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“Incarnate” (2016): A Unique Take on Possession, But All Garnish and No Entrée

Incarnate (1983) by Ramsey Campbell is one of my favorite supernatural horror novels, so when I saw the title of this film, I quickly checked to see if there was a connection. Sadly, for me at least, there’s no connection between Campbell’s novel  Incarnate  and Incarnate the film. I’m sure no one else wondered about […]

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“Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” (2016): Not Fantastic, But By No Means Beastly

This week marks the 15th anniversary of  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  hitting theaters and the start of one of the more remarkable film franchises in history. With her series of books, author J.K. Rowling created a universe so vast in scope that it spawned not only eight films, but a massive theme park […]

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“Shut In” (2016): A Well Shot, Atmospheric Film with an Excellent Cast and One Huge Flaw

Shut In is the story of a family being torn apart by both external and internal forces. The family unit consists of the father; Mary, the stepmother; and Stephen, their teenage son. The film opens as Stephen’s father prepares to drive him to a boarding school for the summer. Even though Stephen has become too […]

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“Doctor Strange” (2016): The Master of Cinematic Sorcery Scores Big

Doctor Strange works incredibly hard to weave its spell over its audience, dazzling their senses with  unparalleled  visuals and a spectacular score to match. The film from director Scott Derrickson goes out of its way to make the most out of Marvel’s winning formula for cinematic gold. It strikes riches beyond visual compare. Doctor Strange […]

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“Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween” (2016): A Not So Happy Hellurween

Few filmmakers manage to stand the test of time as legends in their field. Kurasawa. Hitchcock. Spielberg. Perry? Yes, the visionary auteur director/writer/producer/actor Tyler Perry who initially rose to prominence in the community theater scene of Georgia to become one of the most successful independent filmmakers in cinematic history. Of course, for every Walt Disney, […]

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“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2016): Tim Burton Confused Peculiar With Convoluted

Tim Burton is probably the most mainstream example of an auteur.  Spielberg and Tarantino’s stylistic choices may be recognizable to mass audiences, but they haven’t reached quite the level of exposure that Burton has. Every time a person sees black and white stripes, they think Tim Burton. Every time they see elaborate circus style imagery, […]

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“Don’t Breathe” (BIFAN 2016): Home Robbery Goes Haywire in Pulse-Pounding Thriller

American horror thriller Don’t Breathe is a fast-paced, nerve-wracking ride filled with suspense. I hadn’t felt as tense watching a film on the big screen in too long a time as I did seeing this one. The basic plot from director/cowriter Fede Alvarez and cowriter Rodo Sayagues (both of whom performed the same duties on […]

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“Suicide Squad” (2016): A Strong Cast Triumphs Over Squandered Source Material

Warner Brothers delivers its anti-superhero superhero film with Suicide Squad from writer-director David Ayer. From all appearances and marketing, it gives the impression it is intended to be a course correction film of sorts, ironing out the missteps from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In many ways it succeeds in shining a hint of […]

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“Star Trek Beyond” (2016): A Third Trek Worth Taking

Star Trek  isn’t an action heavy property. In its initial form of The Original Series, Star Trek  existed as more of an excuse for exploring new territories. The intrepid crew of The Starship Enterprise was there to talk to other species, only using lethal force when necessary. Even when the franchise went cinematic with 1979’s […]