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Possum: Inner Terror

Possum: Inner Terror

As small as horror gets. Images survive a plot that fails them.
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer Reaction: Nostalgia Manipulation

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer Reaction: Nostalgia Manipulation

I'm not buying what this trailer is selling. Here's why.
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The Matrix: Re-Examining a Milestone

The Matrix: Re-Examining a Milestone

The sequels changed this movie. Its ego now shows through its history, though its action still satisfies.
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The Final Word: It’s Time to Retire the Term “Mary Sue”

The Final Word: It’s Time to Retire the Term “Mary Sue”

The talk of what it means to be a Mary Sue has gotten so emotional that I think it's time for the term to disappear. But not before my final word.
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Avengers: Infinity War and the Power of Change

Avengers: Infinity War and the Power of Change

An ensemble cluster of action and color anchored by one of the best villains in the genre. The series' most essential film.
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Gender Horror in The Witch

Gender Horror in The Witch

A movie so scary it's worthy of study. Eggers is a name to watch.
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Dumbo (1941): The First Disney Film to Fall Short

Dumbo (1941): The First Disney Film to Fall Short

Beautiful animation complements a pretty bare story about proving yourself even when you have nothing to prove. Not the studio's best.
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Dark City: Solving the Us Illusion

Dark City: Solving the Us Illusion

An extravagant mystery, deeply brilliant. Where mainstream meets noir and makes them both seem like a good idea.
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Snow White and #MeToo: Reclaiming a Classic

Snow White and #MeToo: Reclaiming a Classic

An alternative to the modern rejection of fairytales. Why true love never goes out of style.
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Enemy Explained

Enemy Explained

An analysis of Villeneuve's dreamy horror film. Not for the faint, the arachnophobic, or the easily confused.
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In Tentative Defense of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

In Tentative Defense of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace is unformed as a child’s drawing, and sometimes feels as innocent, and many times threatens through sheer force of will to be charming.
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Recent Reviews

The Lone Ranger
What a dark horse! Has any movie been more hated for being fine?
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Ad Astra: Space Melodrama
A family drama and a space movie, with little enough ambition to fail them both.
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28 Days Later
Stylish and scary. Zombie horror with a modern twist.
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The Tree of Life: Memory Epic
An epic of intimate proportions. The most personal film of its decade.
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The Revenant: Locating Realism
As much a study in the intensity of its filmmaker as a story. This movie bares all.
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Bronson
A director matched to a star matched to a subject. None of them want you to accept them, and that's why you can't help it.
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IT Chapter Two
Undermined by a reliance on jump scares over drama. Not worth the wait.
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The Matrix: Re-Examining a Milestone
The sequels changed this movie. Its ego now shows through its history, though its action still satisfies.
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Between the Darkness
A concerted first indie horror effort whose spirit falls short of its intentions. The look outshines the script.
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Vertigo: Decoding Desire in Hitchcock
Hitchcock unravels his idea of women. Perhaps the most important romance ever made.
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Conan the Barbarian
A muscle-man playdate. Ultimate high fantasy cheese.
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Toy Story 4: Retconning Childhood
Revisiting childhood after it's over can make it more complicated than it should be. Pixar fumbled another one.
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Dark Phoenix: Ending on a Whimper
A series sendoff turns into an anthem to whining. This was not the way it should have ended.
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Predator: Epic Manhunt
An ode to dying well. The best workout in all the movies.
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X-Men: First Class: A Change of Color
A younger cast puts a spring in this series' step. One of X-Men's best.
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mother!
Gorgeous movies aren’t usually this divisive. Aronofsky seems to delight in making us squirm over his art, and over ourselves.
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It (2017)
An impressive feat of childhood engineering diluted with cheap horror movie thrills.
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Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson turns our lives into a documentary. He's found more love in two children than most have found in the rest of us combined.
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