The Happytime MurdersThere’s a fairly early scene in The Happytime Murders that sets the twisted tone for what’s to follow. It takes place in a seedy area of Los Angeles in an even seedier sex shop where we witness – through a pulled back curtain into a darkened back room – an octopus violently  ...

Papillon (2018) - Movie ReviewThere is a line of dialogue in Papillon in which the prison warden says to his titular captive immediately upon opening the cell door at the conclusion of the prisoner's five-year stint in solitary confinement, "Not many make it five years in here,” says the ...

Dog Days (2018) - Movie ReviewWith a paper thin plot, erratic tone, and humor that rarely elicits so much as a slight chuckle, Dog Days, the latest from TV funnyman Ken Marino, is a film that should not work. But it does. Thanks to the furry faces, sloppy tongues, and wagging tails of its canine stars ...

BlacKkKlansman (2018) - Movie ReviewSpike Lee follows up his keenly poignant comedy/drama/musical Chi-Raq with BlacKkKlansman, another film that shares the same frustratingly uneven tone and disjointed structure yet always manages to slap its intended target squarely upside the head. And that target is ...

The Spy Who Dumped Me - Movie ReviewIn Hollywood they say that timing is everything. And in the case of The Spy Who Dumped Me, the timing – whether intentional or otherwise – couldn’t have been any worse. The film releases on the heels of the Tom Cruise action juggernaut, Mission: Impossible – Fallout ...

The Devil's Doorway (2018) - Movie ReviewJumpin’ Jesus on a pogo stick! The Devil’s Doorway, released by IFC Midnight, is all sorts of intense. If Satan made 16mm home movies in 1960, then this 76-minute flick is probably what it would look like. The Devil’s Doorway is disturbing as it tells the story of two priests  ...

The Incantation (2018) - Movie ReviewSometimes fairy tales can be very real.  Even the most terrifying ones.  The Incantation, starring Dean Cain and Sam Valentine, dusts off the idea of the power of fairy tales with a horrific look at just how demented they actually are.  Page by page, inspired by a child’s story  ...

Sorry to Bother You - Movie ReviewIn spite of its title, Sorry to Bother You is indeed out to bother you. But sorry about it? Not hardly. The film marks the directorial debut of Oakland-based rapper-turned-filmmaker Boots Riley, and what a debut it is. It is a weird and bizarre film, yet also insanely brilliant. At times ...

The First Purge - Movie ReviewYou already knew it would come to this: a prequel. Families held in cages.  Children ripped from their mothers.  Asylum seekers treated as criminals. And one hell of a 12-hour period of time in which ANYTHING heinous is permitted.  If you think that it is ...

Sicario: Day of the Soldado - Movie ReviewItalian television director Stefano Sollima couldn’t have taken on a more difficult project to mark his big screen directorial debut than he does with Sicario: Day of the Soldado, a film about the merciless war between Mexican drug cartels in the border area between the two countries ...

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