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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

“Ex Machina” director Alex Garland follows up with wicked, weird, wonderful “Annihilation”

Cells, high-school biology and protagonist Lena tell us, divide and proliferate, creating life as we know it through self-sustaining processes of growth. But what the hell does it even mean to be alive? I...

At least it’s over

I know how it feels to be a fan of something. I grew up on the Harry Potter books, and I remember being extremely salty every time the studio released a movie that wasn’t...

“The Girl on the Train” is running out of steam

For a psychological thriller, “The Girl on the Train” isn’t at all psychologically mind-boggling or thrilling. Sure, the book, written by Paula Hawkins, might have been great in its own respect, but I don’t...

“The Babadook” reads as best horror movie this year

“If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of The Babadook.” With little to no major marketing this horror film has flown under the radar of many moviegoers. “The...

“Taken 3” needs to be taken outside and shot

  For those worried about Ebola or military action by ISIS, I have good news. The actual threat to American lives is Irish actor Liam Neeson, who rampages his way through Los Angeles in “Taken...

The Rock rocks amidst falling rocks in the raucous “San Andreas”

My goodwill towards action movies is uncharacteristically strong, partly because of “Mad Max: Fury Road” and partly because I recently re-watched the first “Die Hard.” Because of this, I decided to see “San Andreas,”...

“The Florida Project” is a sanguine portrait of childhood

Sean Baker should be a recognizable name in the independent film circuit. His claim to fame, 2015’s “Tangerine,” is a comedy-drama shot entirely on iPhones about two trans sex workers in Los Angeles. Gimmick...

“Death Wish” fans a flame that needs to be doused (it’s also an awful...

I’ve sat in front of my computer screen for the past 13-and-a-half minutes watching a video on Youtube called “Every gunshot from the Deathwish movies.” In it, Charles Bronson shoots thousands of bullets, a...

“Scary Movie 5” Review

In the last decade, the Scary Movie series grossed over a billion dollars, revitalizing the genre of film parodies. “Scary Movie V,” the latest entry, is the most inept and unintelligible thus far. The...

Goosebumps won’t give you too many goosebumps

I sat down to watch “Goosebumps” on the night of its premiere with no expectations whatsoever. Like many people whose childhoods spanned the mid-to-late ‘90s and early 2000s, I was familiar with the “Goosebumps”...