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Burying the Ex

Burying the Ex

Films like Gremlins and The Howling established Joe Dante as a beloved bender of genre, mixing fun with freaky to create entertaining and endearing onscreen fantasies. Read More

The Forger

The Forger

The Forger is short on imagination and transparent in its contrivance. Richard D’Ovidio’s script is so overloaded with clichés of the crime thriller and the weepy Read More

Monsters: Dark Continent

Monsters: Dark Continent

2010’s Monsters was innovative in its stripped-down sci-fi approach. Gareth Edwards’ directorial debut used rarely seen, though beautifully rendered, hulking aliens as foreboding atmospherics that enhanced Read More

Accidental Love

Accidental Love

Care and control are vital in the creation of successful satire. Bearing that in mind, Accidental Love never really had a chance. The production began way Read More

The DUFF

The DUFF

The DUFF references 1985 classic The Breakfast Club early on, stating the labels thrust upon Shermer High School students in that film are outdated. It’s a Read More

Predestination

Predestination

In Predestination, Ethan Hawke plays a “temporal agent” who travels back in time to prevent crimes before they occur. If you go into the movie with Read More

Still Alice

Still Alice

The thought of having your mind and memories stripped away or watching a loved one transform into a shell of themselves is horrific on several levels. Read More

Life Partners

Life Partners

Life Partners plays like the first season of a CW dramedy condensed into 90 minutes of millennial-minded platitudes. There are overwritten quips and situational conflicts that Read More

The Babadook

The Babadook

In the tradition of many horror classics, The Babadook prefers to raise the hairs on the back of your neck rather than make you leap from Read More

V/H/S: Viral

V/H/S: Viral

There are 20 decent minutes buried in the middle of horror anthology V/H/S: Viral, but there’s no compensating for the irredeemable dreck that surrounds them. You Read More

Housebound

Housebound

Housebound is a rare post-modern horror-comedy that achieves its laughs and its scares organically. Digs at the haunted house genre don’t come at the expense of Read More

Horns

Horns

Horns opens with some trite voiceover about fallen angels followed by one character asking another, “Are you horny?” By the end of the film there’s some Read More

The Zero Theorem

The Zero Theorem

As a vision of a dystopian future that comments on our present culture, The Zero Theorem feels immediately dated. The script from first-time screenwriter – and Read More

The Scribbler

The Scribbler

As comic book character names go, “The Scribbler” isn’t as inferential as, say, Wonder Woman. “Able to doodle at the speed of light (and backwards)!” doesn’t Read More

At the Devil’s Door

At the Devil’s Door

Keeping seasoned horror movie viewers off balance is a difficult thing to do. Audiences have certain expectations, so quenching the desire for gore, jumps, or spine Read More

The Longest Week

The Longest Week

The Longest Week plays like a piece of Wes Anderson fan fiction, perhaps following a long lost Tenenbaum cousin. Only the names have been changed to Read More