Consequence of Sound

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Rating Title/Year Author
C+ The Craft: Legacy (2020) Jenn Adams Legacy is an uneven love letter to the weirdos. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
B+ Lucky (2020) Jenn Adams The elevator pitch for this film must have been relatively simple: "What if you were being attacked and no one cared." Yet hidden in this premise is a depressing truth and an unflinching look at the experience of dealing with trauma as a woman in America. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
B Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Blake Goble At the risk of sounding bewitched, Hathaway steals the show. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
C+ Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Blake Goble Borat Subsequent Moviefilm works its ass off to lampoon this very minute in the US, but the current mood is just too fraught. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
C+ Hubie Halloween (2020) Josh Spiegel Hubie Halloween isn't really ... y'know, funny. It's not so much that the film's trying to be funny and failing, as much as it's just ... there. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
A- Saint Maud (2019) Ryan Larson Arresting, unnerving and hypnotic, Saint Maud is something completely new and wholly terrifying. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
A- Totally Under Control (2020) Blake Goble Talk about a film made for right goddamn now. This is Medium Cool for 2020. The pandemic is scary enough, and in 20, 50 years, this doc is going to stand as a living document of just how bad COVID-19 got. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
B- The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Ryan Larson Snow Hollow is a fun variation on the werewolf film that gets by with enough chuckles and blood. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
A- Synchronic (2019) Ryan Larson Synchronic splices together science fiction, heart, and humor to create one hell of a potion, one you're going to soak up as soon as possible. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
C- French Exit (2020) Clint Worthington There's a lot to like here, but much like Frances, the film needed to scale down a bit and recognize when to quit while you're ahead. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
A- Freaky (2020) Ryan Larson With an incredible supporting cast and two engaging leads, Freaky is an out and out blast that finds Landon inching closer and closer to slasher masters like Craven and Carpenter. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
C+ Rebecca (2020) Matt Melis It's a beautiful-looking film that may pale in comparison to its Oscar-winning ancestor but still offers enough thrills to make it worth viewing. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
B On the Rocks (2020) Clint Worthington For all of On the Rocks' too-short 90 minutes, Murray's on a pure charm offensive, and it's a wonder to watch him work. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2020
B- The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Clint Worthington Despite Sorkin's significant shortcomings as a director, The Trial of the Chicago 7 hums along mightily on the strength of its god-tier ensemble and whip-smart script. There's hardly a false note in the cast. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
B Enola Holmes (2020) Jenn Adams Enola Holmes is a much-needed breath of fresh air at an unsteady time. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
B+ Alone (2020) Michael Roffman Alone is exactly what it sells - a taut, hot-wired survival thriller. With its gaunt storytelling, meaty characters, and high-stakes action, the film delivers on all fronts. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
D+ Antebellum (2020) Jenn Adams Under the strain of making its many, many points, Antebellum forgets to be a good movie, which is ultimately what draws audiences in and allows them to connect the dots for themselves. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
A One Night in Miami (2020) Joe Lipsett Regina King's directorial debut is a quiet and contemplative film, filled with powerful mediations on race, responsibility, and revolution that are both timely and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
A Nomadland (2020) Joe Lipsett Nomadland is a gorgeous, lyrical film featuring another stand-out lead performance by Frances McDormand. Chloé Zhao's latest is a testament to the beauty of the American Midwest and the value of living an unorthodox life. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
A- David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Joe Lipsett With energetic direction by Spike Lee and a...joyous lead performance by its titular performer, American Utopia is a welcome rock doc that will appeal to all audiences, regardless of their familiarity with the Talking Heads and David Byrne. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
The Devil All the Time (2020) Clint Worthington much like Alvin at two crucial points in his life, Campos gets lost in the woods here, buckling under the disparate tones of its cast and Pollock's overbearing presence on the material. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
B- Mulan (2020) Josh Spiegel Unlike other Disney remakes, the issue with Mulan isn't that it hews to the formula too closely; it's that when this movie veers away from that formula, it tries to be something approaching a Marvel movie, and that's one crossover we still don't need. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
C- () Mike Vanderbilt The left and the right have deep issues within each movement that deserve to get taken to task, but Shitstorm opts to go for low hanging fruit, attacking it with obvious, sophomoric humor. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
B+ The Mortuary Collection (2019) Jenn Adams With a spooky atmosphere, retro feel, and a creepy performance from a horror legend, The Mortuary Collection is a perfect movie for stormy nights at home and best enjoyed over a big bowl of buttery popcorn. It's Halloween horror with a mean streak. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
A- The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Michael Roffman The Dark and the Wicked is a chilling return from Bertino, and easily his strongest work since 2008's The Strangers. This is a cold, coarse slice of Americana, where true evil is sovereign to an inescapable reality. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
B- Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Michael Roffman It's cute. It's friendly. It'll put a smile on your face. Short of that, Face the Music is little more than a gasp of nostalgia, one that'll eventually be seen as an unnecessary coda for two classic Friday night rentals. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
