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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Host (2020) David Keyes Savage has breathed refreshing life into a sub-genre that has long been floundering for new inspirations. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/4 Savage Streets (1984) David Keyes Say what you will about over-the-top enthusiasm in movies like these, here is a woman who is comfortable chewing the scenery until she is licking her lips in satisfaction. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/4 Eaten Alive (1976) David Keyes A film like this endures as entertainment because all the performances are pitched at that joyous trajectory of cartoonish excess. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
2.5/4 The Wraith (1986) David Keyes It does not achieve the same absurdist grandeur of, say, "Sky Bandits" or "Mannequin," which are essentially live action cartoons. But it means well. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
3.5/4 Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) David Keyes If "Unfriended" showed this idea in a state of awkward infancy, then "Unfriended: Dark Web" allows it to mature into a proverbial, meticulous beast. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/4 Hatchet (2006) David Keyes The movie is a triumphant reminder of the plausibility of physical showmanship. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
0.5/4 Cats (2019) David Keyes A film that seeks to inspire our loathing for nearly every frame it sits on the screen, and that is before we even attempt to decipher the mediocrity that is the music or the nonexistence of the story. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
2.5/4 Pompeii (2014) David Keyes Basically a competent action picture that retreads to the safety of its formulas, primarily because it doesn't have the desire, much less the thought, to pursue more challenging avenues. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
0/4 Dirty Love (2005) David Keyes Each moment, more unfunny than the last, is a record of underachievers who are so far in over their head that they have lost the will to break the chains of their prison. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
0.5/4 The Lonely Lady (1983) David Keyes This may be the most shamelessly evasive drama ever written. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
3/4 Summer of 84 (2018) David Keyes There were moments when I was roused by myriads of sly wit, suspicion and even shock, and others when I felt sad for kids who might have endured better by leaving the searches to others. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
2/4 Marriage Story (2019) David Keyes Here are two likable actors swimming upstream in a current that wants to drown them in detestable melodrama, and for nearly every scene they occupy shared space, we find ourselves praying for psychological intervention. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
2.5/4 Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire (2019) David Keyes In the final frames, after enduring what amounts to the bludgeoning of an entire idea, one can't help but wish the more thrilling original film was playing on screen instead. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
4/4 Parasite (2019) David Keyes A picture that audaciously devours the force of convention and transforms it into a feverish undercurrent, driving what can only be described as an engine through the odyssey of mayhem. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
3.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) David Keyes A total exercise in style, brought to glorious excess by showy performances and visual gimmicks right out of an ambitious nightmare. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
1.5/4 Joker (2019) David Keyes If Arthur Fleck reflects the same cultural alienation that creates mass shooters and serial killers, the movie cuts away too often to establish a cogent argument. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 Ad Astra (2019) David Keyes The movie is an audacious, agonizing, engrossing meditation on personal isolation. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 The Burning (1981) David Keyes Instead of recycling the sort of artificial showmanship that usually informed most of the violence in the early horror franchises, the movie creates a convincing aesthetic. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) David Keyes There are a great many moments and sequences scattered across "It Chapter Two." On the other hand, audiences might take issue with there being so many. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
0/4 The Condemned (2007) David Keyes One of the most deplorable movie-going experiences of my life. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) David Keyes The movie's greatest strength is in how it isolates precious moments among characters - some loving, others sad, many foretelling of darker realities. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
1/4 Children of the Corn (1984) David Keyes This is not a story that was ever destined to work on film. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 Tenderness of the Wolves (1973) David Keyes Part of what distances us from indulging the story's approach is our inability to see him as the madman painted by history books. His crimes are so simplified, even reduced. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 Midsommar (2019) David Keyes As a stamina test, the movie is as exciting as it is startling. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
4/4 Birds of Passage (2018) David Keyes One of the most striking and profound discoveries of the year. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/4 Christine (1983) David Keyes One of the more effective screen treatments of the era, however corny or preposterous it may remain on paper. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
1.5/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) David Keyes A thoughtless and mechanical descent into nonsense, with nothing standing at the center other than a myriad of conflicting arcs and questionable motives. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/4 Last Tango in Paris (1972) David Keyes In this age where the human behavior system is rarely an important facet in film narratives, here is a picture that still throbs with all the pain and misery of its deep emotional wounds. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3.5/4 Zelig (1983) David Keyes If the sum of Allen's career can be seen as a series of destinations on a road to self-discovery, then this strange, off-the-cuff "mockumentary" provides the most unlikely roadmap. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
1/4 Under the Silver Lake (2018) David Keyes This isn't a creative dive at all, it is a suicide bomb masquerading as an audacious shift in direction. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
0.5/4 Movie 43 (2013) David Keyes By the end you can't entirely be sure whether you have watched a film or participated in a eulogy for the careers of its participants. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) David Keyes Peele is slowly emerging as one of the most exciting provocateurs of modern horror films. "Us" is further proof of that. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/4 The Head Hunter (2018) David Keyes Less perceptive sorts would have you believe Downey is crippled by his shoestring budget; in truth, he turns it into the conduit for a very solid descent into a thrilling little mystery. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/4 Climax (2018) David Keyes A work of visceral madness. Profoundly engrossing. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/4 Transit (2018) David Keyes Phenomenal. A near-perfect lament on conflicted human behaviors. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/4 The Hole in the Ground (2019) David Keyes The Hole in the Ground shows a promising talent finessing the notes of his song without formulating it into plausible music. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
1/4 The Happytime Murders (2018) David Keyes 90 minutes of laughless, mean-spirited hogwash EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) David Keyes Decent and watchable, without being nearly as resonant as it should be. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
1/4 The Emoji Movie (2017) David Keyes You know you are in the middle of something cynical when the most interesting character in a cartoon is a walking digital hand whining about no longer being popular. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/4 You Were Never Really Here (2017) David Keyes There is an undercurrent beneath the frames that goes to the bloody heart of the matter, giving a wondrous sense of dramatic desperation to each of the characters as they move through this macabre labyrinth. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
1/4 Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland (1989) David Keyes If it's laughs you are after, however unintentional, this movie provides all the precious morsels. Starting with the idea that anyone felt the need to make it. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
0.5/4 Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers (1988) David Keyes An insult to anyone in the audience who has two brain cells to rub together. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) David Keyes Even cynics of this formula will leave the theater feeling thankful for the chance to engage with a delightful spectacle rather than a pointless retread. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/4 Dogtooth (2009) David Keyes We watch on and on - sometimes in horror, often in confusion, and always in complete awe of its strange and perplexing energy. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
1.5/4 Twilight (2008) David Keyes Like most great psychological lessons in the hands of novices, this is a story far more interested in dancing to rhythms than understanding melody. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/4 Hell House LLC (2015) David Keyes This is not a movie manufactured from within the conceit of aspiring filmmakers hoping to make a low-budget wave, either: what these people have created is a credible descent into the material. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/4 The Favourite (2018) David Keyes Lanthimos has made a film that plays like a diabolical union between Ken Russell and Robert Bresson, full of savage rhythms and emotional distance. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2019
1.5/4 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) David Keyes Whatever merits we attach to the first film in this series, they are all but abandoned somewhere in the mess of a follow-up. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2019
3/4 The House That Jack Built (2018) David Keyes In between killings and mutilations are verbal rationalizations that underline the violence with startling clarity. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/4 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) David Keyes Unpredictable and masterful. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018