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King Of Thieves is an embarrassing misstep for its stars, its director, and its writer  King Of Thieves is an embarrassing misstep for its stars, its director, and its writer 

Calling King Of Thieves the British answer to Gotti is harsh, obviously. But honestly? It’s not much of a stretch. Both films are ostensibly based on true events, but lack the specificity and focus to convey those events in anything resembling an informative way. They both have leaden pacing and virtually no dramatic…

The most shocking thing about Conversations With A Killer is how much faith it has in Ted Bundy The most shocking thing about Conversations With A Killer is how much faith it has in Ted Bundy

The title Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is somewhat misleading. Yes, the producers of Netflix’s new docuseries about serial killer Ted Bundy have tapes. They have hours and hours of tapes, some of them chilling enough to make your stomach drop to your ankles. But they’re not conversations so much as…

Screw the Oscars, let's see who got nominated for a Fangoria Chainsaw Award Screw the Oscars, let's see who got nominated for a Fangoria Chainsaw Award

The Oscars are all about managing expectations. Sure, it’d be great if the actual best movies and performances of the year were honored by the Academy—and they are, in the sense that they’re the ones the Academy’s aging membership likes best. In other words, you have to consider the source.

Here are the nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards Here are the nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards

Nominations were announced this morning for the 91st annual Academy Awards, ending Hollywood’s most sleepless night of the year. Kumail Nanjiani—who was nominated last year for Best Original Screenplay alongside Emily V. Gordon—and Tracee Ellis Ross had the honor of getting all dressed up before dawn to announce this…

The Standoff At Sparrow Creek is a lean, efficient, and disturbingly timely crime thriller The Standoff At Sparrow Creek is a lean, efficient, and disturbingly timely crime thriller

It’s impossible to make a movie about a militia without at least a faint aroma of the political. It’s not even an “...in the age of Trump” issue; heavily armed right-wing paramilitary organizations of the type depicted in The Standoff At Sparrow Creek have been hovering in the background of the American cultural…

MaximumRocknroll to cease print publication after 37 years MaximumRocknroll to cease print publication after 37 years

The punk gods giveth, and the punk gods taketh away. Just a few days before today’s announcement that riot grrrl luminaries Bikini Kill are getting together for a handful of reunion shows, another ‘90s punk-rock staple, San Francisco based fanzine and “bible of punk” MaximumRocknroll, announced that it will be…

Even the office crushes are miserable in an exclusive clip from Comedy Central's Corporate

Office life is hell. We all know this. In fact, according to our metrics, a significant percentage of you reading this post right now are doing so from your desks at work. To you we say: Welcome, and please remember to keep your headphones in so your boss doesn’t catch on and block us.

Weekend Box Office: For Kevin Hart, at least, the Oscars controversy has an Upside  Weekend Box Office: For Kevin Hart, at least, the Oscars controversy has an Upside 

Alas, poor Kevin Hart! Cast out into the wilderness of just being a regular movie star, instead of a movie star with a gig hosting the Oscars—all because he “went on TV every day for what felt like weeks and wasted everyone’s time” after “doing everything he could to appease LGBTQ people without actually apologizing…

Nic Pizzolatto has a "wild" idea for True Detective season 4, isn't sharing it  Nic Pizzolatto has a "wild" idea for True Detective season 4, isn't sharing it 

Our own Erik Adams hints at frustrating times ahead in his pre-air review, but last night’s two-part season premiere of True Detective, directed by Green Room and Hold The Dark’s Jeremy Saulnier, was pretty darn exciting. Series creator Nic Pizzolatto is certainly excited, telling Entertainment Weekly that, after…

The Buffalo Boys ride into battle in an exclusive clip from Indonesia's pioneering action Western

2018 was a great year for Indonesian genre cinema. Last year, the world’s fourth most populous country brought us the roller-coaster haunted-house horror movie Satan’s Slaves; the gonzo ultraviolence of The Night Comes For Us; and the rousing, Sergio Leone-influenced Western/martial arts hybrid Buffalo Boys—one of…

John Carpenter breaks down the Halloween theme in this exclusive clip

No matter your opinion on David Gordon Green’s Halloween, it certainly was an event, shattering the records for the biggest opening in the franchise, the biggest opening weekend for a horror film with a female lead, and the biggest opening weekend for any film, ever, with a female lead over 55. It also marks series…

A Dog's Way Home is a sweet, simple family film with a bizarre morbid streak A Dog's Way Home is a sweet, simple family film with a bizarre morbid streak

Dogs, and animals in general, are one of life’s simplest pleasures. There’s a reason we turn to our pets for comfort when we’re sad, or de-stress by watching videos of happy cats and silly dogs doing their thing on social media. Animals lead their lives blissfully unaware of the existential fears that weigh on their…

Chicago, let Glass shatter your January slump early and for free Chicago, let Glass shatter your January slump early and for free

The most exciting theatrical release in an otherwise bone-dry month for movies, M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is one of a handful of good reasons to leave the house this January. And if you happen to live in Chicago, bundle up, because we’re presenting an advance screening of the Shyamalaniverse’s first major crossover…

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