Review: 'Happy Death Day 2U' Breathes Life into the Horror Genre

Review: 'Happy Death Day 2U' Breathes Life into the Horror Genre

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Happy Death Day 2U is a surprising movie. Not just because it’s good, but because it isn’t even the same genre as the first one. Happy Death Day was a fresh take on familiar tropes, namely time loops and slasher horror, and managed to be both irreverent and charming. This one keeps those elements but dodges the more obvious, and probably expected, move of anteing up on the scares. Instead, it zooms in on the implications of time loops and somehow winds up becoming a respectable science fiction movie in the process.

'The Prodigy' is the Definition of a Low-Effort Horror Movie

'The Prodigy' is the Definition of a Low-Effort Horror Movie

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

The current state of horror cinema is that a cheap movie can make several times its budget without having to actually be any good. As long as it has a few good scares and pays lip service to some familiar tropes, it seems that financial success is easy to attain.

Velvet Buzzsaw is 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' set in the High-Powered L.A. Art Scene

Velvet Buzzsaw is 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' set in the High-Powered L.A. Art Scene

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

No one was expecting Velvet Buzzsaw to be A Nightmare on Elm Street set in the high-powered L.A. art scene, but that’s exactly what it is. It’s a pulpy, cheeky, and occasionally inventive excuse to take some shots at the art world in the same way that many horror movies often use death curses to punish teenagers for being young and dumb.

Review: The Kid Who Would Be King is A Family-Friendly Adventure

Review: The Kid Who Would Be King is A Family-Friendly Adventure

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

The Kid Who Would Be King will immediately remind viewers of other kids’ fantasy movies. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing will depend a lot on individual mileage with those movies. If you like Percy Jackson or Harry Potter, chances are good that you’ll appreciate the approach that this movie takes in providing a fun, family-friendly adventure that blends camp, action, and character development in a fairly well-balanced package that is sure to please the kids who make up its intended audience.

Review: 'Welcome to Marwen' is a strange cinematic experience

Review: 'Welcome to Marwen' is a strange cinematic experience

By: Matthew McKenna 

Welcome to Marwen is a strange cinematic experience. It is a type of strange that comes across to the viewer almost as discomforting as an unwelcome personal confession might.

Review: 'Glass' is a g****mn MASTERPIECE

Review: 'Glass' is a g****mn MASTERPIECE

By: Sterling Woods 

After years in directorial jail M. Night Shyamalan proved he could still surprise audiences with Split, and now with his cap to the trilogy about grounded heroes. Glass reminds us why we loved him in the first place.

Review: Netflix's IO doesn't deserve to be called BAD

Review: Netflix's IO doesn't deserve to be called BAD

By: Evan Todd-McCoy

Io is a particular type of low key science fiction film that puts the human element front and center. It’s not a movie for those seeking spectacle or profundity, but rather those who are drawn into its understated drama about what are perhaps the last two people on Earth.

Review: Alfonso Cuarón delivers his most personal film yet, with 'Roma'

Review: Alfonso Cuarón delivers his most personal film yet, with 'Roma'

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

As a filmmaker, Alfonso Cuarón has moved freely within different genres and styles, building up a body of work that is as impressive as it is varied.