Tuesday , April 20 2021

Film Feature Articles

Why Has ‘Hocus Pocus’ Become THE Halloween Family Favorite?

Hocus Pocus has unexpectedly but perhaps inevitably become the consensus family favorite of the season nationwide. When it was released, bizarrely, in JULY of 1993, it was not a smash, was reviewed lukewarmly, and went on to generate a moderate $39.5 million ($65 million in 2015 dollars) at the box office.

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The Arty Horrors of ‘The Witch’

Robert Eggers’ “New England folktale” The Witch is the most highly regarded horror film in years. It is so highly regarded that some critics who dismiss horror as mere shock and exploitation place The Witch outside the genre due to its thought-provoking artfulness. Ironically, on the opposite end of the spectrum, some horror fanatics, red of tooth and claw, also dispute the film’s horror bona fides, seeing its slow-burn moody virtues as pretentious and dull.

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‘Hidden’ – The Duffer Brothers Movie That Paved the Way to ‘Stranger Things’

Young (born 1984), twin (Matt and Ross) upstarts, the Duffer Brothers seem to have come out of nowhere, but of course they didn’t. The Duffer Brothers began making films in 3rd grade, and not long after they graduated from film school, they had written and signed on to direct virus-apocalypse horror/thriller Hidden for Warner Brothers. Hidden cleverly and with deep empathy takes the familiar zombie apocalypse survivor scenario and flips it on its head, calling into question all of our usual preconceptions about good guys, bad guys and the ethics of survival.

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Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon, Director Liza Johnson Kibitz ‘Elvis and Nixon’

Elvis and Nixon premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April. I enjoyed the film immensely because of the sardonic humor, the performances and the director’s approach to the meeting of these two iconic figures. In a press conference at the Conrad Hotel back in April, my colleagues and I had …

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