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MATINEE (1993)

USA, 1993 (MIFF 2010, Dante's Inferno)

Director: Joe Dante

“In this funny, philosophical salute to B-movies and the B-Moguls who made them, Dante looks back fondly on growing up with the apocalypse always in your mind.” - Washington Post

Genial, William Castle-esque impresario Lawrence Woosley heads to sunny Key West, Florida to launch his latest cinematic creation - a B-movie extravaganza (in Atomo-Vision and Rumble Rama) called MANT! But he finds the thrills of his monster-populated film competing with the chills of the Cuban Missile Crisis taking place just a few miles south. In Dante's subversive and affectionate portrait of Cold War America, it is hard to say which of the two are scarier, or more real.

“Joe Dante knows the truth - that the cinema of his childhood was haunted by the nation's guilt for Hiroshima.” - Bill Krohn

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HOMECOMING (2005)

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INNERSPACE (1987)

“If The ‘Burbs is a one-finger exercise on the themes of Rear Window, Innerspace is a big-budget remake of North by Northwest, with a script that is in many ways even better: certainly ... More »

GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990)

“The movie is smarter, wilder and more unfettered than the original Gremlins.” - New Yorker ... The Gremlins go to Manhattan in this brilliantly hyperbolic follow up the 1984 classic, which also ... More »

GREMLINS (1984)

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THE ‘BURBS (1989)

“A divine comedy full of corrosive humor… and a film that anticipates the Judd Apatow comedy brand, full of immature adults who fulfill (and enjoy) themselves through all forms of regressive ... More »

THE MOVIE ORGY (1968)

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