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Eli Roth, of all directors, brings Amblin magic to the kid-lit horror of The House With A Clock In Its Walls Eli Roth, of all directors, brings Amblin magic to the kid-lit horror of The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Striking the right tone for a family-friendly horror movie is tricky. You want it to be scary enough to freak out the big kids, but not so scary that the little ones cry and have nightmares for months. Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment banner arguably perfected the formula back in the ’80s with films like …

Jóhann Jóhansson embraces the void on the doom-metal influenced Mandy soundtrack Jóhann Jóhansson embraces the void on the doom-metal influenced Mandy soundtrack

Although the film’s aesthetic owes just as much to bad-trip ’70s psychedelia, the phrase you’ll hear most often when describing the psychotronic new Nicolas Cage vehicle Mandy is “heavy metal.” (In his review for The A.V. Club, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky says it has “enough vintage MTV fog machines to kill a hair metal…

They're Bikini Kill, and all their kickass music is on streaming now They're Bikini Kill, and all their kickass music is on streaming now

We’re of two minds when it comes to putting punk music onto streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, et al. On the one hand, those streaming services are owned by insanely wealthy, male-dominated tech companies that are basically the antithesis of everything that punk—and specifically the riot grrrl movement of…

Captain Marvel falls to Earth, gets back up again in first trailer

The first trailer for Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as superpowered fighter pilot Carol Danvers—a.k.a. Captain Marvel—has arrived. In case you forgot this was a period piece, the trailer opens with Captain Marvel falling to Earth and into a Blockbuster Video. (We’re guessing the sci-fi section.) There, she…

Here are the winners of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Here are the winners of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards

A bunch of awards were already given out—including an Emmy for Pickle Rick, but none for Megan—at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, but tonight was the big show in Hollywood. The stars walked the red carpet with their spouses and friends—or, in the case of Best Actress in a Drama nominee Sandra Oh, their parents—and…

The director of The Raid gets his Wicker Man on in the Apostle trailer

Gareth Evans is known for bone-crunching action—he’s the writer/director behind the original The Raid (2011) and its sequel, The Raid 2 (2014)—and the trailer for his new film Apostle promises more of the same, but different. This film, a period piece starring Dan Stevens as a man trying to save his sister from a…

For a tale full of blood and sexual tension, Lizzie is awfully dull For a tale full of blood and sexual tension, Lizzie is awfully dull

Is Lizzie a tragic love story ? A proto-feminist statement? A slow-burn historical drama? A lurid tale of sex and murder? It’s all of those things, and none of them at the same time. It’s a film that’s very deliberate in its choices, but doesn’t seem to have thought them all through. And it’s a shame, really, because…

Bad Times, black metal, and Nicolas goddamn Cage complete this year's Fantastic Fest lineup Bad Times, black metal, and Nicolas goddamn Cage complete this year's Fantastic Fest lineup

One week out from the U.S. premiere of David Gordon Green’s Halloween on opening night, Austin’s genre film festival Fantastic Fest, new and (hopefully) improved with a new code of conduct and a new, female-dominated board, has announced its final wave of programming.

The first Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina teaser really leans into the "chilling" part

Much as Riverdale has successfully deflected (and transcended) all the “sexy Archie” jokes the internet could throw at it, the first teaser for Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina—the new series from Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and his fellow Riverdale EPs—confirms that they…

Light, literate, and wickedly funny, A Simple Favor is Gillian Flynn for the mommy-blog set Light, literate, and wickedly funny, A Simple Favor is Gillian Flynn for the mommy-blog set

A Simple Favor is a film that revels in light, feminine things: mommy blogs, designer clothes, ’60s French yé-yé pop, post-playdate gin martinis with a twist—and, of course, murder. It’s no secret that the audience for true-crime stories, and murder mysteries in general, is largely female, and the new film from Paul…

It’s big trouble for Lil Chano in the wacky fast-food horror-comedy Slice  It’s big trouble for Lil Chano in the wacky fast-food horror-comedy Slice 

Making movies is grueling, expensive, and time-consuming work. But, under the right circumstances, it can also be a lot of fun. The intangible joy that bleeds through onto the screen when a cast and crew are having a blast on set can go a long way toward redeeming an otherwise flawed production. And Slice, A24’s new…

Say, what's going on with Chance the Rapper's pizza-delivery horror movie? Say, what's going on with Chance the Rapper's pizza-delivery horror movie?

If it feels like you’ve been hearing about Slice, a mysterious pizza-delivery horror movie starring Chance the Rapper years now—well, that’s because you have. We first reported on the mysterious project, then referred to as a “murder mystery,” back in 2015, when we said it would be directed by Austin Vesely, Chance’s…

Netflix and DreamWorks released a teaser trailer for their She-Ra reboot earlier today, and save for some updated, Sailor Moon-esque character design it looks a whole lot like the cartoon we remember from the early ‘80s. Still, that stylistic change was enough to rile up certain predictable corners of social media, of…

The Bad Seed fails to thrive in Rob Lowe's ill-conceived Lifetime remake The Bad Seed fails to thrive in Rob Lowe's ill-conceived Lifetime remake

There’s really only one scene in The Bad Seed—Lifetime’s remake of the evil-kid classic directed by and starring the network’s most enthusiastic celebrity associate, Rob Lowe—that even begins to live up to the campy potential of its premise. Lowe’s David, who has just begun to suspect that his daughter Emma (Mckenna…

Tradition and technology collide in the spellbinding, bone-dry satire of I Am Not A Witch Tradition and technology collide in the spellbinding, bone-dry satire of I Am Not A Witch

Throughout I Am Not A Witch, Welsh-Zambian newcomer Rungano Nyoni’s satire of the picaresque adventures of a girl accused of witchcraft in contemporary Zambia, one image dominates: long white ribbons, fluttering in the breeze. These ribbons, attached with hooks to the backs of women (and, in the case of our heroine,…

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