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American Horror Story Freakshow takes its final bow

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This ‘Freakshow’ is surprisingly mundane and the only horror is in the writing.

 

Another season of American Horror Story has come to an end. This year’s Freakshow continues a steady decline that began last season. The show still has its quirks, its moments that makes it fun, trashy television but this year felt slightly neutered. Whether this was through the budget or just storytelling is hard to tell. The season started off promising enough with Sarah Paulson playing the two-headed Bette/ Dot and John Carroll Lynch (who I will always see as Drew Carey’s cross-dressing brother from The Drew Carey Show) as the bed-wettingly scary Twisty the Clown. This year had the potential to be something truly dark and deserving of the “horror” moniker. Even the musical number that began this season (David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”) was fun and didn’t seem as forced as last year’s weird Stevie Nicks music video. Somewhere between that enticing start and this week’s finale the show lost its way.

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Jan
23

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Win passes to the advance Boston screening of Black Sea

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Join Jude Law on a search for gold deep under the ‘Black Sea.’ Find out how you can get a pair of passes to the special advance screening.

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Focus Features to offer readers in Boston an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new action thriller Black Sea starring Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and David Threfall.

Brave the Deep. Find the Gold. Trust no one. A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

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Jan
23

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Win passes to see Black Sea in Baltimore or DC

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Be the first to see the new action thriller ‘Black Sea.’ Read on to find out how you can win free passes to the advance screening.

 

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CliqueClack has partnered with Focus Features to offer readers in Baltimore and DC an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new action thriller Black Sea starring Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and David Threfall.

Brave the Deep. Find the Gold. Trust no one. A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

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Jan
16

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Spare Parts is the epitome of a mildly pleasant feel-good story

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‘Spare Parts’ tells the true story of some inspiring teens but doesn’t really rise to anything truly memorable.

 

The problem with true stories is that they are rarely simple. When you construct a fiction, you can add in story beats as you like, emphasize some themes and minimize others. If you don’t like a character, you don’t need to include them. But when you are writing about reality, it’s different. It’s impossible to be comprehensive, to discuss every real life facet of whatever event you’re talking about. So no matter what, some things get left out. And the “based on a true story” line is sometimes even more dangerous, because there’s always the temptation to throw in some “Hollywood friendly” story elements that aren’t really relevant, or drama that may overlook legitimate problems. This is sort of a long way of saying that it’s easy to screw it up. And … that’s sort of the case here.

Spare Parts is based on the real life story of four undocumented Mexican American students in Phoenix, Arizona. There are two primary characters here, the teacher and student, although there is just a bit, just a bit, of the other three students. Oscar (Carlos PenaVega) is a proud member of the ROTC in high school, but discovers that the military isn’t really interested in enlisting an undocumented immigrant, even one who’s basically grown up in the US. Not only that, but it may draw unwanted attention from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We hear a few times about how deported family members hurt and impact these characters. Sometimes we even feel it instead of being literally “told” it.

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Jan
16

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Julianne Moore is astounding in the harrowing Still Alice

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‘Still Alice’ is hard to watch, although Julianne Moore gives one of the year’s best performances.

 

Growing older isn’t necessarily terrible. You can learn new things, live through new experiences, and even achieve what you never could as a younger person. You may even get a bit of wisdom. But there’s one 100% downside — getting older means your body is slowly falling apart. You might lose control of limbs or speech or even thought. It can be nothing or it can be everything. As people, we rely on our memory, unreliable as it may be (see Memento for words on this concept). People sometimes do this intentionally, taking drugs or meditating, trying to lose themselves in nothingness. But when you cannot control your own mind, it can be the most frustrating thing possible. And potentially the most destructive.

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Jan
16

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Kevin Hart fails to bring the funny to The Wedding Ringer

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Kevin Hart and Josh Gad team up for ‘The Wedding Ringer,’ but you may want to think twice about accepting an invitation to this wedding.

 

I was not particularly impressed Kevin Hart’s latest movie The Wedding Ringer. Don’t get me wrong, there were funny moments but in between I was kind of bored. The premise of this movie is that a successful nerd can land the woman of his dreams and live happily ever after. He’s been great at making money but he doesn’t have a clue about social skills. This man has no friends. His big dilemma is how to obtain said friends when his wedding is in two weeks.

I don’t know where to begin with this one

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Jan
16

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Blackhat fails to overcome a lack of story and vision

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Michael Mann’s latest, ‘Blackhat,’ was mentioned as an Oscar-caliber release. The final product is a mess, an average story that was victim to terrible over-editing. Not even Thor’s abs could turn things around.

 

January is not a month known for successful film launches. Sure, Oscar hopefuls who squeaked in via limited release before the end of the year see wider releases, but otherwise, January is where many projects go to die. When Blackhat – a film that was at one time talked about in Oscar circles – was scheduled for January, doubt began to creep in. But it’s Michael Mann, man! Director of one of my all time favorites, Heat. Not to mention mega-star Chris Hemsworth. It has to be good, right?

It isn’t horrible, but to call it good might be a bit of an overstatement.

Hemsworth plays Nicholas Hathaway, and is a bit of an unconventional choice for a hacker; how many high-end computer types do you know that look like Thor? We find Hathaway in prison, but conveniently the only person with information that can stop a new player who has already managed to melt down a Chinese nuclear plant and compromise the New York Stock Exchange. It’s a good thing his college roommate is the leader of the Chinese side of the task force working on the investigation, else Hathaway would have never had a chance to save the day, right? Continue reading 'Blackhat fails to overcome a lack of story and vision' »

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Jan
14

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Win passes to see The Boy Next Door in Baltimore, DC or Virginia Beach

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Can Jennifer Lopez survive a fatal attraction? Find out in her new thriller ‘The Boy Next Door.’ Read on to learn how you can win passes to the advance screening.

 

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CliqueClack has partnered with Universal Pictures to offer readers in Baltimore, DC and Virginia Beach an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new thriller The Boy Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth.

Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far.

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Jan
14

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Win passes to see The Boy Next Door in Boston or Hartford

Film Title: The Boy Next Door

Jennifer Lopez heats up the big screen – and her neighbor – in the thriller ‘The Boy Next Door.’ Find out how you can be one of the first to see the movie!

 

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CliqueClack has partnered with Universal Pictures to offer readers in Boston and Hartford an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new thriller The Boy Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth.

Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far.

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Jan
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Win free passes to see Blackhat in Boston, Hartford or Baltimore

Film Title: Blackhat

You could win free passes to see an advance screening of ‘Blackhat.’ Read on to learn how to be eligible to win.

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Universal Pictures to offer readers in Boston, Hartford and Baltimore a chance to attend an advance screening of the new action thriller Blackhat starring Chris Hemsworth. The screenings will take place on January 13. Passes will be awarded on January 10.

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