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Rating Title/Year Author
Spell (2020) Charles Pulliam-Moore While it definitely doesn't work as "elevated" horror, it makes for the perfect sort of movie you put on to be grossed out, a little unsettled, and maybe have an unexpected laugh or two at. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
The Craft: Legacy (2020) Cheryl Eddy Its use here as what amounts to a plot device is not particularly interesting, nor is it all that memorable-kind of like The Craft: Legacy itself, unfortunately. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) Germain Lussier Expectations or not, it's just not very good. No wonder Michael Myers came back. At least that vapid presence was scary. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) Cheryl Eddy Leap of Faith is a memoir, film history lesson, and deep dive into the creative process all rolled into one-with a focus on the blend of precise artisanship and twists of fate that went into making The Exorcist. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
J.R. "Bob" Dobbs & The Church of the SubGenius (2019) Cheryl Eddy J.R. "Bob" Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius captures a period in history when rebelling against the boundaries of reality could still be a positively charged, life-altering experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Synchronic (2019) Germain Lussier What's important about the film is, while you may not be blown away, it'll leave you thinking and wanting to see more from these filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Lupin III: The First (2019) James Whitbrook It's an absolute blast and a faithful iteration on the style and scope of these characters in a medium that allows their zany hijinks to dazzle brighter than ever. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Charles Pulliam-Moore It's a solid message that contrasts well with The Witches' over-the-top approach to cheesy body horror and monsters that might otherwise traumatize kids, but here The Witches just ends up being fun more than anything else. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Vampires vs. The Bronx (2019) Charles Pulliam-Moore The kids' chemistry makes it easy for them to carry Vampires vs. the Bronx's quippy, self-referential humor that's at its strongest when the movie lets itself become properly goofy. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
Black Box (2020) Cheryl Eddy While the twist is a pretty obvious one, the uncomfortable truths it dislodges are surprisingly effective, and Black Box manages to stay pretty grounded. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
Nocturne (2020) Cheryl Eddy Quirke is clearly a talent to watch, as are Nocturne's young stars. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
2067 (2020) Germain Lussier Basically, the film plays out like this: Act One, I'm interested. Act Two, What the heck is going on? Act Three, Oh, that's it? EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Save Yourselves! (2020) Germain Lussier Though it starts with a seemingly simple sci-fi premise, Save Yourselves is actually so much more. This is a film that's funny and surprising but also smart, layered, and subtly thought-provoking. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
Zathura (2005) Germain Lussier There are moments in Zathura of pure delight and wonder. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
Super Mario Bros. (1993) Charles Pulliam-Moore Hoskins and Leguizamo... are able to sell themselves as the plumbers in large part because of the obvious fact that they both understood the movie was only taking itself but so seriously. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
Tenet (2020) Germain Lussier That's Tenet in a nutshell. A movie obviously built on interesting, complex ideas, but with no clue how to put them into practice. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Hubble (2010) Joel Johnson Hubble 3D is a pretty simple movie. It's also one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen in my life. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
The New Mutants (2020) Charles Pulliam-Moore The New Mutants is far from perfect and you can easily spot a few scuffs and dents in the movie's plot, it manages to stand on its own two legs and ends up being one of the more solid, if not particularly heart-pounding, on-screen stories. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Mulan (2020) Nancy Wang Yuen This is a fresh, contemporary update to the original film even if it's not set in modern times. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Germain Lussier It is most triumphant, with only a sprinkle of heinous. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Cheryl Eddy If Peninsula lacks the exciting discovery element of Train to Busan, it makes up for it with its imaginative continuation of that film's story, building out its ravaged world while upping the horror exponentially. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) Charles Pulliam-Moore The Night Stalker presents its hero as a put-upon man wholly out of his depth in terms of the actual threat at hand, but his unfailing ability to use his eyes and piece metaphorical puzzles together gives him a decided leg up among his peers. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
The Old Guard (2020) Charles Pulliam-Moore Aside from a few pacing issues in its third act, The Old Guard flows with a briskness that suits the story's overall straightforwardness-which at times makes the movie's twists feel somewhat predictable. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
Palm Springs (2020) Germain Lussier There are heavy themes in Palm Springs but thanks to Samberg and Milioti, they rarely feel that way. Each is so charming, vulnerable, and hilarious, the story moves like a rocketship fueled by adorable awkwardness. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
