REVIEW: ‘The Crazies’ (2010)

Timothy Olyphant leads a group of survivors through a more nightmarish-than-usual Iowa in "The Crazies".
Timothy Olyphant leads a group of survivors through a more nightmarish-than-usual Iowa in "The Crazies".

Even during the grayest days of winter, you can still picture it in your head: children playing under a flawless blue sky, a picnic spread out on a checkered blanket, and Old Glory fluttering lazily on the breeze. While we’re at it, go ahead and throw in that whole mental list of things that go along with this. It’s O.K., I already know you’re thinking about it.

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REVIEW: ‘Shutter Island’ (2010)

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) navigates the psychological labyrinth of "Shutter Island".
U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) navigates the psychological labyrinth of "Shutter Island".

“Memories and possibilities are even more hideous than realities.” – H. P. Lovecraft

Reality.
Identity.
These are just a few of the things that philosophers, bards and other shiftless layabouts will drop gloves over for as long as there are philosophers, bards and shiftless layabouts. And not to throw myself into that endless fray, I would still like to offer this: who we are isn’t so much the sum of our experiences but rather how we perceive them.

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REVIEW: ‘The Wolfman’ (2010)

The wolf (Benecio Del Toro), the wolf, the wolf is on fire in the pretty, but empty remake of "The Wolfman".
The wolf (Benecio Del Toro), the wolf, the wolf is on fire in the pretty, but empty remake of "The Wolfman".

Lycanthropy.
It is monsterdom’s Jan Brady to vampirism’s Marsha.

While considered one of the “classic” monsters, the Wolfman has clearly lost the PR battle with dear old Drac. But face it, being a vampire is just flat out more appealing that being a werewolf. Vampires represent repressed sexuality while werewolves represent the destructive impulses of the id.

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REVIEW: ‘The Final’ (2010)

Dale (Marc Donato) takes group therapy to a whole new level in "The Final".
Dale (Marc Donato) takes group therapy to a whole new level in "The Final".

Directed by: Joey Stewart
Written by: Jason Kabolati
Starring: Marc Donato, Lindsey Seidel, Julin, Jascha Washington, Whitney Hoy, Justin Arnold
Running time: 92 minutes
Rated: R

High school and horror movies go together like… well, they just go together. The horrors of adolescence and its accompanying trauma has always been the perfect backdrop for any number of murderous monsters and maniacs. In general, though, the typical coupling of horror and high school means a set number of things: attractive but stupid youngsters who partake in drink and sex and are invariably dismembered or dispatched in gruesome ways. However, the truly horrifying part of this union is not the results but the staggeringly predictability that these events happen. That makes it quite refreshing, then, when something different comes along.

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