Review | The Babysitter: Killer Queen — the true Faustian bargain is giving this movie your time

In McG’s sequel to The Babysitter (2017), Cole (Judah Lewis) tries to cope with the traumatic events from the last installment, which becomes really really hard when his demons literally come back to haunt him. To just come out and say it: this is a very bad movie, but it’s pretty funny and good to … Continue reading Review | The Babysitter: Killer Queen — the true Faustian bargain is giving this movie your time

Review | Spiral – unfriendly neighborhood cultists

Malik can’t shake the feeling that there’s something fishy about the neighbors after moving to the suburbs with his husband and daughter. Spiral‘s a little lumpy around the edges, but what it has to say is worthwhile. The go-to comparison for Spiral has overwhelmingly been Get Out (2017) “but gay,” which feels dismissive. Spiral stands … Continue reading Review | Spiral – unfriendly neighborhood cultists

Review | I’m Thinking of Ending Things — in a word: disorienting

Lucy takes a visit to meet her boyfriend’s parents, all the while thinking of ending things. Right? It’s a fever dream that’s a little frustrating, but ultimately very moving. For a while, I’m Thinking of Ending Things just feels like the most self-indulgent, morose, trip to nowhere. Nuanced performances and nice compositions help string things … Continue reading Review | I’m Thinking of Ending Things — in a word: disorienting

Review | Random Acts of Violence – All f***ing sugar all the time

A comic book writer unable to conclude his series begins having brushes with a killer who seems to be straight from his comic, blurring the lines between fact and fiction. It’s refreshing to see this kind of “meta” horror film; Jay Baruchel’s Random Acts of Violence explores a concept of horror instead of endlessly referencing … Continue reading Review | Random Acts of Violence – All f***ing sugar all the time

Review | Crawl (2019) – Thank god gators aren’t real. Wait, what?

As a hurricane approaches Florida, swimmer Haley drives into the storm to check on her father. Alexandre Aja’s film, produced by Sam Raimi, is arguably the best creature feature since Jaws. The pacing of Crawl is excellent. “Pacing” is a bit of a buzzword, but Crawl is one of those films that spends a perfectly … Continue reading Review | Crawl (2019) – Thank god gators aren’t real. Wait, what?

Review | Scare Package – delivers laughs but not much else

Another horror anthology flick with a whopping number of short films packed into one framing narrative. Horror heads will find the jokes delightful, but Scare Package has little to offer besides meta jokes that try to break the 5th wall. If you liked Shudder’s recent Creepshow series (which had a couple good episodes), Scare Package … Continue reading Review | Scare Package – delivers laughs but not much else

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