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Listen to the Great Story of How Robin Williams Became Mork from Ork

3 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Like John Ritter, Phil Hartman and John Candy, Robin Williams is one of those unexpected celebrity deaths I don't think I'll ever get over. They all share those magical twinkly eyes that hint at the fire inside; everything (especially comedy)...

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2014

San Diego, my hometown, is not only the summer superhero party central with San Diego Comic-Con in July, it is also the host of the San Diego Film Festival from Nov. 6-15. That's actually longer than the American Film Institute's Film Festival (Nov. Show More Summary

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Vampires will always be with us, representative as they are of humanity's endless interest in blood-sucking creatures of the night who stand in the tense space where fear meets desire, and two of the dreamiest most romantic movies released this year have been vampire movies. Show More Summary

The King and the Mockingbird

What a tortured path “The King and the Mockingbird” has aken to reach theaters in the United States, and what a treat it is for us to be able to experience it now. The French animated gem—which massively influenced Hayao Miyazaki inShow More Summary


It's frustrating to watch a horror movie as promising as "Extraterrestrial," a new slasher film about alien abduction, fail to hit its marks. The first half of "Extraterrestrial" is a stew of generic influences, particularly "Signs"Show More Summary

V/H/S: Viral

“V/H/S: Viral,” the third film after Sundance hits “V/H/S” and “V/H/S/2,” better represent the bottom of the barrel for this franchise because I don’t think I can take much more. The first film had its issues, for sure, but at least it conveyed a DIY, nostalgic throwback to ‘80s horror that could excuse some of its deeper flaws. Show More Summary

Reach Me

“Maybe it’s this year’s ‘Charlie Countryman,’” a friend and colleague pondered as we exited the screening of “Reach Me.” “Countryman,” for hose of you out there fortunate enough to have not seen it, and I believe that covers most if not all of you—and Good Move, America!—was 2013’s Most Incredibly Bad bad movie. Show More Summary

The Circle

Switzerland sure seems like a nice, socially-tolerant place. Early on in this film, which mixes archival photos and documentary interview footage with a dramatic reenactment of the events under consideration, one of he figures describes...Show More Summary

Late Phases

It’s hard not to make a “Twilight” joke in a review of a film about a man in the later years of his life confronted with werewolves in suburbia, but I’ll try and avoid it. Adrián García Bogliano’s “Late Phases” ells just such a story,...Show More Summary

Monk With a Camera

The makers of both fiction and nonfiction films often describe their narratives as journeys in which a character’s outward movements also signify an inner voyage. That’s especially true of “Monk With a Camera,” an engrossing documentary...Show More Summary

Thumbnails 11/21/14

1. "How Disney's 'Maleficent' subverts the Christian symbolism of 'Sleeping Beauty'": Crux's Steven D. Greydanus defines the difference between "creative revisionism and simple inversion." “As in the cartoon, Maleficent’s arrival interrupts the third good fairy’s gift … but Maleficent never condemns Aurora to die. Show More Summary

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