Peter Martin
Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas, USA

Peter began contributing to the site in October 2005 and became Managing Editor in December 2011. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he lived in New York for more than a decade and currently lives in Dallas, Texas, where he is a proud member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association. He is on Twitter.

Giveaway: Win An ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG Prize Pack

For those who still believe in romance -- there must be at least a few of you, right? -- Emily Ting's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong plunges into a relationship between two people that may (or may not) be fated... More »
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Review: TOUCHED WITH FIRE, Earnest And Sincere About Bipolar Disorder

Earnest. Very, very earnest. And sincere; very, very sincere. And beyond that, what can one say about a film that deals so nakedly with a very serious illness -- point out it has pimples? Touched With Fire, originally titled Mania... More »
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THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR First Trailer: Wanna Kill A Politician?

Following The Purge, which terrorized Ethan Hawke and his family at their suburban home, and The Purge: Anarchy, which followed Frank Grillo as he sought his own sort of vengeance in the city, The Purge: Election Year finds Mr. Grillo... More »
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70s Rewind: THE LAST DETAIL, Jack Nicholson At His Finest

What's extraordinary about The Last Detail is how ordinary it is. Three sailors on a road trip. In an era replete with road trips. And a time when military characters in movies were most often objects of ridicule or pity.... More »
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Review: THE CHOICE, Why Some People Remain Single

I am a single person who has never read a novel by Nicholas Sparks. Nor, until now, had I ever seen any of the movies based on his books. What kind of monster am I? Sparks is the Stephen King... More »
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Review: In PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, The P&P Is Fine, But The Z Is ZZZ

Neither as bad as it might have been nor as good as it needs to be, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies lands in that yawning chasm between promising premises and satisfying screen experiences. The movie smacks of shrewd marketing calculations,... More »
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Review: HOW TO EAT YOUR WATERMELON IN WHITE COMPANY (AND ENJOY IT) Gets Revolutionary

Melvin Van Peebles is an amazing real-life character. As documented in Joe Angio's How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It), Van Peebles lived his life as he saw fit from an early age, following his artistic... More »
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Critical Distance: A TRANSPARENT Look At MOZART IN THE JUNGLE

The sophomore slump poses a very real danger to critically-praised creative debuts. On the small screen, all one needs to do is point to HBO's True Detective, a show that dissolved into frustrating nothingness during its second season. Divorced from... More »
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Review: IP MAN 3, The Legendary Teacher Returns In Fine Form

In Ip Man 3, Donnie Yen returns for another outing as legendary martial arts instructor Ip Man. Still under the direction of Wilson Yip, the newest installment trades Sammo Hung for Yuen Wo-ping as action choreographer, ensuring that the extended... More »
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Critical Distance: Michael Bay's Military Might Is Not So Strong After All

Sooner or later, Michael Bay will die. How will he be remembered? The filmmaker, soon to turn 51 years of age, will undoubtedly be honored as one of the greatest moneymakers in modern Hollywood history. The 12 movies he has... More »
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Criterion In April: PHOENIX, BARCELONA, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS, Plus Robert Drew Kennedy Docs

The titles speak for themselves (almost). In April, the Criterion Collection will release a pleasingly varied selection of films. Christian Petzold's Phoenix fell off my radar after I saw it last year but it's the kind of thoughtful drama that... More »
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10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Trailer Arrives Unexpectedly: "Something's Coming"

What is it? A sequel? A spin-off? 10 Cloverfield Lane has some relationship to Matt Reeves' 2008 found-footage monster movie Cloverfield, but the first trailer doesn't come right out and say what it is, which ties in with the film's marketing... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: Wim Wenders' THE AMERICAN FRIEND On Criterion

It's startling to me that The American Friend, a pitch-black film noir, remains so fresh and vibrant. Originally released in 1977, the film was part of a wave of "New German Cinema" that swept beyond the country's borders to international... More »
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Exclusive: MONSTER HUNT Character Posters

The monsters are coming! The monsters are coming! Raman Hui's family-friendly fantasy Monster Hunt proved to be a big hit in its native China last year and it will open in the U.S. on January 22. To showcase the sweet... More »
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70s Rewind: HANNIE CAULDER, Raquel Welch Seeks Revenge In The Old West

Quentin Tarantino's new Western The Hateful Eight revolves around the vicious Jennifer Jason Leigh, who is eligible to be hanged for her crimes. Later this year, we'll finally get to see Natalie Portman in Jane Got a Gun, said to... More »
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Exclusive Clip: CHERRY TREE, A Startling Proposition To A 15 Year Old Girl

In an exclusive clip from Irish horror movie Cherry Tree, a woman makes a startling proposition to a teenage girl. Available today in select theaters and also via various Video On Demand platforms, Cherry Tree follows that surprised, desperate girl as... More »
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Slamdance 2016 Exclusive: FURSONAS Clip Answers The Question 'Who Are We?'

Set to enjoy its world premiere at the upcoming Slamdance Film Festival, Fursonas is a documentary about enthusiasts who get dressed up in animal costumes. Yet they are far more than mascots who might be sighted at a sporting event.... More »
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Review: In THE FOREST, The Jump Scares Outnumber The Trees

The setting is suitably creepy, a thickly-wooded forest at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan that is known as a terribly popular site for people to commit suicide. The Aokigahara forest has also become associated with the spirit... More »
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THE BODYGUARD Trailer And Poster, Starring Sammo Hung, Andy Lau And Crime

The great Sammo Hung delivers a great-looking first trailer for The Bodyguard, in which he stars as the titular character. Now in retirement, he has settled down in a small town on the border between Russia and China, where he befriends... More »
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Guillermo del Toro Taking FANTASTIC VOYAGE

Guillermo del Toro is touted for every movie under the sun, so take this with a grain of salt, but if things work out, he will be going under the skin for a new version of Fantastic Voyage. He is in... More »
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