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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a Great Entry Point to Horror for Young Filmgoers

“Stories hurt, stories heal,” teen horror writer Stella narrates over the opening of André Øvredal’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a movie cast very much in the mold of classic teen sleepover fare like The Goonies, Stand By Me, and Gremlins. If it’s neither as gross nor as…

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The Rigorous Creature Feature Craftsmanship of Crawl

Alexandre Aja’s Crawl is brutally simple. A professional swimmer goes to see her father in Tampa during a hurricane, finds him injured in his basement, and tries to get him out through the rising floodwaters and past the alligators that have invaded her childhood home. Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper…

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Review: A Golden, Vicious American Daydream

“We should kill the people who taught us to kill,” says Manson Family member Susan Atkins (Mikey Madison) from the back seat of fellow Family member Charles “Tex” Watson’s (Austin Butler) car. It might be the product of a deeply sick mind, but there’s more than a grain of truth…

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Midsommar Review: Terror in Broad Daylight

In Eli Roth’s film Hostel, a group of American teens are sold into the world of professional murder-torture while trying to have a fun adventure in Europe. A twist near the end (I’m fair certain you don’t care about spoilers from 2005) is that only one of the fratty American…

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Review – Ouch

Woof. Whenever I’m assigned to review a film, and that film reveals itself to be quite poor, I often start with a contrarian stance. I might say Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a terrible movie, sure. But I’d also explain how its silly elements could have coalesced into a good…

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Godzilla King of the Monsters Review

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Avengers: Endgame Review – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

I should recognize up front that, for many of you clicking on this, my review of Avengers: Endgame is meaningless. It will have no impact on whether you see, or do not see, the blockbuster of the summer April. Without giving too much away, though, this will also be the…

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A Complete Marvel Movie Timeline – MCU Synopsis and Notable Events

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one wild and winding timeline. It sports dozens of movies, plus a few TV shows, split across multiple “phases.” It’s been more than a decade in the making. But, with the release of Avengers: Endgame, this seemingly endless chapter in Hollywood history is finally coming…

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Shazam! Review: By Some Dark Magic, This Is Actually Great

It is a genuine pleasure to watch the DC Cinematic Universe implode like a dying star. That’s not because I’m not a fan of the source material. It’s because the best laid plans of Zack “Wake the Fuck Up” Snyder have resulted in a chaotic neutral reset of the entire…

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Monster Factory Movies That Need To Exist Immediately

In a cultural climate where remakes, sequels, and reboots are the name of the game, it’s almost impossible to find viable intellectual property. Most beloved characters are already owned by someone, whether that’s Disney, Marvel (owned by Disney), or Fox (owned by Disney). Wandering through this wasteland, a light emerges:…

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Captain Marvel Review

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is, by and large, built on an idea. Not to bring together remarkable people, but to mimic a certain affable tone laid out all the way back in 2008. Further films in the Avengers world have strained against, improved upon, and often just replicated that mix…

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The Predator Review

Hopefully the jungle will come alive and take you to a better movie.

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