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      Nathaniel Muir

      Nathaniel Muir

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      I am an avid movie lover who does not care about genres. For better and for worse, I will watch anything.

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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      Smoking Causes Coughing (2022) The plot is able to seamlessly move from segment to segment without ever losing the audience. What should be jarring is instead funny. Yes, it is still nonsensical, but that does not take away from how entertaining it all is. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2023
      Followers (2021) The tropes that horror fans loves are all here, but are updated with modern sensibilities. Fun found footage loses steam in a third act that gets too silly. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2023
      Brooklyn 45 (2023) There is a sad quality to Brooklyn 45. The story is filled with characters who actively create their own narratives. This leads to a surprising ending that underscores even good people can do horrible things. Well written and never does what you expect. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2023
      Chronicles of a Wandering Saint (2023) The first act does take a while to get going. While this can be chalked up to the movie finding its footing, things do not become truly interesting until the second act begins. By the time the film is over, it is able to tie everything together. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2023
      Another Body (2023) Taylor’s fight over the course of Another Body proves it is not necessary to idly accept the abuse, but it also another example of unchecked violence against women. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2023
      Satan Wants You (2023) Satan Wants You is not the in depth look at the Satanic Panic some audiences may be expecting. It looks at what started it all and the damage it caused. It is also a cautionary tale about the ease in which mass hysteria can be caused. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2023
      The Wrath of Becky (2023) The Wrath of Becky manages to bring everything together and never feels like the importance of the issues are being downplayed. The villains are an immediate threat to Becky, but they will also be recognizable to audiences. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2023
      The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster (2023) As heady as things can get, there are never any doubts this is a horror movie. The mix of tropes and real life terror ensures that anyone watching is engaged the entire time. This is a great addition to socially conscious Black horror. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2023
      Only The Good Survive (2023) How willing a person is able to accept the over the top nature will be determine if they enjoy it. When it's hitting on all cylinders, it is more frustrating than bad. Still, the central story is a fun, engaging, and filled with color and attitude. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2023
      Unwelcome (2022) The Redcaps are a throwback to 1980s horror movies. There is a silly quality to them, but they are also incredibly vicious. There are a surprising amount of inconsistencies, but Unwelcome is one of the better horror movies of the early year. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 06, 2023
      Hunt Her, Kill Her (2022) The movie is more about a badass protagonist than it is someone overcoming the odds that it seems to be aiming for, but it still has some good action and clever kills - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 02, 2023
      Children of the Corn (2023) Kate Moyer is fantastic but the rest of the cast if given nothing to do but stand around and yell. Makes little sense, but at least it is never boring. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 01, 2023
      Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre (2023) Operation Fortune gives audiences what they want. The film is content to leave it at that, however. It does not try to reinvent the wheel. But sometimes plenty of action and Hugh Grant lighting up the screen is all you need. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Mar 01, 2023
      Wolf Garden (2023) Takes the classic werewolf story and attempts to tell it with a greater focus on character. It is a good idea in theory that does not play out as well as intended. Still, it is never aggressively bad and the closing song is perfect for the genre. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2023
      We Have a Ghost (2023) What initially seems like a 'Beetlejuice' retread becomes a typical family friendly adventure movie. Missed opportunities aside, the is enough fun to make this a worthwhile watch. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2023
      Juniper (2021) The formulaic nature of the plot never becomes an issue since it is so easy to get invested in Rampling and Ferrier. There is a tendency to lose its way (ironically, by sticking to the course), but the acting makes up for minor miscues. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2023
      The First Fallen (2021) There is no denying it is a powerful watch. Taking place during a time when AIDS still did not have a name, the film may only seem to be about three people, but it is a reminder about all of those who have suffered and have been lost to the disease. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2023
      Hidden Blade (2023) Hidden Blade walks the line between art film and commercial extravaganza. The end result is a spectacle movie with a focus on story. Though director Er Cheng gets the tone right, there are some awkward moments. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2023
      The Other Fellow (2022) The Other Fellow is not a deep dive into 007 and only works with what audiences already know. The documentary is about people with a famous name, not the name itself. It is a funny and sometimes dark look at image versus reality. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2023
      Remember Yesterday (2022) The expected cheese that is more acceptable in this genre comes off much less grating than similar films. The script does its best to give the town and cast a natural feel. Does not reinvent the Valentine’s heart, but it is a cozy watch. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2023
      She Came from the Woods (2022) She Came from the Woods is an entertaining watch that pays homage to horror movies of the past. It never relies solely on nostalgia and uses modern storytelling to prevent it from getting stale. There are some flaws, but it is an overall fun time. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 09, 2023
      Daughter (2022) Daughter is a timely horror movie that explores gender roles and authority. The drab setting highlights the hopelessness of it all and by the film’s end everyone will be unsure of what will happen going forward. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 08, 2023
      3.5/5
      Huesera: The Bone Woman (2022) A chilling and smart exploration of maternal fears. Does not do away entirely with horror tropes while using sound (and the lack of it) to build the atmosphere while also giving a peak inside the minds of its characters. - Morbidly Beautiful
      Read More | Posted Feb 07, 2023
      Consecration (2023) Moves from a gorgeous shot to a confusing new plot point in the space of seconds. A disorienting watch that is impossible to get fully engaged with. Malone gives a spirited performance, but there is little else of note. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 07, 2023
