Pete Vonder Haar

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  • In recent years, American horror movie fans have largely found themselves choosing between two generally unappetizing categories: "found footage" (the better to skimp on your budget, my dear) and remakes, which always struck me as particularly...

  • Everybody needs a mentor. Unfortunately, when you're a recent transplant to suburban Virginia who's not quite fitting in at your new prep school, options may be limited. For example: the terminally ill, ex-CIA assassin who lives next door, as is...

  • Finland, as any fourth-grade book report could tell you, is a land of contrasts. This explains how director Jalmari Helander can combine scenes of timeless natural beauty with action and dialogue straight out of a 1980s Golan-Globus production....

  • You needn't have ever lived in New York City to know what to expect from movies based in the Big Apple: namely, the love-hate relationship longtime residents have for a city that's constantly changing, often in maddening ways. In Richard...

  • The problem with inspirational biopics is keeping the person at the center of the story relatable and realistic rather than deifying them. Christina Noble's story is eminently -- almost heartbreakingly -- grounded, and the aptly titled...

  • The average person -- almost by definition -- doesn't have a lot in common with the world of haute couture, what with its financially inaccessible clothing and romantically unattainable models. That's the only reason for the existence of...

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