Tag Archives: Stranger Things

Shock-jock horror makes unwelcome return in ‘The Black Phone’

2/10 The Black Phone is this year’s Malignant, and that is not a compliment. It is a bizarre, incoherent mashup of several other movies and archetypes it admires but can’t come close to imitating. As a macabre circus-freak of a … Continue reading

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‘Ghostbusters: The Force Awakens’ and fandom as performance

4/10 I still remember the sinking feeling after the credits rolled on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after the movie had finished slowly funneling into a shameless, point-by-point remake of the original film, endlessly creative when looking for excuses to … Continue reading

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is deranged and obscene

3/10 Wonder Woman 1984 is not a film, it is a composite abomination in the spirit of Victor Frankenstein’s blueprints, a shambling patchwork horror of not just its surface-level influences, but the insane business practices and technological shortcuts that brought … Continue reading

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After two years to get the edit right, ‘New Mutants’ is a mess

2/10 After two years of post-production, you’d think The New Mutants would at least be organized. In The New Mutants, Dani Moonstar (Blu Hunt) awakens imprisoned in a facility for adolescent mutants who have killed people with their emerging powers. … Continue reading

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Decent ‘Scary Stories’ can’t capture books’ magic

7/10 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a film caught between its iconic source material and a risk-averse production that leans heavily on the exhausting, bland choices common in the past decade’s horror. Still, there are significant highlights … Continue reading

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