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Poltergeist Remake Is Spiritless

The closing credits for Gil Kenan’s remake of the 1982 horror classic Poltergeist feature the band Spoon covering the Cramps’ 1980 punk classic “TV Set.” Spoon is a tasteful, studious yet largely anodyne indie-rock outfit that has become an NPR staple; the Cramps were a scuzzy, unhinged psychobilly band whose most famous gig took Read More

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Beginners’ Luck

With an awful lot of American indies, there appears to be some sort of self-regulation in place preventing any serious highs or lows, any stylistic risks or surprises. Read More

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DreamWorks Phones Home

The cuddliest alien invasion movie ever, Home contains nifty turns of phrase and some actual, verifiable verbal wit, owing in large part to its source material, Adam Rex’s 2007 children’s book “The True Meaning of Smekday.” Read More

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The Slipper Fits in Cinderella Remake

Refreshingly free of all snark, the satisfying new live-action “Cinderella” from the princess manufacturing company known as Disney has generated a whirl of pre-screening publicity regarding the billowy blue gown with the terrifyingly narrow waist. Read More