The Swarm (1978) Cheryl Eddy The Swarm does impart a couple of lasting lessons. Putting your trust in science is a big one, but so is the nagging idea that -as stupidly entertaining as The Swarm can be-maybe every disaster doesn't need its own disaster movie. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
Blood Quantum (2019) Cheryl Eddy Horror's long history of social commentary has seldom been so pointedly applied. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
Hook (1991) Germain Lussier While Hook successfully transitions between tones, and the Neverland sequences are gorgeous, the movie gets a bit bloated in its second act. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Charlie Jane Anders I feel like there was an opportunity to make something entertaining, and it was squandered by a movie that's simultaneously trying too hard and not trying hard enough. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2020
Dick Tracy (1990) Germain Lussier The whole thing is very surface and frequently boring. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Bloodshot (2020) Germain Lussier While Bloodshot can be cheesy and a little frustrating, it's much more entertaining and surprising. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2019) James Whitbrook On a primal level, it is still an absolute blast to watch these characters come into their own as heroes and unleash their powers in glorious, bonkers action time and time again. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Onward (2020) Germain Lussier It's got heart, it's got laughs, it's filled with inconsequential little touches you are sure to miss on first viewing. Yes, it's a little bit familiar, but familiar works more often than not. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) James Whitbrook What Birds of Prey is, is loud, bright, and fun as all hell. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
The Wave (2019) Germain Lussier Though Klabin provides a suitable amount of exciting visuals, Long is fun to watch, and the third act is good, The Wave is barely a ride worth taking. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Dolittle (2020) Germain Lussier Just when I thought Dolittle couldn't get any less funny or idiotic, Robert Downey Jr. sticks his arms up a dragon's a-----e. And I do mean that literally. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Weathering With You (2019) James Whitbrook Despite the fact that it struggles to stand on its own two feet at times, there's a lot to love... From the earnestly beautiful simplicity of its protagonists' plight to its tender, touching examination of Tokyo, it is a film that revels in intimacy. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
High Life (2018) Charles Pulliam-Moore High Life's messages are often too torn apart and deconstructed to keep proper track of, as the movie assaults you with its graphic depictions of all kinds of horrific but believable violence. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Cats (2019) Alex Cranz You must witness the hubris of director Tom Hooper. You must witness the hubris of Hollywood. The hubris of these performers. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Germain Lussier A densely packed highlight reel fails to tell a story that's narratively interesting, thematically cohesive, or that builds any impactful stakes...Designed to tantalize and delight in the hope those things cover up its many shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Vivarium (2020) Germain Lussier Finnegan has a winner with Vivarium. It might be a little full of itself but it's so mysterious, odd, and well-made that it's worth it. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Germain Lussier The sequel is not only better than the 2013 original, but it also improves the original film by adding to its mythology and shining a light on the events of that story in a whole new way. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Germain Lussier Minor knocks aside, Doctor Sleep tells a complex, interesting story, filled with even more dynamic characters, set in a rich world that surprises as much as it strokes your nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Jill Pantozzi Terminator: Dark Fate is an engaging story about three, tremendously powerful women. That's it. That's the review. (Ok, not really...) EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched (2017) Evan Narcisse Muppet Guys Talking stands as a testament to the enduring opposite reaction to the Muppet oeuvre: we're giggling with these creators, not at them, and there's a deep well of gratitude underneath all the laughter. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Germain Lussier Zombieland: Double Tap does all the same things the original did. And that's pretty much it. The result is a suitably entertaining follow-up that's fun but forgettable. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Germain Lussier Instead of double the Wills making the movie double the fun, it's almost like they cancel each other out, resulting in a complete zero. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990) Charles Pulliam-Moore As campy cult classics go, Shelley Duvall's Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme holds its own because it knows precisely what kind of story it wants to be. For all of its wildness, it's tight and to the point. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) Germain Lussier And while the direction by Martin Krejcí keeps the movie alive and bright, it's the story structure and characters written by Olivia Dufault that elevate the material beyond the familiar. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Little Monsters (1989) Germain Lussier It pained me to watch such an impressive group of talent (the movie was written by the guys who made Aladdin, for crying out loud) shit the bed so massively, especially when my nostalgia reserves were so primed and ready to go. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Germain Lussier It'll make you smile, it'll make you sad, and it'll make you believe in the best of us. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019