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685 Ratings


Directed by Joe Dante
United States, 1993
Comedy, Sci-Fi, Drama


William Castle-esque impresario Lawrence Woosley heads to Key West, Florida to launch his latest cinematic creation – a B-movie extravaganza called Mant! But he finds the thrills of his monster-populated film competing with the chills of the Cuban Missile Crisis taking place nearby.

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Matinee Directed by Joe Dante
As always with Dante, there’s a lot more going on beneath the (admittedly wonderful) surface. And somehow it makes perfect sense that this paean to glorious, innocent trash would come out in the trashiest movie month of the year.
January 18, 2019
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Even the most vicious of Dante’s satires have a light touch, but none so light as the one he brings to his shamelessly nostalgic tribute to B-movie gimmick master William Castle. So dedicated to reproducing the charms of the golden age of shlock, the director goes so far as to create an entire creature feature within the movie that perfectly nails the chewy pulp and abysmal effects of 50s no-budget sci-fi.
August 17, 2016
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Here, the director celebrates the inventive and delirious joy of cinema, in its lowliest yet most audacious forms, against the threat of nuclear annihilation. Dante distils the love that literally changed his life into a liberatory poem on the euphoric and therefore uncontrollable energy that cinema can exert on its audience. Matinee is, and will forever be, one of the most authentic renditions of what it actually means to believe in cinema.
August 04, 2016
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