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About Sam Watermeier If there were an AA-type program for film addicts, Sam Watermeier would have to be dragged to the meetings. He has been hooked on movies since he can remember. As a child, he lived at the magical, candy-colored multiplex, drooling over movies as if they were sacred writ. In junior high, Sam discovered the film writing of Roger Ebert and Owen Gleiberman. The brilliant way they, like film itself, related the particular to the universal inspired him to write about all-things-cinema. In high school, Sam became a film critic for the Carmel High School HiLite. After graduating, he sent his portfolio to NUVO Newsweekly just for kicks and giggles. He's been interning there ever since, writing film reviews and profiles of local filmmakers. Check out his work at When he's not yapping away across the vast reaches of cyberspace, Sam is a student at Ball State University, majoring in Telecommunications. Sam's top ten favorite films are: "Hellraiser," "The Matrix," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "Edward Scissorhands," "Fargo," "GoodFellas," "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," "Happiness," and "Scream."
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Eerie Poster Unveiled for Yapper’s New Film

1019 Pictures unveils the poster for Yapper Joshua Hull’s upcoming slasher comedy. Continue reading

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Still Alice

A challenging yet compelling film that casts a subdued light on a terrible disease without softening its devastating effects. Continue reading

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Black Sea

A blue-collar “The Hunt for Red October,” this film hits the beats of the submarine genre with greasy aplomb. Continue reading

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The Boy Next Door

This thriller could have been an artful tale of adultery, but it dodges moral questions and delivers pure popcorn fun. Continue reading

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Sam’s Top 10 Films of 2014

Sam reveals his favorite films from a remarkably personal year at the movies. Continue reading

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Maybe funnyman Kevin Smith is a horror director at heart. Continue reading

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A masterpiece of mood that subverts expectations of explosive moments and steadily simmers under your skin. Continue reading

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This Magic Moment: Top Five Christopher Nolan Scenes

In honor of Christopher Nolan’s new film, “Interstellar,” Sam takes a look back at the director’s most memorable scenes. Continue reading

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Jake Gyllenhaal exudes scary magnetism in this slice of mean streets life worthy of comparison to Martin Scorsese’s early films. Continue reading

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Gone Girl

Unlike David Fincher’s other films, this one doesn’t offer much beyond its alluring air of mystery. Continue reading

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