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Film
8:35 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Horror film special effects artist praised in documentary

Credit courtesy of Ryan Meade

The makeup and special effects artists that create our nightmares are often Hollywood’s unsung heroes. But one local artist is getting some time in the spotlight for special effects in the 1980s horror franchise The Evil Dead.

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Film
9:25 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Soul, pop, and folk rise from the mud of Muscle Shoals

2013 was a fairly phenomenal year for music documentaries, with such stand-outs as Twenty Feet From Stardom and A Band Called Death. Another worthy title to add to that list is Muscle Shoals, filmmaker Greg "Freddy" Camalier's portrait of the little Alabama that produced some of the biggest hits and most enduring anthems of all time. See at at The Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers through February 1st.

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Film
6:06 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Small movie theaters struggle to switch to digital

Film engineer Johanna Kelly preps some trailer film at WMU's Little Theatre
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Starting January first, the film industry will stop making movies on the old 35 millimeter reels—which means movie theaters all over the country have until that date to switch to digital projectors. But it hasn’t been easy for small theaters—the new technology starts at about $50,000. Despite the cost, theaters in Southwest Michigan are trying to make it work.

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Film
8:39 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

No, "The Spectacular Now" was not directed by John Hughes

One of the great perks of being a film critic is being able to call attention to terrific movies that most people will never hear about. These are the pictures that aren't advertised every ten minutes on TV or hyped to the heavens a full year before they're going to be in theaters. An excellent example would be The Spectacular Now, director James Ponsoldt's outstanding adaptation of the popular novel by Tim Tharp.

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Film
5:07 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Hausu: The weirdest horror movie you will ever see

There are many strange and puzzling films you may encounter over the course of your lifetime. But I feel reasonably safe in saying that you will never find anything quite so flamboyantly bizarre as the 1977 Japanese horror-comedy-musical-psychodrama Hausu, or House, a movie that exists in its own stratosphere of wackiness. 

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