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Movie Review – ‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ is an inattentive copycat

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) is rated R for people getting hit with trains, fists, and projectile glass, finger-ectomies, orphaned human flesh, broken bones, lots of shootings, lots of blood, rotting pigs, and a marionette that could never be Billy. If you’re still a little raw from the recent spate of real cops acting bady, maybe sit this one out. It’s not the closure you’re expecting.

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TV Review – ‘Wipeout’ pummels contestants in return to TV

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The big balls are back, baby! ‘I like big balls, and I cannot lie’ would have been a more fun pilot title, but what’s most important is that America’s favorite obstacle course competition series Wipeout is back with TBS’s reboot of the late 2000’s hit game show. Wipeout airs Thursdays at 9/8c on TBS, with the debut episode set to air on April 1st.

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Movie Review – ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ doesn’t pull any punches

In Movie Reviews, Reviews, Streaming Releases, Theatrical Releases by Chris Giroux1 Comment

Look. I could just be fatigued by social distancing and our shutdown existence, but I was hanging on the edge of my recliner from beginning to end. Is Godzilla vs. Kong perfect? Nope. But it is the best entry and a most fitting end to the franchise. Adam Wingard created the thing we wanted all along: big, dumb, popcorn-chomping monster fights that we can see and feel (with the proper conditions).

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Movie Review – John Wick action meets Home Alone horror in Odenkirk’s turn as ‘Nobody’

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I’ll preface this review with I love LOVE! Bob Odenkirk. From his sketch-comedy stint at HBO, Mr. Show in the ’90s, to the role he was born to play in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Saul Goodman. There’s a cool, quiet swagger about the guy and an infectious delivery perfect for this next chapter in his career: his own hero (assassin) franchise.

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Curtain Raiser – Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror [SXSW]

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Folk horror is an alien term to even hard-core horror fans, but it’s a foundation for many of our modern classics. With Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror, author and lecturer Kier-La Janisse brings an impressive group of learned authors, filmmakers, and scholars to give an exhaustive tour of British folk horror with the Grand Daddies – 1968’s Witchfinder General”, 1973’s “The Wicker Man,” 1971’s “The Blood on Satan’s Claw”, the outsider transgressing on old traditions and older gods.

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Movie Review – ‘How It Ends’ should never have begun [SXSW]

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With most actors out of work due to the pandemic, Lister-Jones employed many of her funny friends to join her on How It Ends — Nick Kroll, Charlie Day, Fred Armisen, and Whitney Cummings, to name a few would generally be positive. Sadly, even these comedic talents can’t save a weak script that is so profoundly philosophical that it feels as if it is required viewing for a college class. This film premiered at SXSW Online on March 18, 2021.