‘A Monster Calls’ Review: Film Version Of Children’s Novel Is A Very Dark Proposition

When is a kids movie not for kids? Well, it doesn’t happen often, but Patrick Ness’ screen adaptation by of his award-winning children’s novel A Monster Calls is not for the little ones at all, or maybe even the semi-little ones. This story of 15-year-old Connor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is a decidedly dark and often disturbing experience, and I’m not just talking about the monster here. Connor is dealing with a lot. His young mother (Felicity Jones) is dying from…

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Horrorella Celebrates her Favorite Films of 2016!

What follows is simply a collection of films that stood out to me, for one reason or another, over the past year.

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I am no good at numbered lists or rankings. What follows is simply a collection of films that stood out to me, for one reason or another, over the past year. Stories that impacted me and the world around us. 2016 was a completely shitshow for a variety of reasons, but film was not one for them. There were some extraordinary stories put out there that gave me joy, hope and a moment of peace when the rest of the world seemed to be crumbling. And here they are.
 
 

 
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN – I am really looking forward to the world discovering this amazing coming of age story when it hits Blu-ray and streaming services in a couple of months. It was far too ignored in theaters, and is one of the best teen films I have ever seen. A story about understanding yourself and how you fit into the world around you, discovering empathy and taking a vital step toward adulthood, this film is funny, smart and touching.
 
 
JACKIE – A beautiful portrait of grief that also embraces notions of history and remembrance. It also showed a strong woman dealing with impossible horrors and still remaining in control of her own narrative. Well acted and wonderfully structured. Natalie Portman’s performance was stellar, capturing the fear, the despair, the uncertainty, and the hope of a woman facing down something unthinkable and pulling herself through.
 
 
LA LA LAND – this film made my heart soar. A wonderful marriage of spectacle, love and the

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Channing Tatum & Tom Hardy Circling ‘Triple Frontier’

Conversations are ongoing with Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy for Paramount’s Triple Frontier, the Mark Boal-scripted thriller set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge. This is the film that Katherine Bigelow once planned to direct, and which at one time Tom Hanks and Will Smith and Johnny Depp circled, so you knew they were going to get a killer cast. JC Chandor is the director and Charles Roven and…

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Bryan Cranston’s Amazon Series ‘Sneaky Pete’: A Bad Guy Breaking Good – TCA

“In loose terms, this could be the reverse of Breaking Bad,” says Bryan Cranston at TCA today about Sneaky Petethe upcoming Amazon crime drama series he co-created.
“Whereas Walter White is a good person who devolves to being a bad person, in this case, Pete is a bad person,” explains the multi-award winning actor. “He does steal from people, but there’s a possibility that he could evolve to become a good person.”
At awards shows, it wasn’t uncommon to hear Cranston…

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‘Conan’ & TBS Mull Potential Format Changes

Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show on TBS will undergo a transformation. Discussions are underway how to evolve the talker, which currently airs four times a week. Plans are still in flux, but Conan would likely cut back on airtime — either going from one hour to 30 minutes a night or to fewer shows a week — while ramping up popular features such as Conan on the road (and abroad, following the program’s successful stints in Cuba, Armenia and most recently Germany) as…

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‘The Founder’ Director Says His Movie Is Really Just A Biopic Of McDonald’s Itself – The Contenders Video

Earlier this season when they kicked  off Deadline’s big annual awards event, The Contenders Presented By  Deadline, The Weinstein Company brought filmmakers and stars from three of their hopefuls, Lion, Gold and The FounderRegarding the latter  co-star Laura Dern and director John Lee Hancock appeared on behalf of the film (which opens on January 20) that details the founding of McDonald’s hamburgers with a story that
Hancock explains very  few people really knew.  In…

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THEATER MODE – Harry’s take…

Thoughts upon a modern absurdity

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Hey folks, Harry here…  With the rumors of a THEATER MODE update coming to my iPhone and various folks wondering what that would mean, I thought about what it should mean.
When one is going to a movie theater – to see a film with their fellow human beings, that’s a choice to see something not at your home, where the phone could ring, someone could knock on your door, the dogs could bark, the cat could do something cute, you can be distracted by the internet as you watch – basically – your home is your kingdom.   At home, you can do just about anything you want while watching a movie.   
However, when you enter a theater, I was always raised to watch the movie, save my questions till the end of the movie and be respectful of those around me.   As they all paid for this experience and it is not my right to disturb paying customers to take in.   Now I get it – respect for our fellow humanity is at an all time low.  We applaud foreign powers to interfere with our elections, because perhaps you like the results, but this is… UnAmerican behavior.  Just as using your phone in a movie theater is.
Movie theater ettiquete has always been a problem.  Prior to portable electronic brains we hold in our hands, there was always THOSE people that have mini-conversations – as they seem to think that because something popped up in their heads during

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Newcomer Algee Smith Signs With CAA

Algee Smith, who is the young lead in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film about the Detroit riots, has signed with CAA. We’re told that Smith more than holds his own alongside other cast members John Boyega, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, and Jacob Latimore in the new film shot in Detroit.
The up-and comer also stars in BET’s upcoming New Edition biopic, The New Edition Story, directed by Chris Robinson and produced by Jesse Collins. He will continue to be managed by John…

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