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Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: APOSTLE, Ambitious Folk Horror That Lacks Focus But Mostly Delivers Anyway

There is a lot to like in Gareth Huw Evans' ambitious folk horror tale, Apostle. The problem might be that there is just too much of everything to really fall in love. The film takes huge swings at slightly incongruous...

Review: A SIMPLE FAVOR, Not So Simple, But Satisfying

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are pitch perfect as a pair of mismatched moms in Paul Feig's best movie to date.

Review: THE PREDATOR Fails to Evolve

Director Shane Black recruits Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Sterling K. Brown to take down the Predator.

Toronto 2018 Review: WIDOWS, Intelligent and Slick Commercial Cinema

Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki star in Steve McQueen's top-quality heist movie.

Blu-ray Review: THE SEVENTH SIGN

Spoilers ahead. The Seventh Sign is a very strange movie. The 1988 film starring Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, and Jurgen Prochnow has its fans, but I can't say that I'm one of them. Directed by Carl Schultz (The Young Indiana...

Venice 2018 Review: FIRST MAN, Chazelle and Gosling Reunite For One Hell of a Space Force

Now onto his third excellent feature in a row, filmmaker Damien Chazelle seems to be on a roll that knows no bounds.

Review: THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS; If You Think You're Going To Hate It, You're Probably Right

Well. As many issues as I may have with Brian Henson's The Happytime Murders, setting false expectations isn't one of them. The film, which has promised its audience "No Sesame, All Street" for months now, definitely delivers in the sense...

Blu-ray Review: THE TINGLER, Castle Plus Price Equals Awesome

There's a strange little film out from Scream Factory today, one of two I've reviewed. Its the 1959 film The Tingler from William Castle, which has a short, relatively tame synopsis on IMDb: An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a...

Blu-ray Review: STRAIT-JACKET Is Crazy Good

It's been a long time since I've seen Strait-Jacket, but it's just as odd and as much fun as I remember. William Castle rarely lets me down; his films have a comforting glee in them, just as the weirdness descends...

Blu-ray Review: John Carpenter's SOMEONE'S WATCHING ME!

John Carpenter. Legendary director, writer, composer. The Thing, Escape From New York, Halloween, In the Mouth of Madness, among many other films. Scream Factory, which seems to have cornered the market on John Carpenter Blu-rays and DVDs, recently released his...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's HEAVEN CAN WAIT Is Near Flawless

Old Hollywood has its pitfalls, but it sure made some excellent, even downright delightful films. Case in point, Heaven Can Wait, from director Ernst Lubitsch (Ninotchka, Trouble in Paradise, To Be Or Not To Be). Lubitsch was born in 1892 and began...

Review: The Incendiary, Impassioned BLACKKKLANSMAN Is Classic Spike Lee

The premise of BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s impassioned, incendiary, often brilliant new film, sounds like a joke. In 1978, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, son of Denzel), a black rookie detective in the Colorado Springs police department, infiltrates the local chapter...

Review: THE MEG, Jason Statham Vs. Giant Prehistoric Shark

2018 has been a great year for big budget monster movies. Audiences have already been attacked by giant robots in Pacific Rim: Uprising and mutated wildlife in Rampage, and the trend continues with director Jon Turtletaub's latest feature, The Meg....

Review: In DISENCHANTMENT, Matt Groening Brings His Animation Comedy Gold to Netflix

This could have been the easiest review we have ever written and it would have gone like this,   "If you like Matt Groening's The Simpsons, or the even better Futurama, you will appreciate his latest project Disenchantment"    It...

Review: CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Grows Into Predictability

Perfectly threadbare in its by-the-numbers execution, the new live-action film Christopher Robin delivers one fresh realization: There’s only one A.A. Milne.  This movie, by comparison passed through the creative hands of at least five individuals in its writing phase.  The...

Review: THE DARKEST MINDS, Their Teenage Angst Has A Snore Count

Debutante director Jennifer Yuh Nelson's adaptation of the best selling young adult novel, The Darkest Minds, hits screens across the country this Friday, and anyone looking for something fresh and exciting in the world of teen action films is bound...

Review: TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES and Bring Super-Fun

For years and years in memorium, Aquaman served as the butt of every superhero joke. Naturally, an ocean based crime fighter with the ability to talk to fish sounded positively waterlogged. But goofing on him was like shooting his fish...

Review: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT Cruise Controls to a Blast

We should all choose to accept it: the Mission: Impossible series is among the very best film franchises going.   Beginning with Brian De Palma’s 1996 paranoid knotty classic Mission: Impossible, the series has never truly disappointed.  Even John Woo’s...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE Throws a Strike

While one could never claim that Michael Moore is nothing if not sincere, it’s hard to argue that it’s anything other than his sincerity that fuels his finer documentary/infotainments.  Atop that shortlist stands his 2002 tragi-comic screed, Bowling for Columbine....

Review: THE EQUALIZER 2 Fails to Equal the Original Film

Wrested away from the hazy hallowed (now hollow) halls of 1980’s television memory, and reimagined for the big screen by filmmaker Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Magnificent Seven) and superstar Denzel Washington, The Equalizer saga continues to unfold in this...