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December 15, 2019   |   Ithaca, NY

Review: ‘Halloween’ franchise is better off dead

By | Oct 29, 2018

One frightful night was enough; like its ghoulish mascot, the “Halloween” franchise should have been killed long ago.

Review: Magic-filled children’s horror lacks charm

By | Oct 1, 2018

It’s a film that’s full of wonderful, creepy ideas that are either left half-explored or take ridiculous turns in the third act.

Review: ‘Assassination Nation’ is a hopeless dystopia

By | Sep 25, 2018

It’s an unpleasant movie that successfully tells the story Levinson set out to make, but that narrative is too grotesque and cruel to enjoy.

Reviews from the summer season

Ithacan writers review a selection of summer’s biggest blockbusters and most complicated arthouse films.

Review: Visceral and creepy cult thriller is visually vivid

By | Apr 30, 2018

Fear permeates every scene. The audience members, mirroring the characters, sit uncomfortably in their dread.

Review: Blumhouse’s ‘Truth or Dare’ squanders its scares

By | Apr 26, 2018

However unfortunate it is that this film isn’t original or riveting, it does receive one accolade: the ability to make the audience laugh.

Review: Slow-paced panic permeates “A Quiet Place”

By | Apr 10, 2018

It’s encouraging to see a horror film both so visceral and so unequivocally frightening.

Review: ‘Unsane’ offers much-needed edgy originality

By | Mar 27, 2018

Needless to say, Steven Soderbergh is an experienced filmmaker, and his new horror film “Unsane” shows he can excel in any genre.

Review: ‘The Strangers’ sequel slaughters slasher genre

By | Mar 20, 2018

Instead of being a bold take on the masked-murderer-by-the-lake trope, “Prey at Night” is a hollow shoutout to better films.

Review: Science fiction film strays from franchise’s success

By | