The word alone induces twinges of dread and disgust: “influencer,” along with its evil siblings “vlogger,” “social media personality,” “YouTuber,” and “TikTok sensation,” have made our depreciating society even grimmer.
A witchy tale of time travel, young love, and sporty women, Léa Mysius’s sophomore feature is an entrancing puzzle film anchored by compelling performances.
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BY VIOLET LUCCA | October 31, 2021
One of the earliest memories I have is of my father pointing over to an abandoned rowboat in Dublin’s River Tolka and quite matter-of-factly stating that “a monster lives in there.”
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BY GLENN McQUAID | October 31, 2021
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BY MARGARET BARTON-FUMO | October 31, 2021
The TV is always on in Fatal Pulse. Set in 1991, the underground horror legend Damon Packard’s latest film is drenched in pinkish-bluish gel lighting, a movie-world glow enveloping all in its path—especially antihero Trent Dupont...
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BY CHLOE LIZOTTE | October 31, 2021
A horde of diabolical children have preceded Esther of Orphan (2009), directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, but she has secured a place among horror cinema’s most memorable enfants terribles, even before its long-awaited prequel...
BY KELLI WESTON | April 28, 2023
For no apparent reason, at the start of Rubber (2010), perhaps Quentin Dupieux’s best-known film, a sheriff pops out...
BY LAURA KERN | March 31, 2023
It is springtime 1973, and the days are bright on a small island off the coast of Cornwall. A horticulturist (Mary Woodvine), known only as the volunteer, is the island’s sole inhabitant. Or is she?
BY JOSÉ TEODORO | March 28, 2023
Even after the ﬁnancial success of Tim Burton’s 1985 feature debut, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Warner Bros. rejected his vision for Batman and he was left in search of a follow-up.
BY ANN OLSSON | March 17, 2023
A nurse leads a catatonic through an expanse of moonlit cane. They pass displays of sacrificed animals before encountering the towering, shirtless, dead-eyed Black man who grants...
BY JOSÉ TEODORO | March 17, 2023
Often considered a sacred rite of passage, pregnancy is an aspirational, much-coveted physical state for women the world over.
BY MARGARET BARTON-FUMO | February 10, 2023
I’ve reached a place of acceptance where I can admit without shame that I watch scary movies between my fingers...
BY MELISSA LYDE | January 31, 2023
A stalker situation gone berserk; a cursed trailer home situated in the flat vastness of chilly, rural New Mexico; a provocative, post-coital admission of murder: Jethica would seem equipped for full-blooded horror if...
BY LAURA KERN | January 13, 2023
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was: “What?” This syllable, spoken by Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie), shock jock in decline, is in response to an encounter at a traffic light as he’s driving to work in the...
BY TOM PHELAN | January 3, 2023
Bones and All—Luca Guadagnino’s latest monument to ill-fated love, based on the 2016 young-adult novel by Camille DeAngelis...
BY KELLI WESTON | November 23, 2022
We go to the movies to see ghosts, whether they be the likenesses of long-gone actors, objects, or edifices, or the suggestion of specters imprinted in the gloom of otherwise benign images.
BY JOSÉ TEODORO | February 2, 2023
It’s an unfortunate fact of life: even super-smart women sometimes end up with terrible boyfriends. This, along with a very different tragic, universal reality—everyone’s body radically changes and deteriorates with...
BY VIOLET LUCCA | October 31, 2022
It’s both a mystery and a shame that Joel Anderson has directed only one feature, emerging out of nowhere to unleash a film that has slowly gained cult status, only to pretty much disappear from the movie world.
BY RUFUS DE RHAM | October 31, 2022
In 1983, JoBeth Williams appeared in the ensemble of Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill, thus immortalizing herself as an avatar for white baby boomery.
BY MICHAEL KORESKY | September 30, 2022
This past March, X, Ti West’s gleefully raunchy hybrid of two late-’70s subgenres (farmhouse horror and farmer’s-daughter porn), overachieved in four meaningful ways. It balanced lurid camp with authentic human...
BY STEVEN MEARS | September 19, 2022