Birth.Movies.Death.

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Rating Title/Year Author
Junk Head (2017) Andrew Todd Junk Head is as unsettling and gory as Cronenberg and as grand and sad as del Toro, with creature design that brings to mind H.R. Giger. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
The Wanting Mare (2020) Scott Wampler The most impressive bit of filmmaking I've seen in 2020. It's probably a bit too slow, a bit too withholding to be a crowd-pleaser, but there's also zero indication here that Bateman has any interest in making crowd-pleasers. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Leigh Monson Scream, Queen! wasn't quite the film I was expecting, but it's the film I ended up needing. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Dreamland (2019) Evan Saathoff While perhaps unsatisfying, there is a lot of pleasure to be found occasionally bubbling to the film's surface. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/5 Misbehaviour (2020) Leigh Monson "It can't help but feel like the women of these stories are themselves in competition for our attention." EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
Jurassic Thunder (2020) Andrew Todd The result of consuming a diet exclusively of comics and blockbusters and never once paying attention to what makes them tick under the surface. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
Becky (2020) Robert Saucedo Who are we to turn down a chance to watch white supremacists have their faces smashed in and be dispatched in wonderfully blood-soaked methods by a psychopathic child? EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Rosewood (1997) VyceVictus A unique and shining example of telling the stories of our past that need to be told, lest their lessons be lost forever. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Attack of the Demons (2019) Scott Wampler Its style is truly impressive, as is the delight it takes in using that style to render an eye-popping series of monstrous demons and gory kills. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
Red, White & Wasted (2019) Evan Saathoff The ugliness of it all - with no hints of redemption or humanity hiding under all the rebel flag posturing - grows wearisome. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
Night Warning (1981) Jacob Knight We become one with Billy, absolutely terrified as our once loving aunt descends into the depths of psychosis, threatening to butcher everyone and everything we hold sacred. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Capone (2020) Scott Wampler No, CAPONE will not be for everyone. In fact, CAPONE will not be for most people. But I suspect a certain subsection of film geekdom will love this movie. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2020
Kindergarten Cop 2 (2016) Evan Saathoff There are certainly ill-advised moments where it flat-out apes Schwarzenegger's film, but when Dolph's attempt at walking in these shoes gets to do its own thing, there are definitely bright points. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
Holy Motors (2012) Film Crit Hulk HOLY MOTORS IS FILM THAT MAKES HULK'S HEART SING OUT FOR THE ARTIST(S) WHO CREATED IT. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
The Way Back (2020) Evan Saathoff Despite being a somewhat cookie cutter movie, The Way Back does find its own way to express character from within its limiting narrative context. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
Nighthawk (2019) Michael Gingold As the conflict builds and explodes, the filmmakers alternate rivetingly tense but bloodless scenes with startling splatter (kudos to makeup and effects creator Tayce Vale), shot through with a devious sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Britt Hayes To say The Invisible Man is satisfying seems inadequate; there's something glorious about the film's conclusion, which may feel to some men every bit as horrific as the implications of Florence Pugh's facial expression in the final shot of Midsommar. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Leigh Monson There are hints of untapped potential in Emma., in the visual detail, the witty dialogue and performances, the baby steps into deconstruction of a classic tale, that feel wasted in service of just providing what is expected. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2020
Onward (2020) Michael Gingold Onward, for all its talk about confronting challenges and taking paths of peril, feels a little safe-if only by Pixar's monumental standards. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020) Leigh Monson For all its faults, it's still a nominally entertaining family film that parents can reasonably enjoy with their offspring. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Leigh Monson If you're nostalgic for the height of Sonic's pop-cultural relevance, you're likely the exact age demographic that will revel in the return of this kind of Carrey pastiche, and not only does Carrey chew scenes, he steals them entirely to devour them whole EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Troop Beverly Hills (1989) Ashlee Blackwell Troop Beverly Hills thoughtfully exposes the complexities of divorce, social/class culture and personal growth in a light comedy very much loyal to its time. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
Brick Mansions (2014) VyceVictus It's not a soulless remake, but it's definitely a watered down one. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
