Peter Martin
Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas, USA

Peter began contributing to the site in October 2005 and became Managing Editor in December 2011. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he lived in New York for more than a decade and currently lives in Dallas, Texas, where he is a proud member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association. He is on Twitter.

Opening: CREEP, A Shocking Found-Footage Feat

Films that inspire strong, even if divisive, reactions are much more preferable that those that make viewers toss up their hands or roll their eyes to signify "meh." Case in point: Creep, a found-footage film by Patrick Brice, co-starring Mark... More »
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Giveaway: WE ARE MONSTER -- Win 1 Of 5 Codes To Watch It Free

UPDATED: Giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! You've got to be strong to face up to the issues raised in the prison drama We Are Monster, which hits iTunes today. Here's the official synopsis: On the night... More »
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Melbourne 2015: A Relief But No Surprises; MIFF's Cannes Line-Up

The Melbourne International Film Festival Cannes line-up was announced recently. It has become a tradition now that the films MIFF has acquired from La Croisette are announced a month before the full line-up is unveiled.The list contains many films we... More »
  

Focus On Finland: Nordic Genre Industry Days Spotlights Upcoming European Genre Films

Later this week, Jalmari Helander's Big Game will open in select U.S. theaters, representing the first notable Finnish genre production (or co-production) to hit the States since the director's Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale a few years ago. But Helander... More »
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Review: RESULTS, Self-Absorbed To An Alarming, Insightful Degree

Polished and shiny, Andrew Bujalski's Results stands in stark visual contrast to the filmmaker's previous stylistic indulgence, Computer Chess. Shot in murky black and white with a primitive camera, Computer Chess focused on programmers at the dawn of the personal... More »
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Review: DOPE, Mushy Like A Marshmellow, And All The Better For It

A sparkling reinvention of the classic coming-of-age tale, Dope feels absolutely fresh, acknowledging modern realities while cultivating ancient strengths. Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar), the film sets up its hero Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his... More »
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Latin Beat: DESASTRES NATURALES And ABZURDAH, Alternatives To Hollywood

Big-budget productions from major Hollywood studios dominate the mid-year movie season throughout most of the world, but local, independently-produced films are still alive and well, even if they're a bit more challenging to discover. Here are a couple of suggestions.... More »
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The Many Faces Of Sir Christopher Lee

It is strange how the death of someone we don't know personally can sometimes have the impact it has. When the news became known yesterday that Sir Christopher Lee has died last weekend, it shocked me, which is frankly a... More »
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Review: WE ARE STILL HERE, An Authentic, Jolting Horror Thriller

The quiet before the storm is unsettling. It's a beautiful winter day in 1979. Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul (Andrew Sensenig) are driving to their new life in a new home in New England. Paul drives, calmly, while Anne emotes,... More »
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Review: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, Less Than What Came Before

As with the first two films in the series, Insidious: Chapter 3 delivers a very audience-friendly experience, which bolsters a tepid movie that is only occasionally effective. Writer Leigh Whannell, making his directorial debut, includes an abundance of moments intended... More »
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Review: ENTOURAGE, Exhausting And Insulting And Discouraging

The television series Entourage ran for eight seasons on HBO, but I checked out sometime during the third season in 2006, burned out on the show's consistently tasteless humor and refusal to engage with its subject matter on anything more... More »
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Eli Roth's THE GREEN INFERNO Will Head To Theaters After All

Eli Roth's The Green Inferno is heading to theaters in the U.S. on September 25, 2015. The horror picture debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013 and made the genre fest rounds after that before getting picked up... More »
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70s Rewind: EARTHQUAKE, My Favorite Disaster Porn

Before I knew anything about human sexuality, I had become far too intimate with disaster porn. That's because I grew up in the 1970s, when disaster movies fornicated freely with all-star casts and state-of-the-art special effects to deliver orgasms of... More »
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Review: SAN ANDREAS, Disastrous To A Fault

Look out, earthquakes! Mess with Dwayne Johnson's family and he will punch you in the nose. Completely divorced from reality, San Andreas is a large-scale, family-first action movie that stars Dwayne Johnson and millions, perhaps billions, of pixels, all gathering... More »
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Review: POLTERGEIST, A Remake That Resembles The Original A Little Too Closely

"They're here!" The original Poltergeist looms large in modern popular culture, the 1982 film having grown in stature over the years to the point where it's considered a classic of the haunted house genre. Indeed, the original is a very... More »
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Latin Beat: PERLA And Pablo Larraín's EL CLUB, Watch Trailers For Upcoming Chilean Releases

Two local films will be opening in theaters in Chile over the next couple of weeks, according to Jaime Grijalba Gomez, our Santiago-based correspondent. Are they worthy of your time and attention? Let's take a closer look. ... More »
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Now Playing: POLTERGEIST OST, Music To Fight Ghosts

Marc Streitenfeld's original musical score for Poltergeist made me extremely tense and nervous. Which actually made me feel better, once I realized it was the music I was playing and not my mind playing tricks with me. I have no... More »
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The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worlds of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

What will the future look like? In Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller and his fabulous team conjure up strikingly distinct landscapes for what is, in essence, a chase movie. Yet it's a chase movie with great empathy for... More »
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EDEN Trailer: A Sprawling, Musical Look Back At The 90s

Ah, the 1990s, when the world turned upside down and nothing would ever be the same again! But enough about me, what about the French electronic dance music scene? Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden is "a sprawling and epic look back" at that... More »
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THE WOLFPACK Trailer: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, The Wolfpack tells the amazing true story of five brothers who grew up while locked in an apartment in New York City. The first trailer, which you can watch below, lays out... More »
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