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Fantastic Fest Review: The Lure
A gloriously genre-defying mashup of melodrama, romance, musical, and cultural subtext masquerading as a horror film, The Lure is utterly original and alluring even as director Agnieszka Smoczynska puts the ghastly in fishnets.

6:30PM Mon. Sep. 26, Marc Savlov Read More | Comment »

Fantastic Fest Review: Assassination Classroom: Graduation
In Assassination Classroom: Graduation, the flunkie students of Class 3-E return to finish what they started: studying to kill an invincible alien bent on world destruction, who just happens to be their teacher.

6:00PM Mon. Sep. 26, Dan Gentile Read More | Comment »

Fantastic Fest Review: Dearest Sister
There’ve been plenty of tips on surviving horror movies. Stay awake. Don’t smoke weed. Keep clothed. Don’t be a teenager. If your new house is haunted, leave. But what do you do if you’re not sure who to fear? Mattie Do’s new film, Dearest Sister, provides no clear answer, but it is creepy as hell.

5:05PM Mon. Sep. 26, Ashley Moreno Read More | Comment »

White House Announces South by South Lawn Lineup
The White House yesterday announced the lineup of the upcoming South by South Lawn event, featuring such names as Leonardo DiCaprio, musical group the Lumineers, and the cast of Netflix’s Stranger Things.

4:38PM Mon. Sep. 26, Tucker Whatley Read More | Comment »

Fantastic Fest Review: Helmut Berger, Actor
There actually isn’t much of a plot or direction to Andreas Horvath’s Dalian portrait of actor Austrian film icon and Luchino Visconti muse/lover Helmut Berger.

4:10PM Mon. Sep. 26, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

Fantastic Fest Review: The Girl With All the Gifts
No horror writer could imagine a fate as ghastly as that suffered by ants at the mercies of Ophiocordyceps unilateralis. That's a fungus that grows in their brains, turning them into what even researchers call zombies.

3:30PM Mon. Sep. 26, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Fantastic Fest Review: Playground
To call documentarian Bartosz M. Kowalski’s first narrative film, Playground, shocking would be a gross understatement. It’s clearly meant as social criticism, but even so, are such polarizing images warranted? What would a film need to do to justify this level of disturbing violence?

2:00PM Mon. Sep. 26, Ashley Moreno Read More | Comment »

Happy Birthday James Blake
“At what age do you want to stop hearing ‘Happy Birthday’?” wondered James Blake about halfway through his 90-minute set at the Moody Theater on Sunday night. An audience member had just started a halfhearted impromptu sing-along to celebrate the UK crooner turning 28 today. “I think that may be now,” he quipped.

1:45PM Mon. Sep. 26, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Happy Birthday James Blake
Fantastic Fest Review: Zoology
A woman one day grows a tail. No matter how seamlessly this Russian fantasy renders its Kafkaesque mutation, it’s impossible not to see Zoology as a potent parable about the dangers of being “different” within modern Russian society.

12:45PM Mon. Sep. 26, Marjorie Baumgarten Read More | Comment »

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