Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Slowly Lurks

There will be five of these? Really?? Harry Potter without Harry Potter. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good Harry Potter tale as much as the next guy… Actually, I truthfully don’t. Having never read the books, and having...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE Proves a Healthy Choice

Breezy yet tight, severe but affecting, Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love is the confounding genius' mini masterpiece.   Shot through with affection and pathos to spare, the fact that the entire picture wears its sensitivities on its sleeves benefits the...

Review: BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK Goes Nowhere

No, this isn’t a movie about someone who’s had too much to drink in the first half, and then has trouble locating a restroom during the break. Although that may’ve been a better film. As we're now two years beyond the surprisingly...

Review: DOOMED! THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROGER CORMAN'S THE FANTASTIC FOUR Stretches, Hits, Burns, then Disappears

"The world's greatest comic magazine!" So reads the masthead above the title of nearly every “Fantastic Four” comic book ever published. Too bad the same can't remotely be said about the FF movies. The track record for attempts at adapting...

Review: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, A Manipulative Wreck

Evoking its title, the new film adaptation of the popular Paula Hawkins novel The Girl on the Train wants to be perceived as running smoothly on its tracks through a variety of settings and scenarios. Sometimes, it travels a familiar...

Blu-Ray Review: Jess Franco's DAUGHTER OF DRACULA, More Flesh Than Blood

Jess Franco's 1972 toss-off Daughter of Dracula is basically identified as such (a toss-off) on the blu-ray's commentary track by genre film historian and publisher Tim Lucas. A shallow, scattered quickie for both filmgoer and filmmaker, the movie consistently keeps...

Review: MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is Better Burton

Even as Tim Burton's latest phantasmic studio sprawl tends toward momentum of the inert variety, it proves all the more that the filmmaker is indeed moving through time. Not quite 60 years old, Burton is still too young to qualify...

Review: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Shoots for Remake Glory

When you put the word “magnificent” in the title of your movie, you’d really better be able to live up to it. Except, in the case of director Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, the very title's been done before. For...

Blu-ray Review: Mizoguchi's THE STORY OF THE LAST CHRYSANTHEMUM Takes Root with Criterion

What's so special about a chrysanthemum? The ubiquitous flower comes in hundreds of forms and represents many things across most major cultures. It's a perfectly agreeable flower, and as common as the day is long. When, exactly, would a chrysanthemum...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Sounds Orson Welles' CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

Orson Welles knew Falstaff. That is to say, as well as any twentieth century man could know a six-centuries-earlier construct character of William Shakespeare. Both men, by this time in their lives, had heard the deathly sounds of the chimes...

Review: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Makes Thrilling Music

In ancient Japan, strange things are afoot. Magic, both good and bad, is coming to a head as a particularly animated supernatural dysfunctional family prepares for their grand showdown. Of course, “good” and “bad” are in the eye of the...

Review: EINSTEIN'S GOD MODEL Burns with Science

Einstein's God Model is a small movie made of big ideas with an unfortunate title. Its preoccupation with science is its driving force, played out as an old school science fiction yarn, about men tampering in God's domain. Life beyond...

Review: PETE'S DRAGON Doesn't Drag On

Does anyone remember Pete’s Dragon? I’m talking about the original version, an old-school blending of live action and cell animation delivering the titular human kid and cartoon dragon. By all appearances, it was the exact kind of thing that Disney...

Review: SUICIDE SQUAD, Not So Painless

Warner Brothers has aggressively set out to course-correct its still-fledgling DC Comics Cinematic Universe with Suicide Squad - a villain-fueled movie that wants you to believe it's off the hook, man! It's no lie that director David Ayer's (Fury, the...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE NEW WORLD Worthy of Discovery

“Come, spirit, help us sing the story of our land. You are our mother. We, your field of corn. We rise from out of the soul of you.” The wind blows. The crickets gently chirp. The grass crunches ever subtly...

Review: GHOSTBUSTERS Ain't Afraid of No Estrogen!

The new Ghostbusters uses the same iconic logo of the original 1984 film, with a few minor differences: the new one is beveled, and shiny. Such is the essential difference between this new remake and the beloved classic of our...

Review: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS Has No Bite

Ever since the second or third Pixar feature film, I've rested assured in my assessment that the secret of the animation studio's success is in their wondrous telling of “the secret life of [fill in the blank].” A Bug's Life...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Movies Of The First Half Of 2016

One year ago, we arrived at the mid-year point in high spirits. We all marveled at the new Mad Max, got turned Inside Out by Pixar, and were seduced by Ex Machina. So we published our favorites as a nice...

Review: FREE STATE OF JONES Mobilizes for Equality

Outside a prominent courthouse, in a shot all its own, the Confederate flag comes down, and the United States flag goes up. There is a smattering of cheers. The scene is Jones Country, Mississippi in the 1860s. In real life,...

Review: In THE CONJURING 2, The Warrens' Second Commission Is Not As Great

The Conjuring 2 has at least two crosses to bear. Firstly, it's burdened with being based on the exploits of a well-documented real-life demonologist couple, Ed and Lorraine Warren. Audiences expect authenticity. Secondly, it's a summer tentpole sequel for a...