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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

The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3

Sly and his ragtag bunch of mercenaries are back again… again, and the third mission for The Expendables is the least inspired yet. The novelty of Read More

Calvary

Calvary

Calvary is the hill outside of Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified, or so the story goes. While it opens with a quote that references this event, Read More

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

Ultra-prolific indie director Joe Swanberg has been cranking out multiple films each year for the last several years. A filmography full of partially-formed features based on Read More

Very Good Girls

Very Good Girls

A superlative-laden title suggests something that’s on-the-nose sentimental, satire, or subversive irony. Very Good Girls is none of those things, and isn’t much of anything. A Read More

Rage

Rage

With an arbitrary title and a lazy everything else, Rage is as bland as a “gritty” thriller can be. Nicolas Cage mumbles and scowls his way Read More

A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

Suicide and schmaltz don’t mix well in A Long Way Down. That’s probably also true as a general rule. Adapted from a novel by Nick Hornby Read More

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer has endured a long journey to American theaters. Distribution rights for the English-language debut from director Bong Joon-ho were acquired by Harvey Weinstein, who vowed Read More

The Sacrament

The Sacrament

Ti West has gone from slow burn to no burn. With The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, the writer/director established a deliberate, atypical style Read More