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16th October
2015
written by Adam

Dateline Greendale Maryland, the start of high school means new beginnings for Zach (Dylan Minnette) and his mom Gale (Amy Ryan). Having just relocated from New York, Zach takes to next door neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush) but must first get past the tough exterior and Cerberusian watch of Hannah’s father (Jack Black). As it turns out, Hannah’s father happens to be renowned author of young adult horror R.L. Stine. And, his defensiveness comes for a reason as his imaginary demons are set free upon the town in real life. Twists, turns, spine chills, and perhaps a moral to be learned, will Zach and Hannah be able to contain the magic?Goosebumps Directed by Rob Letterman this screenplay amalgamation blends much of Stine’s works to create a fresh chapter of fun for those looking for light scares and thrills just in time for Halloween. Plus humor and side commentary from Black hits on the nose for adult fans of written horror just the same; in fact, it’s Black’s willingness to unabashedly put himself out as a ham for the comedy, for the art, and for the sake of fun that makes this film work in its totality. While not high cinema, and not to make excuses, lets not forget this film is based on material written for Scholastic Books and yet it still turns out satisfying enough for cinephiles as a family friendly not too terribly nutritious snack, a time and a place for everything. Goosebumps is rated PG.

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16th October
2015
written by Adam

Talk about life imitating art, a young author, Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), is in the midst of writing her own metaphoric ghost story with a love twist when a mysterious brother and sister duo, Thomas and Lucille (Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain) blow into town in search of financial backers for their plan to mine the clay rich soil and ore of their home, Crimson Peak. Swept off her feet Edith is married to Thomas only to discover the house she now lives in breathes, bleeds, and remembers the tragedy that have befallen its foundation. But what exactly are the black intentions of Thomas and Lucille, and will Edith be able to escape their clutch before she becomes her own gothic horror? crimsonpeak Directed and partially written by Guillermo del Toro, signature monster movement and spindly ghost fingers reign throughout with the fanciful gravitas that only del Toro can bring to the table; meanwhile, performances from the ensemble all fit to a darkened point. With select scare moments, Crimson Peak, is much more the artistic study of classic psychological horror as opposed to the jump out of your seat scares of today. Still, beautiful in its execution for fans of a solid dark tale before bed, this might just be your match. Crimson Peak is rated R.

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16th October
2015
written by Adam

Drafted by the U.S. government to provide a “legitimate” defense for accused Soviet Spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), former lawyer turned insurance salesman, James Donovan (Tom Hanks) would quickly find himself with a front row seat to the rising heat of the cold war; yet the eventual center of the action would become a negotiation for the release of several imprisoned U.S. citizens. This is the story of James Donovan’s unfaltering convictions and fight for what’s right by human standards.bridgeofspies Directed by Steven Spielberg, this procedural biographic examining the political tensions between the two superpowers is put together with a slow burning meticulous hand; delivering the goods Rylance and Hanks both rise to the occasion, but interestingly enough, it’s Rylance’s simple and understated performance makes for the more fascinating character study, file that one for later. Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski and his use of light to tell a story also provides for interesting watching, and, although predictable, Thomas Newman’s score adds just the right amount of tension to make this solid performer stand out as we begin the wind up and wind down of 2015. Worthy of your time, Bridge of Spies is rated PG-13.

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