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Friday, April 10, 2020
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker spoiler-free review: Kylo, Rey save the film

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker spoiler-free review: Kylo, Rey save the...

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Enlarge / The best new-trilogy actors awaken in Rise of Skywalker. Ars Technica takes spoilers seriously in film reviews. After this article's opening section, minor plot details are revealed to explain certain opinions, but we otherwise do not include any "major" spoilers. Deeper spoilers will likely appear in the comments section upon the film's launch,…
Jumanji: The Next Level is less fresh this time around but still lots of fun

Jumanji: The Next Level is less fresh this time around but...

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Enlarge / Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, and Karen Gillan star in Jumanji: The Next Level.Sony Pictures The intrepid gang of teens who played their way out of a video game two years ago is back and facing a new in-game adventure in Jumanji: The Next Level, the latest installment in the popular franchise that…
Ford v Ferrari evaluation: A big-budget, big-screen take on racing in the 1960 s

Ford v Ferrari evaluation: A big-budget, big-screen take on racing in...

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Matt Damon (L) as Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale (R) as Ken Miles star in Ford v Ferrari, a new film about Ford's attempt to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1960s. 20th Century Fox Shelby was forced to retire from a successful racing career because of a heart condition. He turned…
Advertisement Astra: A journey upriver to fulfill your satanic forces, internal and otherwise

Advertisement Astra: A journey upriver to fulfill your satanic forces, internal...

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Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut in search of his long-lost father (Tommy Lee Jones) in Ad Astra. On its own, the title of this week's blockbuster release—Ad Astra, Latin for "to the stars"—doesn't tell you much about what the film is about. The trailers haven't done much to clarify, promising everything from family drama to violent car…
Part sci-fi thriller, part police procedural, Do not Release is a downplayed gem

Part sci-fi thriller, part police procedural, Do not Release is a...

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A grieving police detective receives a mysterious call from the past in Don't Let Go from Blumhouse Productions. A cell phone connection serves as a link between the past and present for a police detective and his dead niece in Don't Let Go, a new supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions that debuted at the 2019…
Evaluation: Pitch-perfect All Set or Not is a sharp and amusing blood-soaked pleasure

Evaluation: Pitch-perfect All Set or Not is a sharp and amusing...

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Enlarge / Samara Weaving delivers a standout performance in the new horror comedy Ready or Not. Fox Searchlight An unsuspecting bride finds herself fighting for her life on her wedding night in Ready or Not, a wickedly funny, blood-soaked thriller that made its world premiere last month at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Toronto.…
Scary tales spring to vibrant life in Frightening Stories To Inform in the Dark

Scary tales spring to vibrant life in Frightening Stories To Inform...

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Reading a book brings all manner of ghosts and monsters to life in Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark. Monstrous creatures from terrifying tales come to life for a group of teens in Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark, the new horror film produced by Guillermo del Toro. The movie is based on…
Operation Avalanche, the just excellent conspiracy– phony the Moon landing, get promoted

Operation Avalanche, the just excellent conspiracy– phony the Moon landing, get...

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With this weekend's 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, it's worth remembering most conspiracy theories are more-or-less the same: a shadowy cabal of all-powerful, all-knowing elites comes together to manipulate us commoners, for whom they have nothing but contempt. The cabal changes—globalists, Lizard People, the media, the Vatican, whatevs—but the song remains the same. So…
Midsommar is a slasher movie with artistic aspirations that does not rather work

Midsommar is a slasher movie with artistic aspirations that does not...

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Enlarge / Traveling to Sweden for a rare summer solstice pagan festival that only takes place every 90 years turns out not to be such a good idea in Midsommar. YouTube/A24 A group of young Americans visit a remote Swedish village and find themselves at the mercy of a strange pagan cult in Midsommar, the…
Evaluation: Director Jim Jarmusch puts his deadpan stamp on The Dead Do Not Pass Away

Evaluation: Director Jim Jarmusch puts his deadpan stamp on The Dead...

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Enlarge / Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, and Adam Driver star in Director Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die. With The Dead Don't Die, auteur director Jim Jarmusch puts his unique, deadpan stamp on this staple of the horror genre. As one might expect, Jarmusch's vision is more ironically cerebral than your typical zombie fare and…

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