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No One Understands Motherly Woes Like Jennifer Kent

While Jennifer Kent doesn’t have an extensive filmography, she is one one the most important female directors of this century. If we count only the works Kent wrote and directed, we end up with two feature films, The Babadook and The Nightingale, and “The Murmuring,” an episode in Guillermo del Toro’s horror anthology Cabinet of […]

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‘Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet Of Curiosities’ Review: Horror Master Breathes New Life Into The Anthology Format

It’s been too long since a show like “Masters of Horror” allowed twisted auteurs a platform to explore the themes and images that haunt them. Enter Guillermo del Toro, the Oscar-winning director who has gifted his fans with Netflix’s “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities,” even writing two episodes and introducing each of them like […]

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‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ Teaser: Jennifer Kent and Panos Cosmatos Spin Sinister Yarns for Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro’s twisted fairytales come to life just in time for Halloween season.The Oscar winner’s highly-anticipated horror anthology series “Cabinet of Curiosities” debuts October 25 with a four-day, double-episode event on Netflix. Co-showrunner, creator, and executive producer Del Toro curates eight stories of unprecedented terror expected to upend the genre itself.Filmmakers onboard the horror […]

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‘Blaze’ Review: A Pre-Teen #MeToo Survivor Leans on Her Magic Dragon

No 12-year-old should have to confront the violent act Blaze (Julia Savage) witnesses seven minutes into the imaginative empowerment story that bears her name. But Blaze is no ordinary girl, and fine artist-turned-filmmaker Del Kathryn Barton’s “Blaze” reflects that, using a dazzling combination of digital and practical effects to represent the interior world of a […]

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‘Hatching’ Review: Eerily Atmospheric Finnish Body-Horror Cracks Open a Tween Girl’s Concealed Grudges

Motherhood is scary stuff. From “Rosemary’s Baby” through to “The Babadook” and “Hereditary,” a certain breed of horror film has taught us as much. Equally disturbing, in Hanna Bergholm’s inventive, alarmingly sunny genre outing “Hatching,” is adolescence: lurking under a protective mother’s wings, waiting to crack and come of age in a Finnish suburb’s suffocating, […]

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‘Pig’: Nicolas Cage’s Mythic Tale of Grief Is One of the Most Honest Movies About Mourning Ever Made

The most resonant films about loss represent a wide variety of genres and modes, and yet they’re all bound together by the shared understanding of a simple truth: Acceptance may be the last stage of grief, but it’s invariably the longest as well. The acceptance of death is neither a respite nor an exit ramp […]

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Essie Davis Is Potent & Powerful In The Wrenching ‘The Justice Of Bunny King’ [Tribeca Review]

Any filmmaker smart enough to bookend their movie with Stevie Nicks needle drops deserves not only our attention but our enthusiasm, and Gaysorn Thavat does much more than that in “The Justice of Bunny King,” crafting a vivid portrait of a woman trapped by a tragic combination of circumstances, injustices, and bad instincts. The cameraperson-turned-filmmaker […]

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Read First Reactions to a Movie from 1906 and Other Gems from Rotten Tomatoes’ New Classic Film Archive

Rotten Tomatoes has introduced its new archival hub, which will house and preserve editorial content related to classic and historic film. The staff of the Rt Archives has worked to uncover lost and incomplete films from the silent and early sound era, as well as create Tomatometer scores for older films, resurface forgotten or shuttered […]

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The Nightingale review – gut-churning colonial rape-revenge drama

In Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to The Babadook, set in 19th-century Tasmania, an Irishwoman seeks payback after being brutally gang-raped by British troopsJennifer Kent is the Australian actor-turned-director who in 2014 made a sensational feature debut with her cult horror classic The Babadook, about a child’a haunted storybook. Now she has switched modes to a more […]

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‘My Zoe’: An Exciting New Direction For Writer/Director/Star Julie Delpy [Tiff Review]

It’s no coincidence that so many of the best horror movies—“The Exorcist,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Babadook”—focus on parents because there is nothing more terrifying than being one. An early scene in Julie Delpy’s “My Zoe” captures that constant, low-key fear as vividly as I’ve ever seen. Isabelle (Delpy), a divorced mother, is working; her daughter […]

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