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In The Age Of Scammers, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite Is The How-To Guide For Finessers | Movie Review |

Parasite lives up to its namesake and is one of the best films of 2019. Plug the word parasite into Google for its derogatory context and you get this: a person who habitually relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return. That definition is generated straight from Oxford, but what does the word mean […]

After 20 Years In Development, Futuristic Gemini Man Forgets To Update Its Script | Movie Review |

Gemini Man is a film that was 20 years in the making, but it didn’t update its story with its technology. After spending two decades in development, Gemini Man finally got its release in theaters. Directed by Ang Lee, the action-thriller follows a hitman who is targeted by a young clone of himself while on […]

What The Fleck: Joker Is A Dark Origin Story, Joaquin Phoenix Shines | Movie Review |

Joker, Gotham City’s Clown Prince of Crime, has made his long-awaited return to theaters. Joker is set in the early 1980s and is DC’s first standalone film since the establishment of the DCEU. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Todd Phillips, the psychological-thriller takes on the origin story of Batman’s archenemy and DC’s greatest villain. Spoilers […]

Between the Darkness (Come, Said the Night) (2019) | Movie Review |

In the light, we can see the physical but sometimes the mythical and the spiritual appear from the darkness. Sometimes, it’s just our minds playing tricks on us, which causes us to double take and see things that aren’t really there. Add puberty and hormones to this mix and you get an interesting take on […]

Ma (2019) | Movie Review |

The Obsessive Mother-Like Figure trope in horror films has finally received a version of the character that is seasoned in Blumhouse’s 2019 psychological-thriller Ma. Directed by Tate Taylor and starring veteran actress Octavia Spencer, Ma follows a group of teenagers who befriend a lonely middle-aged woman who allows them to party in her basement, only for startling […]

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) | Movie Review|

In Latin, si vis pacem, para bellum – if you want peace, prepare for war –  and in the third  installment of the John Wick series, the titular character stays ready for whatever. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum finds the titular assassin on the run after a $14 million dollar bounty is placed on his head following the events […]

The Curse of La Llorona (2019) |Movie Review|

Mexican folklore gets the big screen treatment with the The Curse of La Llorona – an entry into The Conjuring Universe – about the ghost of a woman who drowned her children and haunts future victims who can hear her tears. In this feature length version of the tale of “The Weeping Woman,” Michael Chaves makes his directorial debut […]

Us (2019)|Movie Review|

Following up on the 2016 hit, Get Out, director and writer Jordan Peele does not suffer from a sophomore slump with his latest horrifying, psychological thriller, Us. Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Blumhouse have teamed up with Universal Pictures to deliver another entry into the doppelgänger subgenre of horror. Us stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex as an […]

Greta (2019) |Movie Review|

So far, 2019 has not been a good year for Hungarian characters in film and director Neil Jordan’s Greta attempts to buck the trend. The psychological-thriller stars Chloe Grace  Moretz as Frances McCullen and Isabelle Huppert as the film’s titular character, Greta Hideg.   Plotful Problems Normally, these types of psycho-thrillers heavily rely on the subjects being in […]

The Prodigy (2019) |Movie Review|

**Spoiler FREE Review** What’s wrong with Miles? The latest release from Orion Pictures, The Prodigy, tries to answer that question. The supernatural horror-thriller is director Nicholas McCarthy’s third theatrical release, with his previous two outings also being horror films. The Prodigy follows Miles (Jackson Robert Scott), a disturbed young boy who has the intellect of a genius, and […]

Canal Street (2019) |Movie Review|

In today’s world people are quick to judge before knowing all of the facts. “Guilty until proven innocent,” is the tagline for director Rhyan Lamarr’s newest film, Canal Street. Canal Street, like Beale Street, figuratively speaking, is a road in life where people upon opposite paths happen to come across each other. Canal Street stars Bryshere […]

Glass (2019) |Movie Review|

**Spoiler Free Review** The Eastrail 177 trilogy has finally reached its last stop with Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film. Glass serves as the sequel to the highly successful, critically acclaimed psychological horror-thriller Split, and the superhero-thriller Unbreakable. It’s been 19 years since the theatrical release of Unbreakable, yet M. Night was able to have […]

Review: The first season of Netflix’s ‘You’ is addicting, messy, controversial, problematic and fun.|Small Screen|

This past weekend one of my friends (shoutout to Esméralda) asked me if I had ever seen You on Netflix. I had not…but after learning of the premise of the show I was intrigued to give it a viewing to see what the hype was about. Usually, a well-directed and well-acted thriller is worth the watch. Based […]

Escape Room (2019) |Movie Review|

Escape the room and survive is the synopsis for Sony’s newest psychological thriller, Escape Room. Directed by Adam Robitel, Escape Room, follows six strangers as they try to work their way through  multiple deadly escape rooms, and that requires them to work together as a team to survive. The PG-13 film was previously titled The Maze because each escape room worked […]

Bird Box (2018) |Movie Review|

On the longest day of the year, December 21, 2018, Netflix released their newest post-apocalyptic thriller, Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock. The film is based on a 2014 novel of the same name written by Jason Malerman. The screenplay was written by the frequent horror screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Arrival) and directed by […]

Halloween (2018) |Movie Review|

40 years later, we finally have a Halloween film that carries the spirit of the original .  At the helm is the leader in 21st century horror films, Blumhouse Productions, which has teamed up with Miramax to produce a slasher film that pays homage, yet has enough modern flair to keep things fresh. Familiar names like the executive producer […]

Bad Times at the El Royale |Movie Review|

Bad Times at the El Royale was a lot of things, humorous, serious, well-acted, well-directed and visually sharp as getting glass stuck in your head; however, it was long as the border between California and Nevada at 2 hours and 20 minutes.  The director and cast brought their A-game to a film that was written and directed by Drew […]