A I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Clint Worthington In all its macabre splendor, i'm thinking of ending things captures the sensation of loss - that desperation to cling to the past, while watching it fall apart before your eyes. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
B- Tenet (2020) Robert Daniels Sprawling and ambitious, flawed yet admirable, failure and success concurrently reside in every minute of Tenet. A technical feat but a narrative dud. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
B 12 Hour Shift (2020) Scout Tafoya This strange and anxious mixture of the Working Women comedies of yesteryear with the cramped hospital horror shows of our Saturday night sleepovers is always compelling, always nerve-wracking, mostly funny, and agreeably gross. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
B Unhinged (2020) Blake Goble Not quite a gas, but without crashing and burning entirely, Unhinged gets where it needs to go and fast. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
C+ Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Robert Daniels Sang-ho's Peninsula never wavers on the matters of the heart. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
C The One and Only Ivan (2020) Josh Spiegel The One and Only Ivan is asking you to be more compelled by actors giving voice to CGI animals instead of just learning about the real thing. Why live in a fantasy when the real world, in this case, is more fascinating? EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
B- () Blake Goble Skin: A History of Nudity certainly has its blemishes, but it's occasionally excited and secure in its willingness to build an off-the-cuff alt history for an under-discussed facet of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
B- Project Power (2020) Clint Worthington Project Power is a hard-R action flick with a neat premise, inventively handled, and a winsome cast to coast us through the creakier bits of the screenplay. More crucially, it's also got a sense of humor about itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
C+ Spree (2020) Michael Roffman Spree works better as a performance piece for Joe Keery, who never eases up on the pedal. He's legitimately haunting as Kurt, and like the best sociopaths in film, there's a subtle guilt that comes from wanting to see what he'll do next. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2020
B- She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Jenn Adams It's tough to recommend She Dies Tomorrow given the high levels of stress and anxiety so many of us are currently experiencing. Seimetz uncannily mirrors the pervasive unease of 2020 in a way that hits a little too close to home. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
C+ () Michael Roffman Black Water: Abyss is a low-stakes rollercoaster arriving at a time when we're being barred from theme parks. If you're looking for some thrills - and maybe even a little adventure - it'll do the trick. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
B- An American Pickle (2020) Michael Roffman There's a bittersweet aftertaste to An American Pickle - the story came from The New Yorker, after all - and it's the hearty themes that keep the flavor alive within this 90-minute farce. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
B+ Host (2020) Michael Roffman Host digs into the illusions of normalcy we try to build around ourselves, and how quickly those walls can come tumbling down. It's clever, creepy, and effective. At 56 minutes, this is a lean and mean slice of horror. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
B+ The Rental (2020) Michael Roffman Franco and Swanberg have dropped a slasher for the times, one with plenty of rinse-and-repeat value. In fact, don't be surprised if this kicks off a franchise of sorts; it has that staying power. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2020
B The Old Guard (2020) Clint Worthington At two hours, it can drag, and the mid-budget nature of the thing can leave it feeling less than ambitious. But there's just enough inventiveness here to make it stand out in a packed field. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
B+ Relic (2020) Jenn Adams Relic effectively weaves in elements from Hereditary and The Visit to deliver a terrifying tale that tugs at the heartstrings. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
B The Beach House (2019) Michael Roffman The Beach House is one of the most promising original films to hit Shudder, and you'd be wise to dive right in. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
F Force of Nature (2020) Jenn Adams At best, Force of Nature is a cheap approximation of better movies. At worst, it's a toxic blend of racist and misogynistic cliches that feel especially painful during this moment in time. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
C- Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Clint Worthington Fire Saga manages glimmers of fun through its laborious two-hour runtime when it sits the hell down and plays some fun Eurovision-y songs, but there are too many false notes in between to justify trucking through the tedium to find them. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
B+ Eric Andre: Legalize Everything (2020) Scout Tafoya Legalize Everything isn't the complete success the best of Eric Andre's work is, but as a first look at what he can do to this format, it's a breath-taking experiment, and more often than not, painfully hilarious. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
B () Blake Goble Yes, Irresistible is a farce about political theater, and an often painfully funny one, but it's also a deeply unnerving manifesto on the pundit economy, campaign financing, and the narcissism, ego, and collective amnesia it all fosters. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
D- Artemis Fowl (2020) Josh Spiegel Unlike the April and May releases of Trolls World Tour and Scoob!, you don't have to pay a single dime for Artemis Fowl. That may be the best news of this entire film. You'll only lose 90 minutes of your life to this misbegotten mess. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
A- Da 5 Bloods (2020) Blake Goble With Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee returns to war with a project that synthesizes his better instincts in a more coalesced way. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
B- The King of Staten Island (2020) Brett Arnold Apatow's sixth-feature will satisfy fans of his and Pete Davidson alike. But again, if you're not already on the bandwagon, there's not much new here to convince you to jump on it. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020