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Movies Till Dawn: New Year, (Mostly) New Movies Part 2

“Suspiria” (2018, Lionsgate Home Entertainment) Timid American dancer Dakota Johnson enrolls at a prestigious dance school in Germany, where her training by a formidable Tilda Swinton gradually reveals a more sinister intent. Like last year’s “Hereditary” and “Mandy,” this audacious … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Short and Sweet and (Mostly) Brand New, Part 2

“Skate Kitchen” (2018, Magnolia Home Entertainment) Shy New York tomboy Rachelle Vinberg finds acceptance and confidence – and considerable drama – when she joins an all-female skateboard crew. Dramatic feature debut of Crystal Moselle (“The Wolfpack“) benefits greatly from her … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Short and Sweet and (Mostly) Brand New

“Blindspotting” (2018, Lionsgate) Stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who also co-wrote this ambitious film, are hot-and-cold friends trying to stay out of trouble in Oakland, which is depicted as a landscape of thinly veiled traps to ensnare young men … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Mad Monster Party IV (Halloween Screenings A.D. 2018)

“Down a Dark Hall” (2018, Lionsgate) An arson rap spurs the parents of headstrong teen AnnaSophia Robb to ship her off to the Blackwood Boarding School where, under the tutelage of headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman), they discover and hone … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Mad Monster Party 2 (Ronald, Molly, Mara and Mario Edition)

“Bad Ronald” (1974, Warner Archives Collection) Taunted for the umpteenth time, awkward, fantasy-minded teenager Ronald Wilby (Scott Jacoby) lashes out at his tormentor – a little girl, to add insult to injury – and accidentally kills her. Fearing that the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Mad Monster Party I

“The Evil Dead” (1981, Lionsgate) A quintet of Michigan college students makes the unfortunate decision to read from a book of incantations, which unleashes demonic forces determined to turn them, as the great drive-in critic Joe Bob Briggs rightly put … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Special Beast Rubbish Edition

“Beast” (2018, Lionsgate) Smothered under the emotional rubble of her dysfunctional family and troubled past, Moll (Jessie Buckley) finds what seems like salvation in rough-hewn but ruggedly handsome Pascal (Johnny Flynn); so great is her need to escape that she … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: TV Archaeology (Part 1 – Ash, Sid and Joan Edition)

“Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Series” (2016-2018, Anchor Bay) Five-disc Blu-ray set packages the gore-soaked TV adventures of Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), the bloviating, abuse magnet hero of Sam Raimi‘s “Evil Dead” trilogy. Here, as in the films, it’s … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Other Side of Summer Edition

“Hot Summer Nights” (2018, Lionsgate) Lonely Timothee Chalamet finds distraction from the loss of his father in selling marijuana with small town demi-god Alex Roe and his bad-girl sister Maika Monroe (“It Follows”) on Cape Cod circa 1991. First time … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Hired, Wired and Inspired Edition

“First Reformed” (2017, Lionsgate) Locked into an emotional and spiritual spiral by the loss of parishioners, the death of his son and declining health, a small-town Protestant minister (Ethan Hawke) finds something like purpose in the apocalyptic visions of a … Continue reading

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