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Ouija: Spiffy Premise, Cookie Cutter Movie!

Ouija - Universal - 11-23-14

Remember those Ouija boards that we used to use to scare ourselves silly when we were kids? Well, there’s a microbudgeted horror film about some kids who get into big supernatural trouble because they didn’t follow the rules. It’s a pretty lame effort at bringing classic (which is to say clichéd) tropes to an adolescent-friendly introduction to Horror 101, but it’ll make a big profit even if only does have its predicted $20 mill opening weekend.

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As Above So Below: Surprisingly Decent Little Horrorshow!

Scarlett Tunneling

So, you’ve got elements of Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones; overt references to Dante and less overt references to Sartre; a strong (maybe even ridiculously strong ) female lead and the Philosopher’s Stone. What could that possibly add up to? A movie that is significantly better than its pathetic trailers (as with the folks that did the trailers for And So It Goes, the people who did these trailers should really never be allowed to work again). Just don’t go if you’re really, really claustrophobic.

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Lucy Is a Magnificent Mess!

Lucy

No one has ever accused Luc Besson of being a master filmmaker – despite gems like Léon: the Professional, La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element. Part of that is because he likes to juxtapose things that are utterly real with things that are utterly ridiculous. Usually, that means putting a down-to-earth old school spy next to someone who looks like Emma Peel, or creating an utterly fantastical world and making the lead a real-guy cabbie. With Lucy, he takes three genres – an intense drug thriller, an over-the-top action movie, and a psychedelic would-be philosophical statement – and crams them together in unexpected ways. Somehow, it works.

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Monstrous Trailer: Dracula Untold!

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With vampires of the monstrous, non-sparkly variety about to make a comeback on FX’s The Strain, it’s interesting to discover a trailer for Dracula Untold – Legendary Picture’s first big release in partnership with Universal Pictures. It’s a tale of sacrifice, as Dracula surrenders his humanity for the power to save his family and his people.

It looks like it could be either a brilliant reimagining or an utter flop. Either way, you can check out the trailer following the jump. Dracula Untold hopes to pump other people’s blood into theaters on October 17th.

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A Million Ways to Die in the West – People Die at the Fair!

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane plays a guy who gets shot and dumped by his girlfriend on the same day in his Western spoof, A Million Ways to Die in the West. I’m not sure why he thought a Western would be the way to go for his second movie – and the first in which he stars – but it turns out to pretty entertaining for about ninety minutes. Too bad it’s 115 minutes long.

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Universal Pictures CinemaCon Presentation featured Fifty Shades of Grey, Lucy and more!

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Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley came to the CinemaCon party ready to rock and roll. The audience was thrilled to see brand new trailers for most of their upcoming slate of films. We were treated to sneak peaks from several highly anticipated films from 2015 including a very surprising first look at Fifty Shades of Grey. While the presentation lacked star power and sizzle, it did have a lot of meat for us to chew on. We even got a surprise appearance by Angelina.

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