Review: 18 TO PARTY Is A Charming And Witty Coming-Of-Age Comedy

18 to Party, written and directed by Jeffrey Roda, is a new coming-of-age film filled with nostalgia for the classic teen movies of the 1980’s. Thanks to a charming cast bringing the script’s interesting characters to life, this manages to be a thoughtful and infectiously fun rumination on the anxieties of childhood. The movie follows… Continue reading Review: 18 TO PARTY Is A Charming And Witty Coming-Of-Age Comedy

Review: DOLEMITE IS MY NAME Shows That Eddie Murphy Is Still In His Game

Dolemite is My Name, directed by Craig Brewer, is an infectiously fun love letter to the blaxploitation genre of action cinema that reached its heights in the 1970’s. Thanks to a brisk script and a career-best performance from star Eddie Murphy, this manages to be a hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt showbiz biopic. The film tells… Continue reading Review: DOLEMITE IS MY NAME Shows That Eddie Murphy Is Still In His Game

Review: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Will Curse You To Slumber

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, directed by Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) is a sequel to 2014’s reverse Sleeping Beauty fairytale. However, having lost the novelty of a villain-centric twist on a beloved classic, this film frequently feels obnoxious and fails to provide a compelling extension of this world. The… Continue reading Review: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Will Curse You To Slumber

Review: LUCY IN THE SKY Has Its Head Too Far In The Clouds

Natalie Portman in the film LUCY IN THE SKY. Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.

Lucy in the Sky, the directorial debut of Noah Hawley (the creator of FX’s Legion and Fargo) is a star-studded and ambitious new spacefaring drama. However, despite the sheer abundance of potential this film had, this ends up being one of the year’s biggest disasters due to the fact that Hawley simply doesn’t seem to… Continue reading Review: LUCY IN THE SKY Has Its Head Too Far In The Clouds

Review: WALLFLOWER Is A Fascinating Portrait Of Tragedy

Wallflower, co-written and directed by Jagger Gravning, is a new drama-thriller inspired by the true story of the 2006 Capitol Hill shooting. A gripping and timely portrait of how violence can take over a person, this film takes a unique approach to tragedy and creates a fascinating tale of humanity as a result. The approach… Continue reading Review: WALLFLOWER Is A Fascinating Portrait Of Tragedy

Review: TELL ME WHO I AM Explores A Sad Yet Hopeful Mystery

Marcus and Alex Lewis in Tell Me Who I Am, directed by Ed Perkins. Image courtesy of Netflix.

Tell Me Who I Am, directed by Ed Perkins, is a new documentary film exploring the stranger-than-fiction true story of twins Alex and Marcus Lewis. A fascinating, if sometimes heavy-handed exploration of the role that memory plays in one’s life, this documentary is sure to be extremely resonant on an emotional level. The movie tells… Continue reading Review: TELL ME WHO I AM Explores A Sad Yet Hopeful Mystery

Review: FRACTURED Is A Fun Hitchcockian Thriller

Fractured, written by Alan B. McElroy (Spawn) and directed by Brad Anderson (Beirut), is a new psychological thriller taking aim at paranoia towards the modern healthcare system. Although the script does have some narrative shortcomings, thanks to Anderson’s tight directing, the film manages to be satisfyingly tense and twisty. The movie is about a man… Continue reading Review: FRACTURED Is A Fun Hitchcockian Thriller

Review: HARPOON Is A Side-Splitting Pitch-Black Comedy

Harpoon, co-written and directed by Rob Grant, is a pitch-black new dark comedy that provides an interesting riff on the common trope of “cabin fever” horror. Thanks to killer pacing and a wicked sense of humor, this manages to be a thoroughly enjoyable and surprisingly thoughtful meditation on human nature. The film follows a group… Continue reading Review: HARPOON Is A Side-Splitting Pitch-Black Comedy

Review: WRINKLES THE CLOWN Offers An Intriguing Blend Of Documentary And Horror

A scene from WRINKLES THE CLOWN, a Magnet release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

Wrinkles the Clown, directed by Michael Beach Nichols, is the latest documentary to explore a viral phenomenon, showing that everything is not what it seems. An effective blend of documentary and horror elements, the unorthodox style may alienate purists of nonfiction cinema, but will also allow this film to break out into the mainstream. The… Continue reading Review: WRINKLES THE CLOWN Offers An Intriguing Blend Of Documentary And Horror

Review: IN THE TALL GRASS Is A Creepy And Fun Stephen King Adaptation

In The Tall Grass - Patrick Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson, Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted - Photo Credit: Netflix

In the Tall Grass, written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, is the latest Stephen King story to be adapted from the screen. Based on the novella by King and his son Joe Hill, this is certainly the best adaptation of the author’s work so far this year (at least until Doctor Sleep comes out) thanks… Continue reading Review: IN THE TALL GRASS Is A Creepy And Fun Stephen King Adaptation

