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Neighborhood Evil

by Shawn Stone September 24, 2015

  Thanks to the gruesome skill of convicted gang boss James “Whitey” Bulger, Boston is the new “it” location in gangster films. First there was The Departed, a remake of a Hong Kong crime drama that ...


Long In the Fangs

by Ann Morrow May 16, 2012


  Long before there was True Blood, or Twilight, or even The Vampire Lestat, there was Barnabas Collins—the first of the sympathetic mainstream vampires, a bloodsucker with a flair for human-style melodrama and a devotion to ...

Pecking Order

by Ann Morrow March 22, 2012


Is it too early for 2005 nostalgia? You know, those mid-years before the super-sensitizing of alternate sexuality, green economy, and inclusiveness over exclusiveness?  Apparently not, because 21 Jump Street, a spoof on the late-’80s Fox ...

The Lizard King

by Ann Morrow March 9, 2011


The Old West has been mined for mythic looniness in animated films before, but director Gore Verbinski’s Burtonesque vision of a parched frontier town in need of a hero brings an inspired zest to the ...

Say It Aloud

by Jo Page March 10, 2010

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax— Of cabbages—and kings— And why the sea is boiling hot— And whether pigs have wings.” —Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass OK, so I buy ...

Go Ask Someone Else

by Ann Morrow March 10, 2010

The talking creatures and demented denizens of Wonderland are not convinced that Alice—the teenage blonde girl who falls into their realm via a rabbit hole—is their Alice. Audiences will wonder the same thing, since Alice ...