of crowded frames and uncertain tones.

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Great Movies With Terrible Sequels: Sequels so Bad They’re Scary

Sometimes the most successful and acclaimed films are marked and marred by the absolutely worst sequels imaginable.

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Spending Time with ‘Les Blank: Always for Pleasure’

Les Blank's intimate documentaries are staged when time slows and music, food, and community come together.

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The Hays Code Nightmare Has Come True. Ain’t That Grand?

The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that.

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Don’t Want to Miss This Thing: An Interview with Aerosmith

Aerosmith has released concert DVDs before, but with Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, they are on the silver screen for one night only. Tom Hamilton tells us about the hits, the fits, and the pursuit of naughty bits.

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Finding Hope in the Horror: An Interview with Director Bernard Rose of ‘sx_tape’

Fresh off of last year's divisive sx_tape and with the classic Candyman to his credit, director Bernard Rose talks horror's past and present, as well as his own forthcoming take on Frankenstein.

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Is All the World Really a Stage in ‘Birdman’?

Is Birdman's metacommentary the theatre within cinema that it appears to be?

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“This Is a Cautionary Tale”: An Interview With Dan Gilroy of ‘Nightcrawler’

PopMatters speaks with Nightcrawler writer/director and Academy Award nominee Dan Gilroy about writing antiheroes, watching local television news, and questioning the pervasiveness of fear mongering media.

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That’s Entertainment? Sold Into Bondage for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Network and cable programming both demonstrate overwhelming irresponsibility and contradiction concerning depictions of sexual violence and abuse.

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In Defense of the Chris Rock Renaissance

Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.

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A Call for the Academy to Reconceptualize the Best Original Score Category

So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night.

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“It’s Morphin’ Time!”: Twenty Years of Power Rangers With No End in Sight

The campy Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: 22 years, 22 seasons and two movies in (and a reboot on the way). Why do we love this show?

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For every apparent innovation, one-man movies are as conventional as they come.

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Everything Is True: Continuity in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

In the world of comic book continuity, if everything is true, anything can happen.

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‘Jupiter Ascending’ and the Search for Renewed Narrative Conventions

Although the Wachowski siblings' latest film has taken a critical beating, it merits a closer examination for its clever playing with narrative tropes from science fiction and fairy tales.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Highbrow, Middle Brow, and Lowbrow in Free-to-Play Gaming

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"From the charmingly trashy to the more artistically inclined, there is a wide variety of gaming options in the free-to-play market.

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