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

‘Fall’ Is the Most Anxiety-Inducing Movie of the Summer

It may have nothing on Free SoilElizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s unbelievably harrowing 2018 documentary about rock climber Alex Honnold (who achieves his record-breaking feats sans ropes, harnesses or any other protective gear), but fall remains the most anxiety-inducing film of the summer. The story of two friends who wind up stranded atop the … Read more

Nickelodeon Star Jennette McCurdy’s Memoir Isn’t a Juicy Child Star Tell-All. It’s Better.

On August 9, the day her much-hyped memoir was released, Jennette McCurdy participated in a Q&A session in Brooklyn, NY. Much of the crowd was there for one purpose: They loved the actress-turned-author on Nickelodeon shows Icarly and Sam and Cat, both of which aired nearly a decade ago or more now. McCurdy was a … Read more

‘I Am Groot’ Is a Delightful Marvel Superhero Kids Snack

Disney+ hasn’t just allowed Marvel to expand its interconnected universe—it’s afforded the studio an opportunity to both branch out into diverse genres and styles, such as the recent Ms. Marvel, which took a Disney Channel tween-sitcom approach to the MCU’s trademark formula, as well as to integrate animation into its fold. The latter is a … Read more

Newly Single Pete Davidson Should Star in an ‘FBoy Island’ Spinoff

After nine months, Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian’s whirlwind, rollercoaster romance has come to an end. Sources say the celebs knew their stars were crossed from the start, and that distance ultimately broke the two up as Davidson prepares to film his upcoming Peacock show, the Lorne Michaels-produced Bupkis. They reportedly remain in touch and … Read more

This Season of ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’ Is Painfully Bad

The Season 7 premiere of Below Deck Mediterraneanone of several series in the below deck TV universe capturing the trials and tribulations of a superyacht crew in the heat of charter season, features diva charter guests, including a sloshed primary who calls his guests “trash,” enjoys well-done steak, and harbors a secret aversion to cinnamon; … Read more

Rebecca Hall’s 7-Minute Monologue in ‘Resurrection’ Is a Tour de Force

Show, don’t tell. Normally, that’s a cardinal rule in movie-making—at least for everyone other than Aaron Sorkin. Using copious amounts of dialogue can be seen as a narrative crutch, a missed opportunity for actors to use their bodies to tell the stories on the page. This is what can make monologues so powerful in the … 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

This HBO Max and Warner Bros. Discovery Drama Is a Big, Depressing Mess

It’s been a stressful week. Over the last several days, my beloved HBO Max—far and away my most-used streaming service—has been the subject of rumors. After Tuesday’s abrupt shelving of batgirl, a movie I had no plans to ever watch, the gossip mill swore that the platform was going down the toilet. The word on … 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