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Rating Title/Year Author
The Boy Behind the Door (2020) Cass Clarke The Boy Behind the Door is a thrillingly paced and heartfelt tale that'll surely charm horror buffs -- especially ones who love carefully plotted abduction tales. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
The Suicide Squad (2021) Brandon Zachary Elba gives Bloodsport an exhausted but appealing edge with surprising vulnerability. Dastmalchian and Stallone mine genuine humanity out of their goofy characters, and Malchior is the beating heart of The Suicide Squad. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
Sweetie, You Won't Believe It (2020) Cass Clarke It might take a lot of explosions and gunshots to get there, but the film does eventually show the beauty of men being vulnerable amongst each other. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
Junk Head (2017) Reuben Baron The sheer passion behind Junk Head makes it the sort of film that would be interesting to watch whether or not it was actually any good. Thankfully, it is good. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
Wonderful Paradise (2020) Jon Mendelsohn Wonderful Paradise is the ultimate self-aware, midnight movie that doesn't even begin as one, but transcends into one of the wildest acid trips anyone could ever experience on-screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
Kratt (2020) Cass Clarke It doesn't take the easy way out -- structure-wise, pacing-wise -- and that's kind of the point. At the very least, it'll reward repeat viewings. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
The Last Mercenary (2021) Josh Bell Convoluted and full of dumb jokes and annoying supporting characters, which takes the focus away from its charismatic star's committed performance. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
Old (2021) Sandy Schaefer Following in the steps of other low-budget thrillers that Shyamalan has directed since he stepped away from the world of franchises, Old is distinctly Shyamalanesque in its mix of weirdness, terror, and philosophy. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
Jolt (2021) Cass Clarke Watching the action star dig her heels into some comedy for a change while landing punches is also a pleasant surprise that will charm viewers. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (2020) Reuben Baron Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop is an adorable summer love story that deserves to be spared getting lost in the Netflix algorithm. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
Jungle Cruise (2021) Brandon Zachary A lot of the movie relies on Blunt and Johnson's chemistry and charm, which certainly helps elevate the movie. The pair bounce off each other with ease, developing a quick rapport that jumps from comedic to romantic to dramatic when needed. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two (2021) Sam Stone Part 2 comes out the gate swinging as the body count rises with each passing month. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
The Green Knight (2021) Sandy Schaefer This version of The Green Knight also does right by its women, giving Alicia Vikander a fair amount to do as both Gawain's earnest love interest Esel and her doppelgänger. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (2021) Reuben Baron Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes cost next to nothing compared to the megabudget Tenet, yet it manages to be equally inventive in its portrayal of time travel and far more entertaining to watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
Settlers (2021) Josh Bell Settlers is intriguingly atmospheric at first, although the lack of concrete detail eventually becomes frustrating, especially once the characters start behaving erratically. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2021
Blood Red Sky (2021) Josh Bell For such a fun, attention-grabbing high-concept premise, the execution is disappointingly repetitive and dull. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) Josh Bell Only occasionally captures the sense of classic Hollywood romance that its director Augustine Frizzell wanted to portray. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) Sam Stone Golding's portrayal of Snake Eyes is charismatic and his action scenes are fluid, gifting the audiences with a good time -- as long as they don't think too hard about the film's narrative. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
The Call (2020) Cass Clarke Although it doesn't quite land, it's worth noting that Stibbs frames the narrative in an intriguing way and creates an inventive premise behind the film's deadly mayhem. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
Josee, The Tiger and the Fish (2020) Reuben Baron Some unnecessary love triangle drama pads out the movie's third act, but overall Josee, The Tiger and The Fish stays emotionally gripping throughout. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Sandy Schaefer The journey to Part 2: 1978's outcome is so entertaining it doesn't matter if you know what the final destination is. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
Son (2021) Jon Mendelsohn Son is reminiscent of slow-burn horror from the 70s, especially in its pacing and premise. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) Cass Clarke While some viewers might want the A-list trio of assassins to be deployed sooner to help Sam and Emily, it's entirely worth the wait when they are. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
Bo Burnham: Inside (2021) Alexander Sowa Inside is gut-wrenching, disturbing and deeply emotional 90-minutes of carefully crafted comedy; but, even the label of comedy feels insufficient. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) Sandy Schaefer While this does prevent the first half of the movie from subverting the "Bury Your Gays" trope the way Part 1 did, the film fleshes out Sarah's interiority in a way that other mainstream titles often fail to do with their queer leads. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2021
