It's a horror film, no doubt. The worst, most effective form of horror, in that it doesn't feature bogeymen or faceless, raging killers. The monsters in "Antebellum" are real. Disappointingly for a film tackling such important, timely issues such as racial inequality and injustice, its gimmicks undercut its efforts, leaving the viewers to pick up the messy, disconnected pieces where they fall. By the end, you realize the puzzle wasn't even worth putting together, and that the filmmakers - while well-intentioned - don't seem to know the most effective way to handle the material.
Charlie Kaufman may very well be better and smarter than us, but man is it annoying when he rubs our faces in his self-proclaimed brilliance. In adapting the 2016 novel by Ian Reed, his "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" is inaccessible, gloriously bland and shamefully pretentious at only a level that Kaufman could ever possibly reach.
Other than the spooky background music, the first two-thirds of the new thriller, "The Rental," plays like a soap opera. But it's an intriguing film that will make you think twice before ever renting out your next AirBnB.
It's horrifying growing old, but time does not fly by quickly in the new film, "Relic."
A horror-film re-make hitting theaters in late February? Nothing about this movie demands that you should go in with elevated expectations, but "The Invisible Man" surprisingly has more meat on its bones than you'd ever imagine. In fact, it's 2020's first, dare I say, great film.
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The newest ongoing contributor to Movie Show Plus. Pedro Schwarzenegger is a true Northman. A savage man in a savage place and time. His taste in cinema? Savage. And yet he does all his writing on an iPhone, like some kind of candy-ass millennial. PedroSchwarzenegger@cinemabuse.com
There are actually a few things to like about "Underwater," but unfortunately, there are just too many holes to keep this ship afloat.
"Doctor Sleep" is the sequel to the classic 1980 Stanley Kubrick horror film, "The Shining," from the twisted mind of Stephen King...and it's deliciously entertaining.
It's a trippy, wacky movie that won't be for everyone, but it's a film that may just shine some award-season love on its two stars.
The latest Stephen King novella to get a film adaptation, "In the Tall Grass" loses itself in a maze of senseless thrills.
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