REVIEW: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Mr. Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) forgoes parlimentary prodcedure in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter".
Mr. Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) forgoes parlimentary prodcedure in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”.

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

This phrase is often tossed around as an admonition to learn from your mistakes so as to prevent yourself from making them again. To hear some people talk, you’d think that the worst possible sin would be to continue to make those same mistakes over and over again. But what if there was something worse? What if you not only continued to make those mistakes but also managed to use history to make them worse?

Such it is the lesson we get from “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”.
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REVIEW: ‘The Thing’

Dr. Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) brings the heat in "The Thing".
Dr. Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) brings the heat in "The Thing".
Dr. Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) brings the heat in "The Thing".

These days, there are two words that can strike fear into the hearts of many movie goers: “horror remake” – especially if those words are immediately followed by the words “from Platinum Dunes.” Usually, these words mark yet another pointless, vapid journey into tedium, 90 minutes that add nothing to the original story and are often worse than what they were trying to improve upon. However, there are rare occasions when Hollywood puts out a remake out that successfully updates and adds to the original.

Such is the case with “the Thing”.
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