Matt Patti

Film Review: “Charlie’s Angels” Is a Clever and Powerful Female-Led Action Film

Charlie’s Angels (Elizabeth Banks, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Before I start this review, I must state a caveat: I have not seen any of the previous entries in the “Charlie’s Angels” universe, including the original TV show. So, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Playing with Fire” Playing with Fire Comes Out Cold

Playing with Fire (Andy Fickman, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. Another entry in the “brooding tough guy has to babysit kids” comedy subgenre, Playing with Fire stars John Cena as said tough guy Jake Carson, the rugged leader of … Continue reading

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Film Review: All the Crops in “Gothic Harvest” Are Dead

Gothic Harvest (Ashley Hamilton, 2018) ½ out of 4 stars. It is rare, for me at least, to find a film that seems to fail in almost every aspect, in which every decision and direction seems like the wrong one, … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Grass Is Not Greener in “Greener Grass”

Greener Grass (Jocelyn DeBoer/Dawn Luebbe, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. A ludicrous, insane, and downright weird dark comedy, Greener Grass masquerades as a microcosm of suburban family life, but comes off more as an incoherent series of random, pointless … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Countdown” Is Entertaining, but Ultimately Needs a Reset

Countdown (Justin Dec, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. ‘Tis the season of witches, vampires, zombies, ghouls, and many other creatures that go bump in the night, but what better film to release around Halloween than one featuring the scariest … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Addams Family” Snaps Its Way into Our Hearts

The Addams Family (Greg Tiernan/Conrad Vernon, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Growing up, my father always used to talk about these people called “The Addams Family.” He would reference a character called “Cousin It” and “Morticia.” Of course, I … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Low Tide” Is a Nostalgic Hidden-Treasure Thriller

Low Tide (Kevin McMullin, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A24 is perhaps best known for distributing atmospheric horror releases such as The Witch (Robert Eggers, 2015), Hereditary (Ari Aster, 2018), and Midsommar (Aster, 2019), Oscar-nominees and winners such as … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Bloodline” Is As Bold and Brazen As Its Main Character

Bloodline (Henry Jacobson, 2019 ) 3 out of 4 stars. How many people in our lives that we trust do we actually really know, inside and out? Do we know their light side and their dark side? Do we know … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Whistler: Origins” Is Brisk, Beguiling, and a bit Baffling

The Whistler: Origins (“El Silbón: Orígenes”) (Gisberg Bermudez, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Cultural folktales seem to be the horror genre’s newest obsession. They’re coming in all varieties it seems, from mainstream supernatural jump-scare-fests like The Curse of La … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Gwen” Is a Slow Burn

Gwen (William McGregor, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. On Halloween night in 2016 my friends and I sat around, crowded in my college dorm room, to watch a horror movie … what else would one do on Halloween night? … Continue reading

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