Five years ago, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was a runaway literary hit, with its gimmick of inserting the undead into Jane Austen winning lots of people over. Now at last, it’s a movie—in theaters today—and it has some entertaining moments here and there. It might be worth watching on DVD months from now, if you…
The 5th Wave starts with a lot of promise, leading us to expect a fresh take on the alien-invasion story through the filter of young-adult storytelling. But what follows is a story where it’s difficult to care about any of the characters, and that’s the real disaster.
They finally made a movie sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy. And the good news is? The Force Awakens easily captures the charm and excitement of the first three movies. Here’s our spoiler-free review.
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most thrilling—and oft-quoted—plays, and it’s been turned into some really insane movies over the years. It’s a classic story of a good man who gets tempted with a promise of greatness. But the new film version delivers on the horror, but not on that operatic arc.
Seriously. Did you ever have a ridiculously good-looking friend who was also brilliant and talented, but they made some really bad choices and threw it all away? Victor Frankenstein is like that. This movie has so much going for it, and just fritters it away, like a goddamn frittering machine.
At first glance, The Good Dinosaur looks weird as hell, even by Pixar standards. It’s the story of an alternate world where the dinosaurs never went extinct, and it’s a “boy and his dog” story where the “boy” is an apatosaurus and the “dog” is a human child named Spot. But one layer below the surface, this is a very…
The Hunger Games book and movie series has always been about resistance, and particularly about using the machinery and iconography of the oppressor to fight back. Katniss Everdeen is a creation of a violent, manipulative system, but she turns all of its symbolism against it. And in the final movie, Mockingjay Part 2,…
James Bond movies are generally ridiculous, although they run the gamut from Casino Royale to Moonraker. Spectre, the new one that’s out today, is definitely one of the more ridiculous of the bunch—but holds itself with a kind of overly grim dignity, like a teenage executioner. The good news? The action sequences are…
Over the past five movies, the Paranormal Activity series has slowly built up a mysterious mythology. Some people think that story has become too complicated, and diverted things too far away from the horror—but the final Paranormal Activity movie brings it all together in a scary, satisfying way.
There are some action movies that just embrace the total absurdity of their own existence, and invite you to come along for a crazy silly ride. These are among my favorite sorts of movies out there, and I’m happy to report that The Last Witch Hunter is a pretty good addition to this canon.
Young people, right? They like young-people shit, like YouTube videos, Instagram selfies and crazy hair. If you hate young people but want to pander to them for some reason—like, if you have loathsome, foul-smelling stepchildren—you can always take them to see Jem and the Holograms.
R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps book series has been making children squirm since 1992, and now there’s a movie that aims to capture that same mix of creepy monsters and silliness. But the scariest thing in Goosebumps is Jack Black’s weird accent. And this film is strictly for kids.
Guillermo del Toro has an amazing gift for mixing the grotesque and the gorgeous. And his latest film Crimson Peak, out today, takes that visual panache to a brand new height. With every shot, del Toro overloads our senses more and more, until madness beckons.
Hollywood has a few failure modes when it tries to adapt classic fairytales and fantasy stories for the umpteenth time. And one of the main ones is, “Let’s tell the origin story that’s never been told before.” Pan is the latest fantasy prequel to show why this is a bad idea.
When it comes to edge-of-your-seat suspense, The Martian is in a class of its own. Ridley Scott’s new movie, in theaters today, is a top-notch survival thriller, full of twists and turns that’ll make you catch your breath. It’s the most exciting movie in ages. Plus it’ll make you want to be an astronaut when you grow…
The most amazing thing about Ben Wheatley’s High Rise is its tone. Its feeling. Some how it’s a film that’s intense, funny, scary, disturbing, and aloof all at the same time. Sometimes though, that mix gets very dark and makes things a little hard to follow.
There’s really only one main reason to be interested in Hotel Transylvania 2: Like the first movie, it’s directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the animator best known for Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars. And there are some utterly beautiful images in this film, in support of a dreadful story.
James “Whitey” Bulger became a kingpin because he was a ruthless killer—and because he masterfully exploited his side gig as an FBI informant. These are the two truths hammered home in Black Mass, which studies a singular criminal career and yet feels disappointingly generic.
The second entry in a dystopian series is always a challenge. The first installment usually has a simple hook—we fight in the arena, we deal with being the only person who has complex emotions, etc. And now, in the second outing... there’s more of the same. Or possibly, a whole lot more mythos. Either way, it’s not…
The Visit arrives lugging some baggage. It’s directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and it’s a found-footage horror movie. For many film fans, just one of those factors would be an automatic turnoff. But The Visit has one really big thing going for it: it’s entertaining as hell.