Oculus jumps back and forth in time with Garrett Ryan and Annalise Basso playing younger versions of Tim and Kaylie. Relativity Media

Review: 'Oculus' takes you though the looking glass, with mixed effect

A mirror traditionally symbolizes truth, but director Mike Flanagan and his co-writer Jeff Howard rework it to represent deception and uncertainty in Oculus. The result is a mildly scary horror movie and an absolutely terrifying psychological thriller. Alan Russell (Rory Cochrane) and his wife, Marie (Katee Sackhof …

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  1. Review: 'Oculus' takes you though the looking glass, with mixed effect

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    A mirror traditionally symbolizes truth, but director Mike Flanagan and his co-writer Jeff Howard rework it to represent deception and uncertainty in Oculus. The result is a mildly scary horror movie and an absolutely terrifying psychological thriller.

    Oculus jumps back and forth in time with Garrett Ryan and Annalise Basso playing younger versions of Tim and Kaylie.
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    Not too long ago Dylan Baldi was in his Ohio bedroom making indecisive, messy guitar-driven songs, and returning with a third album, Here and Nowhere Else, Baldi and his two bandmates have retained the momentum from the hyped bedroom days.

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    Nick and Jess are broken up, but that's okay, because we've officially moved on to another adorable couple on Fox Tuesday nights: The Mindy Project's Danny and Mindy. Oh, wait, they broke up too? Geez.

    WEDNESDAY

    The …

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    Here's an interesting exercise in music criticism: Minimize Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, etc. — whichever application enables you to listen to the album — and evaluate, on a scale of 1 to 10, how easily you are able to mark where one song ends and where another begins. 10 would be the standard I expect of …

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    Nothing is more red, write and blue than political scandal, and Captain America uncovers a doozy in his sequel, The Winter Soldier. Not only is democracy's foundation shaken but an entire television series must also now be overhauled. Pray for our nation.

    Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, released by Marvel (Disney)
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    It felt like getting left at the altar. Hurt, shock, confusion — all rolled into one, at the exact moment you thought would be the happiest of your life. A slap in the face.

    Ted (Josh Radnor) finally finishes telling his kids the story of how he met their mother, Tracy (Cristin Milioti), in the series finale. No time was devoted to her death. Where was Ted’s mourning?
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    Christmas came early, everyone. I mean, at least it did for me. I remember listening to Mac DeMarco's first full-length album, Mac DeMarco 2, and bobbing my head like a weirdo alone in my bedroom as I did my art homework, the short two- to three-minute songs passing by too fast, like summer. The goofy, gap-tooth …

  9. The genius of Wes Anderson that is 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

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    Farcical pleasures are plentiful in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, set in an eastern European republic steeped in Marxism.

    Groucho, not Karl.

    Newcomer Tony Revolori plays the lobby boy who’s going places, and Ralph Fiennes (you-know-who) is the concierge in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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    Those who arrive, survive … for now. The fourth season of The Walking Dead wrapped Sunday night, taking nearly all of the central cast to the long-sought Terminus, a mysterious safe haven alluded to for weeks via advertisements along various railroad tracks. Numerous theories attempted to predict what …

    The Walking Dead’s long, sometimes trying back half of Season 4 doesn’t end with a bang. But Rick is back in a big way.