traffik (1) 3

TRAFFIK Review

Watching Traffik is a bit like being stuck in rush hour congestion. You’re bored; you begin to question the decisions that led you there; and you’re just waiting to get through it.

wildling-film-2018 5

WILDLING Review

With curious fluctuations in tone, questionable motivations, a dull look and jagged editing that takes us out of potentially affecting moments, this tall tale feels slight.

blue my mind 8

What The Fest!? 2018: BLUE MY MIND Review

Though Blue My Mind gets intense and graphic in spots with Mia’s metamorphosis, it always feels grounded in the feelings and emotions of her situation, the horror elements left as effective allegory.

the-strangers-prey-at-night 4

THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT

The clichés lay waste to a scenario and setting rife with possibilities, leaving Prey at Night a forgettable knockoff that won’t have the staying power of its predecessor or any of the genre classics it futilely copies.

MIDNIGHTERS Still 10 7

MIDNIGHTERS Review

The economical, engaging neo-noir unfolds like an even simpler version of A Simple Plan or Blood Simple.

black-panther 8.5

BLACK PANTHER Review

Keeping the MCU connections to a minimum and guiding a fascinating cultural and character study peppered with rousing action, Coogler inspires and invigorates with Black Panther.

VC_screen-41c 5

VICTOR CROWLEY Blu-ray Review

Victor Crowley, the fourth film in the Hatchet saga and named for its hulking deformed slayer, continues the concept established in the first three movies but on a much smaller scale. The tone is cornier, and there are fewer of the Crowley kills that made the series stand out.

DSC_9719.NEF 6

THE RITUAL Review

The sound of falling trees mixed with screams recalls The Blair Witch Project, but The Ritual leaves way less to the imagination and is less effective for it.

WINCH_170406_BK_0113.DNG 5

WINCHESTER Review

Winchester is just as basic thematically, wasting, and even contradicting, its interesting ideas rooted in grief and regret. Rough resolutions posing as cleansing poetic justice are missing rhyme and reason.

mom_and_dad_trailer_still_nicholas_cage 7

MOM AND DAD Review

The parents aren’t alright in Mom and Dad, a high-concept, blood-soaked satire about folks suddenly developing (actual) murderous intentions directed at their children.