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    Fantastic Fest Review: With ‘Frankenweenie,' Tim Burton Revives Pet Project, Returns to Form

    "Frankenweenie" is probably Tim Burton’s best film in almost a decade, but that’s not much of a compliment. With his last five films, the filmmaker responsible for some of the most fun, mischievous and magical cinema of the past 25 years has settled into a disappointing routine of utterly safe “w...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: 'Frankenweenie' Is an Old-School Gothic Treat From Tim Burton

    While nearly 30 years have passed since the original stop-motion animated "Frankenweenie" short that presaged Tim Burton's commercial success, the director's faithful feature-length adaptation retains so much of the original's old-school appeal that it could have been made in the same nascent period...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' Is A Rousing Return To Form

    For the last decade or so, visionary filmmaker Tim Burton, once known for original concoctions like "Edward Scissorhands," has gotten very good at taking studio assignments for pre-existing properties that seem to roughly fit within his wheelhouse ("Planet of the Apes," "Cha...

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    In Praise of Fantastic Fest

    I'm off for a week of crazy movies in Austin, Texas. Here's why.

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    Fantastic Fest Announces Final Wave of Genre Goodie Programming

    The final wave of programming for Austin's Fantastic Fest (September 20-27) is now live. Included in the lineup, which mixes new films with repertory selections, are Brandon Cronenberg's "Antiviral," Ted Kotcheff's 1971 Palme d'or nominee "Wake in Fright," Luis Prieto's remake of Nicolas Winding Ref...

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    'Red Dawn' To Close Fantastic Fest

    Fantastic Fest has announced that world premiere of "Red Dawn" will close the festival on September 27th.

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    'Red Dawn' To Premiere & Close Fantastic Fest, Plus Three New Images Of The Cast

    "Red Dawn," the 1984 John Milius film, is a '80s cold-war classic. Not because it's amazing (it's a fun teen actioner), but because of the nostalgia factor involved. And hell, arriving in the heart of the tense Regan/Gorbachev years, it spoke to a lot of us growing up...

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    Fantastic Fest Sets Second Wave of 2012 Programming, Including 'Looper,' 'Holy Motors' and World Premiere of 'The American Scream'

    Fantastic Fest announced its second wave of programming this morning, including special screenings of Rian Johnson's "Looper" and Scott Derrickson’s “Sinister." The lineup also includes the world premieres of "The American Scream," from the filmmaking team be...

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    Fantastic Fest Announces First Titles; 'Dredd 3D' and 'Wrong' Make the Cut

    Following last month's news that "Frankenweenie," Tim Burton's latest foray into stop-motion animation, will open this year's edition of Fantastic Fest in Austin, the festival has announced its first wave of film programming. The biggest addition to the lineup is the red c...

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    Will Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Premiere At Fantastic Fest?

    In case you missed it, this weekend we dove deep into the breathtaking full trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," investigating the spot from all angles in what is easily one of our most anticipated films of the year. Now the question is: where will it premiere? While the Ve...

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