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.

Los Cabos 2015 Dispatch: Atom Egoyan Talks REMEMBER On A Day That Turned Very Dark

Early Friday morning, I awoke early on a glorious, sunny day to attend a press screening of Atom Egoyan's Remember at the Los Cabos International Film Festival in Baja California Sur, Mexico. By the time I returned to my hotel... More »
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Los Cabos 2015 Dispatch: QUEEN OF EARTH, SLEEPING GIANT, And CAROL, An Impressive Trio

It's gorgeous and sunny today but yesterday the weather was overcast at the Los Cabos International Film Festival, which made it just a tiny bit easier to ignore the beautiful surroundings and head inside to watch movies. Happily, the trio... More »
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Review: SPOTLIGHT, A True Story Proves Both Enthralling And Appalling

Consistently gripping, Tom McCarthy's Spotlight tells the true story of an investigation by the Boston Globe newspaper that had far-ranging implications. The film serves as a tribute to the power of the press, as well as a warning sign for... More »
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Los Cabos 2015 Dispatch: DEMOLITION, Rock 'n' Roll And The Red Carpet

The Los Cabos International Film Festival opened last night with a red-carpet gala presentation of Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolition. The event was a living representation of the conflicts dramatized in the film. Jared Leto, resplendent in red hair and black leather... More »
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Los Cabos 2015 Preview: Mexico, Canada, And U.S. Get A New Spotlight

The fourth edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival kicks off tonight with the Mexican premiere of Demolition, which is part of a tribute to filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée. The festival is held in Cabo San Lucas, located at the... More »
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AYAMÉ Teases Irish Sci-Fi

I'm Irish, I love science fiction, and I love movies. So it feels like Ayamé was custom-designed for me. According to its official description, the film is "set in the near future. The story revolves around a rescue mission on... More »
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Review: TRUMBO Hits The Right (Typewriter) Keys

For people who pound away at keyboards for a living, Trumbo is inherently nostalgic, presenting a romantic vision of a life enjoyed by only a few. Slumped in a bathtub to ease his back pains, Dalton Trumbo slaves away, staring... More »
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Giveaway: Win Tickets to #HORROR At New York City Horror Film Festival

Next week, the city that never sleeps will have good reason to stay awake. The New York City Horror Film Festival will be held November 12-15, and courtesy of IFC Midnight and the festival, we have four pairs of tickets... More »
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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS International Trailer: "I'm Rey. I'm Finn."

A fresh new Japanese trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens features fresh new footage that largely centers around Rey, the character played by Daisy Ridley, and includes a moment when she introduces herself to John Boyega. Good stuff. You can... More »
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LONDON HAS FALLEN Trailer: "I Want You To Kill Me." Whatever You Say, Mr. President!

The unluckiest American president in history returns in a new trailer for London Has Fallen, which lays waste to a great city and gives a bunch of good actors an opportunity to earn some pocket change. Gerard Butler also returns... More »
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New THE HATEFUL EIGHT Trailer Features Brutality In The West

Quentin Tarantino protested police brutality recently, and his words have gotten him in hot water with police groups in the U.S. nationwide. The director has been unapologetic in his latest response, leading to a verbal standoff amidst calls for a... More »
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Fantasy Thriller THE CURSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY Heads For 2016 Release

Fantasy thriller The Curse of Sleeping Beauty has been acquired for release by XLrator Media for release in 2016. Directed by Pearry Teo, who wrote the screenplay with Josh Nadler, the film stars Ethan Peck, India Eisley, Natalie Hall, and... More »
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STAR TREK: Stream Me Up, Scotty

A new Star Trek series is on its way to the streaming universe. The series will debut in January 2017, according to Deadline, and will be available to watch exclusively on CBS All Access, a streaming service available on a... More »
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Exclusive Concept Art: FINNS HÄR NÅGRA SNÄLLA BARN, Pippi Longstocking With Zombies

Here in the U.S., we are about to suffer the full onslaught of "the holiday movie season," which means we are stuck with picking between populist blockbusters, family comedies, and award-seeking dramas, with genre fare generally relegated to the sidelines.... More »
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Review: BURNT, In Search Of Excellence (And A Story, And Authentic Characters, And...)

Bradley Cooper is not content with two stars. Oh no, no, no, he wants three stars, dang it, because that is what leading men always want: more, more, more! In Burnt, a new film by pedestrian director John Wells (The... More »
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Exclusive Clip From UNCANNY: "I Made Him"

Robots are all the rage right now, with multiple television shows exploring a near-future in which mechanical men and women are indistinguishable from flesh and blood human beings. Personally, as a long-time lover of all things robotic -- thank you,... More »
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Review: OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, Politics In A Familiar Nutshell

What an odd little beast! Neither fish nor fowl, the highly-fictionalized Our Brand Is Crisis acknowledges that it was "suggested" by Rachel Boynton's same-titled 2005 documentary. That film, which I have not seen, revolved around two male political strategists --... More »
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DRAGON'S LAIR: THE MOVIE Starts Crowdfunding Campaign

The budget for a modern animated movie starts in the neighborhood of $75 million, so the crowdfunding campaign for a movie version of video arcade game Dragon's Lair is not intended to raise that kind of money. No, the intention... More »
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70s Rewind: FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE, In Praise Of Modest Frights

As a huge fan of 1970s cinema, it's always tempting to overpraise modestly entertaining movies. For comparison's sake to another decade, witness last week's effusive nostalgia for 1985's Back to the Future II, surely one of the most ghastly, sour... More »
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Review: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION, A Test Of Patience

Returning to the scene of the original crime, the sixth installment in the Paranormal Activity series is the weakest yet, lacking a compelling reason to exist, beyond a desire to extend the franchise. The previous edition, Paranormal Activity: The Marked... More »
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