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It Follows smartly explores sex, dread

It Follows smartly explores sex, dread

It Follows is a horror film that, while filled with classic themes of the genre, interprets them in a contemporary way, unhindered by the trappings of reverence and dependence on the styles of previous decades — particularly the 1970s and '80s, which has become so repellently prevailent these days — and its ability to go its own way in excellent fashion is what really makes it a fresh

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Insurgent should be titled Redundant

Insurgent should be titled Redundant

Insurgent — the second book-to-film adaptation from Veronica Roth's apparently quite popular Divergent trilogy of young adult novels — is, essentially, a massive, leaden blob of CGI effects after heavy saturation of adolescent hormones. Which, if you're into that sort of thing, you'll probably find enjoyable enough.

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Influential sci-fi films return

Influential sci-fi films return

Blade Runner and Wrath of Kahn hit the silver screen this week.

The summer of 1982 proved to be a milestone in science fiction film history. Not just for the fact that Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial went on to become the highest grossing film of all-time, but 1982 also saw the release of a slew of influential films, whose impact on the genre still carries on over 30 years later.

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Lazarus Effect never truly lives

Lazarus Effect never truly lives

Like most disposable, second-tier horror cheapies, The Lazarus Effect is a film where its nuggets of goodness float in a sea of trite mediocrity at best. These sorts of films try to give a few good scares before the end credits run, but they do not deliver The Exorcist- or Rosemary's Baby-level quality.

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