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Movies Till Dawn: Continental Cowboys and Italian Vikings

“Death Rides a Horse” (1967, Kino) Gritty Italian western employs two of the genre’s most enduring tropes – “revenge for a murdered family” and “the student becomes the master” – and taps Lee Van Cleef, star of some of the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Think Link Edition)

“A Fish Called Wanda” (1988, Arrow) A mismatched trio of thieves (Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Palin) attempt to retrieve a stolen cache of diamonds, but a lovelorn barrister (John Cleese, who also co-wrote the script) and their … Continue reading

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is By Far The Best Film of 2017

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ was written and directed by the mega- talented playwright/screenwriter Martin McDonagh (‘In Bruges’). This film is in one word, incredible. Francis McDormand gives a brilliant, Oscar worthy performance as Mildred Hayes, a woman who is … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching on Halloween Night (Fun-Size Sugarfina Edition)

“The Bird With the Crystal Plumage” (1969, Arrow Video) It’s all perspective, as writer Tony Musante learns – the hard way – when his accidental observation of a vicious assault puts him in the crosshairs of a serial killer. Dario … Continue reading

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‘Thor: Ragnarok A Fantastic, Super Hilarious Ride Through the Galaxy

In my opinion ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ directed brilliantly by Taika Waititi is by far the best super hero film ever made. It’s certainly the funniest. There was probably three scenes where I didn’t laugh out loud. Briefly here’s the plot without … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange (Short, Sweet and Strange for Halloween Edition)

“Island of Terror” (1966, Shout Factory) Scientists working on a cure for cancer in a remote island laboratory discover that their experiments have an unexpected side effect: monstrous, tentacled amoebas devour that human bones! Energetic Saturday afternoon-style sci-fi from the … Continue reading

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‘Suburbicon’ You’ve Never Been To A Suburb Like This One

Suburbicon is a picture-perfect 1950’s suburb where the best and the worst of humanity is reflected through the deeds of ordinary people. Actually, I’d say worst is the operative word here.  This is not your “Leave it to Beaver” suburb. … Continue reading

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Musical Theatre West’s Production Of Lin Manuel-Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Soars at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach

When I saw ‘In the Heights’ on Broadway in 2008, I was not only blown away by the musical, but I was blown away by the performance of the man who conceived the show and wrote the music and lyrics, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Pre-Halloween Weekend (Bite-Sized Sugar Skull Edition)

“Land of the Dead” (2005, Shout Factory) The late George A. Romero‘s last solid zombie effort (two more lower-budgeted entries were released after it), which closes the door on civilization by suggesting that the dead may actually be more human … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “The Green Slime” (1968)

The good news: the rogue asteroid Flora, slated to impact with and destroy Earth, is destroyed by spacemen Robert Horton and Richard Jaeckel. The bad news: a sudsy, greenish fluid from the asteroid has made its way back to space … Continue reading

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