The Lens

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Rating Title/Year Author
A- Identifying Features (2020) Andrew Wyatt A film of spectacular parsimony and often aching loveliness - there is not a wasted shot or line of dialogue in the whole thing. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
B+ Acasa, My Home (2020) Andrew Wyatt Acasa conceals multitudes within its deceptively simple story about real people confronting inexorable change. It's the first great documentary of 2021. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
B- Anything for Jackson (2020) Andrew Wyatt Weaves familiar occult horror components into a creepy and darkly comic tale whose penchant for nervous escalation owes as much to the Coen Brothers as it does to Rosemary's Baby. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
B+ The Wolf House (2018) Andrew Wyatt An astonishing, profoundly disturbing debut feature: One part early David Lynch short, one part Bruce Bickford stop-motion film, and one part crypto-Nazi ayahuasca nightmare. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
B Another Round (2020) Andrew Wyatt Another Round downplays neither the liberating joys of drinking nor alcohol's potential to devastate careers, relationships, and lives. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
B The Twentieth Century (2019) Andrew Wyatt Mattew Rankin's gloriously bizarre debut feature is the reductio ad absurdum of biopics that privilege the ineffable spirit of their subject over matters of historical fact EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
B- Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) Andrew Wyatt Leave it to one of the current masters of movies-about-movies, Alexandre O. Phillippe, to transform a 100-minute interview with William Friedkin into a compelling and revealing documentary. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
B The Nest (2020) Andrew Wyatt Although it's a domestic drama with a touch of thriller, The Nest sure as hell feels like a horror movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
B Possessor: Uncut (2020) Andrew Wyatt With his sophomore feature, Cronenberg cements his status as both a worthy inheritor of his father's twisted vision and a singular talent with his own obsessions and heady style. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
B God of the Piano (2019) Andrew Wyatt While the film's story is the stuff of ripe family melodrama, Tal's stylistic approach is closer to that of a chilly European psychological thriller. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Lucky Grandma (2019) Andrew Wyatt Lucky Grandma's combination of genre fundamentals and refreshing reconfiguration make it an inspired and worthy comic noir. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
C+ Bad Hair (2020) Andrew Wyatt Bad Hair works as a delivery device for well-worn but effective creepshow kookiness, but its politics are muddled and faintly mean-spirited. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
C Cadaver (2020) Andrew Wyatt If there's a biting allegory hidden somewhere in Cadaver, it's hopelessly buried under obvious plot twists and a lot of pointless to-and-fro wandering. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
C+ The Mortuary Collection (2019) Andrew Wyatt The estimable Clancy Brown, gnarly practical effects, and over-cranked gothic art direction aren't enough to smooth out this cheesy, uneven anthology film. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
B- Nocturne (2020) Andrew Wyatt A moody work of psychological and supernatural horror that plays a bit like a lost Clive Barker yarn. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
C Evil Eye (2020) Andrew Wyatt Sarita Choudhury lends this intercontinental family melodrama (and would-be occult thriller) more gravitas than it deserves. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
C+ The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Andrew Wyatt A novel blend of action, comedy, horror, and mystery -- undermined by Cummins' peculiar, off-putting performance and other eccentric choices. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
C- The Cleansing Hour (2019) Andrew Wyatt The social media angle is instantly dated and yet the film still feels tediously beholden to generic tropes. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
C+ Vampires vs. The Bronx (2019) Andrew Wyatt A fun but slight horror-comedy that doesn't do much with its biting metaphor for urban gentrification. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
B- Scare Me (2020) Andrew Wyatt Ruben turns the potentially dull raw material of two people telling stories into the stuff of charmingly spooky cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
B+ Time (2020) Andrew Wyatt Garret Bradley's sensitive, ingenious film is partly an impassioned advocacy doc and partly a heartsick, impressionistic portrait of an under-represented side of American life. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
B The Swerve (2018) Andrew Wyatt Skye's fantastically brittle and anguished performance elevates 'The Swerve' from a sharp little psychological thriller into a genuinely haunting character study. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
B- Alone (2020) Andrew Wyatt A harrowing woman-vs.-maniac thriller boiled down its lean and mean essentials. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
C Spiral (2019) Andrew Wyatt A queer, chilly spin on a "town with a secret" horror-thriller -- that unfortunately feels like a mere tin-eared simulation of a homophobic nightmare. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
