Chernobyl Diaries

Hot Stuff: The 2012 PopMatters Summer Movie Preview (May) | 30 Apr 2012 // 5:00 PM

It begins with a bang, as one of the most highly anticipated comic book movies battles beleaguered vampires, underwater aliens, and the return of Agents J & K for May's monetary consideration.


'Chernobyl Diaries' Is Like the Real Chernobyl, in That There's Nothing There | 16 Oct 2012 // 5:15 PM

Paranormal Activity took the most generic location possible, a suburban house, and wrung it for the maximum amount of tension it could create. Chernobyl Diaries took a setting full of inherent creepiness and made the event so predictable that it lost its power to frighten.

'Chernobyl Diaries': What if Something's There? | 24 May 2012 // 10:44 PM

As you wait for each episode to lead where it must -- more victims dragged away screaming, more survivors wailing over particular losses, more exhortations to "Get out of here!" -- you might take a minute to reflect on what you actually see, which is not much.


Paranormal (Radio)Activity: 'Chernobyl Diaries' | 25 May 2012 // 2:00 AM

Yes, this is another movie where suspense is shuttled aside for actors yelling at the top of their lungs and many meaningless things going much more than 'bump' in the Ukrainian night.

The 10 Best Songs by the Band | 25 Apr 2012 // 12:00 AM

We lost a true musical treasure last week with the passing of Levon Helm of the Band. As a tribute, here are 10 of his group's best songs.

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The Hills Are Alive, But Nobody Else Is in 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'

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"Happiness of the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

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