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The Deceptive Introspection of David Fincher’s “The Killer”

Under the guise of disposable Netflix entertainment, the director’s latest film takes the trashy plot aspect of his career and slits it belly-open to show us what’s inside.

November 17, 2023
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Mommie Dearest: On the Mother/Daughter Relationship at the Heart of “Carrie”

The tragic undertones of Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s debut horror novel are anchored by a staggering performance by the late Piper Laurie.

October 30, 2023
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“The X-Files” at 30

With FOX’s cult-classic sci-fi series debuting three decades ago this weekend, we look back at how its tension and technique felt ahead of its time for a mainstream TV audience.

September 11, 2023
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“The Fugitive” at 30

As moviegoers today are smothered with an endless torrent of computer-spawned apocalyptic action, something this intimately human is a breath of fresh air.

August 04, 2023
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Tom Cruise Is Our Great Physical Performer

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One reminds us which movie stars Cruise feels most descendent from: Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Jackie Chan.

July 14, 2023
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Mother! Oh God, Mother! “Psycho II” at 40

More scandalous than a flushing toilet, Richard Franklin’s intelligently written 1983 sequel to the Hitchcock horror classic never succumbs to the clichés its forebear established.

June 01, 2023
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The Tragedy of “Barry”

Eulogizing Bill Hader’s black comedy series, one of the most achingly human shows of the post-Sopranos era.

May 31, 2023
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“Evil Dead Rise” Has No Soul to Swallow

Despite the occasional flash of creativity, the latest installment in the Evil Dead franchise is a drab and self-serious outlier within Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s eccentric series.

April 24, 2023
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Unsettled Souls and Compelling Authenticity: Remembering Tom Sizemore

The character actor with memorable roles in Saving Private Ryan, Natural Born Killers, and Heat passed away last week at 61.

March 09, 2023
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“The Whale” Takes a Shallow Approach to Melville

Darren Aronofsky’s often-unpleasant adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s play is buoyed only by a beautifully empathetic performance by Brendan Fraser.

December 15, 2022
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