Jamie Foxx’s Vampire-Slaying Pool Cleaner Is a Cry for Help

Jamie Foxx’s Vampire-Slaying Pool Cleaner Is a Cry for Help

It’s easy to imagine first-time director JJ Perry and screenwriters Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten in the pitch meeting for day shiftselling it as a Lethal Weapon riff with hungry vampires and John Wick ultra-violence. All of which is to say, there’s absolutely nothing novel about this Netflix B-movie (Aug. 12), whose lack of originality … Read more

‘They/Them’ Has the Worst Movie Scene of the Year, Featuring a Pink Song

The horror genre is filled with tropes that are designed to creep you out, things that have been used for decades to terrify audiences. The jump scare, the face in the bathroom mirror, the chase scene—need I continue? It would seem that there’s nothing left to scare us, that everything’s been done hundreds of times … Read more

Netflix’s ‘The Sandman’ Is One Terribly Boring Fantasy Series

Plans for a screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s celebrated DC/Vertigo graphic novel series The Sandman have been around for almost as long as the three-decades-old title itself. Following numerous starts and stops, Netflix has finally delivered with The Sandmana ten-part venture (Aug. 5) starring Tom Sturridge as the title character, who’s also known as Dream … Read more

Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’ Is Shooting Nothing but Blanks

from John Wick and Atomic Blonde to deadpool 2 and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & ShawDavid Leitch’s career trajectory has been toward greater jokiness, and that path reaches its highest point—or, more accurately, rock bottom—with bullet train, an adaptation of Japanese author Kōtarō Isaka’s 2010 novel that leans vigorously into R-rated murder-and-mayhem humor. More … Read more

‘Not Okay’ Is a Big Waste of Dylan O’Brien’s Time

One of the many issues with the internet scammer movie Not Okayavailable to stream on Hulu today, occurs before it even starts. There’s a content warning that opens the film, seemingly with the intent of announcing itself as a satire, that lists the following: “flashing lights, themes of trauma and an unlikable female protagonist.” The … Read more

The ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Film’s Unforgivable Issues

There are people who are going to undoubtedly love the new film Where the Crawdads Sing, the gripping murder thriller that hit theaters this weekend. I was not one of them. Sure, the book it’s based on is incredibly popular. Sure, lead Daisy Edgar-Jones is spellbinding. Sure, the Reese Witherspoon of it all is irresistible. … Read more

‘The Princess’ Review, Joey King Is Meant to Be a Disney Princess—But Not Like This

There’s a scene in Shrek where Princess Fiona, after waking from her serene slumber, battles an army of weapon-clad forest men looking to steal her away. This was not the princess archetype we’d come to expect in the early 2000s. Here was a beautiful woman who, although she was saved by an ogre, could fend … Read more

Louis CK’s Secret New Movie ‘Fourth of July’ Is Pretty Damn Terrible

Whether in his popular stand-up or his celebrated FX series Louie, Louis CK’s comedy has always been confessional. Yet following the 2017 allegations of sexual misconduct that derailed his career, exposure has been the last thing anyone wants from CK—especially given that his final pre-cancellation work by him, the never-released feature I Love You, Daddy, … Read more

Chris Pratt’s ‘The Terminal List’ Is an Unhinged Right-Wing Revenge Fantasy

The Terminal List features Chris Pratt going vengefully homicidal due, in part, to a serious mental condition in Amazon’s latest, which follows in the tradition of Jack Ryan and Jack Reacher by delivering gung-ho macho action-drama tailor-made for fortysomething Call of Duty players. Still, if this adaptation of Jack Carr’s novel mostly fits itself into … Read more

Netflix Takes Aim at Liberals With ‘Snowflake Mountain’

On Wednesday, Netflix quietly dropped snowflake mountain with little promotion in the lead-up to its arrival. And it only takes watching the first 30 seconds of the reality-television series to understand why. If you hadn’t already guessed, the “snowflake” in snowflake mountain refers to the pejorative term largely used by the right—and often preceded by … Read more