Dawn of the Dead

Zombie movies are a fascinating genre. With their emphasis on the menace of the mindless crowd they are often as much satire as horror, and there are few zombie films that offer more sly humor than George A. Romero's  ...

Secret Window

Four Past Midnight (2004), Stephen King (includes the short story on which Secret Window is based) A movie about story telling can be a tough call for a reviewer, who has to decide  ...

The Butterfly Effect

Alternate timelines have long been a staple of science fiction and fantasy. Their implications have been examined in classics like Ursula Le Guin's novel The Lathe of Heaven and more recently in films like Run Lola Run and Frequency.  ...

Gothika

Three years ago there was The Gift and What Lies Beneath. Now there is Gothika, the latest in a horror subgenre that features wet female ghosts popping out of the scenery and goosing screams out of the protagonist and  ...

Scary Movie 3

Parodies are a guilty pleasure. In some rare cases, they can offer pointed insight into the sheer silliness that drives some genres, but for the most part they're a way to while away the time. Whether or not a  ...

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle's novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles is probably the most frequently dramatized of all the Sherlock Holmes stories. Most remembered is the 1939 movie with Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as a bumbling Watson,  ...

Goodbye Mr. Chips

Early in Masterpiece Theater's Goodbye Mr. Chips the new Latin teacher, Mr. Chipping (Martin Clunes), is led to his first class at the Brookfield school by John Rivers, a self-possessed teenager who sails through the campus like a prince  ...

Out of Time

Timing is everything in this engrossing film that pits an only slightly corrupt cop played by Denzel Washington against the speed of FAX machines, email, telephones, paperwork and a smart estranged wife who also happens to be a homicide  ...

Cold Creek Manor

A well off urban family trying to get away from it all occupies a house in the country and incurs the simmering resentment of its downwardly mobile former occupant. This simple plot has been made into a subtle, chilling  ...