Child's Play feature

UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Child’s Play’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is loved by the UTG staff more than Halloween. With October’s arrival, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a slew of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day.

Now in its fourth year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your All Hallows’ Eve festivities. We’ll be watching every …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Christmas Horror Story’ Is A Lot Of Fun

Film: A Christmas Horror Story
Starring: William Shatner, George Buza
Directed by: Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan

There has been a resurgence in anthology filmmaking over the last half decade, and as the wave has begun to crest the results have become increasingly mixed. A Christmas Horror Story–perhaps the least likely title to prove successful–is actually a beacon of hope for the livelihood of horror anthologies.

Set in both the North Pole and an unassuming small town on Christmas Eve, A Christmas Horror Story weaves several tales around a radio announcer (William Shatner) doing his best to keep …


Bradley Cooper Is The Darth Vader Of Chefs In ‘Burnt’ Trailer

Bradley Cooper had a banner year in 2014. Between American Sniper and Guardians Of The Galaxy the screen vet played a significant role in two gigantic blockbusters, which has since given him the ability to choose pretty much any role he wants in Hollywood. So what does a man who has been a little bit of everything decide when he’s given the ability to become whatever he desires? Believe it or not, the answer is a chef. He becomes a chef.

Burnt tells the story of a famous chef who lost his way. Though the reason for his public shaming …


COMING SOON: UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween Starts Next Week!

It’s that time of year again!

For the fourth year in a row the entire month of October is dedicated to UTG’s love of scary movies. We have a slew of features planned, including interviews and ‘best of’ lists that are sure to whet your appetite for all things macabre, but the highlight of the site in the coming weeks will no doubt be our annual 31 Days Of Halloween feature. This year’s list is 100% different from the films used in previous years, and if we’re being completely honest we think the movies chosen this time around offer a …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead’ Is Funny & Important

Film: Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story Of National Lampoon
Starring: Henry Beard, Chevy Chase
Directed by: Douglas Tirola

In a world of remakes, reboots, and prequels the idea of tracing the roots of something funny all the way back to their point of origin can be risky business. People like what they like, but that doesn’t mean they necessarily care where the things they like come from, and if they do they probably understand they may be better off not knowing. So much great comedy is the result of pain and the attempt to deal with it, which is …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Is Tobey Maguire’s Best Work

Film: Pawn Sacrifice
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber
Directed by: Edward Zwick

The world didn’t need another version of the Bobby Fischer story, but Pawn Sacrifice is far too compelling to deny.

Tobey Maguire has been something of an indie darling his entire life. Sure, he was also the first Spider-Man to appear on the big screen, but as soon as the universally panned Spider-Man 3 came out the doors to many big budget movies seemed to close in Maguire’s face. Still, thanks to a number of critically-acclaimed turns in small films, Maguire has remained a fixture of Hollywood. It …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pay The Ghost’ Finds Nic Cage In Peak Form

Film: Pay The Ghost
Starring: Nicolas Cage
Directed by: Uli Edel

Twenty-six years after first exploring the world of horror with Vampire’s Kiss, Nicolas Cage has returned to battle a child-stealing witch in Uli Edel’s Pay The Ghost.

On the eve of Halloween in New York City, Mike Lawford (Nicolas Cage) makes a deal with his wife to take their young son, Charlie, to a nearby street fair celebrating All Hollow’s Eve. The event is busy and filled with all people from all walks of life, each decked out in their very best costume. Lawford and his son …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Everest’ Offers More Heart Than Suspense

Film: Everest
Starring: Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, Kiera Knightley
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur

Not since Vertical Limit has a film reached the heights of mountain climbing entertainment achieved by Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest. It’s far from the perfect thriller, but in a time where Hollywood is turning out forgettable films at an incredible rate it’s definitely a title worthy of recommendation.

The year is 1996, and for a select group of individuals from across the United States the time has come to push themselves to the absolute limit as they work together to climb the summit of Mount Everest. It’s …

Maze Runner

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ Fleets Over Scorched Earth

Film: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Starring: Dylan O’ Brien, Barry Pepper, Kaya Scodelario, Alan Tudyk
Directed by: Wes Ball

“Another YA movie, another day.” Images ripped from The Hunger Games and Divergent danced around in my head before the seeing the second entry in the Maze Runner series. Authoritarian governments, dystopian or apocalyptic society, and some general motivation for why the world is like it is, like an incurable virus or zombie outbreak.

What I got doesn’t exactly defy any of my preconceptions, but as a petri dish of worn-out tropes, The Scorch Trials moves fast and sports a …


First ‘Jungle Book’ Trailer Is Gorgeous & Action-Packed

Disney is currently preparing to release an updated take on The Jungle Book directed by Iron Man mastermind Jon Favreau. It’s an ambitious idea that follows many failed attempts to recapture the magic of the original animated film, but so far this new version looks pretty damn sweet.

Today, Disney released the first trailer for the new Book, and in turn offered fans their first look at the computer generated landscape Mowgli and his friends will inhabit. The footage teases a massive jungle, complete with gorgeously rendered animals and nature, as well as several big action scenes. The only …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Black Mass’ Does Not Celebrate Whitey Bulger

Film: Black Mass
Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton
Directed by: Scott Cooper

My faith in Johnny Depp has been restored.

At its best, Black Mass is a platform for Depp to showcase every ounce of acting talent his recent works have denied him the opportunity to use. The smirking oddball actor who bounced around Pirates Of The Caribbean, Alice In Wonderland, and even last year’s Tusk has completely disappeared into a quiet, yet menacing figure. James ‘Whitey’ Bulger terrorized the city of Boston for well over a decade, and Depp embodies his twisted spirit to the fullest extent.…


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sicario’ Plunges You Into The Dour Heart Of A Drug War

Film: Sicario
Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

In the US and Mexico, the war on drugs rages on. The line between cop and criminal has become blurred in a battle that takes any and all prisoners. The ethical rot brought on by the ever-rising body count pushes people to despair, to dark places from where they can never return. The FBI is a place for men to measure dicks and get off on doling their own skewed versions of “justice.” That’s what Sicario presupposes, at least. Director Denis Villeneuve’s newest presents to you a …