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Sisters

Sisters

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are great individually and even better together, so it’s not a surprise that they’re very funny as polar opposite siblings in Read More

The Big Short

The Big Short

Based on Michael Lewis’ bestseller on the financial crisis of the 2000s, The Big Short’s oxymoron-ish title fits the scope of the collapse and the energetic Read More

Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq

It may seem weird that an Ancient Greek playwright known for comedy receives a writing credit on a 2015 Spike Lee film focusing on the epidemic Read More

Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s classic novel is remarkably rich and ripe for adaptation, as evidenced by the laundry list of productions using the tale as inspiration. There have Read More

Creed

Creed

There are a few key dramatic moments in Creed when Bill Conti’s iconic Rocky score kicks in, but it’s only for a note or two before Read More

Knock Knock

Knock Knock

The Funny Games-ish shenanigans of Knock Knock skew too goofy to be suspenseful and too routine to be edgy. When two determined young women threaten the Read More

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1985 classic The Breakfast Club early on, stating the labels thrust upon Shermer High School students in that film are outdated.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