[MOVIE REVIEW] DAVE MADE A MAZE (2017)

[MOVIE REVIEW] DAVE MADE A MAZE (2017)


July 23, 2017    Rob Dean

  [DAVE MADE A MAZE has been previously reviewed briefly in DG’s coverage of the Chattanooga Film Festival and its coverage of the Boston Underground Film Festival]     Many filmmakers are intent on pursuing the feelings and experiences they had when they were children. Whether it’s in massive projects…

[NOW STREAMING ON SHUDDER!] KUSO (2017)

[NOW STREAMING ON SHUDDER!] KUSO (2017)


July 23, 2017    Johnny Donaldson

          If nothing else, KUSO can be seen as a unfiltered peek into Flying Lotus’s pure, diseased id. There is no good or bad here, no standard qualifier, no use for the usual critical metrics applied to reviewing movies. For better and worse, this is an…

[IN THEATERS] WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Is An Impressive & Mature War Drama

[IN THEATERS] WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Is An Impressive & Mature War Drama


July 14, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

When the era of the superhero film is judged fifteen years from now, Marvel and DC’s output will be looked upon as pretty good—if bland—summer blockbusters. The STAR WARS franchise will be perceived as welcome diversions, but never truly be equal to the stellar filmmaking of the first trilogy, particularly…

[IN THEATERS NOW] A GHOST STORY Is An Ambitious And Unique Meditation On Grieving

[IN THEATERS NOW] A GHOST STORY Is An Ambitious And Unique Meditation On Grieving


July 14, 2017    Paul Freitag-Fey

Shortly after the screening of A GHOST STORY, the new film by writer/director David Lowery opening wide this weekend, attended by myself and some of my friends, a conversation emerged about how the film appeared to viewers who’d seen the trailer.  One friend remarked that he didn’t want to see…

[IN THEATERS NOW] WISH UPON Is A By The Numbers Teen Horror Take On A Familiar Tale

[IN THEATERS NOW] WISH UPON Is A By The Numbers Teen Horror Take On A Familiar Tale


July 14, 2017    Rich Maier

When a horror film works, it should be either scary enough to frighten you or silly enough to entertain you and in a perfect world, both. Sometimes a good horror movie does both. John R. Leonetti’s WISH UPON does neither. The film begins with a young mother placing something enclosed…

[IN THEATERS NOW] WISH UPON is a worthwhile summer season diversion for horror fans.

[IN THEATERS NOW] WISH UPON is a worthwhile summer season diversion for horror fans.


July 14, 2017    Jason Coffman

The summer box office is always crowded with big studio tentpoles, blockbusters designed to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars, so it’s rare to see a studio taking a chance on something very different. It’s tough not to admire distributor Broadgreen’s ambition for releasing WISH UPON, a small teen…

[THEATRICAL REVIEW] ‘SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’ IS A THRILLING — IF FAMILIAR — SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER

[THEATRICAL REVIEW] ‘SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’ IS A THRILLING — IF FAMILIAR — SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER


June 30, 2017    Jonathan Holubiak

It’s hard to watch a SPIDER-MAN film without thinking of, and being reminded of, the five previous Spidey pictures. Opinions of those preceding iterations aside, there’s only so many ways to show Peter Parker shoot webs and swing around New York. Fans, including this author, had grown tired of the same…

[THEATRICAL REVIEW] ‘THE BEGUILED’ IS A LEAN CIVIL WAR-ERA HORROR FILM WITH AN OLD-FASHIONED SENSIBILITY

[THEATRICAL REVIEW] ‘THE BEGUILED’ IS A LEAN CIVIL WAR-ERA HORROR FILM WITH AN OLD-FASHIONED SENSIBILITY


June 29, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

  THE BEGUILED is a refreshingly old-fashioned film. Sofia Coppola’s stylishly erotic take on Thomas P. Culinan’s novel, A Painted Devil features lurid storytelling and period drama that make the film feel like the kind of movie that our parents’ generation would have talked about in hushed whispers. It’s appropriate…

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] T2: TRAINSPOTTING (2017)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] T2: TRAINSPOTTING (2017)


June 27, 2017    Rich Maier

  I don’t hang out with the same crowd I hung out with twenty years ago. Nothing wrong with those old friends, but people change. Some got married and had kids. Some got married and didn’t have kids. Some just had kids. Some got divorced. A few people died. I…

[THEATRICAL REVIEW] A LACKLUSTER SCRIPT STALLS OUT DISAPPOINTING ‘BABY DRIVER’ (2017)

[THEATRICAL REVIEW] A LACKLUSTER SCRIPT STALLS OUT DISAPPOINTING ‘BABY DRIVER’ (2017)


June 27, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

  In the mid to late ‘90s, there was a glut of films featuring wiseass criminal types, non-linear storytelling, and of course, an abundance of pop culture references and retro tunage. This era of Quentinsploitation came about due to the success of both RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION and while…

[NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD & BLU-RAY] RUPTURE (2017)

[NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD & BLU-RAY] RUPTURE (2017)


June 19, 2017    Sharon Gissy

        Noomi Rapace (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO) is the perfect choice to play the heroine in this action-packed sci-fi horror film. Her emotive face expresses both her relationship with son and ex-husband in the establishing scenes in the beginning of the film, and then outright…

[SCENE REPORT] CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL!

