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  1. Oscar Preview #10: Room

    After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.

    The difference between this film and a B-grade thriller or revenge film is in the level of performance achieved by the two leads, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. They are the beginning middle and end of everything good about this film. (And luckily, they are strong enough to cancel out William H. Macy, who is horribly miscast in this ...
  2. Spotlight Pictures Secure Worldwide Sales Rights For “Angelica”

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    The news was just released regarding the acquisition of worldwide sales rights by Spotlight Pictures for the upcoming gothic drama, ANGELICA.

    Starring Jena Malone (The Hunger Games, Contact), two-time Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, Tumbleweeds) and Ed Stoppard (The Pianist), and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein (Teeth), the movie follows a young couple who, after the birth of their first child, notice some increasingly ...
  3. Oscar Preview #9: The Big Short

    Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the late-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

    As the Oscar ceremony approaches (slowly but surely), the front-runner for best picture is said to be "Spotlight", with "The Big Short" named as a possible usurper. But right up front, let it be made clear: that possibility is slim. Although this is certainly an important film, it ...
  4. DVD Review: Uncaged (2016)

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    Werewolf flicks: take em or leave em, but make no bones about them, they're either presented in two different premises: the slam-bang in your face brutality aspect, or the subtle, creeping, plodding overhead doom-ish view. Not to say that there haven't been some killer wolf films over the past years, but I believe that it takes something special to make one stand out. So, if you'll forgive me for holding in a LOT of apprehension towards Daniel Robbins's ...
  5. A Horror-Action-Mystery Like No Other: "Convergence" (2015)

    A detective (Clayne Crawford) must fight for the redemption of his soul when he finds himself trapped in a mysterious hospital that serves as a gateway between heaven and hell.

    Writer-director Drew Hall grew up watching the cult classics, including "Maniac Cop" and "Gymkata", and took that frame of mind and mixed it with the literary classic, Dante's "Inferno". For a touch of real life, he relied on something he recalled growing up. As he says, "In ...
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