Blow Out (1981)

Blow Out (1981) written and directed by Brian De Palma Blow Out begins with an opening stolen directly from two horror classics, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 shocker Psycho and John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher Halloween. We see the point-of-view shot of a killer stalking young girls at a dorm, taking out a knife, and approaching a would-be […]

Personal Shopper (2016)

Personal Shopper (2016) written and directed by Olivier Assayas It’s difficult to put into words what Personal Shopper is about. On the surface it is a supernatural horror film about Maureen (Kristen Stewart), a young American woman living in Paris who’s a self-described medium. Sensitive to the world beyond, she can make contact with spirits, […]

Hereditary (2018) / Midsommar (2019)

Hereditary (2018) written and directed by Ari Aster Midsommar (2019) written and directed by Ari Aster In Hereditary, the film debut from writer/director Ari Aster, Toni Collette plays Annie, a mentally unstable mother (Toni Collette) who discovers her recently deceased mother was part of a secret cult scheming to resurrect a demon. And while Aster […]

A Quiet Place (2018) / Bird Box (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018) written by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski from a story by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck directed by John Krasinski Bird Box (2018) written by Eric Heissererz based on the novel Bird Box by Josh Malerman directed by Susanne Bier We’re in the middle of not only a deadly […]

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Guest contributor Rogelio Rodríguez shares his thoughts on Star Wars and the “conclusion” of the saga, The Rise of Skywalker. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) written by Chris Terrio and J.J. Abrams from a story by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, J.J. Abrams, and Chris Terrio based on Star Wars characters by George Lucas […]

mother! (2017)

Guest contributor and MiamiArtZine critic Rubén Rosario reviews Darren Aronofsky’s unhinged tale about the torture of creation. mother! (2017) written and directed by Darren Aronofsky A tumultuous maelstrom of biblical proportions and carefully controlled excess, mother! is the kind of auteur-driven provocation destined to be unpacked and dissected like a cinematic Rubik’s Cube. Like the […]

The Jurassic Park Films (1993 to 2018)

The original version of this review was published in the online magazine Examiner in 2015. The Jurassic Park Films (1993 to 2018) written by Michael Crichton, David Koepp, Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly, and Colin Trevorrow based on the novel Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton directed by Steven […]

Arrival (2016)

Arrival (2016) written by Eric Heisserer based on the short story Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang directed by Denis Villeneuve Movies can sneak up on you. They wait for the very last moment to show their hands, and by this I don’t mean they throw a twist ending unto the audience. Sure, twist […]