      They Wait in the Dark (2022) The movie is a patient one that says as much in its quieter moments as the most violent. It will be a difficult watch for many as more is revealed, but the ending is a satisfying one that leaves some hope. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 06, 2023
      A Lot of Nothing (2022) Cinema can hold a mirror up to society and allow us to reflect. A Lot of Nothing succeeds in doing just that as everyone who watches it will come out with a lot to think about. It is poignant, thought-provoking, and entertaining. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 04, 2023
      Baby Ruby (2022) As compelling of a character study Baby Ruby provides, it struggles to make the story as captivating. There are some clever moments, but Merlant is the true draw here. This leads to an interesting watch, but an ending that falls flat. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Feb 01, 2023
      8.5/10
      You Hurt My Feelings (2023) Julia Louis-Dreyfus is magnificent while the supporting cast is great. In a cinematic world filled with ear-splitting special effects and out of this world characters, it is a refreshing look at regular people and the world they are trying to live in. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2023
      9/10
      Infinity Pool (2023) An experience that almost commands audiences to take things moment to moment but also has an underlying theme of privilege. Great performance from Mia Goth and a story that will leave you wondering what you just witnessed. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2023
      Cat Person (2023) All the commentary found in the first two acts is completely ignored as the film stops examining today’s dating world and becomes a straight up thriller. Everything ends with lives ruined, no lessons learned, and everyone looking awful. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2023
      In My Mother's Skin (2023) In My Mother’s Skin is a grim fairy tale, so do not expect any happy endings. Trust that was already in rare supply has all but disappeared by the time the movie ends. It is dark, nasty, and even predictable, but always keeps the audience engaged. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2023
      8/10
      Squaring the Circle (2022) Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis) is appointment television for all music fans. It does not have the silly beefs or arguments with Ticketmaster that seem to dominate conversation today. Instead, it celebrates the art and artists. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2023
      9/10
      Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie (2023) Film showcases the wit and determination of Fox who constantly proves he is the same person that became so popular in the 1980s. It is not about how Parkinson’s disease changed Fox’s life, but is just a part of his larger story. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2023
      birth/rebirth (2023) Gory modern Frankenstein tale does not try to scare the audience. It is a grisly look at motherhood and obsession. Great lead performances. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2023
      Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls (2023) The film is not without its charm as it has some good comedy and nice creature effects. Ultimately, how much audiences like the title character will determine what they think of the movie overall. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2023
      My Animal (2023) Great take on the traditional creature feature. So much focus is placed on its characters, that it could be described as a love story that happens to have a werewolf. A sad tale of love and heartbreak that is also about not being ashamed of who you are. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2023
      Sweetheart Deal (2022) There are no easy answers in the film. Sweetheart Deal is a powerful and upsetting watch but as someone points out, even when there are not happy endings, there are at least acceptable ones. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2023
      Cassandro (2023) The development of Saul - and by turn, Cassandro - is rightfully the focal point of the movie. Bernal is great in the lead role of the up an coming star who is equal parts confident and starstruck. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2023
      Little Richard: I Am Everything (2023) A look at one of the most influential and important figures in rock 'n' roll. The film has a playful quality that never takes away from its serious messages of queer identity and a lack of appreciation. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2023
      There's Something Wrong with the Children (2023) Sounds like any other creepy kid movie and it does have meet some of the expectations, but there are deeper themes at play. Addresses mental health and flips gender roles. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2023
      8/10
      Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out (2023) A heartwarming story about friends, family, and moving on. Family friendly adventure is funny and filled with great characters. Great for all audiences. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2023
      Legions (2022) Antonio is funny and capable, making it easy for audiences to get behind him. Keeping the story straightforward was also a wise idea since it allows for the film’s strengths like its engaging lead, and blood soaked mayhem. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2023
      Alice, Darling (2022) Anna Kendrick gives a measured performance that will make all who watch feel for her. The story never plays it safe and can be a difficult watch, but it never exploits victims of abuse or its message. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2023
      10/10
      Skinamarink (2022) The end result is a movie that looks like nothing else out there today. The terror rarely jumps out and instead builds in your mind as thoughts race through your head. Skinamarink is a generational horror film that has to be seen. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2023
      The Drop (2022) All efforts are put into comedy which leads to underdeveloped characters and a story that constantly teases there is something more, but never quite delivers. It will definitely elicit a laugh, but that may not be enough for some. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2023
      Don't Look at the Demon (2022) Ultimately, Don’t Look at the Demon is content to be just another possession movie. The production is well done and the acting is serviceable. The big missed opportunity is not taking full advantage of the premise and setting. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2023
      Human Resources (2021) The fact that it was done by a nineteen year old filmmaker is the most impressive thing about this uneven film. It will be interesting to see where filmmaker Braden Swope's career goes next, but no need to see where it starts. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2023
      The Offering (2022) The number of jump scares may turn some off, but they are effective. The great storytelling and characters push this beyond normal genre fare. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2023
      Candy Land (2022) Candy Land is a disturbing thriller that is over the top in nature, but personal in execution. It pulls no punches and the film is a different type of grindhouse experience. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 06, 2023
      Grasshoppers (2021) Exposition heavy film about love life. Great chemistry and beautifully scored. There is little in the way of a plot, but the two leads are magnetic. - AIPT
      Read More | Posted Jan 03, 2023
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