Reviews of movies and television programs
What the Natasha Romanoff did on her summer vacation, between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers Endame. Black Widow borrows heavily from better spy movies lending it a familiar feel. The movie is also an indie dramedy, with sisters who bicker and the parents who love them, but also bicker. A disappointing swan song for a character who has already died. Not recommended. Continue reading Black Widow
Fear Street: 1994 is the first part of a horror trilogy, with each movie set in a different year. 1994 has a killer opening (figuratively and literally), but looses steam when a group of annoying high schoolers unleash the Fier witch. Not recommended. Continue reading Fear Street: Part One 1994
A very entertaining and well made movie, in spite of its humble origins as a viral thread on Twitter. The talent in front of and behind the camera is undeniable. The story of Zola and her BFF Stefani is exciting and shocking, but frustratingly superficial. Recommended. Continue reading Zola
A werewolf-comedy-mystery mashup that succeeds in being modestly entertaining. The murder mystery element is the weakest part, stealing time from the quirky romance developing and easy chemistry between the leads for a plot that was better left to Clue. Recommended for what works, as well as the gratuitous use of Ace of Base. Continue reading Werewolves Within
A documentary about Sparks, a somewhat obscure pop duo who’ve regularly put out music for sixty years. Their quirky songs and odd stage presence has earned them modest success and a devoted cult following. Recommended for anyone who listened to New Wave back in the day. Continue reading The Sparks Brothers
The third installment in the Conjuring series delivers several good scares, but feels like many other possession-themed horror movies. The lead performances are underwhelming, and the movie misses the operatic flair James Wan brought to the first two. Recommended for Conjuring completists only. Continue reading The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
An rehash of Rear Window that manages to offer no thrills, cheap or otherwise. Amy Adams plays a character that, when not punishing herself, is humiliated and persecuted by others. In other words, no fun to be had. Not recommended. Continue reading The Woman in the Window
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