As deceptive as Da Vinci’s smirk on the Mona Lisa, “M3gan” is a logistically ludicrous horror movie that works best as a sci-fi thriller that satirizes our dependence on technology and its corresponding corporate greed.Continue reading
Ending the debate on whether “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie is “Violent Night,” a film that takes the “Die Hard” story and makes it Christmas-themed with Santa saving hostages from a band of gun-toting goons. The result? A ho-ho-hum two hours filled with blood-soaked cartoon violence.Continue reading
“Don’t Worry Darling” is a psychological thriller that gets psychotic in its logic but thrills with its actors and atmosphere.
Florence Pugh plays Alice, a ‘50s housewife whose husband Jack (Harry Styles) works as a technical engineer on the Victory Project. They live in a suburban cul-de-sac adjacent to a desert that houses the project’s headquarters. Every morning at the same time, the wives collectively stand in their driveways, waving goodbye to their husbands as they speed off to work- the routine is creepily choreographed.Continue reading
For fans of character-driven crime dramas, “Emily the Criminal” is a movie to seek out and savor.
Aubrey Plaza stars as Emily, an art school grad saddled with $70,000 worth of student loan debt and an assault blemish on her record that prevents her from gaining employment above menial labor. We learn early that she’s scrappy and one to stand up for herself (the assault beef from an abusive boyfriend in her teens). Even working for a catering company only gives Emily enough to pay for the accumulating interest on her loans.Continue reading
Imagine “To Kill a Mockingbird’s” Boo Radley on trial for the murder of his lover and you’ve got “Where the Crawdads Sing,” an eyeroll-inducing romantic melodrama that hinges on your belief that a young girl can raise herself alone in a North Carolina marsh without any interference from the small town who knows she’s out there.Continue reading
Director Scott Derrickson and actor Ethan Hawke reteam after reaching the heights of horror in 2012’s “Sinister” for “The Black Phone,” another twisted tale with a decidedly supernatural spin. Based on a short story by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son), one may feel too much of a paternal pull when it comes to “Phone’s” plot.Continue reading
As sequels go, “Top Gun: Maverick” does exactly what I detest: in an effort to not offend fans of the original, it directly copies scenes from the original. Add stealing subplots from other aviation movies and “Maverick” makes lazy screenwriting seem like an art form.Continue reading