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Smile

Has the COVID-19 pandemic brought out the best in horror filmmakers? 2022 has not been a good year for cinema, but it has been a very good year for horror. Smile represents the latest in an impressive roster of horror films that have pushed the en...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Disturbing Images, Profanity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Parker Finn
Cast: Sosie Bacon, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, ...
Bandit

In a bygone era, something like Bandit would have been a TV movie of the week. All these years later, it retains the look and feel of something not quite “theatrical” in its ambitions. If it has any future as a streaming rental, such hopes lik...

Run Time: 2:06
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Brief Nudity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Allan Ungar
Cast: Josh Duhamel, Elisha Cuthbert, Mel Gibson, ...
Don't Worry Darling

I have done my best to avoid spoilers and, although I’d love to get into specifics about what’s wrong with the movie, such an approach would require revealing plot twists. So, although I won’t go that far, some of the “comparison” movies...

Run Time: 2:02
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Olivia Wilde
Cast: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, ...
Pearl

For those enamored with Ti West’s extraordinarily entertaining 2022 horror film, X, his latest effort, Pearl, is required viewing, although it’s a much different kettle of fish. For those unfamiliar with X, however, Pearl may feel incomplete ...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Ti West
Cast: Mia Goth, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland, ...
Clerks III

The original Clerks was a trailblazing mid-1990s indie comedy whose love of profanity and pop culture references made it an unlikely art house success story while jump-starting the career of writer/director Kevin Smith. Although Clerks remains amu...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, ...
Clerks II (Re-Review)

The passage of time has not been kind to the filmography of Kevin Smith. Most of his movies have a “stuck in amber” quality that makes them most interesting as a reflection of the era in which they were made. His two best efforts, Clerks ...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2006-07-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, ...
Barbarian

For roughly two-thirds of its 100-minute running length, Barbarian is a top-notch excursion into the dark, twisty tunnels and catacombs of a mystery-cum-monster movie. The film’s overreliance on horror movie clichés during the final half-hour w...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Zach Cregger
Cast: Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgard, Justin Long, ...
True Things

There are moments when True Things, a romantic melodrama about a toxic love affair, almost breaks through. But, in large part because it never coalesces the hazy vagueness surrounding the characters, it doesn't quite get there. The chemistry betwe...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Harry Wootliff
Cast: Ruth Wilson, Tom Burke, Hayley Squires
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul

Televangelism and those who practice the dubious form of money-driven religiosity represent low-hanging fruit when it comes to satire. A lot of the material – Jimmy Swaggert crying crocodile tears, the eyes of Tammy Faye, etc. – comes across a...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Adamma Ebo
Cast: Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown, Nicole Beharie, ...
Three Thousand Years of Longing

I’m not sure whether I can argue that Three Thousand Years of Longing is among the best movies to be released during the so-called “post-pandemic” era (a time period that began in late May 2021) but it is one of the most singular, memorable ...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2022-08-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Nudity, Sexual Content, Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Fantasy
Director: George Miller
Cast: Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton, Aamito Lagum, ...