Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: V/H/S 94, Typically Uneven Horror Anthology

After three entries in three years, the V/H/S horror anthology/portmanteau series, a showcase for established and up-and-coming horror filmmakers to show horror-friendly audiences what terrifying delights they could deliver in short bursts, slipped into an extended period of quietude. That...

Review: MIDNIGHT MASS, Auteur Mike Flanagan Mixes Horror and Drama in Equal Measure

When someone sits down to write the the history of cinematic horror covering the last decade, three names will likely take the most amount of space on the printed page or the digital equivalent:  James Wan, one of the key...

Review: LADY OF THE MANOR, A Slack Modern-Day Stoner/Ghost Story

Melanie Lynskey, Judy Greer, Justin Long and Ryan Phillipe star in a ghostly comedy, directed by Christian Long and Justin Long.

Review: THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, Jessica Chastain, Year-End Awards Frontrunner

Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield star in a real-life drama, directed by Michael Showalter.

Review: MALIGNANT, James Wan Makes a Triumphant Return to the Horror Genre

As Captain & Tennille sang in the last century, love will keep us together. Unless, of course, that same love results in not just one bloodbath but two ridiculously over-the-top bloodbaths within the last twenty minutes of horror auteur James...

Review: THE CARD COUNTER, Paul Schrader Delivers Another Searing Indictment of American Politics and Ideology

With an eye-catching title like The Card Counter, it’s more than reasonable for viewers to assume and/or expect that writer-director Paul Schrader’s (Reformed, American Gigolo, Blue Collar) latest film, an expansive, provocative existential drama, will focus primarily, if not exclusively,...

Review: KATE, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, An Action Star in the Making

Action-thrillers with a revenge twist don’t get more rote or routine than screenwriter Umair Aleem (Extraction) and director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan’s (The Huntsman: Winter's War) first and most likely last collaboration, Kate. Even taking into account Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s fierce, ferocious...

Review: ZONE 414, Derivative, Uninspired Sci-Fi/(In)Actioner

Travis Fimmel, Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz and Guy Pearce star in the science fiction thriller, directed by Andrew Baird.

Review: MOSQUITO STATE, The Great Recession Meets Cronenbergian Body Horror

Beau Knapp and Charlotte Vega star in a horror thriller, directed by Filip Jan Rymsza, now streaming on Shudder.

Review: SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, Magical, Mystical Martial Arts for the Win

Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung star in director Destin Daniel Cretton's action adventure.

Review: REMINISCENCE, Sci-Fi Dystopia Sinks Under Overly Familiar World-Building

Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, and Thandiwe Newton star in the sci-fi thriller, written and directed by Lisa Joy.

Review: THE PROTEGE, Short on Action and Drama, Long on Thespian Character Work

Maggie Q, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson star in the action-thriller, directed by Martin Campbell.

Review: THE NIGHT HOUSE, Deeply Unsettling Terror

Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg and Vondie Curtis-Hall star in a horror thriller, directed by David Bruckner.

Review: CODA Celebrates Simple Pleasures

Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur star in the drama, directed by Sian Heder, and streaming on Apple TV+ as of August 13.

Review: WHAT IF ... ?, The Merry Marvel Machine Strikes Again

Sandwiched between the recently concluded Loki mini-series that streamed on Disney+, as a result introducing the concept of the multiverse into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), and the next entry in Marvel’s never-ending, multi-phase, big-screen superhero saga, Shang Chi and...

Review: THE SUICIDE SQUAD, Literal Heads and Shoulders Over Its Predescessor

James Gunn directs an action-adventure movie.

Review: NINE DAYS, Intimate, Moving Exploration of Life, the Universe, and Everything

Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz and Benedict Wong star in a dramatic fantasy, written and directed by Edson Oda.

Review: THE LAST MERCENARY, Flaccid, Turgid Time-Waster

Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in the action picture from France, now streaming on Netflix.

Review: JUNGLE CRUISE, Derivative Story Elevated By Charismatic Leads

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt star in an action adventure, based on a Disney theme-park attraction, and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.

Review: MASQUERADE, Efficient, Economical Home-Invasion Thriller

Bella Thorne, Alyvia Alyn Lind and Mircea Monroe star in a thriller, directed by Shane Dax Taylor.