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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 23, 2019 at 04:00. 1 comments

Death and magic are close companions in the dark Mexican fairy tale Tigers Are Not Afraid

Death and magic are close companions in the dark Mexican fairy tale Tigers Are Not Afraid
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewTigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven)B+Movie ReviewTigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven)B+B+Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven)Director

Issa López

Runtime

83 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

Spanish

Cast

Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Ianis Guerrero,Tenoch Huerta

Availability

Select theaters August 21 and 23

In her native Mexico, Issa López is an established—and celebrated!—novelist, director,...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 22, 2019 at 01:00. 19 comments

The Mindhunter season finale is frustrating as hell—and that's a good thing

The Mindhunter season finale is frustrating as hell—and that's a good thing
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Wayne Williams, to use a phrase I’ve heard detectives say on TV, looks good. His stories are inconsistent, his movements suspicious—seriously, who goes out at 3 AM to “scout out” a vague address of someone you’ve never met, or even talked to on the phone?—and, most importantly to Agent Holden Ford, he fits the profile. He’s got the...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 22, 2019 . 4 comments

Hang on, Chicago: We're giving away tickets to see Don't Let Go early and for free

Hang on, Chicago: We're giving away tickets to see Don't Let Go early and for free

This post should be read in an extreme Chicago accent.

Hey, Chicago, where are you going? What’s the big rush? You too good for a Universal/Blumhouse thriller starring David Oyelowo as a detective who gets a phone call from beyond the grave from his murdered niece Ashley (Storm Reid)? Yeah, that’s the little girl from A Wrinkle In Time , want to make something of it? We didn’t think so.

Hang on...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 21, 2019 at 05:00. 19 comments

Mindhunter's golden boy gets put in his place as the FBI runs out of options

Mindhunter's golden boy gets put in his place as the FBI runs out of options
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It’s always tempting, when someone asks how you’ve been, to tell them the truth. It’s something I think about a lot, and it’s what Agent Tench does to Agent Ford when Ford presumes to lecture the older agent during their investigation of the Atlanta Child Murders. To be fair, Tench is popping in and out of the investigation like Steve...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 20, 2019 at 05:30. 17 comments

Atlanta runs out of patience as Mindhunter spins its wheels

Atlanta runs out of patience as Mindhunter spins its wheels
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At the beginning of this season of Mindhunter, I expressed concern that the show was moving towards a tired trope in crime stories: The quasi-supernatural “they understand them because they’re like them” profiler character. Now, I’m pleased to report that I have indeed been outsmarted, and the show was setting up the trope in order to...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 20, 2019 at 01:35. 12 comments

The pressure is on as Mindhunter uncovers a serial killer's dumping ground

The pressure is on as Mindhunter uncovers a serial killer's dumping ground
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The 1970s and ‘80s are sometimes referred to as “the golden age of serial killers,” a period that produced some of the most infamous names the world has ever known: Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. Son of Sam. The Hillside Strangler. And part of the reason those names became so infamous is that law enforcement didn’t know how to catch them,...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 19, 2019 at 07:30. 5 comments

Charles Manson makes his Mindhunter debut, and (almost) everyone is stoked

Charles Manson makes his Mindhunter debut, and (almost) everyone is stoked
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Holden Ford is a Charles Manson fan. Holden’s been obsessing over the infamous cult leader since the very first episode of Mindhunter, when he pissed off a classroom full of Iowa beat cops by suggesting that Manson was a victim of his circumstances. He likes Manson’s shitty music. He wears his coolest sunglasses to go meet him. He’s...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 19, 2019 at 01:29. 21 comments

Carr discovers a hidden talent as Mindhunter approaches its halfway mark

Carr discovers a hidden talent as Mindhunter approaches its halfway mark
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...and it’s not bowling. She put those whiskey shots back like a champ, though.

So far, the second season of Mindhunter has revolved around the twin suns of Bill Tench and Holden Ford, each of whom have already been on a solo sojourn as the show approaches its halfway mark. That’s fair, considering they’re the team’s original members....

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 18, 2019 at 01:00. 23 comments

Mothers cry out for justice as Mindhunter introduces the Atlanta Child Murders

Mothers cry out for justice as Mindhunter introduces the Atlanta Child Murders
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“Save your promises, Agent Ford.”

In true-crime circles, the concept of the “less dead” has been gaining traction as the genre slowly, awkwardly attempts to move into something a little more socially conscious than Nancy Grace and her fixation on pretty blonde white girls from the suburbs. (Seriously, she’s the worst.) Basically, the...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 17, 2019 at 04:30. 20 comments

Even Tench is feeling uneasy as Mindhunter dives deeper into season 2

Even Tench is feeling uneasy as Mindhunter dives deeper into season 2
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The paranoia that underlaid the professional changes and interpersonal conflict of Mindhunter’s season-two premiere continues to seep through its second episode, and even the show’s most square-jawed paragon of midcentury masculinity is rattled. That, of course, would be Bill Tench, whose no-nonsense exterior only began to show signs...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 17, 2019 at 00:15. 23 comments

