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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% The Invitation (2016) The Invitation is a great potboiler of a film, rich with character and atmosphere. You know you're onto something special when a slap, a twist of a key or an after dinner toast can instil fear and dread.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
100% The Unseen (2016) Geoff Redknap has crafted a solid family drama with a dash of science-fiction. While the film does have plot and pacing issues, The Unseen excels in its use of atmosphere and its seamless blend of practical and CGI special effects.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
82% Embers (2015) Embers is interested in exploring what happens when we lose our memory - of ourselves, of our loved ones, essentially of our lives. The result is a deeply contemplative and breathtakingly human film.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
80% Phantom Detective (Tamjung Hong Gil-dong: Sarajin Ma-eul) (2016) All in all, this modern take on Korea's famed Hong Gil-dong character is both hilarious and heartfelt, with great performance by lead Lee Je-hoon and youngsters Roh Jeong-eui and Kim Ha-na.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
14% Tank 432 (Belly of the Bulldog) (2016) Tank 432 is an interesting exercise of a film, but features too little characterization and little dramatic payoff to satisfy‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
79% Realive (2017) Realive is a solid entry in Mateo Gil's wheelhouse of deeply resonant emotional dramas(...) This "wrong time" love story works because of the chemistry between the leads, even if the present day/future conflicts pale slightly in comparison. ‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
80% Animals (Tiere) (2017) As the film progresses and the head injuries accumulate, the narrative(...)become increasingly convoluted and nothing is certain. Animals delights in spending time in this nebulous area, refusing simple answers about what we're seeing.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
87% Better Watch Out (2017) Better Watch Out goes to completely unexpected and(...)gruesome places. The nasty shocks are off-set by treading the always tricky horror/comedy line with wit aplomb, thanks to a cocky, confident script by Kahn and director Chris Peckover.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
44% Game of Death (2017) There is a lot to like about Game of Death - the gore, the premise, the opening scenes - but Landry and Morais-Lagace's project is undermined by poor pacing, bland narrative arcs and a lack of conflict.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
67% Fabricated City (2017) What Fabricated City loses in aping the plot of successful action films, it more than makes up for with its killer balance of action, comedy and style.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
81% Tragedy Girls (2017) Tragedy Girls is great fun - a comedy slasher that tickles the funny bone, delivers the action and gore and cements the star power of leads Shipp and Hildebrand.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
100% Dead Shack (2017) Canadian zom com Dead Shack is refreshingly small scale, with great comedic timing and relatable characters. It's a great, entertaining little film‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
83% Mayhem (2017) I would be remiss to say that there isn't something exciting about seeing a POC and a woman storm the echelons of a older, white and (mostly) male dominated company, dispatching lieutenants and destroying(...)all obstacles that stand in their way.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
78% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) La nuit a dévoré le monde starts off in familiar zombie territory, but quickly distinguishes itself as more of a character drama about one man's isolation and despair.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
52% Cold Skin (2018) Gens and Spanish cinematographer Daniel Aranyó do great work capturing the majestic beauty and inherent danger of the island and some of the action scenes are pulse-pounding, but those elements can't overcome the didactic "us vs them" narrative.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
90% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) Good direction, performances and aesthetic can't overcome a lack of scares, overly simplistic exposition and a protracted ending that weighs the film down. Satan's Slaves is worth a watch, but don't rush out to see it.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
89% Cam (2018) Not only is the film's aesthetic eye-popping and its lead performance astounding; the concept is frighteningly relevant for life in the modern digital world.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
83% Knuckleball (2018) The film relies heavily on the interplay between Henry and Dixon, which resembles a violent dance. Both actors invest deeply in their roles, which helps to sell the tension (particularly as the bodies begin to pile up)‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
65% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) If you're looking for plot, character development or even a satisfying ending, you're looking in the wrong place. If outrageous and offensive death sequences are your thing? Then this is the film for you.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
90% Bodied (2017) Kahn plays up expectations and then undermines them, destabilizing character arcs and playing the audience's sympathies against them.‐ B*tch Stole My Remote
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 65% The Cured (2018) Similar to like-minded BBC series In The Flesh(...), The Cured is most interested in exploring how social cohesion is threatened when disparate people and divergent beliefs are put in a pressure cooker. ‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ravenous (Les affamés) (2018) The result is(...)a road trip zombie film without a destination. [The fact that] the search for safety never truly amounts to anything is a testament to the film's bleak(...)point of view, but it also makes the 96-minute runtime feel much longer.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 46% Marrowbone (2018) While Sánchez's screenplay could have done with fewer subplots, his directorial debut remains eminently watchable. Just ensure that you're going in looking for more than a ghost story.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
