Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
39% Halloween Kills (2021) Halloween Kills not only has "kills" in the title, it has the most onscreen deaths of any Halloween to date. That still doesn't make it a worthy heir to the Michael Myers legacy. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
29% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Fans of the Broadway show may have enough affection for the theatrical experience to buoy them while watching Dear Evan Hansen, but new audiences watching the film will be met with a confounding and unsuccessful adaptation. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
35% Yakuza Princess (2021) In trying to be too many things, Yakuza Princess never fully develops the emotional world of its characters, yet it expects the audience to care about their family history. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
93% Martyrs Lane (2021) Martyrs Lane is sweet and tense, but never questions whether or not those modes can or should coexist. Emotions and life are complicated and messy, and this film manages to sort through all of that in its own uniquely haunting way. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
97% Pig (2021) Pig is a strange, heartbreaking, sometimes funny art-house winner that moves us with its message of love and loss. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
86% Werewolves Within (2021) Combining a classic whodunit with werewolves may seem like an awkward fit. But in Werewolves Within, the two elements complement each other, resulting in a hilarious, bloody blend that avoids feeling bloated or tonally confused. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
96% Plan B (2021) Director Natalie Morales shapes Plan B's subtle politics into a badge of pride in a film that is funny, smart, and willing to get comfortably uncomfortable with its complicated subjects. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
96% The Amusement Park (2019) The movie is an artifact, and an identifiable early step into his career as a master of horror. But there's also no shame in admitting that it isn't a holy grail, a secret masterpiece from an early horror maestro. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
80% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) Bloody fun turns swiftly into an examination of the power of voice and the line between good guys and bad guys. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral presents itself as a police procedural without procedure, as a Saw movie without Jigsaw, and as a revenge film without emotions. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
No Score Yet Supercool (2021) Not only is the squandered premise a disappointment, but the actors feel wasted here too. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
90% Together Together (2021) Both performances are unguarded and poignant. Harrison's acting shouts volumes in the midst of this quiet film, and shines as she reacts to Matt's overeager but well-meaning nature. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
80% Bloodthirsty (2021) An overwhelmingly poetic and disturbing film about an artist's struggle with identity amidst creation. The music is incredible and Beatty's performance is deserving of laurels. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
87% The Djinn (2021) It is the very definition of both "scrappy" and "successful" and still manages to pile scares on scares. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
97% The Old Ways (2020) The Old Ways is part possession, part bruja, and part confession, and an all-around good and scary movie. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
79% In The Earth (2021) Blending folk horror, environmental anxiety, and good old-fashioned psychopathy, In the Earth is not your everyday horror film. It's a steady exercise in suspense, filled with slowly growing doom and unforeseeable instability. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
67% Ride or Die (2021) Ride or Die strikes some strange tones, and features some questionable motives. But that just supports the world Rei and Nanae have crafted for themselves. It's messy and imperfect, and in that way, it feels unnervingly real. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
70% Cryptozoo (2021) When Cryptozoo lets us turn our focus on the creatures within its world, it shines. Luckily it has enough sense to often let us do just that. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
86% The Feast (2021) Whatever you do, decline all invitations to dinner parties. The Feast might not be original in arguing that last one, but it is confident and brutal enough to earn its own place at that table. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Never are the maneuvers of the battle lost in confusion of bad editing or inexplicably tight framing. It is all there in its indulgent, escapist glory. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
93% Swan Song (2021) Swan Song is not so fantastical that it is unbelievable, but it is also wholly unconcerned if you believe it or not. That is the purest joy of this film. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
74% The Spine of Night (2021) The Spine of Night nestles itself amongst other epic tales of right and wrong, knowledge and power, man and nature, in a way that shouts its arrival into the canon of beloved fictitious allegories like The Last Unicorn and Legend. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
83% Gaia (2021) Part Island Of The Mushroom People, part The Ruins, and part The Happening, Gaia plants its own flag on nature-based environmental horror. Now, stay out of the woods! - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
98% The Father (2021) It is emotionally draining, and its trajectory is tragically unavoidable, but it deserves our attention and admiration. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
50% The Sinners (The Color Rose) (2020) Director and co-writer Courtney Paige does her best to spin all of this into a high school thriller à la Agatha Christie, however the overall experience of watching The Sinners is disjointed and tedious. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) Martin Scorsese has honed this subgenre of brittle masculinity and confessional narration throughout his long career... Cherry never quite climbs to that rank, but it is an empathetic look at one man's seemingly inescapable demise. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
