Review: DON'T WORRY DARLING, Harry Styles Over Substance

There’s a moment in Don’t Worry Darling, Olivia Wilde’s (Booksmart) second film as director, where the blandly named Jack Chambers (pop-singer-turned-actor Harry Styles) jumps onto a stage with a backing band to dance joylessly at the behest of the singularly...

Review: THE SILENT TWINS, A Tale of Two Sisters

A tale of two sisters and two halves, The Silent Twins, directed by celebrated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Smoczynska (Fugue, The Lure, Viva Maria!) from Andrea Seigel’s (Handsome, Laggies) adaptation of Marjorie Wallace’s 1986 book of the same name, centers on...

Review: CONFESS, FLETCH, Jon Hamm Finally Gets A Well-Deserved Starring Vehicle

Nothing, not even a decades-old, two-film series that started strongly with a much beloved, commercially successful entry in the mid-‘80s and ended abruptly four years later with a justifiably rejected and ignored sequel, will languish in development hell indefinitely. That's...

Review: SEE HOW THEY RUN, Meta-Mystery-Comedy Soars on Saoirse Ronan's Performance

Over the last half-decade, Agatha Christie, one of the the 20th-century’s most prolific, popular writers, has seen something of a resurgence in interest in her work. Beginning with Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express in 2017,...

Review: BARBARIAN, Hell Really Is Other Airbnb People

Nothing says "stranger danger” like showing up at an out-of-town Airbnb in the middle of a downpour, finding entry into the rental blocked, the owners unavailable to take your frantic phone call, and someone else already inside, enjoying the warmth...

Review: BURIAL, Dead Men Do, In Fact, Tell Tales

Tom Felton, Harriet Walter and Charlotte Vega star in a thriller, directed by Ben Parker.

Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida. For Sylvester Stallone, however,...

Review: THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING, Djinn and Tonic

It’s been almost a decade since George Miller (Babe: Pig in the City, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Witches of Eastwick), a then 70-year-old, Australian filmmaker some dismissed as either washed or well past his prime, proved doubters spectacularly wrong, writing and...

Review: BEAST, Idris Elba Battles A CGI Lion For the Interspecies Heavyweight Title

In the reel world, there's no life lesson no more important than an estranged family, a natural or unnatural disaster, and the existential need for that family to set aside divisive differences, come and/or work together for the collective good,...

Review: EMILY THE CRIMINAL, Smooth Operator Begins Spiraling

More than a decade after becoming a regular onscreen presence on both TV and film, Aubrey Plaza somehow remains one of the most underestimated, underappreciated performers of her generation, the likely result of Plaza’s determined focus on character-driven, challenging indie...

Review: THE SANDMAN, Neil Gaiman's Magnum Opus Gets the Streaming Treatment It Deserves

Between 1989 and 1996, a then little-known, British-born writer, Neil Gaiman (Stardust, Good Omens, American Gods), wrote what many justifiably consider an unequalled masterpiece of serialized comic-book storytelling and a standard-resetting, genre-redefining work of dark fantasy, The Sandman. Well before...

Review: BULLET TRAIN, Tarantinoesque Thrills Mix With John Wickian Action to Middling, Modest Results

With a generic title like Bullet Train, it’s fair to assume that all or mostly all of the action in film called Bullet Train will either unfold on a said bullet train (Shinkansen) or a bullet train will play a...

Review: VENGEANCE, Sporadically Promising Feature Debut

Not to be confused with the literally hundreds of films sharing the same generic title, including at least one or two others this year alone, Vengeance, the big-screen, feature-length debut of The Office veteran B.J. Novak, is far from the...

Review: THIRTEEN LIVES, Thai Cave Rescue Dramatized With Respect and Reverence

A twist on the “if it bleeds, it leads” credo of local news coverage, national and international cable news thrives on spectacle: Disaster definitely sells; impending and/or drawn-out disaster sells even better. It can hold viewer engagement across hours, days,...

Review: RESURRECTION, An Irresistible Watch

In writer-director Andrew Semens’s (Nancy, Please) brilliantly twisty, disquieting psychological thriller, Resurrection, his first film since making his feature-length debut a decade ago, the central character, Margaret (an eerily transcendent Rebecca Hall) delivers a stunning, seven-minute monologue to an increasingly...

Review: WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, Overly Faithful, Reverent Adaptation Never Quite Soars

Daisy Edgar-Jones stars in an adaptation of a popular mystery novel, opening in movie theaters this week.

Review: THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, One of the MCU's Best Franchises Gets Even Better

More than a decade ago, audiences around the world lost their collective minds at the mention of two words, “Avengers Initiative,” by SHIELD under-boss Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), seconds before Iron Man, the first entry in the ever-sprawling, metastasizing...

ScreenAnarchy's Top 10 Films Of The First Half Of 2022

Blimey folks... they say "time flies" but this year it flies on a rocket, it seems. While the second half of 2022 technically didn't start on the first of July (because February is so short), we DID pass the halfway...

Review: DAWN BREAKS BEHIND THE EYES, Trippy Homage to Euro-Gothic Horror

Anna Platen, Jeff Wilbusch and Frederik von L├╝ttichau star in a horror-action picture from Germany, directed by Kevin Kopacka.

Review: THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (S3), Twice the Superhero Team, Twice the Superhero Problems

Almost two years after the second season of The Umbrella Academy, Netflix’s multi-season adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s award-winning, comic-book series for Dark Horse Comics, the third season arrives on the struggling streaming platform not a moment too...