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Demonizing: "Paranormal Activity 2"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2010-10-24 20:30:46

Paranormal Activity 2PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2

Paranormal Activity 2, which serves as both sequel and prequel to last October’s low-rent horror smash, employs the same scare tactic that made its predecessor such a shivery good time: An unbroken, stationary, nighttime shot that we stare at for long seconds while waiting – and waiting – for an unseen demon to subtly (or not-so-subtly) announce its presence. The difference, though, is that instead of a nocturnal view of a young couple’s master bedroom, director Tod Williams’ follow-up gives us six camera setups of its type, each positioned in a different part of a sprawling California dwelling. You’d think this would result in six times the spooky fun, but sadly, Paranormal Activity 2 is only about one-sixth as scary as the original, and even that might be a generous estimate.


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Bringing Up the Rearing: "Life as We Know It," "It's Kind of a Funny Story," "My Soul to Take," and "Secretariat"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2010-10-10 23:52:22

Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, and Alexis, Brooke, or Brynn Clagett in Life as We Know ItLIFE AS WE KNOW IT

For whatever else it is, the romantic comedy Life as We Know It is certainly the year’s most inaptly titled movie, since it doesn’t present a version of life as anyone would know it.
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There Will Be (Lots of) Blood: "Let Me In," "Case 39," and "Chain Letter"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2010-10-04 15:23:16

Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moretz in Let Me InLET ME IN

With apologies to those firmly on either Team Edward or Team Jacob, I was, until recently, convinced that the best vampire movie of the past 10 years was director Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In, the widely acclaimed, beautiful, and very scary Swedish thriller from 2008. But after seeing director Matt Reeves’ new remake, Let Me In, I’m thinking that – Heresey Alert! – this one just might trump it.


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Hughes Ruse: “Easy A,” “Devil,” and “Alpha & Omega”
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2010-09-19 20:40:26

Emma Stone in Easy AEASY A

With the release of The Town, Ben Affleck’s directorial career, in my opinion, now boasts a two-for-two success ratio. So does Will Gluck’s, who follows last year’s hilarious (and sadly under-praised) male-cheerleader parody Fired Up! with the current, also hilarious ’80s-teen-flick parody Easy A. It’s no doubt too soon – and maybe even too ridiculous – to ask this, but is it possible that Gluck is our long-awaited heir apparent to Christopher Guest?


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Devilish Fun: "The Last Exorcism," "Get Low," and "Takers"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2010-08-30 01:09:19

Ashley Bell in The Last ExorcismTHE LAST EXORCISM

For the majority of its length, The Last Exorcism is a hell of a good time. I'd love to say that's because the movie is terrifying, but it isn't, really; the biggest jolt you're likely to experience comes in the first 20 minutes, when a teen unexpectedly hits a car's rear window with a rock. Yet until it goes seriously off the rails in its final third, director Daniel Stamm's low-tech scare flick is clever and engrossing (without being all that gross), and it boasts a protagonist who's something unique for his genre: a funny, friendly sort whom you're still aching to see get what's coming to him.
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