CANDYMAN – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Beyond its success at breathing new life into a decades’ old story, Candyman is a reminder that horror movies don’t have to be formulaic scare machines. Fun though body-count movies can be, more ambitious horror films operate on different levels, delivering the shocks and scares while exploring material that’s disturbing on a different level.

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CANDYMAN – Review by Leslie Combemale

Candyman leverages visual art and the film’s stars to consider the history of racial subjugation, the ongoing trauma of police violence and discrimination, and the way white supremacy continues to be leveraged to benefit white America. It’s when it rises above subtext and action and is telegraphed through conversation that it loses its audience.

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CANDYMAN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

I had never seen the 1992 horror film Candyman, and I’m so glad I watched it before I saw the new movie of the same name. This is being promoted as a “spiritual sequel” to the ’92 film, but it’s very much a direct follow-on from the original story. Both films use horror to delve deeper into humanity’s dark side.

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US – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The brilliant writer-director deftly avoids the dreaded sophomore slump following his socially conscious 2017 Oscar-winning blockbuster “Get Out,” for which he became first African-American screenwriter to win the Academy Award for best original screenplay, by crafting an even more ambitious, frightening and twisty thriller.

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SXSW 2019: Stories of Women’s Resilience and Independence – Roxanne Hadadi reports

This year, South by Southwest Film Festival felt like a declarative celebration of women’s stories and female filmmakers. From its diverse slate of narrative, documentary, and short films to its Grand Jury and Audience Awards, at the core of its programming were films made by and about women.

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