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Valerian review

Poppy tentpole summer fare it may be, but our reviewer didn't exactly expect to get punched in the feels.

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Resident Evil: Vendetta review

The largest whiskey bottle to ever exist won't save this film.

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Hotel Artemis review

Visiting hours are never.

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Shudder Reviewers are Dead Wrong About The Strings

I’ve taken to a new routine at night: after work and training, I like to settle in, get under a blanket, and watch a horror movie while I grade my students’ work. It’s a weirdly comforting mood: I watch something spooky, I snuggle my pets, I get my second job…

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The Advent Calendar is a Dark, Delicious Holiday Horror

Content warning for ableism, sexual assault, and violence. Holiday-themed horror movies, like so many holiday-themed things, are pretty hit or miss for me. Aside from the occasional masterpiece (Black Christmas) or schlocky delight (MST3K’s utter classic Santa Clause, and the more popular Santa Claus Conquers the Martians), the misses add…

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“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” Review: Out of the Rabbit Hole

Opinion on the six-film Resident Evil series produced by Paul W.S. Anderson tends to be split a few ways. There’s regular old dislike; there’s irritation at how they center Alice, an original character played by Milla Jovovich (who’s married to Anderson), rather than anyone from the games they ostensibly adapt;…

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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

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‘House of Gucci’ Review: Needs Letting Out

Ridley Scott seems to have discovered the secret to making Jared Leto palatable: render him unrecognizable, make sure everything he says is incomprehensible, and limit his time on-screen to no more than ten minutes before reassuring the audience that he’s dead during the closing titles. There’s a very here-it-is-there-it-goes sensibility…

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Child’s Play, Chucky, and the Case for Horror Movie Sequels

Picture this: you are a teen, and your local library has just gotten rid of the charge to borrow movies, which adds up to a considerable combined number of DVDs and VHS tapes in weathered red cases. Also, your parents have more or less given up policing your media viewing…

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‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Review: This Does Not Make Me Feel Good

It’s hard for any viewer to walk into a movie theater without some degree of prejudice about what they’re about to see. That’s part of what movie marketing is for, after all, to create a set of expectations. As a film critic, I try to mitigate that prejudice as best…

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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‘Mad God’ Review: Holy Shit

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a movie with more onscreen defecation than Phil Tippett’s Mad God. This should in no way be construed as a criticism. Captive giants, hooded and wired up to machines which electrocute them repeatedly, shit freely into funnels which empty into the mouth of…

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Mad God

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‘Benedetta’ Review: Sex, Lies, and God

Which is preferable, the tangible disappointment of truth or the hollow ecstasy of fantasy? Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta is less interested in coming down on either side than it is in showing the inextricability of these two states, the psychosexual points of contact at which they interpenetrate and grow together. The…

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‘Finch’ Review: Bot Baby

It’s been over twenty years since Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis pulled off the massive flex that was Cast Away, a film in which Hanks spends an hour alone on a beach acting against a blood-stained volleyball. Finch, the new post-apocalyptic road movie streaming now on Apple TV+, offers…

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‘Eternals’ Review: The Ride Never Ends

From the moment it was announced that celebrated independent filmmaker Chloé Zhao (now the Academy’s reigning Best Director) was attached to direct a Marvel movie, fans have known that they were in for a weird one. How would such a naturalistic, humanist cinematic voice blend with that of a computer-polished,…

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Welcome to Our 90s Indie Video Store

Content warning: please see the listing at the bottom of the post for all CW information! Welcome to the first episode of the revamped You Love To See It — a podcast about watching and critiquing movies (we’ll use the term liberally), and deciding where a given film belongs on…

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‘Last Night in Soho’ Review: We Have to Go Back

Edgar Wright is a writer-director with a distinctive personal stamp, recognizable for his persistent use of popular music, his meticulous plotting and payoff, and for underlining comedy with cutting and camera movement. He’s one of the most deliberate popular filmmakers around — his films are fun and approachable, but they’re…

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Last Night in Soho

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‘Dune’ Review: Dune Two! Dune Two!

We’re in the midst of a boom period for sci-fi on the small screen. Nearly every streaming service has its own space opera spectacle with production values that rival major motion pictures. Between Foundation, The Expanse, The Mandalorian, and a never-ending parade of Star Trek shows, there’s been little need…

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‘Halloween Kills’ Review: Like Mike

Some ways into Halloween Kills, a guy named Big John (Scott MacArthur) tries to scare some ornery trick-or-treaters. He and his partner (Michael MacDonald), who is also named “John” but naturally goes by “Little John” to avoid any confusion, live in a Haddonfield, Illinois house with a notably infamous history…

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Halloween Kills

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‘Hard Luck Love Song’ Review: An Authentic and Unglamorous Portrait

I tend to have a hard time with movies about pop musicians. Having grown up in a record store and been a performing songwriter for most of my life, I find that movies about music culture have a tendency to inflate its glamor and mystique, and that has a recursive…

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Hard Luck Love Song

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Lair of the White Wyrm is a Delicious Horror Classic

Content warning for mention of sexual violence in the movie. This week on You Love to See It, LB and I watched what is one of their favorite films, which turned out to be one of my new favorite films: Lair of the White Wyrm. It is a positively deranged…

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‘The Many Saints of Newark’ Take Two: Gabagood Enough

Okay, full disclosure: I got to The Sopranos late, on the pandemic bandwagon. I have not really had to wait that long between prequel film The Many Saints of Newark and the final episode’s famously controversial fade to black 14 years ago. In the grand scheme of things, protagonist Dickie…

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The Many Saints of Newark

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