Things are a little too good to be true on the Mindhunter season 2 premiere

Things are a little too good to be true on the Mindhunter season 2 premiere
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Yes, David Fincher did return to direct the season two premiere of Netflix’s Mindhunter. But if you’re going in expecting a dramatic set piece like the hostage negotiation that opens up the series, let us be the first to disabuse you of that notion. It may seem strange to say as much about a season that opens with an interrupted act of...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 15, 2019. 5 comments

Sleater-Kinney is down, but not defeated, on The Center Won’t Hold

Sleater-Kinney is down, but not defeated, on The Center Won’t Hold

How did you envision the future 25 years ago? When Corin Tucker hollered, “I’m the queen of rock ‘n’ roll!” two years into Sleater-Kinney’s tenure in 1996 the idea of a “girl band”—a label the band sarcastically threw back into its critics’ faces on All Hands On The Bad One in 2000—as titans of rock was unlikely enough to be pointedly political. Much has happened in the interim: Janet Weiss...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 15, 2019. 6 comments

Don't fuck with the Riot Girls in this exclusive clip

Don't fuck with the Riot Girls in this exclusive clip

What do you get when you combine a post-apocalyptic survival thriller with a high school horror flick with a sweet queer romance with punk rock attitude? You get Riot Girls, the debut feature from XX director (she did the segment “The Box”) and former Rue Morgue editor Jovanka Vuckovic.

The film takes place in the sort of idyllic small town that so often serves as the setting for high school...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 13, 2019. 17 comments

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is hardly art, but at least it’s better than its predecessor

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is hardly art, but at least it’s better than its predecessor
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewThe Angry Birds Movie 2C+Movie ReviewThe Angry Birds Movie 2C+C+The Angry Birds Movie 2Director

Thurop Van Orman

Runtime

96 minutes

Rating

PG

Language

English

Cast

Jason Sudeikis, Rachel Bloom, Leslie Jones, Josh Gad, Bill Hader

Availability

Theaters everywhere August 13

Some films are made to last, and some just aren’t. A telltale sign of the latter is an overabundance of...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 09, 2019.

There's a toe in the stew in this exclusive clip from Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

There's a toe in the stew in this exclusive clip from Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

The Autopsy Of Jane Doe director André Øvredal’s take on Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark reinterprets Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s collection of classic campfire tales as a teen horror flick, set in the heady, bygone days of 1968. Zoe Colletti stars as Stella, an aspiring writer and horror-movie nut who finds a supernatural book whose tales always seem to come true. The film plays...

Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 08, 2019. 5 comments

Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss can’t bring heat to The Kitchen

Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss can’t bring heat to The Kitchen
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewThe KitchenCMovie ReviewThe KitchenCCThe KitchenDirector

Andrea Berloff

Runtime

103 minutes

Rating

R

Language

English

Cast

Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish, Margo Martindale, Domhnall Gleeson

Availability

Theaters everywhere August 9

Gangland heavies have been shooting and stabbing their way across the screen since the earliest days of narrative filmmaking, but...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 07, 2019. 13 comments

Looking back at all the ways Y2K was used to sell us shit

Looking back at all the ways Y2K was used to sell us shit

Although it may seem that way in retrospect, Y2K was not an entirely made-up crisis. Despite the multi-billion-dollar efforts of engineers around the world, some technological issues did arise on January 1, 2000, including a handful of very scary nuclear power-plant glitches in Japan. (On a less life-or-death note, the slot machines at three Delaware race tracks shut down for a...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 02, 2019. 3 comments

Blood grudges, B-legends, and bizarre urges: 5 films to watch from the Fantasia Film Festival

Blood grudges, B-legends, and bizarre urges: 5 films to watch from the Fantasia Film Festival

As anyone who’s spent longer scrolling through a streaming service’s library than actually watching something on said service knows, there’s just too much goddamn content these days. And while the sheer number of genre movies currently being produced around the world is a sign of a healthy ecosystem, it’s also an intimidating task to try to keep up. That’s particularly true for Montreal’s

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Aug 01, 2019. 8 comments

Them That Follow captures the setting, but not the soul, of a little-understood Christian sect

Them That Follow captures the setting, but not the soul, of a little-understood Christian sect
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewThem That FollowC+Movie ReviewThem That FollowC+C+Them That FollowDirectors

Britt Poulton, Dan Madison Savage

Runtime

98 minutes

Rating

R

Language

English

Cast

Alice Englert, Olivia Colman, Walton Goggins, Kaitlyn Dever, Lewis Pullman, Thomas Mann

Availability

Select theaters August 2

Deeply isolated and too poor for anyone from outside to take much of an interest, the rolling...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Jul 30, 2019. 6 comments

Chicago, if you can't stand the heat, come see The Kitchen early and for free

Chicago, if you can't stand the heat, come see The Kitchen early and for free

Even here in Chicago—where every day above freezing is a gift—the sweaty embrace of August can be a bit much at times. But that just makes it the perfect time to retreat into the cool darkness of a movie theater, where the drinks are always ice-cold and the temperature never goes above 73 degrees.

Even better, we’re giving away passes to see three of our favorite actresses, Melissa McCarthy,...

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