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The Witch
Madness, mayhem, and witchcraft beset a family in 1630s New England
"...kind of buzz that makes it a must-see for fear fans and audiences sick to death of the found-footage..."

Feb. 19, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Women and Children First
Immigration raids targeting families strike fear in Austin's Latino community
"...as on other services, including places where those who fear deportation can seek sanctuary...."

Jan. 15, 2016 News Feature by Amy Kamp

Sisters
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wistfully party like there's no tomorrow
"...feeling of being disconnected from the essential self, the fear that one’s best times are already past. That doesn’t..."

Dec. 18, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
In this final film in the series, found footage causes more trouble
"...this truly be the finale of these movies? I fear the worst...."

Oct. 30, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Alex Gibney's doc penetrates the church's cloak of secrecy
"...an emperor without clothes, an organization that runs on fear and weakness, seducing its impressionable members with the promise..."

Sept. 25, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

No Escape
Owen Wilson heads an American family swept up in a Southeast Asian coup
"...small amount of tourism drop-off thanks to the xenophobic, fear-fueled, and borderline racist No Escape, which opens wide in..."

Aug. 26, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Inside Out
Audacity is matched by artistry in the latest Pixar crowd-pleaser
"...the wheel: Anger (Black), spitting red flames when agitated; Fear (Hader), a ducker and a squealer; Disgust (Kaling), a..."

June 19, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
One of the better offerings from Marvel’s growing multimedia omniverse, this film gives fans plenty to chew on.
"...how it pointedly comments on real-world political and military fear-mongering in our new age of uncertainty. Joe Simon and..."

April 4, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Shaadi Ke Side Effects
Indian romantic comedy.
"...follow-up to an earlier film that showed the characters' fear of commitment...."

Feb. 28, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Documentaries, Program A
Three remarkable stories of people's reaction to oppression.
"...at one point, you can hear Rajjeh praying, clearly fearful for his life, but he never stops rolling camera...."

Feb. 7, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Devil's Due
She's having an unholy baby - but isn't that every pregnant woman's fear? The only new ingredient in this horror setup is the found-footage element.
"...arrive until the end of Devil’s Due. The paranoiac fear factor, what there is of it, mounts in those..."

Jan. 24, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Planes
This new animated film is charmless and schematic.
"...Cook), who dreams of overcoming his humble origins and fear of heights to compete in an around-the-world aerial race...."

Aug. 9, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Evil Dead
Fans of the original horror trilogy have nothing to fear from this gory new reworking.
"...trilogy of The Evil Dead films have nothing to fear from this new reworking: Evil Dead (version 2013) has..."

April 5, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Rise of the Guardians
Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman team together like Cartoon All-Stars in this animated picture.
"...(Law), who is threatening to enshroud the world in fear and darkness...."

Nov. 23, 2012 Movie Review by Leah Churner

How I Got Hitched
Richard Whittaker on Hitchcock when he was so very British
"...time of spies and danger and the sensuality of fear. The boy who became the man that made The..."

Oct. 16, 2012 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Dark Shadows
Sometimes it might be best to let sleeping vampires lie.
"...can’t out-camp the original and it doesn’t make us fear the creatures of the night. However, Dark Shadows is..."

May 11, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Innkeepers
With slow-burn shudders, Ti West's haunted-inn story provides a stellar model for creeping dread.
"...and into the rarely explored land of genuine, incremental fear. Lead actors Paxton and Healy are perfectly cast, and..."

Feb. 3, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
The original material was shot by a Swedish TV crew but just now assembled into this documentary that has both vision and perspective.
"...very much like it advertises itself: a mixtape – Fear of a Black Planet, then and now...."

Oct. 21, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Green Hornet
This Hornet's a cheesy and borderline-boring cream puff of a vigilante.
"...by pretty much anyone other than Phyllis Diller. I fear that more mediocre heroics may be headed our way..."

Jan. 14, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The King's Speech
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter act up a royal storm in this movie about King George VI of Great Britain overcoming his speech impediment.
"...none of which we spoke, most of which we feared. Eventually, we became fluent with the assistance of steel..."

Dec. 24, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Monsters
In this startlingly original indie film, a road trip combines with an alien invasion to remind us of our ageless fear of otherness.
"...a startlingly original and haunting take on our ageless fear of otherness. (See "Space Invaders on a Shoestring Budget,"..."

Oct. 29, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Devil
A group of strangers takes a ride with the devil on an elevator to hell.
"...no surprise, there's something else in there with them. Fear, mounting anxiety, and a decided lack of Xanax are..."

Sept. 24, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Police, Adjective
This Romanian police procedural is a fascinating study of the meaning of language in everyday life.
"...hardly the linguistic lullaby I've probably caused you to fear...."

Feb. 26, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Planet 51
In a switcheroo, animated aliens fear the human in their midst.
"...ancient (by Hollywood standards, anyway) genre convention of society's fear of alien invasion. Here, it's the green-skinned, droopily antennaed..."

Nov. 20, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers
Dan Merchant seeks to uncover why the gospel of love is dividing America.
"...culture in America where too many Christians preach a fear-based religion that excludes nonbelievers and others not regarded as..."

Oct. 2, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
The fascinating documentary explores the overlooked career of this influential yet enigmatic music legend.
"...mind – one that seems gripped by brilliance and fear – and assuages with that heavenly baritone. When asked..."

March 27, 2009 Movie Review by Audra Schroeder

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Vera Farmiga is a knockout in this otherwise predictable and emotionally manipulative story about the horror of the German concentration camps.
"...offer, and Farmiga’s performance is a triumph of contradiction, fear, and incomprehension. On the other hand, the interactions between..."

Nov. 21, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Strangers
First-time writer/director Bertino, a UT alum, scares up a solid horror-film success with this debut outing.
"...Texas filmmaking alum Bertino creates a palpable sense of fear through the shrewd use of sound, imagery, and performance..."

May 30, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Ruins
Four friends on a Mexican vacation discover something evil among the Mayan ruins.
"...Smith's singularly bizarre novel managed what this film cannot: fear and sympathy. Stripped of the novel's horror by its..."

April 11, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Spiderwick Chronicles
This children's fantasy holds a lot of emotional promise but get waylaid by an overabundance of CGI effects.
"...Spiderwick Chronicles starts off promisingly by empathetically depicting the fear and anger children feel when their parents separate, but..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Movie Review by Steve Davis

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