Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills

Halloween 2021 (the real-life holiday) was in sore need of good, spooky jolt of fantasy entertainment (to make us forget the real life horrors of the year). Turns out that following the Facebook posts of a local guy wandering my suburb dressed as Michael Myers turned out to be way more fun than this tired, …

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The Manor

The Manor (2021)

For personal reasons, The Manor may have been one of those “too soon” movie choices for me to watch on a cold, dark October night. The story of a family dropping their elderly mother off at a nursing home because of her looming health issues, sent a chill of very recent recognition through me. When …

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Lamb (2021)

When the trailer for Lamb debuted, a friend of mine immediately forwarded it to me with the simple statement: “This made me think of you.” I gasped in laughter and intrigue as I watched it. Wait… was that Noomi Rapace trudging across the barren Icelandic landscape holding a lamb’s, um, “hand” like a child? And …

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Bingo Hell

Bingo Hell

With a name like Bingo Hell, you may not expect a clever allegory of gentrification and the fading luster of the American Dream. But this campy horror-comedy delivers its message of community sticking together, contrasting glaring flashy bingo parlor lights with the cozy glow of your well-worn neighborhood hair salon. Lupita (Adriana Barraza) is the …

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Candyman (2021)

Candyman (2021)

The urban legend has it that if you say, “Candyman” five times while looking in the mirror, that you will summon a man with a hook for a hand to come and kill you. Now, I never saw the original Candyman movie from 1992, but just hearing a legend like that has me responding like …

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The Night House

The Night House

Beth (Rebecca Hall) is a grieving woman. We meet her, dressed in black, being dropped off at her house by a friend who earnestly hands her a casserole dish. As soon as Beth is in the house, she dumps the casserole in the trash and cracks open a bottle. The Night House takes its time …

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Old (2021)

Old (2021)

There are smart, clever M. Night Shyamalan movies (The Sixth Sense, Signs), then there are dumb M. Night Shyamalan (The Happening… what is happening???). Old, admittedly, has a great trailer. I was optimistic. Tightly edited, it looks like a compact horror story taking place over 24 hours in a slice of paradise. “There’s something wrong …

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New Orleans paramedics and longtime best pals Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) have seen everything on their rounds. But lately there has been a weird trend of young people overdosing while simultaneously suffering from bizarre wounds like exotic snake bites and impalements from strange knives. As the witnesses are stoned out of their …

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Nocturne (2020)

As a teen, no one wants to be second fiddle to their sibling, or, in the case of Juliet (Sydney Sweeney), second piano. Juliet and her twin sister Vivian (Madison Iseman) are both senior students at a prestigious performing arts high school, where both excel at classical piano playing. Except, well, Vivian has always been …

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Evil Eye (2020)

Pallavi (Sunita Mani) is an attractive, unmarried Indian-America woman who is pushing 30, much to the dismay of her superstitious mother Usha (Sarita Choudhury) back in India. Though mother and daughter are extremely close, talking on the phone every day, the fact that Pallavi has not found a nice Indian boy to settle down with …

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