Fantastic Fest: ‘Rabbit’ Runs Towards the Unexpected  [LINK]
By Rob Hunter Surprise. Australia is still the world’s most dangerous place. There’s no nation or continent I want to visit more than Australia, but as someone who watches a lot of genre films there’s also no nation/continent that I’ve been warned more about in regard to the ... [Read More]
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Fantastic Fest: ‘Top Knot Detective’ Suggests Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction But Fictional Truths Are Even Stranger  [LINK]
By Rob Hunter “The path of justice is like a woman. Confusing, difficult, annoying, sexy, but ultimately violent and full of death, destruction, and madness.” Television has come a long way since the early days of safe sitcoms, salacious reality shows, and home shopping networks, but one... [Read More]
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Intel Core i9-7980XE Review: Reclaiming the Desktop Performance Crown  [LINK]
Intel's Core i9-7980XE launches today, just six weeks after AMD's own Threadripper 1950X. AMD has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with Intel here, but the 7980XE is the overall performance champion. Price, however, is another story... The post Intel C... [Read More]
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s new book is more business text than memoir  [LINK]
 Any sitting CEO’s book about his own company is likely to be a bit of a disappointment. It’s no surprise then that Satya Nadella’s Hit Refresh, which officially launched at Microsoft’s Ignite conference today and which i... [Read More]
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Nebula Mars Smart Portable Projector Review  [LINK]
Portability without a sacrifice in quality Nebula is a brand name you might not be familiar with, which is certainly forgivable since the Mars is the company’s first retail product. Nebula&rsquo... [Read More]
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‘Five Fingers For Marseilles’ Is A South African Spaghetti Western [Review]  [LINK]
The opening scenes of director’s Michael Matthews “Five Fingers for Marseilles” — which premiered in the Discovery section of this year’s edition of Toronto International Film Festival, and is now screening at Fantastic Fest — already pay homage to the genre he ho... [Read More]
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‘Gerald’s Game’: Stephen King Adaptation Is A Symphony Of Suspense & Scares [Review]  [LINK]
Stephen King knows what idle thoughts spiral into nightmares, and lurch out of the darkness to terrorize when you’re alone. This skill and its visceral scares are made manifest in Mike Flanagan‘s sensational adaptation of “Gerald’s Game.” Based on King’s 1992... [Read More]
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What Happens on Tour Stays on Tour: At an Exhausting Documenta, an Underwhelming Venice Biennale, an Enthralling Skupture Projekte  [LINK]
In Venice, Athens, and Kassel, Münster, and Marl, Germany Read More [Read More]
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Gripping, Moving, Award-Winning Domestic Violence Drama ‘Custody’ [San Sebastian Review]  [LINK]
If it’s never really occurred to you before what a strange word “custody” is, and how its two meanings — guardianship and imprisonment — are complementary yet also inherently at odds, be prepared to spend 90 gripping minutes constantly turning that over in your mind dur... [Read More]
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Fantastic Fest: ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ Is Head-Crushin’ Good Times  [LINK]
By Matthew Monagle ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ trades in the open prairies of ‘Bone Tomahawk’ for the 6×8 of a federal prison, but loses none of the violence. Most people remember where they were the first time they watch an iconic horror movie, but I vastly prefer my seco... [Read More]
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‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ Review: Another Ingenious Construction and Deconstruction of Lego Iconography  [LINK]
By Christopher Campbell The third toy story inspired by the Lego brand is as fanciful, funny, and flawed as the rest. The Lego brand is all about creativity and wonder, and its movie franchise continues to capture that perfectly. The big challenge of The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, ... [Read More]
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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Review: An Overstuffed Joy Ride  [LINK]
By Bethany Wade The Kingsman are teaming up with the Statesmen and just like in America, they made everything bigger. Not necessarily better.  It’s hard to live up to expectations when the first time around, there were none. Kingsman: The Secret Service was the sleeper hit of 2015, as no ... [Read More]