Vicious Fun (2020) Caitlin Chappell At the end of the day, this feels like a love letter to this time period of horror, and for those who grew up with the movies that inspired Vicious Fun, it may just remind them of all the potential this genre has for a bloody good time. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2021
Black Widow (2021) Meagan Damore Black Widow finds clever ways to play with Natasha's long MCU history, while also reckoning with the past we've only heard about. Anyone who has followed the character's film journey closely will be rewarded. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2021
Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) Sandy Schaefer Netflix's Fear Street: Part 1 - 1994 is faithful to the spirit of its source material, serving up a delectably R-rated platter of slasher gore, supernatural mayhem and teenage angst. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2021
No Sudden Move (2021) Cass Clarke No Sudden Move has an impressive and extensive ensemble cast that rises to the occasion of a film that will keep audiences guessing who to trust and who will survive. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2021
The Tomorrow War (2021) Josh Bell The befuddled look on Chris Pratt's face in the opening shot of The Tomorrow War is an accurate reflection of how viewers may feel. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
America: The Motion Picture (2021) Josh Bell There's nothing shocking about the kind of thing a fifth-grader might doodle in their American History textbook. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
The Ice Road (2021) Josh Bell A trudge through predictable B-movie beats. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2021
False Positive (2021) Josh Bell Not suspenseful enough to succeed as a thriller, but not subversive enough to work as a dark comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2021
Claydream (2021) Reuben Baron [Vinton] was not the next Walt Disney, but Claydream makes a strong case that he's a figure in animation history worth celebrating. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
The Superdeep (2020) Jon Mendelsohn Superdeep is a very interesting effort. It boasts a memorable villain and some spectacular death scenes, but that's really all the film has to offer. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One (2021) Sam Stone The Long Halloween is one of the most effective DC Universe Animated Original Movies yet, faithfully adapting what made the original story so great while quietly updating elements to better fit the times. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
Siberia (2019) Josh Bell Ferrara stated that he wanted to make a film that captures the state of dreaming, but watching Siberia feels like listening to someone recount their dreams in agonizing detail. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
Skull: The Mask (2020) Jon Mendelsohn Skull: The Mask is a daring horror movie that isn't afraid to make some dangerous choices and that is exactly what the genre needs to stay fresh. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
Caveat (2020) Jon Mendelsohn All of the pieces in Caveat work, but by the time the end credits roll, everything still feels extremely vague. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Sandy Schaefer What it does have is a solid emotional core, proving the onscreen Warrens are as interesting as ever, even if the franchise around them is starting to show its age. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
Agnes (2021) Jeanette White It holds a lot of unfulfilled potential that could have benefited from a concrete theme. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Brandon Zachary When the film takes it to another level, the film is actually enjoyable and funny as a broad comedy about assassins, but the rest of the film plays as a series of action-movie cliches that aren't worth the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
Untitled Horror Movie (2021) Caitlin Chappell Regardless of the movie's intimate format and solid premise, it leaves audiences wanting more. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
Wish Dragon (2021) Sandy Schaefer What Wish Dragon lacks in storytelling innovation, it makes up for with lively, vibrant CG animation that paints contemporary China in pleasant shades of pink and purple, much like the enchanted shape-shifting dragon at the center of its action. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
F9 The Fast Saga (2021) Brandon Zachary While it may not be the best film of 2021 or even the best film in its series, F9 is still a wholly ridiculous and enjoyable experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
Luca (2021) Sandy Schaefer Luca, as with most Pixar movies, is gorgeously animated, combining gently stylized humans with splendidly realistic environments. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
My Sunny Maad (2021) Reuben Baron Audiences can agree with her decisions, or not, but whatever judgment is had of the situation, this mother's will to make her adopted son happy proves to be incredibly moving. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
The Amusement Park (1973) Jeanette White With a relatively short running time of 52 minutes, The Amusement Park is a must-see for horror/George Romero enthusiasts. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
Censor (2021) Josh Bell Like a lot of lurid yet incoherent low-budget horror movies, Censor remains engrossing even after it stops making sense. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
Holler (2020) Josh Bell Riegel captures the story's hardscrabble setting and the characters' crushing poverty with admirable clarity and sensitivity. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021