Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad (2016)

“Worst. Heroes. Ever.” reads that tagline for DC “dark action epic” Suicide Squad. Except: really, the film is like any other “underdog hero” film – of which we’ve seen precisely eleven thousand – and there is...
Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

I suspect I watch “gritty” Westerns for different reasons than many others do. What can I say? I am just a dismal sonofabitch. I like bleak, plodding, bare-ass noir featuring a ragged heroism laid bare in a brief, tiny glory (my Netflix queue occasionally...
Crimson Peak (2015)

Crimson Peak (2015)

A gorgeous Gothic supernatural horror romance, Crimson Peak is best viewed by those who aren’t picky about a narrative – or by initiates to director Guillermo del Toro’s work. Otherwise, you’re sure to find the plot flabbergasting – and...
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

Described as “an Iranian Western vampire film, directed by a woman!!!”, this film’s supposed novelty should in no way prejudice a moviegoer from viewing it. The film is at once fresh and familiar, combining sparse elements of 80s and...
RoboCop (1987) vs. RoboCop (2014)

RoboCop (1987) vs. RoboCop (2014)

You either believe a sleazy 80s cop action rated-R satire can be genius – or you don’t. I do. I do believe in fairies, I do! And Robocop (1987) has it all. It’s as if someone made a version of all those terrible 80s action films I’m willing to...