Under the Shadow

Release: Friday, October 7, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Babak Anvari Directed by: Babak Anvari For the better part of the 1980s tension between Iran and Iraq had been escalating into large-scale armed conflict, an eight-year period of violence recognized today as the Iran-Iraq War. Then-president Saddam Hussein, hoping to pounce on Iran in post-Islamic Revolution turmoil, invaded without warning … Continue reading Under the Shadow

Train to Busan

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by: Yeon Sang-ho Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho Train to Busan is a breathless and brutal South Korean zombie flick that broke a number of records last year, becoming the first Korean feature to breach the $1 million mark at the Singaporean box office. Over the past several months it has taken the … Continue reading Train to Busan

Life

Release: Friday, March 24, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Rhett Reese; Paul Wernick Directed by: Daniel Espinosa I love how nihilistic Life turns out to be and the irony of it being so totally NOT life-affirming. While the characters in Daniel Espinosa's zero-gravity-set thriller often demonstrate a lack of tact and intelligence, their incompetency only serves to underscore the arrogance of man … Continue reading Life

The Belko Experiment

Release: Friday, March 17, 2017 [Theater] Written by: James Gunn Directed by: Greg McLean Office workers at a mysterious nonprofit organization on the outskirts of the Colombian capital of Bogotá participate, let's call it reluctantly, in a twisted social experiment wherein they must murder a certain number of their colleagues within a certain timeframe or else everyone in the building goes … Continue reading The Belko Experiment

Trash Fire

Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Richard Bates Jr. Directed by: Richard Bates Jr. Richard Bates Jr's third film revolves around a family you'll be glad you're not a part of. That might be the understatement of the year. You've never seen family dysfunction like this, unless of course you have seen Psycho. Not that I'm … Continue reading Trash Fire

Get Out

Release: Friday, February 24, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Jordan Peele Directed by: Jordan Peele Jordan Peele announces himself as a talent to keep an eye on with his surprisingly enlightening and even more entertaining directorial debut, the horror-comedy Get Out. His first try proves an early candidate for sleeper hit of the year, a film that manages to balance … Continue reading Get Out

They Look Like People

Release: Friday, February 26, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Perry Blackshear Directed by: Perry Blackshear They Look Like People is the debut feature from Perry Blackshear, a quietly unassuming hybrid of horror and psychological thriller elements built on a shoestring budget. The film, which revolves around a young man who has visions of an impending apocalyptic event, premiered at the … Continue reading They Look Like People

Split

Release: Friday, January 20, 2017 [Theater] Written by: M. Night Shyamalan Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan THIS REVIEW INCLUDES A MAJOR SPOILER You just have to admire the child inside that M. Night Shyamalan has refused to abandon. His passion hasn't always translated into quality entertainment but "going through the motions" isn't a complaint you can lodge against the … Continue reading Split