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The Long Dumb Road Co-written and directed by Hannah FidellOut November 16        Generations collide in this road trip comedy directed and co-written by Hannah Fidell. The Long Dumb Road centers on Nat (Tony Revolori), a recent high-school grad making his way from Austin, TX, to L.A., to study photography. His journey takes an unexpected turn, however, when his beat-up old van won’t start. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, Nat must accept help from Richard (Jason Mantzoukas), an impulsive, unreliable mechanic. Richard reveals that...
Whether they’re California vampires or a band of orphaned children captained by Peter Pan, lost boys are fallen and forever chasing. In The Lost Boys (1987), leather-clad Santa Carla vampires hunt their prey (while their prey hunts them). In J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, the lost boys become lost when they “fall out of their perambulators when the nurse is looking the other way,” and spend their subsequent years clinging to Peter. But where are the lost girls? “Girls,” Peter tells Wendy, “are much too clever to fall out of their...
There are still some people out there who think Timothée Chalamet is overrated, or a flash in the pan, or just some nobody that teens made a thing. I personally only associate with Timothée superfans (Chalamaniacs?) so I don’t know any of these people, but I know that they exist. If there’s any justice in the world, these people will see Beautiful Boy and then they will shut up forever.  Directed by Felix Van Groeningen, Beautiful Boy is based on the true story of Nic Sheff,...
At the beginning of 2019, a new rom-com will be released. It's called Isn’t It Romantic, and it stars actress and comedian Rebel Wilson as the lead. You might recognize Wilson from some of her other prominent roles in flicks such as Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect, and Bachelorette. Isn’t It Romantic chronicles the story of Natalie, an architect living in New York City who is constantly overlooked, despite her ambition. After an experience getting mugged in the subway, Natalie passes out and wakes to find herself at the...
As premises for horror movies go, you absolutely cannot go wrong with “haunted ballet school run by witches.” It’s one reason why the original Suspiria, released in 1977, is such a classic, but it’s also why it’s hard to get mad at Luca Guadagnino for wanting to remake it. Even if you believe Dario Argento’s version is sacred, we’ll all benefit from a new addition to the witch ballet school genre, right?  Unfortunately, the answer is...sure. Don’t get me wrong—sure is fine. But sure is not...
Lena Dunham has established herself through writing that satirizes a specific sort of individual: self-absorbed, young, white. Her resume includes Tiny Furniture (recent white college graduate), Girls (twenty-ish white college graduates) and most recently, Camping (unpleasant white yuppies). Dunham's body of work makes Variety’s recent report all the more frustrating: Dunham has been tapped by Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to adapt Melissa Fleming’s Syrian refugee tale, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival. The book tells the...
First and foremost a musician and producer, Abra knew that if she was going to make a move away from music into film, it would have to be for a project she believed in on multiple levels. She found that in the recently-released Assassination Nation, in which Abra stars alongside Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, and Odessa Young. Written and directed by Sam Levinson, the movie centers around a group of four high school girls in in small, suburban Salem, Massachusetts. To boil it down fast, Salem residents'...
Award winning author Judy Blume, age 80, never felt compelled to pursue film adaptations of her timeless novels. That is until recently, when after nearly five decades, Blume agreed it was time to see her classic novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970) come to life on-screen. Writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig and producer James L. Brooks, who worked together on the 2016 film The Edge of Seventeen, will be adapting the novel with permission from Blume under production company Gracie Films. Blume will be a...

The myth of life-sucking demons has been putting the fright into ordinary folks for fucking ages (or centuries). Through varying incarnations and guises, these iconic undead killers have remained the stuff of nightmares. Pennywises and Freddy Kruegers come and go, but vampires are forever. What lippie is that, babes?  So without further ado, let's take a look at the history of our favorite monster. THE FIRST VAMPIRE: EKIMMUArguably the earliest incarnation of vampires is the Ekimmu or Edimmu from ancient Babylonia (we’re talking from like 4,000 years B.C. here). The...
    I think we can all agree that Melissa McCarthy is an extremely talented, extremely funny actress. From Gilmore Girls to Ghostbusters, she's proven her status as one of the best comedic actresses working today. But unfortunately, some of her recent movies haven't reflected that. Following a trio of terribly-reviewed movies released in the past year (the Happytime Murders, Life of the Party, and Cook Off!), McCarthy's latest film, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, should remind audiences—and studios—that she deserves better scripts and more interesting projects...