Adventures in Moviepass: Hereditary, Leave No Trace, American Animals, First Reformed

So, you’re totally not going to believe that this isn’t a sponsored post, but Moviepass kind of changed my life. I had all but stopped going to movies in the theaters, even though it’s one of my favorite activities, because of the exorbitant prices in New York City. But now, I see movies every chance I get, and I finally get to be up with the zeitgeist again.

In this series, I will review all of the movies I saw in the last month or two with this game-changing app (yes, I realize I sound like a Wired advertorial, but it’s just true!!), and give them a letter grade. Here they are, in ascending order:

American Animals

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If nothing else, American Animals has a wild true story going for it. Continue reading →

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“Don’t Breathe” and the Power of Women

In a disappointing summer for movies, and especially genre movies, Don’t Breathe is a refreshing change of pace (I refuse to say “breath of fresh air”). It’s innovative, elegant, pleasingly nasty, and most of all subversive, when too many recent horror movies are all-too-familiar.

Critics have agreed that one of the film’s biggest selling points is its ability to subvert horror tropes in simple yet effective ways. It’s a home invasion movie in which the invaders are terrorized rather than the other way around. It stars a blind man who isn’t a victim or a wise sage, but a bad-ass ninja. It defies expectations at every turn–with one notable exception.

HUMONGOUS SPOILERS FOLLOW!

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