RoboCop (2014) VyceVictus Unfortunately, like a lot of the ideas, they never really capitalized on it and the idea was ultimately just forced into a simple plot device to move things along. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Patriots Day (2016) VyceVictus Patriots Day is as flawed as it is phenomenal, an interesting experience worth checking out not just for the cinematic experience it produces, but for the conversations it can spark. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Scott Wampler If you're worried Birds of Prey won't have enough action, or that it won't live up to its hard R rating, allow me to assuage you of those fears right now. You probably won't be left wanting. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Seoul Station (2016) VyceVictus Seoul Station infuses new life into the worn out zombie movie genre with blood-pumping thrills and an incisive Korean point of view which separates it from the crowd. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Twisted Justice (2016) VyceVictus Twisted Justice is so fast paced, exciting and engaging that I didn't even feel its substantial 135-minute run time. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Belly (1998) VyceVictus On paper, Belly is just another boilerplate crime drama about how a life of street crime can only end one way... In its execution lies perhaps one of the greatest displays of style as substance in contemporary cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Zero Motivation (2014) VyceVictus Zero Motivation is a laugh out loud, sharp and uproarious comedy with a solid sense of heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
The Gunman (2015) VyceVictus The Gunman is a propulsive and fairly well-crafted action film like its predecessor. Unfortunately, it suffers far more from its barely functional screenplay and plot. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Home (2015) VyceVictus Home doesn't have any big controversial or emotionally powerful ideas behind it, but it doesn't have to. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Chocolate City (2015) VyceVictus As opposed to the sharp cinematography and direction of Steven Soderbergh and his disciple Gregory Jacobs, Chocolate City goes for more intimately hazy and lingering POV shots. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Dope (2015) VyceVictus In Dope he (Keith Stanfield) gets another understated but powerful dramatic moment, and I hope to see a lot more from him and all the other young cast members in the future. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Beasts of No Nation (2015) VyceVictus Beasts of No Nation is high caliber cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Ride Along 2 (2016) VyceVictus All in all, more than simply being bad, Ride Along 2 is disappointing. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Gods of Egypt (2016) VyceVictus I felt neither disdain nor schadenfreude during it, only boredom and a slight headache afterwards. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Do Not Resist (2016) VyceVictus Do Not Resist presents its strongest and most resonant piece of information in its final segment concerning the information activities and digital aspects of modern warfare being applied to law enforcement on U.S. Soil. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Bad Rap (2016) VyceVictus What makes Bad Rap work so well is its ability to be different types of documentaries at once. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
The Wailing (2016) VyceVictus I can say enthusiastically that The Wailing is an astonishing film that manages to truly unnerve and entertain in equal measure. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020) Michael Gingold As persuasive as Lively's characterization is, the movie loses sight of Stephanie's humanity the longer it goes on, and becomes plot-driven at the expense of letting us see how the experience truly affects her. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Be Water (2020) Ed Travis Fans of Bruce Lee will almost certainly find much to enjoy here, and it seems inevitable that new fans will also be made. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
The Fight (2020) Evan Saathoff It is a very cut-and-dry informative documentary... But the overall point illustrates that even in victory, opposition is a constant and the fight will never truly end. Not should it. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
La llorona (2019) Evan Saathoff La Llorona is a slow burn leading to events that are more emotional than explosive. But it also offers a great example of when going slow and quiet is a very good thing indeed. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
The Mole Agent (2020) Evan Saathoff The Mole Agent has the air of a film that would have preferred a more exciting and funny turn of events. Instead it's a gentle meditation on loneliness and a fate that threatens us all. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
Downhill (2020) Ed Travis While Downhill doesn't go that hard, it does have several aces up its sleeve. For one thing, the stars absolutely anchor the project, and their comedic chemistry is undeniable. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
The Night House (2020) Ed Travis The Night House has a solid trifecta going for it as it's terrifying when it goes for horror, it's emotionally resonant when it goes for drama, and it's captivating when it doles out bread crumbs of mystery. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
Herself (2020) Evan Saathoff It's not an empty movie, just a slight one offering little we haven't seen before. You won't regret watching it, but you likely won't remember it either. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
Minari (2020) Evan Saathoff Minari allows us to spend time with a group of highly likable people, and I'm thankful I got the chance, if only because it taught me there is a job out there where all you do is look at chicken genitals all day to divide them by gender. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
Promising Young Woman (2020) Evan Saathoff It's witty, scary, triumphant, heartbreaking, romantic and mean as hell but not at the cost of its own vulnerability. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020