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Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, A Fun and Dire Marvel Royale

The impossible geek dream of most every Marvel movie character together in one adventure has, at long last, landed.  Iron Man!  Captain America!  Thor!  Spider-Man!  Doctor Strange!  Guardians of the Galaxy!  (This could go on for a while).  But is...

Blu-ray Review: HOSTILES Takes A Close Look At America's Violent Past

Scott Cooper's Hostiles is one of my favorite films of the year so far. A contemplative western that doesn't shy away from the harshness of the Old West, nor the violence that has forever painted our nation's history blood red....

Review: Netflix's LOST IN SPACE

In the future the Robinson family is part of the twenty-fourth colonial fleet, on their way to Alpha Centauri to make a new life for themselves. But disaster strikes the mother ship, the Resolute, and the Robinsons find themselves at...

Review: RAMPAGE Delivers The Monster Mayhem We Deserve

Rampage just might be the most entertaining video game adaptation ever made. It might have something to do with the fact that there is so little meat on the bones of the original property that writers Ryan Engle, Carlton Cuse...

Review: A QUIET PLACE, ... ! ... ? ... ?! ... ! .... !! ..... !!! ... !!!!!

Imagine a world that has been silenced by mysterious creatures. The deadly threat inherent in the premise is riveted home in an opening sequence that immediately sets the neat and efficient A Quiet Place apart from other neat and efficient...

Review: READY PLAYER ONE, Submitting Yourself to The Matrix Has Never Been This Much Fun

Upon exiting the theater after Ready Player One, my immediate takeaway was that “they don’t make films like this anymore.” Based on the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One takes place in the near-future of 2045, a dystopian...

Review: ISLE OF DOGS, Absolute Nerdy Fun

Already hotly anticipated by the director's fiercly loyal fans ever since the film's trailer was dropped by Fox Searchlight last year, Wes Anderson's brilliant animated feature Isle of Dogs does not disappoint and proves to be quite another little idiosyncratic gem in...

Review: PACIFIC RIM UPRISING, Giant Robots Punch Giant Monsters, Who Cares About The Rest?

Once in a while it's good to ground oneself in this trade. Even though I am first and foremost a movie fan, there's something about going into a press screening of a film -- even one I'm pretty excited about...

Blu-ray Review: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, Scorsese's Finest, a Transcendent Piece of Mannered Savagery

Timed to coincide with the end of the theatrical run of Daniel Day-Lewis' "final" performance in Phantom Thread (a retirement claim I will take to heart approximately 20 years from now), Martin Scorsese's 1993 period romance The Age of Innocence...

Review: TOMB RAIDER, Exhuming Yet Another Lifeless Video Game Adaptation on the Masses

Lara Croft, a pioneer of videogame heroic protagonists, a sex symbol, and part of the United Kingdom export of girl power, has endured since the PlayStation convinced us that pixels can be appealing. Sex, of course, was a lot easier...

Review: Step Inside The DEMON HOUSE

Premiering in 2008, Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures has been a tour of allegedly haunted locations in the US and abroad for ten seasons and counting. Host Zak Bagans has earned a reputation as the “bad boy” of paranormal investigation, the...

Review: A WRINKLE IN TIME, A Mystery, A Puzzle, A Diverse Adventure

Admirably ambitious, Ava DuVernay's adaptation of a beloved literary classic gently yet firmly asserts its independence from expectations. First published in 1962, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time won a Newbery Medal and other awards. Its popularity with children has...

Review: RED SPARROW, Hardcore Torture, Softcore Porn?

Jennifer Lawrence has made great strides in attempting to transform from the box office bombshell behind the success of films like The Hunger Games series, and the odd critical success of Silver Linings Playbook or Joy, into a legitimate, respected...

10+ Years Later: BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE Stands the Test of Time

Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan. Rockers. Buddies. Prophets. Sure, this lovable pair of righteous slackers somehow go on from no-talent anonymity to unifying global musical greatness, but who could’ve foreseen that their simplistic all-good/all-bad worldview would also...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Kills With THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

Some 27 years ago, on Valentine's Day in 1991, The Silence of the Lambs was unleashed in theatres. Romantic, eh? In any case, the film wasn't expected to have the impact that it did, being released in February. However, Jonathan Demme's...

Rotterdam 2018 Review: THE DEATH OF STALIN Makes You Laugh At A Corrupt Tragedy

We're big fans of Scottish writer/director Armando Iannucci here at Screen Anarchy, and have been ever since he was doing short comedic skits on the BBC. The man is now of course most famous for his series Veep, The Thick...

Review: ANNIHILATION, a Rainbow Hell of Genre Splicing

About ten years ago, I found myself musing about speculative fiction novels ripe for adaptation to the big screen. The subject of The New Weird literary movement came up via Alastair Reynold's Chasm City and China Mieville's Perdido St. Station, arguably the pinnacle of...

Blu-ray Review: DRAG ME TO HELL Stuns

Wow, so it's been awhile since I've seen Sam Raimi's fun parable/rollercoaster ride of a film, Drag Me To Hell. This 2009 horror film starring Allison Lohman and Justin Long is classic Raimi. You've got the crazy, kinetic camera work with...

Review: BLACK PANTHER, The King Has Arrived

Many people like to think that blockbuster and/or superhero movies are little more than fluff, an excuse to tap into a ready-made fan base and have some cool action scenes and colourful costumes to grab a large demographic market. But...

Review: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, How Can Something So Wrong Feel So Right?

As Hugh Jackman’s P.T. Barnum starts selling the idea that using exaggerations, myths, and tall-tales as thinly-disguised truths are admirable, truth be damned. I couldn’t help but think about the “meta-ness” of it all. It’s as if Barnum was directly...