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Reviews wind river

The “white savior” narrative gets a remarkable workout in writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, a surprisingly shallow, generic mystery-thriller set on a Native American reservation. An unfortunate cross between Thunderheart and Mississippi Burning, Wind River tries valiantly to tackle serious, weighty issues…

Reviews kidnap

Oscar-winner Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball) has played superheroes before, most notably Storm in the original X-Men series and the ill-fated Catwoman spinoff, but in Kidnap, a B-level, exploitation chase thriller and


If Wish Upon (A Star), the latest attempt at horror counter-programming during a typical summer crammed with sequels, prequels, and remakes, has anything to offer, it’s not in the scares, shocks, or jumps department (they’re few and far between). It’s also not in a stale, clichéd premise (seven wishes, “be careful…

Reviews unforgettable

We can call off the search party for Katherine Heigl’s career (We found Zach Braff’s just two weeks ago, directing the already forgotten Going in Style remake). A solid start on TV (Grey’s Anatomy), a big box-office win (Knocked Up), followed by a series of increasingly dire, desperate rom-coms and two back-to-back failed TV…

SXSW 2017 small town crime

John Hawkes is one of those familiar faces, so often popping up in a supporting role, like in Winter’s Bone or Martha Marcy May Marlene, and regardless of the amount of screen time he is granted, absolutely slays. He’s the kind of actor that…

SXSW 2017 The Honor Farm_1

We, the audience, have an agreement in place with filmmakers when it comes to thrillers, horrors, and the like: we’ll take your build up, if you deliver a payoff. We are content to sit in mystery, to have plot points and little beats piled on top of us, because deep down…

SXSW 2017 Prevenge_1

Most of the time when you say “pregnancy” and “horror” in the same sentence, you’re usually talking about something either pre-pregnancy or post-pregnancy. We’ve had plenty of films featuring demonic children or satanic conception, placing the impetus of the fear…

Reviews Headshot_1

It took me about 40 minutes to give up on Headshot being anything approaching what you could call a “complete film.” That isn’t to say that it isn’t enjoyable. For those looking for violence, decently executed fights in the hands of skilled fighters, and orifices from which to bleed…

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