Review: IT, you’ll float too

Andy Muschietti was a curious choice for New Line when they first announced that he would be taking over the new adaptation of IT that was once so comfortably in the hands of Cary Fukunaga. At the time the only feature film to Muschietti’s name was Mama, which was a very by-the-numbers supernatural haunter—not exactly the […]

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Fantasia Review: 68 Kill, love is pain

I think it’s safe to say that if you put Matthew Gray Gubler and AnnaLynne McCord in a movie, it will, at the very least, be varying degrees of hilarious and batshit crazy. That, too, happens to be the exact formula for Trent Haaga’s decisively dirty, ultra-violent 68 Kill. In it, what was supposed to […]

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Fantasia Review: Tragedy Girls, friends forever

Imagine how many followers Jason Voorhees would have had on social media. Tyler MacIntyre’s social slasher is as unique as they come, a blood-soaked splatter fest that borrows the kill-count obsessed mentality of the great ’80s slashers while still having a voice of its own. But rather than a masked madman dismembering his way through […]

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Fantasia Review: Better Watch Out, Yuletide terror

There’s a soft spot in my horror-loving heart for genre films that take place during the holidays, especially when they’re set in the cold wintry days of Christmas. Maybe it says something about myself, but it’s hard to resist a little terror during the holidays. Chris Peckover’s aptly titled Better Watch Out may not have any […]

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Review: Personal Shopper, souls of the dead

Olivier Assayas explores the uncertainty of an age old question in his quiet haunter Personal Shopper, using the afterlife, its existence or nonexistence, to reflect on how we deal with grief and loss. It’s subtle, often creeping narrative, provides a powerful vehicle for its emotionally-fused ghost story that is completely sold by Kristen Stewart’s powerful performance. […]

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Review: Prevenge, a mother’s wrath

Alice Lowe is a freak of nature. She not only directed Prevenge—making it her first feature film—but she also wrote and starred in it as the leading lady and mentally disturbed Ruth. While there are many instances of filmmakers directing, writing, and starring in their own films, I doubt any of them were actually pregnant […]

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