Double Feature: Ghostwatch and The Blair Witch Project

Thanks in part to the ineptitude of the bulk of latter-day "found footage" movies, it is easy to heap derision on Ghostwatch and The Blair Witch Project, two movies that in many ways pioneered the genre. In the latter case, the fact that it became such a phenomenal cultural touchstone in 1999 also meant that it achieved the level …

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Ad Astra (Big Screen Review)

Do yourself a favor: Before strapping yourself in for this Brad Pitt star-vehicle, ignore any of the promotional material surrounding the movie, which hints at some sort of science-fiction action extravaganza that provides cosmic;level entertainment. Anyone going in expecting that is bound to be disappointed. What Ad Astra stands firmly in the tradition of universe exploration …

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Ready or Not (Big Screen Review)

Ready or Not's premise is as simple as it is devastatingly ludicrous: At every wedding the Le Domas family, an insanely wealthy board-gaming dynastic family, play a simple game at midnight to welcome the newest member of the family. This year it is Grace's (Samara Weaving) turn as the eldest son's bride to blindly draw …

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Bumblebee & Aquaman (Big Screen Double Feature)

In our cinematic age of uber-franchises dominating theatres across the globe, no two franchises have suffered as much ridicule and fan-rage as the Transformers movie series and the DC Comics Extended Universe (DCEU). The Transformers franchise – based on a 1980s cartoon that was blatantly an extended toy commercial – found its reputation ground into …

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Big Screen Double-Feature: Searching & The Little Stranger

It's time for me to confess something: For the last few months whenever I just need to zone out I've found myself lulled into the genteel murder mysteries of Midsomer Murders, of which every episode is currently on Netflix. After two dozen episodes (each about 100 minutes long) I've got the formula down pat: there …

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