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Spoiler Alert: The best movie clues you probably missed

Posted July 29, 2015, 4:07 PM

There was a time there in the late 1990s where it was in vogue for your film to have a twist ending. Call it the M. Night Shyamalan effect, but it seemed like every movie for a decade had a surprise ending.

Most of these twists came out of nowhere, but often filmmakers were too egoistic to simply throw in a complete blind turn. No, they littered their films with hints and clues that would point you in the right direction if you happened to be receptive to their subliminal messages.

Our good friends over at Screen Rant chose their top 10 best movie clues that you could find if you were only paying attention. Some are pretty obvious like The Sixth Sense that you can't miss once you see the twist, while others are coy and hard to catch even when...

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New trailer turns up the heat on 'The Scorch Trials'

Posted July 29, 2015, 4:07 PM

You may remember that one film that I recently discovered was The Maze Runner. It wasn't that I was intentionally avoiding the film, it's just that it sort of got lost in the shuffle of dystopian future teen films. I always intended to watch it, but I just kept putting it off.

Well, I've now gone the other way with the franchise. After enjoying The Maze Runner quite a bit, I picked up the second book in the series, The Scorch Trials, and just finished it today. Coincidentally, the film version of The Scorch Trials hits theaters on September 18 and a new trailer debuted in theaters last week with Paper Towns.

Having now read the book, it's pretty apparent that they made a couple of significant changes to the material for the film. Chief among them is the visibility of WCKD...

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Cooter's Watch List: A 'Comet' worth watching

Posted July 28, 2015, 4:07 PM

Well, it seems that most of you seem to like the new weekly list. Either that or your apathy has spoken for you. Whatever the case may be, I'm going to crank these out until enough of you complain.

This week's big releases include Home and The Water Diviner, but everyone knows about those, it's the smaller, independent fare that we will attempt to shed a light on here each week. This week, there's a little something for everyone and it was actually hard to whittle down the list to a manageable number.

Remember, let us know what you think of this new series and whether you agree or disagree with our selections. Let's illuminate the Cooter Watch List.


Admittedly this film will probably skew a bit younger than our target demographic, but there are a lot of us out there with kids...

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Monday Mixer: More psychology experiments turned into films

Posted July 27, 2015, 4:07 PM

Some weeks are more exciting than others. This week was not one of those weeks.

It seems that the heat of summer has finally caught up with us and it's beginning to show, both at theaters and at home. While technically not yet August, it might as well have been the most boring month of the year.

Seriously, is there any other month more boring that August? It's in the wind-down of summer, but it's too hot and humid to actually want to get out in the roiling soup that is muggy August. From a geek perspective, it's post-San Diego Comic Con and most of the summer blockbusters have already unspooled much earlier in the year.

Last year, we sort of had an August reprieve with the unexpected smash hit that was Guardians of the Galaxy. It gave us a great month in...

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New 'Mockingjay' trailer foretells the end of 'The Hunger Games'

Posted July 23, 2015, 2:07 PM

All good things must come to an end, right? That's doubly true for the final installment of The Hunger Games. Despite filmmakers' attempts to prolong the franchise by taking the last book of the trilogy and splitting it into two films, Katniss Everdeen will finally hang up her bow this November.

I find that final chapters are bittersweet these days. As much as we wish that these stories could go on forever, most of them have overstayed their welcome by the time the last reel of film runs out. I think you saw that with The Hobbit and Twilight and despite my enjoyment of The Hunger Games films, it's time to put a fork in the franchise.

It's not that I didn't care for Mockingjay Part 1, but it was only half a movie. There was hardly any action or real forward...

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Cooter's Watch List: James Franco, Scooby-Doo and Jimmy Hoffa

Posted July 22, 2015, 5:07 PM

Welcome to the inaugural column in what will hopefully become an ongoing series of staff picks stories where we highlight some of the lesser known offerings each week. As my partner in crime has rightfully pointed out, I have a serial case of creating "ongoing pieces" and then letting them slip through the cracks.

While this statement is certainly true, I'm really excited about this new endeavor. Let's face it, it's becoming increasingly hard to find a local video store. I'm not talking about Blockbuster or the other faceless behemoths that preyed upon the excess of the 1990s only to succumb to the economic setback of the mid 2000s. No, I'm talking about your local independent video store where the employees not only know your name, but also your favorite films and directors.

These are the places where you can walk in...

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James Bond up to his old tricks in new 'Spectre' trailer

Posted July 22, 2015, 10:07 AM

Just when things were going so well for Spectre, Sony decides to fall back upon tried and true tropes when it comes to James Bond trailers. Yes, everyone wants to see James Bond kicking butt in a variety of disparate locales, but sometimes subtlety works even better.

Up to this point, the marketing plan for Spectre has been cloaked in shadow just like Christoph Waltz' character. But, in this trailer, Sony pulls back the cloak and bathes light on the film and Christoph Waltz. While the use of shadows gave way to speculation that Waltz might be playing legendary Bond baddie and Spectre leader Blofeld, the reveal of Waltz' Franz Oberhauser seemingly puts this debate to rest.

Or does it?

While Blofeld's trademark scar and white cat are missing, Christoph Waltz is wearing a Nehru jacket similar to the one that Blofeld always...

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Undiscovered Picks

Upcoming movies worth watching that you may not have heard of.

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  • The Surface
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  • Lila & Eve
  • The Infinite Man