5/5 93% Revenge (2018) Director Coralie Fargeat brings a unique sensibility to the way bodies - both female and male - are framed and it's clear that Revenge brings something new to the game.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4.5/5 69% mother! (2017) mother! is unequivocally not a film for everyone and it will be incredibly divisive(...)this is absolutely a film that audiences should see and experience for themselves.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) It's tonally uneven, excessively long, repetitive and fails to properly build momentum even when it leans into its gonzo exploitation characteristics‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 85% Pyewacket (2018) MacDonald's screenplay teases and delays, ramping up the psychological tension and employing a few deft narrative surprises that keep us guessing, especially with regard to the timing of Pyewacket's arrival.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 71% The Ritual (2017) Aside from a repetitive middle section and a reliance on cribbed horror tropes, The Ritual will definitely make audiences reconsider any plans they have to go for a hike in the woods anytime soon.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It is a beautiful, evocative and captivating film, guaranteed to resonate with audiences old and young. Simply put, it is one of the best films of the year.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 74% Mom and Dad (2018) (...)you know right from the offset that [director] Taylor isn't messing around. He's out for blood and the scenes featuring murderous attacks are Mom and Dad at its best.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
1/5 50% Vampire Clay (Chi o sû nendo) (2018) The effects are both the best and worst part of the film, uncanny but also not scary and, at times, unintentionally funny.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 88% Veronica (Verónica) (2017) Veronica may not reinvent the possession/exorcism subgenre, but it is nonetheless a solid entry.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 90% Climax (2018) [Noe] manages to (mostly) keep the film's energy from flagging by keeping his camera on the prowl. Climax is filmed as a single long take(...) so the framing(...)and the way that characters move(...)is integral to the film's energy and tone. ‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 14% Nekrotronic (2018) Where the film falters, or the component that most dampens its enthusiastically juvenile appeal, is the formulaic plot.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
C+ 83% Boy Erased (2018) The film is perfunctory in all regards, but there is no fire or vitality in the proceedings. It feels sanitized and safe, as though the subject was important enough to justify washing the narrative clean of...challenging or confrontational elements.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B 95% A Star Is Born (2018) Not unlike Boogie Nights, the highs in A Star Is Born (ie: the first half) are very high, while the lows (the latter half) include drawn-out and repetitive elements that are so telegraphed and predictable they simply feel sad.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
80% Ben is Back (2018) Ultimately Ben Is Back is a frustrating viewing experience because it truly does feel like two non-complementary films. The first is powerful, emotional and rich; the second is dark, grim and saggy.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B 92% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jenkins' script is smart, funny and frank and his [direction] is even better. Beale Street has a lived-in...feeling that isn't overdone and Jenkins knows exactly how to shoot his actors to imbue the film with a sense of intimacy.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
A- 100% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) In Lee, McCarthy has a role that allows her a rare opportunity to demonstrate her dramatic chops and the actress knocks it out of the park.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B+ 80% Destroyer (2018) The Oscar-winning Australian actress completely disappears into the role of a hard-bitten police detective suffering from trauma and alcoholism...Kidman finds nuance and depth in a woman whose personal life and career have been completely derailed.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2.5/4 80% B&B (2018) B&B is less action-oriented and more talky than traditional thrillers, but its topical subject matter and good performances make it one to seek out‐ Nightmare on Film Street
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Terror of Hallow's Eve (2017) Although the film loses its emotional and thematic focus when the bloodletting begins, the effects and Jones' performance alone makes The Terror of Hallow's Eve worth seeking out.‐ Nightmare on Film Street
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
17% Kill Order (2018) Even at a scant 82 minutes...the great fight scenes can't save Kill Order; not when there is so little else to grab onto. For action afficiandos, this film will be like catnip. For sci-fi folks, however, this is a case of style over substance.‐ Nightmare on Film Street
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Berkshire County (2015) When the bodies start to fall and the blood begins to flow, Berkshire County delivers the horror. What audiences may not expect is the sly feminist critique hidden among the pig masks, circular rooms and home invasion.‐ Nightmare on Film Street
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Escape From Cannibal Farm (2017) In the end Escape From Cannibal Farm collapses under its flawed logic, lengthy runtime and confused narrative motivations.‐ Nightmare on Film Street
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2/4 86% Midnighters (2018) There's a tension in the script about what kind of film Midnighters is: it works best as a character-oriented crime thriller and is less effective when it veers into film noir or puzzle film tropes.‐ Nightmare on Film Street
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
62% Clara's Ghost (2018) The vast majority of the run time is spent in the company of unlikeable characters who are neither endearing, nor funny, even if the film treats them as if they are. This is not enjoyable at all.‐ Nightmare on Film Street
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2.5/5 64% Greta (2018) Greta simply isn't frightening enough to be a great horror film, and it's not campy enough to be a guilty pleasure. Greta could have been great fun -- and a much stronger film -- had it leaned into its genre origins.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
A 94% Widows (2018) Widows is a dark, gripping drama about women who were abused by the men in their lives and then left to fend for themselves‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
C+ 75% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy isn't a bad movie, but it's not a particularly good one either. The film has garnered goodwill...because it is a male-fronted tearjerker, but this is more of a testament to the quality of the acting than to the film itself. ‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018