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Stallone returns with grit and gore in ‘Rambo Last Blood’

Before effects could endear superheroes routinely with advanced super powers, moviegoers cheered other humans empowered with extraordinary strength, and reflexes.Billy Jack (Tom Laughlin), a cross between an underdog crusader and diversity spreading martial arts guru, dominated the 1970s ...

Controversial film postponed in light of violence

Editor's note: The views expressed in Graffiti are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of Graffiti, its editors or staff."The Hunt" has been tracked, trashed and degraded. It's made an "enemy" of Fox News and its viewers - based on two 30-second ...

Tarantino’s Hollywood love story true to form

Quentin Tarantino has gone from reinvented westerns to stretching slasher torture techniques a step behind exploitation, where a gasp shock at the "Hostel" comes close to "Mark of the Devil's" grab the provided emergency cleanliness bag.Alluring Leonardo DiCaprio, as Rick Dalton, former star ...

‘Shaft’ gets updated for millenial generation

Isaac Hayes took home a Grammy and an Oscar for his hybrid jazzy score where "they are talking about Shaft.......we can dig it.""Shaft's" millennial reinvention accomplishes a societal paradox --- bringing three generations together, mostly in a comedic vein.John Shaft, Jr. (Jessie T. Usher) ...

Alien superhero story – with a twist

What if Ma and Pa Kent had rescued and adopted a juvenile Kryptonian delinquent? In "Blackburn," Tori and Kyle Breyer (Elizabeth Banks, David Denman) adopt Brandon (Jackson Dunn) whose capsule crashed on the outer reaches of the Breyer farm.As he matures, Brandon discovers an immunity to pain ...

Dean Cain will star with WV students in ‘Zombie High School’

After the bell rings for summer break, Harrison County, WV teens will be involved in a summer project unlike any other. Along with actor/producer/TV show host Dean Cain, local kids will star in JC Films' "Zombie High School." Shooting will take place at Bridgeport Middle School in mid-July.This ...

‘Mine 9’ gritty and too close to home

Ordinarily, coal miners refer their underground workplace as a "pit of hell." They ask their Maker to watch over them before descending and that the "Lord allows to come out again."New Martinsville native Eddie Mensore wrote, produced and directed a tense film, in which nine miners working on ...

‘Us’ is another horrific hit from Peele

What is a doppelganger? If you don't already know, don't Google it until after you have seen Jordan Peele's 'Us,' which could be subtitled 'Watch Out For Strangers in Red?Suits,' a carnival that has lots of rabbit holes, a prophetic Bible verse from Jeremiah 11:11 which concerns God's promises ...

Eagerly awaiting Captain Marvel

Bang it's a bird. Wow. A man of steel - no a woman. Shazam.Already critical blurbs are showing awesome reactions to "Captain Marvel" (Disney/Marvel) starring Brie Larson, even as a male-versus-female controversy emerges. Gender flack aside, Kayti Burt of Den of Geek tweeted:1. Cat people will ...

‘Happy death Day 2 U’ full of more laughs than scares

Expecting a mostly light horror outing, "Happy Death Day 2 U" crowds a college years comedic parody with a "Quantum Leap" time loop trap a la "Groundhog Day," creating the funniest horror oddity I've seen in near eternity ("Scream," "Scary Movie," "Love at First Bite" are predecessors).Director ...