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    5 Films That Influence 'The Witch,' Sundance's Scariest Horror Movie

    For those who weren't at Sundance this year, hold on to your hats when 'The Witch' hits theaters from A24 this year.

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    'True Detective' Season 2: Where Are We Now?

    With today's confirmation that Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly will join previously announced cast members Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, the second season of HBO's hit crime drama is coming into focus. Here's a rundown of what we know, what's merely rumored, and what we want from t...

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    Daily Reads: Women Pioneers in Horror, How 'The Exorcist' Messed Us Up and More

    Plus: how "Nightcrawler" pulled off that car chase, and defining "religious cinema."

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    Criticwire Classic of the Week: William Friedkin's 'The Exorcist'

    This week's Criticwire Classic is as much about crisis of faith and God's silence as it is about soup-vomiting demons.

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    Daily Reads: The Best Sports Documentaries, Better Female Representation in Movies and More

    Plus: Why "How to Train Your Dragon 3" was delayed, and whether William Friedkin's "Cruising" was good for gays.

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    Daily Reads: 'Snowpiercer' and New Media, William Friedkin Endorses 'The Exorcist' Explanation and More

    Plus: M. Night Shyamalan as the last original blockbuster director, and what African-Americans do and don't watch on Cable TV.

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    Now Streaming: 'Sorcerer' and 'Palo Alto' Hit VOD

    This week's VOD releases bring strong films from a master and a progeny of New Hollywood.

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    William Friedkin Makes a Midler Musical, Defends Digital, Restores 'Sorcerer,' Reveres Old Studios

    The director has been keeping busy not only writing his memoir, The Friedkin Connection, and directing such films as Tracy Lett's adaptation of "Killer Joe," starring Matthew McConaughey, but many operas. He's legendary for his intensity and demands for excellence--but the results speak for themselv...

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