[SCENE REPORT] CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL!


June 8, 2017    Matt Wedge

  The Fifth Chicago Critics Film Festival ran from May 12-18, 2017 at the historic Music Box Theatre.   This was my third year attending the Chicago Critics Film Festival. Unlike previous years, I no longer live in that great city so I was only able to make it back…

[REVIEW] IT COMES AT NIGHT Recalls The Nihilism Of ’70s Horror Sans Throwback Cheese

[REVIEW] IT COMES AT NIGHT Recalls The Nihilism Of ’70s Horror Sans Throwback Cheese


June 8, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

Paranoia is powerful. At its grandest, it can bring down entire empires and nations and more intimately, it can also destroy friendships and families. It has also been a helpful seed in many a horror and sci-fi screenplays. Both Howard Hawks THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD and John Carpenter’s reimagining…

[REVIEW] ALIEN: COVENANT (2017)

[REVIEW] ALIEN: COVENANT (2017)


May 18, 2017    Rich Maier

“I always had it in there that the God-like creature that you will see is not so nice, and is certainly not God. I’d love to explore where she goes next and what does she do when she gets there, because if it is paradise, paradise cannot be what you…

[DOIN’ THE NASTIES] CONTAMINATION (1980)

[DOIN’ THE NASTIES] CONTAMINATION (1980)


May 12, 2017    Anya Novak

        Title: CONTAMINATION Other Titles: ALIEN CONTAMINATION; ALIEN ON EARTH; TOXIC SPAWN Year: 1980 Director: Luigi Cozzi, a.k.a. Lewis Coates Cast: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Mase, Sigfried Rauch   Nasties: Slo-mo exploding torsos Exploding rat Point-blank gunshot to the head Man-eating avocado cyclops Machine gun killing…

[ORDER NOW!] FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS (2016)

[ORDER NOW!] FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS (2016)


May 9, 2017    Andy Vanderbilt

    FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS is a depraved, sick, and twisted film that takes the concept of good taste, drags it out back, and beats it savagely with fists. So in other words, it’s a great piece of grindhouse cinema, and is perfect for people who love their movies ridiculously…

[IN THEATERS NOW] UNFORGETTABLE (2017)

[IN THEATERS NOW] UNFORGETTABLE (2017)


April 20, 2017    Jason Coffman

    Back when the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon was in full swing and the movie was in the works, Lionsgate produced a feature film adaptation of Addicted. The novel by popular erotica author Zane concerned a happily married woman who harbors a dark secret: sex addiction. It was…

[IN THEATERS NOW] FREE FIRE (2017)

[IN THEATERS NOW] FREE FIRE (2017)


April 20, 2017    Johnny Donaldson

    Boston, sometime in the 1970s. A van barrels down the mean streets of Beantown, a dilapitated jalopy piloted by a pair of knuckleheaded, wiseacre junkies, jawboning about the night before, when Stevo (Sam Riley), a scrawny macho misfit with a needling whine of a voice, got a black…

[IN THEATERS NOW] LOGAN (2017)

[IN THEATERS NOW] LOGAN (2017)


March 8, 2017    Jonathan Holubiak

  One of the best things about comic books is that they can be anything. They can be incredibly light and funny or dark and violent, characters die and are resurrected, and storylines change and reset. The possibilities are endless, and that’s why they are so fun to read. You…

[NOW ON DVD] SLASHER.COM (2017)

[NOW ON DVD] SLASHER.COM (2017)


March 6, 2017    Matt Wedge

    As is befitting what should be an outlaw region of filmmaking, there are very few rules when it comes to indie genre films. Really, there is only one rule that I expect a film like SLASHER.COM to follow: Do not be boring. That’s it. It’s very simple. I…

[REVIEW] DEVIL IN THE DARK (2017)

[REVIEW] DEVIL IN THE DARK (2017)


March 3, 2017    Andy Vanderbilt

On the surface DEVIL IN THE DARK seems like it is going to be a fairly typical story. Estranged brothers go on a weekend camping and hunting excursion only to find themselves stalked by an unseen force that appears to be hostile in nature. Yet, as the story unfolds you find…

[REVIEW] GET OUT (2017)

[REVIEW] GET OUT (2017)


February 25, 2017    Johnny Donaldson

He walks down the street alone at night, nervously looking an address he can’t seem to find. A car pulls up alongside him, idling, its driver making no indication of what they want. There’s a twist — the street, with its leafy trees and well-kept yards, is in the middle…

[NOW AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX!] I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE (2017)

[NOW AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX!] I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE (2017)


February 23, 2017    Jamie Righetti

        Last month at the Sundance Film Festival, Macon Blair’s directorial debut I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Drama, the festival’s top honor. It was a surprise for many but not to those who have followed Blair’s…

[REVIEW] ANOTHER YETI A LOVE STORY: LIFE ON THE STREETS (2017)

[REVIEW] ANOTHER YETI A LOVE STORY: LIFE ON THE STREETS (2017)


February 16, 2017    Matt Wedge

This review contains spoilers for YETI: A LOVE STORY.   The current state of independent filmmaking is a strange and wondrous place. As digital cameras, editing software, and sound equipment have become higher in quality and cheaper to own, nearly anyone with a dream of making a film can make…