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Recap: Things Slow Down A Bit For 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 7, 'The Dead'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 21, 2013 1:28 PM
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Over the past few weeks, "American Horror Story: Coven" has piled on the craziness, to the point that the show occasionally felt overwhelming, like a giant toppling tower of racist, flesh-eating zombies that are also possessed and on fire. Mercifully, this week's episode, "The Dead," written by co-creator Brad Falchuk, gave us time to pause and catch our breath a little bit before the next round of blood-drenched mayhem.

Recap: Danny Huston's Axeman Visits 'American Horror Story: Coven,' As More Secrets Are Revealed

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 14, 2013 1:12 PM
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If last week's episode of "American Horror Story: Coven" proved one thing, it's that the tensions between the coven of New Orleans witches and the more soulful practitioners of voodoo are reaching the proverbial boiling point, you know, like in a cauldron. Vengeance was taken for the acid attack on Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) and a small army of zombies (a platoon?) was unleashed on Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies courtesie of Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett), an act that resulted in much "Evil Dead" referencing and the potential reveal of our next Supreme, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga). This week's episode, "The Axeman Cometh," deals with the fallout from those events and, in "American Horror Story" terms at least, was altogether quieter. It also showed that the male characters could be just as slippery and evil as the witches.

Recap: Things Get Hot In 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 5, "Burn, Witch. Burn!"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 7, 2013 11:00 AM
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One of the greatest, gore-soaked magic tricks of "American Horror Story" is the way that creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have so many balls in the air, that even when some mysteries or scenarios are put to bed, ten more spring up. It's like the nighttime soap opera horror equivalent of a hydra; cut one head off and three appear. This was certainly the case with the fifth fiery episode of "American Horror Story: Coven," "Burn, Witch. Burn!," in which mysteries were seemingly laid to rest while others gleefully popped up in their place. To quote the great American poet Nelly: it's getting hot in here.

Recap: Witches Get Suspicious In 'American Horror Story: Coven' Halloween Episode 'Fearful Pranks Ensue'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 31, 2013 4:10 PM
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There are some television shows (among them "Roseanne," "The Simpsons" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") that make a very big deal out of their Halloween episode. Just as the holiday celebrates slipping out of your skin and into someone else's, these episodes often break from the formula of the rest of the series, offering a wildly divergent path into some very strange waters. With "American Horror Story," since the entire series plays a post-trick-or-treating fever dream, the Halloween episodes are an even more heightened homage to the things that go bump in the night, where the entire country takes on the show's eerie glow. They are also widely considered to be some of the series' very best episodes. The third season's Halloween offering is no different.

Watch: Trailer For 'Inception'-Esque Thriller 'Mindscape' Starring Mark Strong

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2013 4:24 PM
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While jumping into the minds and memories of people to see what makes them tick isn't necessarily a new narrative idea, it's hard not to argue that Christopher Nolan's "Inception" took that concept to the kind of blockbuster heights that few could've imagined. Which makes it all the more difficulty for similarly styled movies to play in that territory—they will forever been trying to reach that bar. So as much as we like Mark Strong, "Mindscape" just doesn't stack up.

Recap: Things Get Witchy In First Episode Of 'American Horror Story: Coven'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 10, 2013 11:01 AM
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One of the things that has made the entire "American Horror Story" enterprise so exciting has been the promise of seemingly endless variety. Not only is each season in the spook-filled series a different beast altogether (supposedly one of the ways that co-creator Ryan Murphy got the series greenlit was his pitch to FX that promised at the conclusion of the first season's haunted house arc, "the house wins"), but each moment can play like its own self-contained genre exercise.

Cannes Review: Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring' A Mostly Empty Exercise In Excess

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2013 8:59 AM
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The Bling Ring
American cinema seems preoccupied with the emptiness of excess, at least in the first half of 2013. Baz Luhrmann luxuriates in the meaningless wealth of "The Great Gatsby," while Harmony Korine put his own twisted spin on the dark soul of the American dream in "Spring Breakers." And now comes Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," another look at the at-any-cost pursuit of celebrity and the worship of brand names, but it doesn't bring anything new to a conversation that seems to have run out of things to say.

Watch: Emma Watson Pole Dances In First Clip From Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2013 11:20 PM
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Hermione! Is that you? Emma Watson is all grown up, has left wizard school and is stealing from rich people and prancing around a stripper pole. You've changed....you're really, really changed....

Mark Strong, Brian Cox & Taissa Farmiga Join Jaume Collet-Serra’s ‘Mindscape’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 17, 2012 2:17 PM
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Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra, best known for the 2005 remake of "House of Wax" and 2009's "Orphan" (a very respectable $76 million worldwide) is turning into quite the B-movie cottage industry force.

'Warrior' Actor Carlos Miranda Joins Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring' Plus Details On The Script

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2012 11:57 AM
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While most of us on staff were far from fans of Sofia Coppola's last picture, "Somewhere" (a picture that does have its defenders, nevertheless), the filmmaker is so gifted, and has enough goodwill from her earlier pictures, that we're more than happy to follow her wherever she's going. And in the last few weeks, filming got underway on her latest, "The Bling Ring."

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