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.

Sundance 2015: New Photos From Rodney Ascher's THE NIGHTMARE Keeps Things Creepy

Set to enjoy its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, The Nightmare, directed by Rodney Ascher (Room 237), explores "sleep paralysis." Here's the official description: What if you knew that every night when you went to sleep, you... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

ENTER THE DANGEROUS MIND Trailer: How To Deal With Horrors No One Else Has Seen

Psychological-horror thriller Enter the Dangerous Mind is heading to iTunes and select U.S. theaters on Friday, February 6, and a new trailer provides good reason to check it out. Jake Hoffman stars as Jim, "a quiet, unassuming, hesitant, and incredibly... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Exclusive: WATER & POWER Clip, Bull Meets Pen As Cops Talk Darkly Funny Shop

In a powerful, darkly comic new clip from Water & Power, available today via a variety of digital platforms, we get an insider's look at a police department bull pen, where the cops talk shop, and outsiders wonder what the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Giveaway: MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN - Win 1 Of 3 Blu-rays; Grand Prize Gets The Original Book

Jason Reitman's latest foray into social commentary, Men, Women & Children is available today on Blu-ray and DVD, and we have three Blu-rays -- and one book -- to give away. When the film debuted at the Toronto International Film... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: PREDESTINATION, Tripping Through Time With Haunting Passion

A guy walks into a bar and tells a spellbinding story that has nothing to do with time travel. It's haunting, it's poignant, and it takes up the first big chunk of Predestination, a new movie from the Spierig Brothers... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: DARK SUMMER, Chilly, Ghostly, Housebound Chills

Sentenced to house arrest for cyber-stalking a classmate, what is teenage Daniel to do? As Dark Summer gets underway, parole officer Stokes (Peter Stormare) explains to Daniel (Keir Gilchrist) what is and isn't allowed. Daniel immediately violates the terms of... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

[REC] 4: APOCALYPSE Video: Zombies Walk The Streets Of Hong Kong

Action flick [REC] 4: Apocalypse opens in Hong Kong theaters on Thursday, January 8, and to mark the occasion a new promotional video has been released, documenting a zombie attack on the streets of Hong Kong. OK, it's only two... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Latin Beat: Upcoming In Mexico, HEROES In Chile, PAPELES In Argentina

We begin the new year with an extended look at what's coming to Mexican theaters in 2015, courtesy of our correspondent Eric Ortiz Garcia. We also have a trailer for Heroes, a lighthearted new film that's opening in its native... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Giveaway: BOYHOOD; Win A Blu-ray Of 2014's Best Film

Landing the top spot in Twitch Film's Top 10 Movies of 2014 poll among our writers, Richard Linklater's Boyhood tells a concise story over a period of 12 years: a boy grows up. And now you can win one of... More »
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Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH, Tortured Souls And Stiff Upper Lips

Tortured souls abound in the sequel to The Woman in Black (2012). It's 1941, and London is under attack. Eight schoolchildren are evacuated to safety in the countryside, under the care of headmistress Jean (Helen McCrory) and teacher Eve (Phoebe... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

2014: A Dark And Personal Year At The Movies

"Nobody knows anything." Back in 1983, veteran screenwriter William Goldman was writing about the inability of anyone in Hollywood to know how a movie would fare with the public. (His book, Adventures in the Screen Trade, continues: "Not one person... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: THE GAMBLER, Addiction? What Addiction?

Mark Wahlberg cries in the very first moment of The Gambler, immediately distinguishing his character from the one played by James Caan in the 1974 original. (His name is different too. ) Jim Bennett says goodbye to his dying grandfather... More »
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Review: AMERICAN SNIPER Aims At The Bullseye, Misses Entirely

Director Clint Eastwood aims for stoic, heroic grandeur in American Sniper, an adaptation of a bestselling book about Chris Kyle, subtitled "The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History." Eastwood's film, however, misses the target entirely for... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Sundance 2015: Exclusive BOB AND THE TREES Clip

Set to enjoy its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the Next section, Bob and the Trees stars Bob Tarasuk in the title role, and we've got an exclusive clip to give a taste of what's to... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Trip Out With KNIGHT OF CUPS Trailer From Terrence Malick

The first trailer for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups is as trippy as anything in The Tree of Life. The film stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Dallas Critics Fly With BIRDMAN

The Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association, of which I am a proud member, has selected backstage comedy-drama Birdman as the best film of 2014. Michael Keaton was named Best Actor for his performance as an actor on the comeback trail... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Sean Penn As Action Star (?!) In THE GUNMAN Trailer

Let's not pretend. In 2014, it's very strange to see Jeff Spicoli as an action star. Sean Penn, now 54 years of age, stars in The Gunman as a spy who "must clear his name in order to save himself from... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: TOP FIVE, Chris Rock's Very Funny And Most Personal Film Yet

Rude, crude, and lewd as it is, Top Five is still a big step forward for Chris Rock as a filmmaker. In essence, that's because it more closely resembles his brilliant stand-up shows, where he gets on a roll and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Mórbido Mérida 2014 Review: JIRON, How A Movie By A Major Filmmaker Disappeared

Full disclosure: I was completely ignorant of Mexican filmmaker Carlos Enrique Taboada before watching this movie. Thus, Jirón (Shred), a new documentary by Christian Cueva, proved to be educational, fascinating, and compelling, not only because it explores the disappearance of... More »
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