Review: THE CROODS: A NEW AGE, Prehistoric Family Delivers Adventure-Comedy Treats

Living through a seemingly never-ending pandemic and self-quarantining/sheltering-at-home (for some, if unfortunately, not most) puts a premium on escapist pleasures, like an animated Nicolas Cage-headlining a long-delayed sequel, The Croods: A New Age. The first film, a DreamWorks Animation family-oriented...

Review: THE NEST, Hell Really Is Other Married People

Almost a decade ago, writer-director Sean Durkin’s feature-length debut, Martha Marcy May Marlene — an intense, non-linear psychological thriller — immediately moved him to the front ranks of promising first-time filmmakers. It also introduced Elisabeth Olsen to moviegoers. In the...

Review: FREAKY, Body-Swap Thrills, Gory Kills

Over the last decade plus, writer-director Christopher Landon has quietly crafted a consistently engaging, stealth career as a filmmaker deeply conversant in the tropes, traditions, and conventions of the horror genre and a willing subverter of those tropes, traditions, and...

Review: LET HIM GO, Modern Western Delivers More Drama Than Thrills

Pop-culture wise, the Western genre’s relevance has faded over time, but for Kevin Costner, a throwback movie star and Oscar-winning director, it represents a figurative second home, a genre where he can explore, examine and dissect varying iterations of masculinity,...

Review: COME PLAY, A Friend in Need Isn't a Friend Indeed

Azhy Robertson, Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr. star in a thriller, directed by Jacob Chase.

Review: THE COURIER, Modest Spy Thriller

Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze and Rachel Brosnahan star in a thriller, directed by Dominic Cooke.

Review: REBECCA, Latest Adaptation of Du Marnier's Novel Pales in Comparison

Though more than deserving (an understatement, surely), Alfred Hitchcock (North by Northwest, Vertigo, Rear Window, Shadow of a Doubt) never won an Academy Award for Best Director. But his first American film for uber-producer David O. Selznick, Rebecca, the first...

Review: THE DOORMAN, Woefully Inept, Profoundly Uninspired

Ruby Rose, Jean Reno, Aksel Hennie and Rupert Evans star in an action picture directed by Kitamura Ryuhei.

Review: THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, Must-Watch Series Rewards Patience

Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Amelie Bea Smith, and Henry Thomas star in director Mike Flanagan's dramatic horror series, now streaming on Netflix.

Review: BLACK BOX, Slick, Engaging Sci-Fi/Psychological Thriller

Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad and Amanda Christine star in a horror-mystery, directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour and now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Review: DEATH TO ME, Overly Familiar, Cliched Horror Entry

Maggie Q, Luke Hemsworth and Alex Essoe star in Darren Lynn Bousman's horror mystery.

Review: THE CURSE OF AUDREY EARNSHAW, Folk Horror, Witch Terror

Hannah Emily Anderson, Catherine Walker, and Jared Abrahamson star in a horror drama by writer/director Thomas Robert Lee.

Review: THE ANTENNA, Timely Totalitarian Horror

Directed by Orcun Behram, the horror-thriller stars Elif Cakman, Gül Arici, and Murat Saglam.

Review: SAVE YOURSELVES!, Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Rom-Com

Sunita Mani and John Reynolds star in a comedy from directors Alex H. Fischer and Eleanor Wilson.

Review: SCARE ME, She Says, He Says, We All Shiver

Aya Cash, Josh Ruben and Chris Redd star in a meta-horror movie, now streaming on Shudder.

Fantastic Fest 2020 Review: HOW TO DETER A ROBBER, Smart Holiday Crime Comedy

Vanessa Marano, Benjamin Papac and Chris Mulkey star in writer/director Maria Bissell's smart and consistently funny crime comedy.

Review: POSSESSOR UNCUT, Provocative, Shocking, Disquieting Horror

Christopher Abbott Andrea Riseborough, and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in writer/director Brandon Cronenberg's subversive and disquieting thriller.

Fantastic Fest 2020 Review: THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR, A Worthy White-Knuckle Thriller

Directed by David Charbonier and Justin Powell, the thriller stars Lonnie Chavis, Ezra Dewey, and Kristin Bauer van Straten.

Review: LX 2048, Long on Big Ideas and Head-Spinning Plot Turns

Major props to filmmaker Guy Moshe (Bunraku, Holly) and his hyperactive imagination. He not only wrote and directed but also edited and produced LX 2048, a modestly budgeted, near-future dystopian, cautionary tale. Though obviously inspired by Blade Runner, Black Mirror...

Review: AVA Fails to Give Jessica Chastain an Action Franchise Of Her Own

Jessica Chastain, John Malkovich, Common and Geena Davis star in an action movie, directed by Tate Taylor ('The Help').