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Sunday, January 20 2013

The Best Guilty Pleasure Films of 2012

As much as we hate to admit it, these addictive missteps captured our attention in ways cinema shouldn't. Others will condemn them. We can't complain... not at all.

Thursday, May 3 2012

Hot Stuff: The 2012 PopMatters Summer Movie Preview (August)

Bourne and a bunch of ancient action movie icons wrap up the annual popcorn movie march, not with a whimper, but (hopefully) with a box office bang.


Monday, December 10 2012

'ParaNorman' Is the Best of 2012's Halloween Animated Features

ParaNorman may not have become a smash this year, but there's always next Halloween-to-Thanksgiving corridor, and hopefully many more after that.

Monday, August 20 2012

'ParaNorman' is a Visual Marvel of Squash and Stretch

In treating the town's checkered history of witch trails seriously, ParaNorman manages to be both more and less scary than its images of decaying bodies bursting through the soil first suggest it might be.


Monday, October 8 2012

The Horror...The Clash of Kid's Horror Movies, 2012

We want familiarity and a friendly reminder that celluloid can often do what quality time and actual parental concern can't. It's the winner by default, which makes it a hollow victory, to say the least.

Monday, August 13 2012

'ParaNorman' Is a Hilarious, Heartfelt Horror Homage

Films like this are few and far between - emotional, exciting, and endearing.


Thursday, August 16 2012

‘ParaNorman’ poses a parental challenge

CHICAGO — As someone who does not have kids, I can attest to the fact that parents of small children love being told what they are

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