Birth.Movies.Death.

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Rating Title/Year Author
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Evan Saathoff Very good and worth your time, particularly if you are lucky enough to see it on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Michael Gingold Hawley and his collaborators clearly intended Lucy in the Sky to soar above the salacious and sensationalistic sides of the true case, yet they haven't found compelling enough ways to flesh out their own interpretation. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Climate of the Hunter (2019) Leigh Monson It's a film dripping in sensuously mysterious atmosphere, but instead of drowning its characters in absurdity like an overdressed salad, it uses its director's bizarre proclivities as a garnish to a relatable, more readily consumable story. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Evan Saathoff In 2019, the idea of an entire movie built around the premise of Will Smith vs a younger Will Smith is not as interesting as this film thinks. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974) Brian Collins Something I find even more impressive as the "zombie" section in our streaming service of choice gets more and more glutted with anonymous junk. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Brian Collins The best of the Annabelle films... EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Rebecca Harrison Ad Astra has a glorious surface when viewed from a distance. Look at the details in closer proximity, though, and there are many unresolved conflicts in a story that doesn't necessarily have so much to recommend it. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Wrinkles the Clown (2019) Leigh Monson It's absolutely worth it to spend a little time with the mind of a man who scares children for a living, if only to gain a better understanding of why we collectively mythologize a man in a mask. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Happy Face (2018) Andrew Todd There's real heart at its core, and its nakedly empathetic yet unbeatific treatment of its unconventional cast is something rarely seen in cinema. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Vivarium (2020) Andrew Todd Vivarium is compelling, depressing, apocalyptic even - and strangely invigorating. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Zombi Child (2019) JM Mutore Zombi Child ends strongly, telling a powerful story of generational trauma, and re-codifying the meaning of the zombie for new thematic resonance. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Charles Bramesco There's no conclusion to his filmography's cycle of transgression and penance, because none of us can know the higher truth for which his films grasp. He leaves just enough doubt to require the next movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019) JM Mutore A highly enjoyable and moderately informative documentary about the history of kung fu cinema. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Pelican Blood (2019) Britt Hayes Far more meaningful than any conventional depiction of female terror that came before it. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) Leigh Monson It succeeds in providing a lovely narrative appropriate for kids that doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the dark realities that outsiders face. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Knives and Skin (2019) Leigh Monson A wildly ambitious film that works not because of the art it cribs from, but almost in spite of it. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Random Acts of Violence (2019) Amelia Emberwing Random Acts of Violence may not say anything new, but it's quick, bloody, and brimming with some genuinely solid practical effects. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Todd Gilchrist A mixed bag of nuts-and-bolts making-of footage, film school deconstruction, and literary analysis and theory that doesn't quite cohere. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Swallow (2019) Emily Sears Unusual and aesthetically beautiful... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
The Cleansing Hour (2019) Amelia Emberwing It plays it straight and has a hell of a lot of fun while doing it. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Pelican Blood (2010) Britt Hayes Gebbe captures this internal conflict with stunning clarity and an achingly apt amount of grace... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
In the Tall Grass (2019) Todd Gilchrist A thriller that's gorgeous and intermittently compelling but just doesn't make a whole lot of sense by the time the last secret has been unearthed. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
El hoyo (2019) JM Mutore The Platform is my favorite kind of genre film: one that presents a completely fantastical idea, grounds it with a kind of internal logic, and then propels that idea to its psychological and emotional extremes. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
The Wolf House (2018) Leigh Monson I may be the wrong person to speak of the true meaning under the layers of allegory, but I can certainly tell you that regardless of the understanding you bring to it, The Wolf House makes for a greatly troubling time. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
() Andrew Todd Tammy and the T-Rex is dumb as a bag of rocks - but it's funny... EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
You Don't Nomi (2019) Britt Hayes You Don't Nomi morphs into a thoughtful dissection of a film in which no singular view is right or wrong... EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Guns Akimbo (2019) Scott Wampler I loved the frenetic, intense energy Guns Akimbo overflows with. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Saint Maud (2019) Emily Sears First time filmmaker Rose Glass exquisitely confronts the dualities of faith versus obsession and good versus evil in this tense, psychological thriller. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
The Golden Glove (2019) Britt Hayes Grotesque as it is, The Golden Glove is a profound exploration of the ease with which depravity is bred and nurtured in the carcinogenic, sticky corners inhabited by indigent people - and women in particular - who have aged out of our concern. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
First Love (2019) Todd Gilchrist The way that these characters' paths intersect may involve some three-dimensional chess by screenwriter Masaru Nakamura, but Miike makes it all feel natural and look effortless... EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
() Brianna Zigler The Wild Goose Lake is punctuated by memorable moments and a densely cultivated mood, but leaves you wishing these moments lasted, instead, the length of the entire film. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Homewrecker (2019) Amelia Emberwing Things go from zero to one hundred in the third act, but not in a way that does Homewrecker any favors. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Cosmic Candy (2019) Leigh Monson It's actually pretty solid. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro (2019) Amelia Emberwing It's heartbreaking while still being hopeful and refreshing. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
The Antenna (2019) JM Mutore The Antenna is way too simple to warrant the time and attention it begs of its audience. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Sweetheart (2019) JM Mutore Sweetheart has a lot of good things going for it. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
The Pool (2018) Leigh Monson The Pool is something special: it is one of the most mean-spirited films this critic has ever seen, to the point where it becomes farcical and downright hilarious. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
The Death of Dick Long (2019) Todd Gilchrist The Death of Dick Long is the type of film a director makes when he or she wants to paint themselves into a corner and convinces themselves they can find a way out, but just didn't. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
() Evan Saathoff The comedy here is high enough that simply being funny would have been enough, but VHYes strives for meaning as well, which is what makes the film such a special delight. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters (2019) Amelia Emberwing The subject matter might be presented without a lot of frills, but how much frill is really needed when you're looking at the career of a man who gave us so many iconic creatures throughout our lives? EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Andrew Todd A triumphantly unique work of cinematic art, telling a universal story in genuinely innovative ways that continue to burrow into the mind long after the film rolls to a close. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) JM Mutore The most troubling part about In the Shadow of the Moon is how boring it is, but coming in at a close second is its dreadful thematic content. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Come To Daddy (2019) Leigh Monson Come to Daddy is a blast, a fever dream to enjoy for its twisty chicanery, but it's also a smart and thoughtful film... EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Color Out of Space (2010) Scott Wampler Color Out of Space more than just a great Lovecraft adaptation - its existence is one of the year's most satisfying (and, quite frankly, touching) success stories. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
() Evan Saathoff Amigo offers an interesting look at paranoia aided by a strong performance from Botet. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Todd Gilchrist Dolemite Is My Name is so thoughtful, compassionate, and just plain sweet about chronicling their pursuit of success. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Bloodline (2018) Amelia Emberwing Bloodline delivers a lot of bloody fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Todd Gilchrist Jojo Rabbit tells a story that's both pointedly contemporaneous and fundamentally timeless... EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Daybreakers (2009) Brian Collins The film offers a decent amount of action, the requisite creature FX an ambitious vampire narrative requires, and occasional vignettes that sell both the concept and the film's alternate reality. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Britt Hayes The experience of watching Hustlers is akin to having a veil lifted from your eyes. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019