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Beats Studio 3 bring premium noise canceling and battery life at a premium price  [LINK]
 Beats had a handful of different sounds on hand to test the Studio 3 ahead of launch. The demo was designed to showcase the range of the headphones’ new adaptive noise-canceling technology — but there’s only so much you can ge... [Read More]
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Fantastic Fest: ‘3Ft Ball & Souls’ Is a Hopeful Movie About Suicide  [LINK]
By Brad Gullickson Live or Die, Make Your Choice. The concept of applying Groundhog Day’s reincarnation approach to various other sub-genres has the potential to cram itself up its own pretentious rectum real fast. Live. Die. Repeat. We need to enjoy this quick burst of copycat storytelli... [Read More]
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Fantastic Fest: ‘King Cohen’ Celebrates the Best Guerrilla Filmmaker in the Business  [LINK]
By Brad Gullickson “Anybody will put up with anything if they think a movie is being shot.” Larry Cohen wanders down the hotel corridors of some unknown horror convention, passing through a torrent of genre enthusiasts. He laments the lack of autograph seekers.  Hunkered down at his... [Read More]
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Fantastic Fest Review: Ranking the Best of the Horror Short Film Selections  [LINK]
By Matthew Monagle Horror shorts are often the best part of any genre festival, and the Short Fuse 2017 selections at Fantastic Fest this year are no different. Here’s a little festival pro-tip for you: take advantage of any opportunities you have to watch a horror short film program. While mo... [Read More]
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TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Bodied’ Is A Hip-Hop Fever Dream  [LINK]
By Victor Stiff Turn down for What?! Joseph Kahn’s hip-hop paean, Bodied, rocks the crowd with the swagger of an old-school B-boy. Bodied takes viewers on a kaleidoscopic tour of battle rap culture, dropping dope rhymes and ill punchlines all along the way. Bodied wastes no time diving into th... [Read More]
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TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Hostiles’ is a Brutal Take On A Classic Genre  [LINK]
By Victor Stiff Scott Cooper’s moody western is as harsh as frontier whiskey. It doesn’t take Hostiles long to live up to its name. Within the opening moments, Comanche renegades raid a helpless family of five. They fire an arrow into the father before scalping him and chasing his wife R... [Read More]
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TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Stronger’ Is An Unabashed Tearjerker  [LINK]
By Victor Stiff Gyllenhaal and Maslany deliver powerful performances. If someone took Hollywood’s top minds, placed them in a room, and ordered them to produce an Oscar movie as though their lives depended on it, the film would share much of Stronger’s DNA. David Gordon Green’s bio... [Read More]
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TIFF 2017 Review: ‘I, Tonya’ Prioritizes Crude Humor Over Sincerity  [LINK]
By Matt Hoffman This mean-spirited biopic provides cheap laughs at the expense of its subjects. “Based on irony-free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly.” The opening title card of Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya perfectly sums up the tone... [Read More]
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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Diesel Long Term Verdict  [LINK]
It was hard for me to not get attached to “my” 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4×4 Duramax long-termer. We’ve been through a lot together over the past 12 months and 28,155 miles—nearly a dozen national and state parks and forests, tons of road trips, and plenty of hauling. I’ve enjoyed driving the Colorado so much that despite being given the opportunity to drive s... [Read More]
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Fantastic Fest: ‘Bad Genius’ Doesn’t Have to Cheat to Deliver Its Emotionally Affecting Thrills  [LINK]
By Rob Hunter A slick, heartfelt, and highly entertaining riff on ‘Ocean’s 11.’ Lynn (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying) is a scholarship kid and as smart as they come, but that doesn’t mean she’s immune from making some dumb decisions. When her best friend, Grace (Eisaya H... [Read More]
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Fantastic Fest: ‘Cold Hell’ Sees Tables Turned on a Vicious Serial Killer  [LINK]
By Rob Hunter A brutal game of cat and mouse where the would-be female victim becomes the predator. Özge Dogruol (Violetta Schurawlow) is a having a rough go of things. A Turkish immigrant in Vienna, she drives a cab for a living and puts up with obnoxious customers while her life crumbles. Thi... [Read More]
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