Blake Crane

Blake Crane
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T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 30% The Intruder (2019) The Intruder breaks no new ground in the breaking-in subgenre ... but its real fatal flaw is not using the recycled tropes to push far enough into either true terror or camp. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) [As] a finale to the MCU we've known since 2008's Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame is an exciting, fitting, substantial, almost miraculously eloquent closer. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3.5/5 73% Girl House (2015) [G]enre fans eager for a film to inject some retro-influence into an original modern slasher are likely to see something they like in Girl House. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) This flat, lifeless version of Pet Sematary is one destined to remain harmlessly buried in the psyche. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) Does right by [Halloween's] legacy and uses the 40 years of history to incorporate themes of lasting trauma in ways rare to the genre. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 83% Terrified (Aterrados) (2017) There's no laborious backstory meted out between repetitive "boo!" moments. Instead, we're thrown right into well-crafted spooky scenarios and constantly left off-balance. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 39% Hell Fest (2018) [A] fun, well-paced slasher. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) The thrill of the hunt is long gone - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 90% Backcountry (2015) The anxiety is palpable and various threats are immediately recognizable, communicating how illusory the concept of control is, and how frightening it can be when it's lost. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/5 60% Ratter (2016) Ratter keeps its story contained to a simple, increasingly uncomfortable case of online prowling that manifests itself in a real, panic-inducing way. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
1.5/5 13% Peppermint (2018) [M]isguided and clunky from the start, beyond even the ever-flowing racist undercurrent. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
5/10 26% The Nun (2018) Nothing that's built around the Nun's haunting glare fully ignites the nightmare fuel inherent in the image. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
8/10 92% Searching (2018) Searching provides an experience that colors outside the constraints of digital boxes, going far beyond a simple visual gimmick. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
6.5/10 82% What Keeps You Alive (2018) What Keeps You Alive is a solid thriller, constructed with style, that makes its manipulations matter. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/10 7% Slender Man (2018) There's no fun in this dour exercise and scares are non-existent as the film haphazardly assembles various tropes and repetitive nightmare imagery into 90 minutes of weariness. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
9/10 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee's best film since 2002's 25th Hour and his most vital and challenging since well before that. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
5/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The adventure is swallowed up by exhausting attempts at humor that don't land nearly often enough. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet The Russian Bride (2018) Stuck somewhere between a gothic Hammer-horror throwback and trashy revenge-sploitation, The Russian Bride has trouble fully committing to a style or a story. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
7.5/10 81% Await Further Instructions (2018) [The] unraveling nightmare is a visceral, pertinent examination of the human condition as rules of order and decency break down and a chilling, mysterious new reality takes over. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
8/10 78% The Devil's Doorway (2018) [S]pooky as hell, with some biting commentary on the history of the Catholic Church and a setting that grows increasingly claustrophobic and menacing as the narrative deepens. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
6.5/10 77% The Ranger (2018) In this genre, Wexler is definitely a filmmaker to watch. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
7/10 92% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) Like its influences, Satan's Slaves uses strong characters, an emphasis on mood and a few alarming jolts of violence to earn an uneasiness that lingers. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
7/10 92% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) The good times far outweigh the bummers in this wild, heavy-metal comedy that honors the music...and the community. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
7.5/10 100% The Domestics (2018) For lovers of survivalist savagery, dark humor, practical mayhem and other genre goodies, The Domestics is bliss. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
6/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Avengers: Infinity War changes everything... maybe. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/10 26% Traffik (2018) Watching Traffik is a bit like being stuck in rush hour congestion. You're bored; you begin to question the decisions that led you there; and you're just waiting to get through it. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2/10 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) [A]n excruciatingly bland, scare-and-fun-free exercise that has difficulty conveying even the simplest ideas of its serviceable high concept. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
5/10 69% Wildling (2018) With curious fluctuations in tone, questionable motivations, a dull look and jagged editing that takes us out of potentially affecting moments, this tall tale feels slight. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
8/10 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place is an airtight thriller that will leave you breathless. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 93% The Endless (2018) The less you know about the reveals going in will make The Endless more rewarding - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
8/10 91% Lowlife (2018) [A] wild, entertaining ride, lo-fi warts and all. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
8/10 82% Blue My Mind (2017) Developing can feel like drowning as you fight for air in the choppy waters of adolescent angst, and Blue My Mind captures that struggle authentically, aided by the surreal and poetic. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
10/10 98% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) Falconetti's visage in Carl Th. Dreyer's silent classic La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc produces some of the most indelible images in film history. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3.5/5 49% Flower (2018) The irreverent handling of weighty issues comingles with a bubbling, underplayed emotional consequence that explodes in a wacky final act. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
4/10 40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) [Prey at Night] ditches most of what made the 2008 original work. Tension and atmosphere are replaced with bland stalk-and-slash bromides. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
7/10 86% Midnighters (2018) [An] economical, engaging neo-noir. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
5/10 64% The Lullaby (2018) There's no emotional punch to The Lullaby, just a dulling gloominess. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
8.5/10 97% Black Panther (2018) A vibrant film that beautifully blends superhero action with a poignant, Shakespearean-in-scope story. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
5/10 64% Victor Crowley (2017) Only offers more - or much less - of the same, showing the strains of a tight budget and a mythology that's run its course. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
6/10 73% The Ritual (2017) When things really start to get bizarre, The Ritual shows its hand completely, becoming less stimulating and much less scary. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
5/10 14% Winchester (2018) The captivating setting is squandered as a backdrop for generic sleuthing and spookiness. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
7/10 74% Mom and Dad (2018) [A] gloriously weird amalgam of Parents, The Purge, and Dawn of the Dead. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/10 26% Proud Mary (2018) It has an evocative title and the perfect star to deliver on the promise of a blaxploitation tribute, but Proud Mary is a flavorless mess that not even Taraji P. Henson can save. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
8/10 61% Before I Wake (2018) A heartfelt chiller that keeps its supernatural terrors grounded in humanity, thanks to genuine characters brought to life by a solid cast. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
8.5/10 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The miracle of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is its rejection of series formality. Writer/director Rian Johnson manages to honor mythology while also having fun disrupting it. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
5/10 71% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Neither the abstract or literal elements resonate and the beats of Buster's Mal Heart are confined to an echo chamber. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
7/10 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Gal Gadot's perfect blend of battlefield courage and uncomplicated compassion provides a formidable champion we have fun rooting for. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
7/10 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Though now part of a plot-driven epic universe overflowing with self-importance, Spidey's first solo adventure within it is lighthearted fun. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/10 16% The Dark Tower (2017) [The Dark Tower] feels like another wannabe franchise to add to the scrapheap of YA also-rans (R.I.P. Divergent, Ender's Game, etc.) - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
5/10 83% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) Two outstanding, seemingly single-take action sequences bookend The Villainess, but the strong first and last impressions can't make up for a shapeless, meandering middle. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017