Tag: Horror

Movie Review – “Alien: Covenant”

With the unexpected but widely applauded 2015 sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina”, filmgoers saw how intriguing and tricky the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) can be for humanity. These synthetic lifeforms, built to accomplish tasks faster and more efficiently than us, quickly turned the lab tables on their human creators in an epic battle for survival.... Read More »

Movie Review – “Life”

“Life” gives us the pulse-racing space terror of 1979’s “Alien” and the suspense-filled isolation found in John Carpenter’s Antarctic in “The Thing” (1982). Make no mistake, the real star is the alien creature whom we learn as much about as any other character in the film.  And that’s the way it should be. – Patrick... Read More »

Movie Review – ‘Don’t Breathe’

“Don’t Breathe” does many things right. Only in downsized true-life Detroit could this mayhem ensue without nary a neighbor or watchful citizen taking notice. This film also deserves serious props for its originality and ability to house almost an entire film within 3,500 square feet. But the most enjoyment of “Don’t Breathe” comes from a... Read More »

Movie Review – ‘Lights Out’

A bona fide horror flick, “Lights Out” will keep audiences sleepless and tense for days. Patrick King, REEL BRIEF Making his directorial debut, David F. Sandberg delivers a fast-paced and superbly acted horror film to viewers willing to endure its jittery, nail-biting suspense scenes. This film’s best feature, though, is the compelling storyline it glues... Read More »

Movie Review – ’10 Cloverfield Lane”

“10 Cloverfield Lane” would’ve been better served had it been colder and creepier. Instead, just as it started to gain its abduction mojo, it blatantly changes course and loses its sinister rhythm. – Patrick King, REEL BRIEF I’ve enjoyed my share of horror films over the years.  The exceptional ones, like 2007’s “1408”, bring a... Read More »

REEL BRIEF Predictions: 2016 Oscar Nominations

Tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski and Ang Lee will announce the 88th Academy Awards nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Here are... Read More »

Movie Review: ‘It Follows’

This sophomore film from young writer-director David Robert Mitchell starts off with all the trappings of a great old school, scary movie—complete with wide-angle shots and electronic music to build suspense. Viewers immediately find themselves in a quaint urban neighborhood at nightfall, watching as a teenage girl darts from her house in a sheer panic,... Read More »

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