D- The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) Andrew Wyatt A joyless, enervating Bad Movie, drenched in try-hard flop sweat. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
C Space Dogs (2020) Andrew Wyatt A half-baked work with an (admittedly convincing) illusion of lyrical profundity. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
D- Random Acts of Violence (2019) Andrew Wyatt A loathsome film that seems to hate its characters, creators, and audience in equal measure. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
C Spree (2020) Andrew Wyatt Although the screenplay is rife with ungainly dialogue and paper-thin characterization, the film's events do have an authentic air of livestreamed, late-capitalist chaos. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
C- () Andrew Wyatt Traucki seems a bit lost in the scenario, permitting his underwhelming performers to blunder their way through a lot of gory back-and-forth with little sense of escalation EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
A- I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Andrew Wyatt It is Kaufman's most unrelenting, oppressive, and challenging film to date, as both a director and screenwriter. It is not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
C Entwined (2019) Andrew Wyatt This supernatural tragedy has a modestly intriguing premise, but it proves to be curiously inert in the filmmakers' imagination. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
B- Sputnik (2020) Andrew Wyatt A B-picture in all the right ways: smart, bloody, and atmospheric, with enough personality to moderately revitalize a familiar premise. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
B She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Andrew Wyatt An peculiar, poetic, and uncompromising apocalyptic vision. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
B Amulet (2020) Andrew Wyatt A moody, disturbing, and very peculiar directorial debut. Perplexing? Sure. Mesmerizing? Definitely. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
B- Impetigore (2019) Andrew Wyatt Anwar has a knack for conveying evocative Indonesian folk terrors via the familiar grammar of 21st-century horror cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
D Ghosts of War (2020) Andrew Wyatt A dreary and bewildering WWII ghost story that eventually twists into something stupid, preposterous, and morally suspect. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
C- Lake of Death (2019) Andrew Wyatt What should be a creepy pressure-cooker instead ends up feeling like a rambling slog EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
B- The Beach House (2019) Andrew Wyatt A desolate work of ecological body-horror. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
B- The Rental (2020) Andrew Wyatt An impressively moody, slow-boil thriller wrapped around a brutal slasher flick. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
B+ Relic (2020) Andrew Wyatt An astonishingly polished and haunting first-time feature that marks writer-director James as an immediately vital talent in the genre. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
C+ Guest of Honour (2019) Andrew Wyatt Guest of Honour is an archetypal "written and directed by Atom Egoyan" film. It is more eloquent and engaged than most of his output from the past two decades -- but still a flawed, frustrating film. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
D Yummy (2019) Andrew Wyatt The film's gross-out humor and cynical plotting fell less like apocalyptic nihilism than mocking, mean-spirited contempt for both the characters and the viewer. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
D Scare Package (2019) Andrew Wyatt A collaboration between eight directors who all seem to possess a great deal of affection for the genre but nothing interesting or amusing to say about it. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
B- The Deeper You Dig (2019) Andrew Wyatt A fine example of how shrewd, ambitious filmmakers can leverage a simple scenario into a strange, haunting little story with minimal resources. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
B- Becky (2020) Andrew Wyatt While neither remotely original nor nuanced, there's an undeniable grindhouse pleasure in watching a 13-year-old girl murder the hell out of some Nazis. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
B- Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Andrew Wyatt An entertaining and enlightening documentary that nimbly juggles a multitude of topics EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
B+ House of Hummingbird (2018) Andrew Wyatt Kim Bora's superlative feature debut possesses a heartfelt regard for the messy, anguished complexities of its young protagonist's experiences EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
B- Hammer (2019) Andrew Wyatt The film's excellent lead performances and artful execution distinguish it from comparable generic offerings, but what leaves the most striking impression is the emotional entry point that Sparkes finds into the story. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
C+ Blood Machines (2019) Andrew Wyatt None of it makes much sense, but Ickerman is infinitely less interested in narrative coherence than in the psychedelic visuals and throbbing techno score. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
D Porno (2019) Andrew Wyatt Porno is neither scary nor funny, which tend to be fatal flaws where horror-comedy is concerned. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020