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Rating of
3.5/4

The Farewell (2019)

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 11/20/19

"The Farewell" is an effective drama with enough light comedy on its edges to keep things from getting too grim. I loved this movie, and unlike the film's premise, that's no lie.

Rating of
2.5/4

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 11/18/19

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is less of a collection of the spooky campfire tales it tries to adapt and more of a goofy romp by way of the 2015 "Goosebumps" movie.

Rating of
2/4

The Kitchen (2019)

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 11/17/19

Imagine "Widows" without the bold script and solid direction. "The Kitchen" is a one-dimensional and randomly plotted dud that isn't made better by its leads, just less painful.

Rating of
3.5/4

Luce

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 11/16/19

"Luce" is an extensive survey of the different variables that factor into American identity. The characters' actions in response to their situations feel incredibly real and there's almost too many great performances to count.

Rating of
3/4

The Art of Self-Defense

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 11/03/19

I was a bit taken aback at what it turns into, but "The Art of Self-Defense" is a very funny and dark film about feelings of vulnerability and what to do about them.

Rating of
3/4

Them That Follow

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/31/19
Losing Thy Religion

I'm not afraid to state that there is a fine line between religion and cults and too often belief and power lead to something far more sinister. Them That Follow is based on a small but very real practice of Pentecostal Snake Handling, still practiced today. The film takes place in a small, isolated Appalachian community, where the land plays just as much a part as the actors.

This sect is ran by Lemuel (Walter Goggins) who is the main handler while also treating the Bible as the word - …

Rating of
2/4

The Lion King (2019)

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 10/28/19

A frustratingly empty obligation to further Disney's crusade of remakes, this version of "The Lion King" comes up short with passionless voice-acting, dull covers of classic songs, and emotionless CGI animals.

Rating of
3/4

The Lion King (2019)

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/24/19
The Lion King Comes Full Circle

Disney continues to hone their skill at re-releashing their animated catalog into live-action remakes with The Lion King being their most ambitious - and divisive release - to date. As stunning as this version of The Lion King looks - pushing the boundaries of what CGI can accomplish, I cannot but still fault it for losing out on some of the charm and wonder the original animated version holds.

The Lion King is not quite a shot-for-shot remake of the animated film - the hyenas are …

Rating of
2.5/4

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

ikkegoemikke - wrote on 10/21/19
I really liked this neat little ghost-story.


You don’t read the book.
The book reads you.

A few years ago there was already the movie “Goosebumps“, based on the stories of R.L. Stine, with the not so funny Jack Black. The only thing I can remember about this film is that an immense amount of figures from that book series were used to make life miserable for the protagonists. Fortunately the film “Scary stories to tell in the dark” doesn’t make the same mistake. This film is based on an iconic series of stories of the …

Rating of
2.5/4

Tone-Deaf

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/19/19
Millennial Meltdown

As a now middle-age man, I'm about as fed up with the millennial culture as everyone else that's, you know, not a millennial. Tone-Deaf is a dark comedy that takes aim at this particular set of people, perfectly personified by Amanda Crew as Olive. On the counter-side, we have Robert Patrick as your typical crotchety old man - think Grandpa Simpson, but with a newfound homicidal vendetta. While the film has some weird beats (like Patrick's rando dream sequences and fourth-wall breaking rants), …

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