RENFIELD – Review by Susan Granger

For many years, Nicolas Cage refused to play Dracula, turning down major studio films but – now – he’s the legendary, bloodthirsty Count in Renfield. He doesn’t star in this thriller/horror comedy. Instead, the grisly story revolves around Robert Montague Renfield (Nicholas Hoult), Count Dracula’s long-suffering servant – a.k.a. “familiar” – whose job is to bring the infamous Transylvanian vampire fresh victims while he keeps up his super-strength by eating insects. Renfield first appears at a church group therapy session in present-day New Orleans. Coaxed by the support group’s leader, he confesses, “I am in a destructive relationship.”

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ONLY IN THEATERS – Review by Lois Alter Mark

A love letter to movies, Only in Theaters is a must-see for anyone who has experienced the emotional power of watching a film in a dark room with a group of strangers – in other words, everyone. As much as it’s a celebration of cinema, though, Raphael Sbarge’s surprisingly moving documentary about Laemmle Theaters also serves as a cautionary tale about the future of the industry in this age of streaming.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Elizabeth Banks’ Live Action on THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Elizabeth Banks is jumping on board Universal’s live-action adaptation of The Magic School Bus, and she will produce the movie as well as star as adventurous teacher Ms. Frizzle. Ryan Christians from Marc Platt Productions will oversee production with Sara Scott and Lexi Barta from Universal Pictures.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jamie Lee Curtis Signs on for HALLOWEEN sequels – Brandy McDonnell reports

Following the global fan enthusiasm for last year’s “Halloween,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and directed by David Gordon Green, which became the highest-grossing installment in the classic horror franchise, Universal Pictures has announced release dates for two new films in the iconic “Halloween” series, starring Curtis.

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