The Watchers

Adapted and directed by Ishana Night Shyamalan (daughter of M. Night), this supposed suspense/horror flick is actually neither and instead plods along, heavy on mood and eeriness but not much else. The story of four people locked in a mirrored room in the Irish woods while ‘others’ watch them stand […]

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What Jennifer Did

A 2010 Canadian home invasion and murder-for-hire scheme unfolds in this Netflix documentary a little like a low-rent episode of ‘Dateline’. There are no real surprises along the way (it’s all right there in the title), and there’s not much depth or backstory either—both of which means this one’s fairly […]

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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

The follow-up to 2021’s ‘Afterlife’ is a bitter disappointment, despite the return of all the key players (including the OG gang of BIll Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson). Director Gil Kenan (who also co-wrote the screenplay) seems like a lost little puppy, not sure what to do […]

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Ricky Stanicky

Everyone who’s ever tossed out an ‘It wasn’t me’ or made up some outlandish excuse why they couldn’t attend their neighbor’s kid’s cousin’s cello recital will appreciate this (very) low-brow and ultimately eyeroll-worthy effort… but that’s about as far as this one goes. Zac Efron is one of three musketeers […]

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Spaceman

Directed by Johan Renck (‘Chernobyl’), this sparse drama starts with plenty of promise, with Adam Sandler as Jakub, a solo astronaut six months into a mission to investigate a strange cloud near Jupiter. Shortly after we pick up the story, though, he comes face-to-face with a huge (though friendly?) spider, […]

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They Called Him Mostly Harmless

The puzzling tale of an Appalachian Trail hiker whose body was discovered in a tent in Florida in 2018 is the subject of what ultimately is a mildly frustrating documentary from director Patricia Gillespie. The crux of the film is the nationwide effort to identify the off-the-grid man (which ends […]

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Lift

Struggling mightily to launch Kevin Hart’s career as a serious action star, this all-over-the-place ‘Ocean’s 11’ wannabe finds the comic as the ringleader of a heist gang hired by Interpol to foil an even larger heist. Not nearly as clever (or believable) as the ‘Oceans’ films, however, the film crumbles […]

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Foe

Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal star as Midwestern couple Hen and Junior in this meandering sci-fi drama about a couple living in a pseudo-dystopian 2065. Because of the deteriorating state of the Earth, Junior is chosen to try out life on a space station for a year, while an AI […]

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EXmas

Leighton Meester and Robbie Amell headline this fairly forgettable holiday flick as an ex-couple; she called off their engagement because he spent more time working on work than their relationship. The thing is, she’s such a hit with his family that they’ve kept her in their life, even inviting her […]

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Saltburn

Writer-director Emerald Fennell’s latest is an extremely graphic, lasciviously obscene, and squirm-inducing class commentary that may either have you running out of the room or (less likely) praising Fennell for the unadulterated, brazen way she tackles her chosen subjects. As with 2020’s phenomenal ‘Promising Young Woman’, she is in her […]

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