Review: DILILI IN PARIS Is A Unique And Whimsical Journey Through French History

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This is a review of the dubbed version of the film. The newest film from filmmaker Michel Ocelot, Dilili in Paris, is a whimsical new animated adventure featuring fictional characters experiencing an alternate version of history. A meaningful parable filled with plenty of heart, this is a magical family film with which both kids and… Continue reading Review: DILILI IN PARIS Is A Unique And Whimsical Journey Through French History

Review: CUCK Is A Fascinating Look At A Dark Subculture

Cuck, co-written and directed by first-timer Rob Lambert, is a dark look in a subculture that is becoming more and more worrisome every day. Although the film’s attempts at satire aren’t always as effective as they should be, this is nonetheless a surprisingly harrowing tale about how a person can become radicalized. The movie follows… Continue reading Review: CUCK Is A Fascinating Look At A Dark Subculture

Review: UNCANNY ANNIE Is The Festive Halloween Version Of JUMANJI

Into The Dark -- "Uncanny Annie" - On Halloween night a group of college students get trapped in a mysterious board game that brings their darkest secrets and fears to life, where they must play to escape...and win to survive. Grace (Paige McGhee), Wendy (Adelaide Kane), and Eve (Georgie Flores), shown. (Photo by: Patrick Wymore/Hulu)

The first episode of the new year of Blumhouse and Hulu’s Into the Dark series of holiday-themed anthology films, and the second centered around Halloween, Uncanny Annie offers what is basically a demented version of Jumanji. Lacking the commentary of the series’s stronger entries, but offering plenty of gore and thrills for horror fans, this… Continue reading Review: UNCANNY ANNIE Is The Festive Halloween Version Of JUMANJI

Review: THE DEATH OF DICK LONG Is A One-Note Dark Comedy

The Death of Dick Long, the sophomore feature from director Daniel Schienert (one half of the duo behind Swiss Army Man), is a bizarre new dark comedy based on a single gag so weird that it’s hard to believe. However, in an attempt to go darker, Schienert loses the infectious charm that made his first… Continue reading Review: THE DEATH OF DICK LONG Is A One-Note Dark Comedy

Review: SURPRISE ME! Is Shockingly Terrible In A Funny Way

Surprise Me!, written and directed by Nancy Goodman from her own novel, is a romantic comedy so cheesy that it almost feels like it is trying to be self-aware (even though it isn’t). Unfortunately, the only thing that is surprising about this film is the sheer amount of tropes that they were able to fit… Continue reading Review: SURPRISE ME! Is Shockingly Terrible In A Funny Way

Review: LOW TIDE Is A Nostalgic Adventure Reminiscent Of THE GOONIES

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Low Tide, written and directed by Kevin McMullin, is a refreshingly old-school thriller. Owing a lot to classics of the genre, such as The Goonies, McMullin’s film is nonetheless a satisfying nostalgia trip, largely thanks to impressive performances and an immersive atmosphere. The movie follows a group of young troublemakers as they find buried treasure,… Continue reading Review: LOW TIDE Is A Nostalgic Adventure Reminiscent Of THE GOONIES

Review: MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN Explores The Influences On The Classic

Memory: The Origins of Alien, directed by Alexandre O. Phillipe, is an essential film for any fan of Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi-horror movie that has stood the test of time. By no means is this a conventional behind-the-scenes documentary, but it still provides some fascinating insight into the beloved film’s origins. The main purpose of… Continue reading Review: MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN Explores The Influences On The Classic

Review: CELEBRATION Is A Unique Celebration Of A Fashion Icon’s Career

Celebration, directed by Olivier Meryou, is a documentary about fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, though it does not take the form of the typical biography. Rather, it is a captivatingly artistic, frequently experimental, and sometimes bizarre snapshot of the legend in his element. Rather than providing a broad survey of Laurent’s life, the film focuses… Continue reading Review: CELEBRATION Is A Unique Celebration Of A Fashion Icon’s Career

Review: SEMPER FI Doesn’t Quite Live Up To Its Namesake

(L-R) Nat Wolff as Oyster and Jai Courtney as Callahan in the thriller / drama, “SEMPER FI,” a Lionsgate release. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

Semper Fi, co-written and directed by Henry Alex Ruben, is a new thriller dealing with the injustices of the modern American prison system. Hoping to be more incendiary than it actually is, this film is an ineffective, albeit somewhat diverting, exercise in trying to make a political statement through cinema. In the movie, a police… Continue reading Review: SEMPER FI Doesn’t Quite Live Up To Its Namesake

Review: FIRST LOVE Is A Bloody And Brutal Gangster Neo-Noir

First Love, the newest movie from Japanese cult film icon Takashi Miike, is a brutal, stylish, and surprisingly hilarious gangster movie. Over-the-top and messy yet undeniably fun, it takes a while for this movie to come together, but once it does, it ends up being one of the most entertaining action flicks of the year.… Continue reading Review: FIRST LOVE Is A Bloody And Brutal Gangster Neo-Noir