Mark Cassidy

Mark Cassidy

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  • The Sadness

    ★★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★

  • The Batman

    ★★★★

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    ★★

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  • The Sadness

    The Sadness

    ★★★★

    After garnering rave reviews - and quite a bit of notoriety - when it premiered at Fantasia Fest last summer, Rob Jabbaz’s feature debut, The Sadness, is set to premiere on the Shudder streaming service on May 12, and I can tell you without a hint of hyperbole that it really is one of the most twisted, shocking, depraved films ever made.

    The story follows a young couple, played by Regina Lei (76 Horror Bookstore) and Berant Zhu (We Are…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness begins with an intense chase scene, as a Strange Variant (Benedict Cumberbatch) and new MCU hero America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) attempt to escape the clutches of a demonic creature. Just a few minutes later, we find ourselves in another set piece involving Gargantos, and from there, we're a hop, skip and a jump away from am all-out assault on Kamar-Taj.

    It's... a lot. All of these sequences are exciting and well-crafted on their…

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  • The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★★★★

    When it comes to cinema, "scary" tends to be just as subjective as funny, sad, elated, or any of the other emotions movies strive to make us feel - it really does mean different things to different people. For some, a few well-timed jump scares do the trick, others are all about the gore and the kill-count.

    But to truly unsettle and get under the skin to create a sense of genuine unease is a rare thing in modern horror,…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★★

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

    While watching The Amazing Spider-Man 2 I was stuck by how unlike director Marc Webb's 500 days Of Summer it was..and how that was most definitely not a good thing. Whereas that movie told a subtle, affecting "boy meets girl" story with some inspired musical accompaniment, his Spidey sequel is borderline ham-fisted in its attempts to show us just how in love Peter and Gwen are, and the resulting schmaltz is not helped by some truly bizarre song choices. Webb…