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Sean McClannahan

Sean McClannahan is a freelance film journalist and is the founder of Movie Time And Beyond. His passion for movies and pop culture knows no limits.

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Let me get one thing out of the way before getting into Kong: Skull Island that might be a deal breaker for some of you. If you’re expecting anything resembling the 1933 classic go back and revisit Peter Jackson’s flawed but admirable cinematic love letter from 2005. However if you’re

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Much like Freddy Krueger, Chucky became more of a homicidal comedian with every sequel as the threatening and horrifying presence in the original film began to fade from his persona, until Don Mancini brought some of those creepy elements back in Curse Of Chucky. Perhaps one of the main reasons

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Much like Blade Runner released on the same day back in 1982, John Carpenter’s The Thing suffered the cruel fate of opening shortly after Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Met with disappointing box office results and negative reviews, Carpenter’s remake of The Thing from Another World began gaining a cult

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It’s been forty years since the horror masterpiece that brought mainstream success to Brian De Palma and legendary reputation of author Stephen King with this brilliant adaptation of his first novel that holds up now better than ever. There’s been countless things written and said about this film that earned

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Hey kids, guess what? I have good news and bad news, which would you like to hear first? Bad news first you say? Okay, here it goes. The bad news is that Fender Bender the new home invasion slasher movie produced by ChillerTV and Shout! Factory is a bit disappointing,

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The main thing I took away from the Evil Dead remake helmed by Fede Alvarez was witnessing the work of a filmmaker with an abundance of technical prowess and visual style, but nothing would prepare me for his sophomore effort Don’t Breathe. This movie hit me like a sucker punch

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After the poor critical and box office reception of Psycho III, Universal found themselves in a tight predicament. Opting not to follow up with screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue ‘s follow-up pitch that would have seen Norman escaping from a mental institution to sabotage a tourist attraction made out of his

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A sharp example of dreadful atmosphere with minimal production design, Brad Anderson‘s Session 9 is an acute psychological horror film that takes advantage of it’s bare narrative formula and successfully for the most part relies on character and mood to let the tension and creepy setting get under your skin.

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Like a failed monster experiment running around in nihilistic rage, confused about it’s own identity and rapidly falling apart at the seams, Suicide Squad is a sight to behold. David Ayer’s monstrous creation seems to have been stolen from his lab and you can see that outside experimentation has created

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If Paul Feig has proven anything in his previous work, it’s that he knows how to build characters and he understands comedy. Working strongly in Feig’s Ghostbusters are the appealing characters and the powerful chemistry that they all have with one another. There’s also some great world building here that

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[tps_header][/tps_header] Lpickell@wcgworld.comAfter X-Men: Days of Future Past turned out much better than I expected, imagine my disheartened surprise to learn that director Bryan Singer happened to land a hail mary pass, because X-Men: Apocalypse shows me that even though Singer is still suiting up to earn his paycheck – his

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It’s been another great year for movie releases this past year and though it pains me to say that I didn’t have the opportunity to review some titles that could have made this list such as Anomalisa, there were enough good times at the movies last year to make doing

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Exactly how I would describe Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that I immediately felt something familiar and exciting just after the opening scrawl of text prepared me for an brand new galactic adventure set 30 years after the Return of the Jedi. Yes, Disney and J.J. Abrams are purposefully retreading the same beats as the

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Saoirse Ronan wears her heart on her sleeve as young hopeful Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey in Brooklyn, an adaptation of the Colm Toibin novel by screenwriter Nick Hornby and directed by John Crowley. Ronan’s charm and vulnerability adds up to the strongest performance of her career, and Crowley’s poetic vision

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It’s becoming more and more rare these days that movies don’t pander or insult my intelligence. Then Spotlight comes along like a blessing and completely restores my faith in modern cinema. Bouncing back from that awful Adam Sandler dud earlier this year, director Tom McCarthy not only delivers the most thrilling and

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There are many good things one could mention about Black Mass: the stellar direction by Scott Cooper, the chilling performance by Johnny Depp supported by a phenomenal supporting cast — Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Julianne Nicholson, Adam Scott, Juno Temple, Jesse Plemons and Dakota Johnson — cinematographer Masanobu

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