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Film, "The Possession": Throw Another Demonic Horror Movie on the Pile

"The Possession": Throw Another Demonic Horror Movie on the Pile

Demonic exorcism is given a perfunctory Jewish twist in The Possession, which delivers second-rate horror clichés unbefitting the imprimatur of producer Sam Raimi. Supposedly based on a true story, Ole Bornedal's film finds malevolence in a hingeless, Hebrew-inscribed box purchased…
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Film, "The Amazing Spider-Man": The Spider Becomes a Man -- and a Joy

"The Amazing Spider-Man": The Spider Becomes a Man -- and a Joy

The Amazing Spider-Man, an inexcusably good reboot from director Marc Webb, celebrates the heartwarming arachno-genetic bar mitzvah in which a boy becomes a spider, and a spider becomes a man, a rite of passage last observed in Sam Raimi's uneven…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Spider Becomes a Man -- and a Joy -- in <em>The Amazing Spider-Man</em>

The Spider Becomes a Man -- and a Joy -- in The Amazing Spider-Man

This is a print review that will run in the July 4 Issue. The Amazing Spider-Man, an inexcusably good reboot-thing from director Marc Webb, celebrates the heartwarming arachno-genetic bar mitzvah in which a boy becomes a spider, and a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Horror Business

Horror Business

Horror is all too often dissed as a low-rent genre, but talented directors from Roman Polanski to Francis Ford Coppola to Sam Raimi have entered the film biz through that dark door. This particularly ambitious threesome escaped the movie industry’s…
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Film, Just in time for Halloween, small-screen thrills

Just in time for Halloween, small-screen thrills

Apart from the stray slasher flick, Halloween is traditionally a dead spot on the Hollywood calendar. This week's big release? The Michael Jackson tribute film This Is It — creepy in its own right. But Universal Studios has been raiding…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Drag Me To Hell</i>

Drag Me To Hell

Often a drifting virtuoso in the years before finding his Spider-Man gig, with Drag Me to Hell director Sam Raimi defaults to the horror romps that made his name (namely, the Evil Dead trilogy). Drag Me has a serendipitously timely…
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Film, Heaven can wait: <i>Drag Me to Hell</i> is much more fun.

Heaven can wait: Drag Me to Hell is much more fun.

Sam Raimi wants to go home again. Often a drifting virtuoso in the years before finding his Spider Man gig, with Drag Me to Hell Raimi defaults to the horror romps that made his name (namely, the Evil Dead trilogy),…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Elvis Is Everywhere

Elvis Is Everywhere

Bubba Ho-tep Limited Edition (MGM) Intentional camp is difficult to do well. It's a contradiction that usually comes off cutesy and forced. The old Batman series pulled it off, and it's been B-movie god Bruce Campbell's livelihood. But in a…
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Film, Spider Bites

Spider Bites

What is it with the third installments in superhero film franchises? For whatever reason — and, oh, let's just call it the lack of fresh ideas commingled with the love of money — they always strike out swinging their third…
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Film, Attack of the Clones

Attack of the Clones

The Grudge bears the imprimatur of Sam Raimi, but alas, neither his sense of fun nor his smarts. The wunderkind director behind the Spider-Man and Evil Dead franchises has followed in the path of Robert Zemeckis and Joel Silver with…
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Film, The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace

You're not very likely to hear this critic utter the phrases "American remake" and "good idea" in the same breath. Godzilla, anyone? La Femme Nikita bastardized into Point of No Return? The Ladykillers? Just say no! Yet when Hidayo Nakata's…
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Culture, Stuff Chin Up

Chin Up

By his own definition, Bruce Campbell is a "midgrade, kind of hammy actor"--a B-movie star, in other words, a man whose career unfolds, like a Swedish porn loop, on Cinemax in the wee small hours of the morning. When I…
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Film,

Money Changes Everything

A Simple Plan Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Scott B. Smith, from his novel. Starring Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, and Brent Briscoe. Opens Friday, Dec. 11, at the AMC 1000. Ultratough guy Jesse "The Body" Ventura…
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