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Film Review: “Annabelle Comes Home” with Effective Tricks and Scares

Annabelle Comes Home (Gary Dauberman, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Marking its seventh entry, The Conjuring cinematic universe is the little franchise that keeps on chugging along. Granted, not all of its films, especially the ones with the creepy doll Annabelle, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ma” Is Unwatchable

Ma (Tate Taylor, 2019) ½ out of 4 stars. A film as nonsensical as it is terrible, Tate Taylor’s Ma commits numerous cinematic crimes, among them the absolutely indefensible one of wasting the talent of the great Octavia Spencer. Featuring laughably … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Paranoia and Fear of the Doppelgänger Infiltrates Jordan Peele’s “Us”

Us (Jordan Peele, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Once again Jordan Peele crashes through our mental cavities without any discernable mercy and penetrates our nightmares with the overlooked fear of the doppelgänger in Us. Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston … Continue reading

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Film Review: Both Smart and Silly, “Velvet Buzzsaw” Entertains with Horror/Satire Mix

Velvet Buzzsaw (Dan Gilroy, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn’s The Price of Everything came out this past fall, and in it the director explores the outrageous sums involved in buying and selling art in today’s market. How value … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Suspiria” Is a Bloody Mess

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. I am not generally a fan of horror films, though those of the psychological and haunted variety appeal to me far more than do slashers. Given that caveat, it is perhaps no … Continue reading

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Film Review: 2018 “Halloween” Slashes Originality for Its Love of Predecessor

Halloween (David Gordon Green, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Four decades later, and a behemoth-sized legacy to boast about for days, the methodical, masked serial killer Michael Meyers and his muse Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, return to the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Creepy “Hereditary” Is Missing a Few Strands of Narrative DNA

Hereditary (Ari Aster, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A beautifully shot, acted and designed film that nevertheless falls far short of early promise, Hereditary, the debut feature from writer/director Ari Aster, offers a plethora of impressive visuals that ultimately … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Truth or Dare” Offers but Mild Entertainment

Truth or Dare (Jeff Wadlow, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. Hardly a masterpiece, either of cinema or even its own horror genre, Truth or Dare still offers a few entertaining moments here and there, though the sum total of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Narrative Flaws Overpower Virtues of “A Quiet Place”

A Quiet Place (John Krasinski, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Genial actor John Krasinski (Jim on the American version of The Office) has directed three feature-length films, so far. The first two were Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009) … Continue reading

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“Friend Request” Posts an Empty Profile

Friend Request (Simon Verhoeven, 2016) 1 out of 4 stars. When the best thing about your movie is its unfamiliar location, you know you have a problem. Then again, at least Friend Request has something to show for itself. An … Continue reading

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