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Rating Title/Year Author
Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Jourdain Searles Moretz is incredible as Maude, using vulnerability as her greatest weapon. With a strikingly emotive face, a cathartic scream, and the steely eyes of a much older performer, Moretz gives the performance of her career. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Rob Dean There is a lot to like about PENINSULA, with co-writer/director Yeon refining his ability for staging action that was already engaging. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
Lucky (2020) Stephanie Crawford It's fascinating and quite vulnerable, with a skin-pricking sense of unease and tension throughout. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
The Mortuary Collection (2019) Johnny Donaldson Cements Spindell's promise as a new voice in horror, and gives us a new slice of midnight movie comfort food to savor. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Dinner in America (2020) Aundria Parker I absolutely love this movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2020
1BR (2019) Brett Gallman 1BR is a reminder that some movies need every bit of their runtime to really grab you and leave a mark, not to mention a warning to carefully read your lease agreement. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Hail to the Deadites (2020) Stephanie Crawford HAIL TO THE DEADITES is a pure clubhouse movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
La llorona (2019) Samantha Schorsch A powerful, important, and almost spiritually cathartic film... EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
The Rental (2020) Rob Dean Instead of synthesis that expands on what came before, Franco's film is a jumble of negativity and pieces of other movies that produces nothing truly new or engaging. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
Slaughterhouse Rock (1987) Stephanie Crawford The movie being in on the joke doesn't take away from its fun, thankfully, and the intense carnage makes it a classic Saturday night rental. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Murderock - uccide a passo di danza (Murder Rock - Dancing Death) (1984) Stephanie Crawford Murderock really does pack in plenty of both Fulci's sanguineous fervor and his mastery of nightmarish but seductive imagery. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Stephanie Crawford Color Out of Space is, yes, a truly fantastic Lovecraft movie, but it's also the Richard Stanley movie that Richard Stanley fans have been waiting for. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Christmas Evil (1980) Stephanie Crawford There's no real question that Christmas Evil is an exploitation film, but it's one of the rare ones that's even more concerned with mood and pathos than nudity or blood. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Stephanie Crawford Horror Noire is pure fun for horror fans both experienced and new, but I have no doubt that it's also going to become a go-to informational gateway. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Scream and Scream Again (1970) Stephanie Crawford I hate being uncharitable about Scream and Scream Again's weak and chaotic bits because it's still just so much fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Invisible Agent (1942) Stephanie Crawford Invisible Agent Dissolves in the Air but Not in Our Hearts EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
We Are Little Zombies (2019) Rob Dean [WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES is] a full-throated barbaric yawp of an impressive and new major talent arriving on the cinematic scene...[delivering] a joyful movie about being isolated, forgotten, and even feeling devoid of happiness... EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Blood Quantum (2019) Samantha Schorsch In a genre full of death and trope-y conflict and cyberpunk disease labs, Blood Quantum is hauntingly natural, well-rounded, and refreshingly human. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
Hush (2016) Jeremy Lowe Nothing makes me happier than a bit of originality in a film style normally filled with clichés. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
Corbin Nash (2018) Matt Wedge Really, I wish it tried to be something more than just product-because that is exactly what it feels like. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
Don't Run (2019) Rob Dean While DON'T RUN may not be a stellar movie and most people should probably pass it by, I still can't wait to see what the filmmaker does next. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Cry Havoc (2019) Rob Dean [CRY HAVOC] sounds like an incredible collision of schlock ideas that should be...fodder for a decent future cult film. ...in execution, the film ends up bogged down by bad technical elements...and an inability to recognize where [its strengths] lie. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Tapeworm (2019) Rob Dean While not as surreal as their shorts, TAPEWORM still traffics in similar sense of aloof absurdity that darts back and forth between bathos and pathos, leaving viewers not entirely certain how they should feel about what they just watched. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
Butt Boy (2019) Jeremy Lowe If you're like me, and you adore absurd cinema, then BUTT BOY is a must watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2019) Matt Wedge Embraces the odd through its very unreliable protagonist, one particular goofy (but inspired) casting choice, and a vision of Niagara Falls...that makes it a memorable flick-even if its mystery element largely feels under-developed. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Gretel & Hansel (2020) Justin Yandell Deliciously dark and gleefully grim, GRETEL & HANSEL is measured enough for youngbloods ready to graduate from Goosebumps for a taste of the good stuff, but also pushes enough buttons to chill and surprise those of us already inoculated to such things. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
