Review: RENT-A-PAL Thrives On Dual Performances From Wil Wheaton and Brian Landis Folkins

Jon Stevenson wrote and directed the horror-thriller, starring Wil Wheaton and Brian Landis Folkins as two people who form a costly friendship.

Review: AWAY Mixes Melodrama With Space Drama to Mostly Positive Effect

If you took the basic plot from Brian DePalma’s unjustifiably maligned science-fiction epic, Mission to Mars, subtracted the pyramids, aliens, and an ending lifted shamelessly from Close Encounters of the Third Kind or even E.T.; The Extraterrestrial, but kept the...

Review: MULAN, Not Quite Equal to an Illustrious Predecessor

Directed by Niko Caro, Disney's live-action adaptation of a classic Chinese tale stars Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen and Jet Li.

Review: Z, Supernatural Horror Refracted Through Family Trauma

Keegan Connor Tracy, Jett Klyne, and Sean Rogerson star in a horror/mystery, directed by Brandon Christensen, now available On Demand and Digital HD.

Review: CENTIGRADE, Short on Thrills, Long on Snores

Vincent Piazza and Genesis Rodriguez star in a chilly thriller, directed by Brendan Walsh.

Review: SOLITARY, Mostly Satisfying Sci-Fi Thrills on a Micro-Budget

Written, directed, and produced by visual effects artist-turned-filmmaker Luke Armstrong, the aptly named Solitary, is a self-contained science-fiction/thriller set in an over-familiar futuristic dystopia. Out-of-control climate change, overpopulation, and dwindling resources lead nominally democratic Western governments to make radical, life-altering...

Review: BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC, Nostalgic Hits in Repackaged Form

Arguably the first- or second-best time-travel comedy of all time (Back to the Future, of course, belongs in any conversation), Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a surprise hit in 1989 elated, elevated, and entertained moviegoers with its uniquely resonant mix...

Review: THE PALE DOOR Suffers From Too Many Missed Opportunities

Anyone expecting to see, let alone hear about, a “pale door” in Austin-based filmmaker Aaron B. Koontz’s (Camera Obscura) horror-western, The Pale Door, will be sorely disappointed. Co-writer and director Koontz lifted the title for his film from Edgar Allan...

Review: TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS PENINSULA Offers Familiar Zombie Kills and Thrills

Co-written and directed by Train to Busan’s Yeon Sang-ho, Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula swaps out the cramped, claustrophobic, panic-inducing train setting of its justifiably well-received predecessor, for bigger-budgeted mock or faux-wannabe blockbuster territory, expanding to the entirety of the...

Review: SPREE Falls Desperately Short As Social Media Satire

Joe Keery and Sasheer Zamata star in director Eugene Kotlyarenko's comic thriller, now available On Demand.

Review: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY Gives HBO Another Genre-Bending Triumph

Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, and Courtney B. Vance star in the series, executive produced by showrunner Misha Green, and now streaming on HBO Max.

Review: WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS Leaves Us Wanting More

Nobel Prize-winning, South African author J.M. Coetzee’s 1980 novel, Waiting for the Barbarians, always seemed ripe for a big- or small-screen adaptation. Equal parts allegorical, metaphorical, and satirical, Coetzee’s trenchant critique of imperialism and colonialism contained the kind of Big...

Review: BEFORE THE FIRE Disappoints More Often Than It Engages

In director Charlie Buhler and writer-performer Jenna Lyng Adams’ uneven, genre-bending survival-thriller, Before the Fire, the world as we're come to know it doesn’t end with a familiar bang or whimper. It doesn’t even end with a cathartic, transformative fire,...

Review: THE TAX COLLECTOR, A Career Low for David Ayer

Bobby Soto, Shia LaBeouf and Cinthya Carmona star in writer-director David Ayer's action-crime film.

Review: SHIFTER Combines Body Horror and Time Travel to Occasionally Disturbing Effect

Nicole Fancher, Ashley Mandanas and Jamie Brewster star in Jacob Leighton Burns' sci-fi horror film, now available On Demand.

Review: NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD Thrives on Ambition, Stumbles on Execution

Rachel Hudson, Jordan O'Neal and Nick Triola star in Daniel Tucker's horror drama.

Review: LA LLORONA, Singular Guilt Becomes Horror By Association

Jayro Bustamente's horror film from Guatemala, now streaming on Shudder, explores the nation's unresolved past.

Review: WHAT WE FOUND Gets Lost in Cliches and Predictability

Elizabeth Mitchell, James Ransone, and Oona Laurence star in writer/director Ben Hickernell's thriller.

Review: THE SHADOW OF VIOLENCE, Fresh, Original Take on Toxic Masculinity

Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan, and Liam Carney star in director Nick Rowland's crime drama.

Review: A GIRL MISSING Falls Short on Thrills, But Not on Character-Driven Drama

A Girl Missing, the English-language title of Fukada Kôji's follow-up to 2016’s well-received Harmonium, is something of a misnomer or feint. While a girl, a teenage girl, does go missing in A Girl Missing, she reappears a week later, physically,...