• The Housemaid

    The Housemaid

    ★★★

    Effective enough supernatural ghost story that overcomes its hiccups to make for a satisfying experience.
    Too many dead spots and incongruous tonal shifts keep this from being great.
    You can predict most of the otherworldly stuff if you've ever seen a movie before.
    But if you haven't you'll still be able to figure it out.

  • With a Friend Like Harry...

    With a Friend Like Harry...

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Knife twisting thriller that doesn't make logical sense at times but it's so well executed that you don't care.
    The least plausible part is that Harry seems so overtly evil that you'd have to be an idiot not to see it.
    Parts of this movie triggered me because I had a friend named Harry that had a brother Larry and in 5 days he was going to marry and asked if I could come to the wedding If I can because in the ceremony I'll be the best man.
    If you don't mind subtitles and murder, make Harry your friend.

  • Nina Forever

    Nina Forever

    ★★★

    A love triangle involving an ex girlfriend that's an ex because she's dead and keeps coming back to life every time her ex boyfriend has sex with his new girlfriend.

    It's a story as old as time.

    In the mid 20-teens there was a handful of movies about exes coming back to life (Burying the Ex, Life After Beth). This one plays it a straight as possible without leaning into the comedy as much.

    It's also the one you remember…

  • Misbehaviour

    Misbehaviour

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Based-on-a-True-Story movie that has its moments, but at times feels like an Afterschool special.

    Not subtle, and not meant to be. Having never heard anything about what happened in 1970, the story was new and adequately told.

    Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley bring are the name stars playing everything broadly for mass consumption.

    You've seen dozens of movies like it with different subject matters and you will react in anger and triumph in all the appropriate places.

    It puts the You in Misbehaviour. See it with some you know.

    PS- Bob Hope was a dick.

  • Fear(s) of the Dark

    Fear(s) of the Dark

    ★★★

    Animated horror anthology with 6 stories.

    3 of them are good.

    3 of them are not.

    There are wildly different types of animation so if you're into that, then go wild.

    The bad ones seem pointless as just an exercise as to what one could do with the format as as opposed to telling a good story. Or any story.

    Possibly gateway horror for kids? Yeah, unless they get bored easily.

    Mixed bag, but there are monsters in said bag.

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    John Cassavetes' fascinating character study is slow moving but never boring and features Ben Gazzara in a career best performance.

    A strip club owner that fancies himself a true artist. Sucks that he has a gambling problem and owes a lot of money to some people you don't want to owe money to.

    He can pay some of it back by...see title.

    Those coming in hoping it's a gangster movie will be disappointed. It's about Gazzara's Cosmo and everybody else,…

  • Natural Born Killers

    Natural Born Killers

    ★★★★

    Works better for me on the rewatch.

    The fact that all the actors are pretty much playing one-note characters makes sense for the movie. Juliette Lewis was the poster white girl for crazy in the early 90s.

    Stone's "blame everyone" policy adds to the cartoonish nature of the proceeding. On a technical level, Stone's best since JFK. The hyperkinetic editing assaults you on the first watch but you appreciate more on the second.

    Still one of Woody Harrelson's best performances and I think I laugh every time I see the OJ Simpson footage because that seems so quaint now.

  • The Woman in Black

    The Woman in Black

    ★★★

    Free from expectation, I enjoyed this movie a little more on the rewatch.

    I like the way the movie looks more than anything else as it does more to suggest dread than any of the semi-attempts at scares.

    Daniel Radcliffe still feels miscast as a doctor of anything because I saw him once try to deliver a baby at the Harry Potter And His One Black Friend Premiere back in 2007 and he completely botched it and the infant ended…

  • The Town

    The Town

    ★★★½

    Solid crime thriller featuring bullets and Baw-stun accents.

    Ben "Matt Damon" Affleck directs well executed action scenes and provides more for Jeremy Renner to do in one movie than he's ever done as useless Hawkeye.

    Blake Lively is not as lively as a strung out rock ho.

    Only falters near the end as it settles into crime clichés.

    Good, but could have been great.

  • You're Next

    You're Next

    ★★★★

    Sharni Vinson is the Final Girl for the 20teens.

    A gut wrenching home invasion horror movies that ruined my animal mask business in 2013.

    This movie is why I don't like getting together with family or people not family.

    Makes you think twice when rich white people invite you to their isolated family home even though there will be mayonnaise by the gallon.

    Some twists you'll get. Some you won't.

    That ending...is an ending that ends the movie.

  • Pawn Sacrifice

    Pawn Sacrifice

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Watching this again to see Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Angela Bassett makes cameos as all the previous onscreen iterations of chess champion turned loony conspiracy theorist Bobby Fischer.

    Makes chess onscreen almost as exciting as seeing chess live complete with chess groupies and drugs shoved in the shape of little chess pieces for drug mules to place in their, um, rooks on airplane rides.

    Tobey Maguire isn't bad and Liev Schreiber knows some Russian.

    Unless you're really into chess, this movie sometimes feels like jury duty with very good actors but no real female presence except for a hooker. #progress

  • Strangers with Candy

    Strangers with Candy

    ★★★

    If you've seen the cult tv show on which the movie is based, you'll love it.

    If you haven't you'll wonder why this was made into a movie in the first place.

    Relentlessly weird but sometimes effective humor that you know you'll like within the first 15 minutes. There are genuine laughs, but you spend most of the movie chuckling that the filmmakers would even attempt some of the jokes even if they don't land.

    Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) is…