2.5/5 Cargo (2019) Rob Dean CARGO, from writer/director Arati Kadav, is an impressively made film that looks great and has a ton of ideas and emotions it wishes to capture and explore-but unfortunately there is a lack of coherence to these threads. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (2020) Brett Gallman The big-budget decorum doesn't do much to outrun the silliness, though, and you have to hand it to everyone involved for not making this some grim, gritty take. FANTASY ISLAND is also goofy as hell, which is arguably the only thing it has going for it. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Tomboy (2020) Stephanie Crawford TOMBOY's...parade of intimate portraits instead work to frame what it means to be an artist, and what that translates to when you balance that with the expectations of womanhood. Like the best music, it's as heartbreaking as it is affirming. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
My Darling Vivian (2020) Sarah Jane The movie is worth a watch if only to see the archival footage of the Cash family along with footage from early in Johnny's career. In MY DARLING VIVIAN, Liberto's side is finally shown to the world. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Once Upon a Time in Uganda (2020) Justin Leon Wakaliwood is living proof that films can be made through great adversity. ONCE UPON A TIME IN UGANDA is an inspiration to frugal filmmakers and artists. You don't have to be rich to make da best of da best action movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Drive Me Home (2018) Jeremy Lowe Catania (who also co-wrote the script Fabio Natale) crafted an enjoyable, touching, and sincere film. The finale proves that true friends will always stand by you, no matter where life takes you; and for that I would definitely recommend DRIVE ME HOME. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Same Boat (2019) Rob Dean ...There is a lot of impressive talent on display that shows a lot of promise for the cast and crew in their future endeavors. SAME BOAT is flawed and could have been great, but it will just have to settle for being truly unique and fairly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
The Hunt (2020) Rob Dean The Hunt...[has] a lot of excellent action sequences, surprising splatter, fun banter, and strong performances by all involved. While it nails those subgenre targets, [it] completely whiffs on any sense of political depth. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Rob Dean Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN takes...conversations happening in our society now and marries them to a vividly tense and creepy atmosphere...[for] a stockpile of new possibilities, emotional urgency, and thrilling filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Rob Dean THE GENTLEMEN is a fine movie that has many positive aspects...[but its] ultimate failure isn't that it shot too high only to fall short, but that [Ritchie] is not self-aware and doesn't recognize how these missteps do no service to the story EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Weathering With You (2019) Rob Dean In WEATHERING WITH YOU, despite falling back on familiar Shinkai tropes, it's still a unique enough tale of the magic that inhabits our beautiful world that we can easily fail to notice. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
VHYes (2019) Rob Dean VHYES is a look back at a specific and odd time where UHF was a wasteland and people were just beginning to have an interceding presence between them and experiencing the moment, full of pinpoint period accuracy and lots of perfectly bizarre bits EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2020
Underwater (2020) Rob Dean Directed by William Eubank and written by Brian Duffield & Adam Cozad, UNDERWATER has multiple impressive assets and strong sequences, but is inconsistent with its execution-effectively watering down a lot of its promise. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Rob Dean The Safdie Brothers' UNCUT GEMS is the best panic attack you'll enjoy all year. Brilliant character study, engaging story that is constantly twisting, and also one of the top films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Rob Dean Director Jay Roach and writer Charles Randolph attempt to take the seriousness of systemic sexual assault, with the inherent absurdity of a propagandist channel...but with too many omissions and lack of a broader view. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Mike Vanderbilt ...sloppy and overstuffed, but when it focuses on smaller moments between the characters, SKYWALKER comes out on top, overall providing a thrilling if not a completely satisfying conclusion... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Rob Dean Strickland's latest isn't a pastiche-instead it's an ingenious amalgamation of influences with a unique personality and flavor all of its own that is technically sumptuous, narratively surprisingly, and utterly perfect. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Rob Dean Make no mistake-this is still a movie about Mr. Rogers, but it highlights him best by showing the effect he had on people; whether in his personal relationships, or through the television screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Rob Dean Flanagan's DOCTOR SLEEP is a rich and engrossing film with strong character work, impressive world-building, and enough memorable moments that maybe it too will be able to etch out a legacy of its own. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Johnny Donaldson With the world being what it is, maybe we need an act of radically cutesy sweetness such as this, and maybe JOJO RABBIT is a needed film. But there's also no denying this is more sugar than it is nourishment. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Rob Dean THE LIGHTHOUSE may get lost in its own myths, but it still underscores Robert Eggers as a phenomenal talent who will continue to surprise and grow with each work he creates. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Saint Maud (2019) Jourdain Searles We learn nothing about Maud beyond her madness, making her less of a character and more of a thinly outlined acting exercise. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Rob Dean There's still great grotesque and inventive imagery, a truly dangerous antagonist, and strong chemistry among the cast...but a bigger picture approach would have solved narrative problems and avoided a sense of disconnect that mars the films. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Overlord (2018) Jason Coffman It's Hollywood's turn at bat with JJ Abrams producing Overlord, the latest example of this curious sub-subgenre, and one that delivers the goods and then some. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019