98% Minari (2020) Minari is sweet without being cloying, and allows its audience the time and space to get to know its characters. Such affection is welcome warmth during this cold winter. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
89% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) It is a non-traditional horror film, with no clear monster or victor, but it will also leave you feeling queasy and unwell. If that isn't the mark of an effective movie, I don't know what is. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
88% The Dig (2021) Here, the rush to include all of the characters left their individual depth and complications behind, and the scraps are not nearly as rich as they could be. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
67% La Casa (2019) La Casa never quite connects the dots between the personal and paranormal. They are parallel, but not compounding. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
82% Happiest Season (2020) Happiest Season is a solid addition to the legions of heteronormative Christmas movies. Had Harper been a more engaging character or if it focused on what sets it apart from other holiday films, it might have been a great one. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
69% Ammonite (2020) It is unfair to judge a film for what it does not tell, rather than focusing on what it does. But the story here is not enough, and allows the mind to wander. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
93% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) It chooses which facets of this niche world to show you through remarkable access to the residents, and with a guiding hand that asks you to draw your own conclusions. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2021
86% The Bloodhound (2020) It is cunningly confusing and deceptively simple. A strong debut from Picard that makes one wonder what he might have for us next. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
64% Cup of Cheer (2020) Cup of Cheer is made for fans of Christmas who are aware of the absurdity, but still love it so. In other words, if you cannot tell if your ugly Christmas sweater is ironic or not, this is the film for you. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
94% Dinner in America (2020) Dinner in America is destined to be the preeminent alt-romance of 2020. - C-Ville (VA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
33% Death of Me (2020) Death Of Me is not the smartest nor the most original horror film, but the sheer inertia of the story and the question of faith at its core make it an interesting enough watch. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) In Possessor, Brandon Cronenberg delivers one of the most unsettling and contemplative horror films of the year. One of the rare gems worthy of looking at in these surreal times. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
83% Hosts (2020) Hosts has done good ideas and a couple solid scenes, but ultimately it suffers the fate of a confusing mythology and a lack of focus. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
82% Scare Me (2020) Truthfully, the raging success of the film really can be chalked up to great writing and direction, entrancing performances, and the gall to have little else. Scare Me is easily one of most charming horror films of 2020. Full stop. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
52% The Antenna (Bina) (2020) The film looks fine enough, the performances sufficiently bleak, and the score is quite emotive, but it asks a lot of the audience's attention and then never rewards them. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
59% Shortcut (2020) Overall, Shortcut is a squarely solid little creature feature with a little heart and a great monster. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
100% Buck Alamo or (A Phantasmagorical Ballad) (2020) Buck Alamo does not ask you to forgive, and it understands if you never forget. But don't let that keep you from having one last evening under the stars, living in the moment, with one of the last true singing cowboys. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
74% Spiral (2019) The misdirection has mixed results, and can lead to confusion as well as fright, but never boredom. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
30% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum constantly punches down, and seems to mistake displaying racism as the same thing as criticizing it. In the end, it seems to be a missed opportunity to create a nuanced argument about the state of the country and our violent past, - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
63% The Owners (2020) Home invasions gone wrong can be a particularly interesting premise for a film... The Owners seems to think of itself as a similar cautionary tale, but many truly baffling choices leave the film flat and feeling lazy. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
91% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) The Dark and The Wicked lives up to its title with unsettling brutality. Its presentation of evil and disdain for humanity makes for one of the more troubling films in recent memory. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
67% Rent-A-Pal (2020) A heartbreakingly tragic story of loneliness and fractured friendship, Rent-A-Pal is packaged in a teasingly superficial plot of a man gone mad. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
96% Slaxx (2020) It is possible to have a ton of fun watching a pair of haunted, autonomous pants on an overnight killing rampage, and Slaxx shows us how it is done right. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
82% Bleed with Me (2020) Bleed With Me is not flashy or gory and monstrous. However, it does stand as an example of what can happen in a cabin in the woods that would shake you to your core. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020