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Review: 'The Signal' Starring Brenton Thwaites, Beau Knapp, Olivia Cooke and Laurence Fishburne

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • June 13, 2014 8:00 AM
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The Signal
There is a desire at the heart of William Eubank's slick sci-fi picture "The Signal" to transcend the trappings of genre conventions and embrace the lyricism most often ascribed to mah-ture cinema. Eubank's background as a cinematographer doubtlessly contributes to the assured visual style on display, though David Lanzenberg ("Celeste and Jesse Forever") serves as DP here. Significantly less confident is the writing, offering up a thinly sketched protagonist and a collection of cast mates working with spare (some would say understated) material; the resulting film is lovingly crafted but insubstantial flash, though the mystery at heart sustains a first viewing.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Giver' Starring Jeff Bridges & Meryl Streep Breaks The Rules

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2014 1:59 PM
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The Giver
Fans of Lois Lowry's "The Giver" are loathe to lump it into the YA genre, so they probably won't like this much: this new trailer for the movie feels, for better or worse, like a cross between "The Truman Show" and "The Matrix." There, we said it. However, neither of those movies has Jeff Bridges or Meryl Streep so that certainly niggles at our curiosity at what looks like yet another dystopian tale where people who have the wool pulled over their eyes finally see the truth.

Review: 'Oculus' Delivers Good Old-Fashioned Haunted House Spookiness

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 9, 2014 5:45 PM
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Oculus
If there's one certainty in the horror genre, it's that trends will come and go. Some strain of horror will be popular for a few years, then disappear just as quickly, waiting for its moment of reinvention or cultural relevance. The genre's recent past has been dominated by two forces: the torture-porn subgenre, in which our anxieties about war atrocities translate, somewhat clumsily, to movies where people spend whole running times getting pieces of their bodies lobbed off. The other, equally powerful force in horror movies has been the "found footage" genre, again translating our cultural queasiness when it comes to technology and turning it into something positively supernatural. But thanks to last summer's surprise blockbuster "The Conjuring," it looks like those are being shoved aside in favor of good old-fashioned haunted house spookiness. "Oculus" is a perfect example of this newly relevant style, and the results are damn scary.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Signal' Starring Laurence Fishburne Will Get You Agitated

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 3:21 PM
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A lot of movies play the Sundance Film Festival so we're not able to see everything, and "The Signal" was one of those things we missed this year. But perhaps we should have tried harder to make this one. The first trailer for the mysterious sci-fi thriller is here, and the combination of dazzling visuals and an enigmatic hook has grabbed our attention.

Watch: First Trailer For YA Adaptation 'The Giver' Starring Jeff Bridges & Meryl Streep

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 9:17 AM
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The Giver
Here we go again... While Jeff Bridges may have been on the ball with "The Giver," developing the adaptation of Lois Lowry’s award-winning book for well over a decade, the film is entering an arena littered with carcasses of similar, but failed efforts ("The Host," "Beautiful Creatures," "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" etc). So can this one rise above the pack?

SXSW Review: Scary Haunted Mirror Horror 'Oculus'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 9, 2014 9:00 AM
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Oculus
If there's one certainty in the horror genre, it's that trends will come and go. Some strain of horror will be popular for a few years, then disappear just as quickly, waiting for its moment of reinvention or cultural relevance. The genre's recent past has been dominated by two forces: the torture-porn subgenre, in which our anxieties about war atrocities translate, somewhat clumsily, to movies where people spend whole running times getting pieces of their bodies lobbed off.

Watch: New Trailer, Poster & Pics For SXSW Horror 'Oculus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2014 2:57 PM
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Oculus
There are certain things horror movies have taught us over the years: don't go in the basement, don't go to the cabin in the woods, don't investigate whatever is making that weird noise in the dark. They have also taught us that mirrors are perhaps best left alone, particularly if they are big and creepy and covered in a sheet. Except if you're the folks in "Oculus."

Watch: Dare To Look In The Mirror In First Trailer For Horror 'Oculus' Starring Karen Gillan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 1:33 PM
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"I saw 'The Exorcist' by myself when I was way too young," former "Doctor Who" star Karen Gillan told Yahoo. But that hasn't kept the actress from the genre, and she takes the lead in the upcoming "Oculus," with horror flick making some buzz last year at TIFF, where it nabbed the runner up prize for the Midnight Madness People's Choice Award. And now you can get a sense of what captured the attention of viewers last fall.

Peter Dinklage Goes R-Rated For New Comedy, Jessica Biel & Zosia Mamet Are 'Shiva And May' & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • October 12, 2013 10:19 AM
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With his turn as a Marvel supervillain in “X-Men: Days of Futures Past” in the can, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage has found a new project. The actor is set to star in an R-rated comedy about a man who tells people he’s a real leprechaun. In the vein of “Bad Santa,” the untitled comedy will be penned by Andrew Dodge, who wrote Jason Bateman’s less than stellar directorial debut “Bad Words.” Based on the premise, the Dinklage comedy looks to be a better bet.

Meryl Streep Joins YA Adaptation 'The Giver' With Jeff Bridges

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 7:29 PM
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Meryl Streep has seemingly done it all in her career, but a YA adaptation? Nope...not until now anyway. The legendary actress is getting ready to make herself known to the tween set by coming on board "The Giver," which will also mark her first collaboration with Jeff Bridges.

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