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Little Evil (2017) Movie Review

Eli Craig is no stranger to horror movie conventions. As director and co-writer, he skewered them in the cult hit Tucker and Dale vs Evil. The film took the Friday the 13th vein of slasher movies and turned it squarely on its head, to a riotous (if not one-note) comedic result.

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With his sophomore feature film effort, Little Evil, Craig takes on the demon child subgenre, using the framework of The Omen to craft his horror comedy.

The short-form review of Little Evil is that it does not Continue reading Little Evil (2017) Movie Review

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Death Note (2017) Movie Review

In Death Note, the Netflix original film based on the anime and manga of the same name, Light Turner (Nat Wolff) stumbles upon a book that carries with it enormous power. Write someone’s name in the Death Note while picturing their face, and they will die.

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Light and new love interest Mia (Margaret Qualley) use the book to Continue reading Death Note (2017) Movie Review

War Machine (2017) Movie Review

Glenn McMahon (Brad Pitt) is a celebrated, if not eccentric, United States Marine General tasked with leading NATO forces in 2009 Afghanistan. In 10 minutes, David Michod’s War Machine introduces McMahon’s team, none of which appear as appealing as Pitt’s left-eye bulging, tight-lipped officer of the people.

McMahon is tasked with handling relations with Afghanistan while the war winds down under the Barack Obama administration. It is a “nation-building exercise,” one which McMahon takes on with gusto.

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Pitt’s character is, in delivery, an aged version of Lt. Aldo Raine. A gruff southern accent and a high degree of eyebrow expressivity control them both. Except, here, Pitt’s McMahon is Continue reading War Machine (2017) Movie Review

Trailer Rundown: Death Note, Captain Underpants, My Cousin Rachel

What do a murderous notebook, a man dressed only in underwear, and a Gothic cousin who serves strange tea have in common? Well, nothing. But the movies that contain these premises have new trailers out. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

Death Note is an upcoming Netflix original film. Based on the cult anime series, this Western adaptation stars Keith Stanfield, Nat Wolff, and Willem Dafoe. While we mostly only get a glimpse of Nat Wolff’s Light Turner (Light Yagami in the anime), save for one shot of Stanfield’s L and one off-screen line from Dafoe’s demonic Ryuk, the trailer does its job enticing the audience.

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The image of Stanfield, in particular, is a great one. On a red backdrop, his face partially concealed, it is an intriguing shot. The focus on Wolff is less promising, his lines and facial reactions coming off Continue reading Trailer Rundown: Death Note, Captain Underpants, My Cousin Rachel

ARQ (2016) Movie Review

ARQ, the new original movie from OTT service Netflix, is woefully standard. Not only is it woefully standard, but it is a blatant premise ripoff of the criminally under-seen Edge of Tomorrow. Renton (Robbie Amell), or, as he is affectionately referred to by his compatriot Hannah (Rachael Taylor), Ren, finds himself stuck in a time loop paradox in which the same infiltration of his hidden compound occurs over and over again.

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The world of ARQ is the typical post-apocalyptic science fiction: savages and raiders rule, food is a scarce resource, random technological innovations litter the screen. This said, the world of ARQ is not Continue reading ARQ (2016) Movie Review