Lookalike Bacon Anchors A Terrifying Film

Lookalike Bacon Anchors A Terrifying Film

Caitlin Stasey in Parker Finn’s Smile. Photo: Paramount Make sure the liquor cabinet at home is well stocked, because you might just want a stiff drink after seeing Smile. The feature debut of writer-director Parker Finn, expanded from his SXSW award-nominated short Laura Hasn’t Slept, is designed to work your last nerves … in a … Read more

Timothée Chalamet Cannibal Road Trip Film

Timothée Chalamet Cannibal Road Trip Film

Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell star in Bones and All.Image: MGM Bones and All is a movie that challenges easy categorization. It’s the latest film from Luca Guadagninothe director of Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria, who to date has quite the pristine reputation. It stars Timothée Chalamet, one of the biggest young stars … Read more

Alan Rickman’s diaries reveal his opinions about Harry Potter

Alan Rickman's diaries reveal his opinions about Harry Potter

Alan RickmanPhoto: chris jackson (Getty Images) Severus Snape was always (no Harry Potter pun intended) a controversial figure in the HP fandom. He was a spiteful bully of children and former wizard Nazi, but he also had a big crush on Harry’s mom and dedicated his life to fighting evil in her memory. It’s hard … Read more

Sci-Fi, Zombies, & Family Drama

Sci-Fi, Zombies, & Family Drama

The Visitor From the FutureImage: FantasticFest Time-travel, zombies, action, comedy, drama, The Visitor From the Future has it all. Co-written and directed by François Descraques, the film is based on a popular online French web series and both start very much the same way: a disheveled rogue (Florent Dorin) travels back in time to save … Read more

Spirited Away US release’s 20th: Revisiting Miyazaki’s opus

Spirited Away US release's 20th: Revisiting Miyazaki's opus

Chihiro and No Face in Spirited Away Photo: 2001 Studio Ghibli – NDDTM (Getty Images) There’s a moment early on in Spirited Away that sticks with me after countless viewings and many years. Plucky ponytailed 10-year-old protagonist Chihiro breaks down by a river after losing her parents—and the human world she recognizes—in a bathhouse for … Read more

James Cameron Was Worried Avatar 2 Might Have Taken Too Long

James Cameron Was Worried Avatar 2 Might Have Taken Too Long

That long awaited Avatar sequel is almost here.Image: fox After a film grosses almost $3 billion at the global box officeyou have to imagine the studio behind it would want to cash immediately. Get a sequel into theaters ASAP. Strike while the iron is hot. Avatar manager james cameron is not that kind of person … Read more

Star Wars Should Embrace TV and Stop Being Films Entirely

Star Wars Should Embrace TV and Stop Being Films Entirely

Image: lucasfilm Just as we’re about to get a new Star Wars show in the form of Andor-tea second of three shows this year, if you need reminding—the movie side of the franchise took another noticeable hit. Rogue Squadron, a film originally planned to be directed by Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins for a December 2023 … Read more

10 Great Movies About 10 of History’s Worst People

10 Great Movies About 10 of History's Worst People

screenshot: Downfall (2004) There’s a reason books about Hitler consistently outsell books about Churchill. As long as it’s kept at arm’s length, abstracted into words or images, and not in our faces or in our houses, evile is way more compelling than good. Thesis 10 people are among the worst humans in history—merciless despots, ruthless … Read more

Do They Love Star Wars So Much It’s Bad?

Do They Love Star Wars So Much It's Bad?

JJ Abrams directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Image: lucasfilm One of the biggest shifts in Star Wars history happened when the fans got control. That’s not how history would phrase it, but after Disney purchased the franchise, it was the first time people who grew up loving the films were finally given a chance to … Read more

Dig Movie Review: A Cartoonishly Improbable Thriller

Dig Movie Review: A Cartoonishly Improbable Thriller

Thomas Jane as Scott Brennan in K. Asher Levin’s dig.Photo: lionsgate If the goal of dig is to make us feel any kind of sympathy for Scott Brennan (Thomas Jane), the kind of caricatured country dad who’d go looking for his out-past-curfew daughter in a desert honky-tonk while wielding a giant mallet, it gets off … Read more