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Tale of Tales

Once upon a time, Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone decided to make a movie in English. Not just any movie in English, though -- this one weaves together three Italian fairy tales that were collected by Giambattista Basile in a book called The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones. Basile was one of the people who inspired the Brothers Grimm to collect the folk tales of Germany before it was Germany.

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The king and queen of Longtrellis. Because you need some fairy-tale royalty.

Judas Ghost

At some point in your life, you've probably been forced to sit through some sort of training film. No one wants to watch them and certainly no one wants to make them, but there's always someone who has to do one or the other, or both. There are probably training films about how to make training films. Even so, some such films are bound to be more exciting than others, like the ones made for trainee ghost hunters.

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Jerry and Mark. Note that Jerry's shirt didn't start out that color.

Death in the Desert

Sometimes my habit of trying not to know too much about a movie before watching it backfires, since in this case it might have been nice to know going in that Death in the Desert was based on a true story -- on the book of the same name, in fact. A casino mogul named Ted Binion died of a drug overdose back in 1998, and his girlfriend and an employee of his were tried for the murder -- twice, actually, since an appeals court reopened the case after they were both convicted. Sounds like a decent story to turn into a movie, right?

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Ray and Kim out shooting, while Kim wonders why he's wearing that shirt.

The Witch

Witches and Puritans -- they just go together, don't they? The average history lesson usually makes it seem like all the Puritans agreed on things like religious issues and the difficult problem of how to tell when someone's casting evil spells on your best milking cow, but really they probably disagreed on important matters at least as much as your average GOP presidential candidates.

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Tomasin shrieking. When all else fails, scream. That always works, right?

The Summoners

So you've got a deserted warehouse late at night, three teenage girls looking for thrills, and the spirit of a dead child molester. What could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, even with only six minutes for bad things to happen, an awful lot.

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They don't need no stinkin' Ouija boards.

Age of the Dead (aka Anger of the Dead)

Yep, it's another zombie movie review. At this rate, I may end up changing my name to the Undead Movie Critic Next Door. Mm, braaainss.

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Unnamed prisoner running... in plain sight on the road with cars chasing her.

Halloween Girl

It's a bit late for Halloween, but seeing as it's my favorite holiday reviewing a short called Halloween Girl seems like a good way to make the season last. Also, it's a lot more fun than packing up presents to mail.

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The Halloween Girl. Definitely creepy, but how dangerous she is is less certain.

Nightmare Code

The Code in Nightmare Code does refer to programming, and a knowledge of coding might allow you to find some interesting references here and there. But luckily all you really need to know for your movie-watching enjoyment is what it's like to face a deadline you're not sure you'll be able to make, and I think anyone who's ever gone to school has suffered through that.

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Brett interviews the team. ROPER learns a lot from this, I'm sure.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

I know, I know, it's another zombie movie already, but hey, it's Halloween. And it's considerably different from Survivors, anyway. Somehow blending horror and comedy often seems to result in the sort of comedy I can't discuss in detail in a family-friendly review, and this movie is no exception, but in-between the cringe-worthy jokes it was a pretty fun movie.

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Carter pauses for a selfie during the zombie apocalypse.

Survivors

It's hard to believe we've had almost a half-century of the zombie-style post-apocalyptic genre -- and that's only going back to 1968 and Night of the Living Dead, never mind the very early zombie flicks of the 1930's. But though there are relatively high-budget zombie films like the 28 duology which are already becoming classics, the low-budget zombie movies don't have to suffer when compared to their wealthier cousins, and Survivors proves it.

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A man and his victim. No, that isn't a zombie menacing the helpless young woman.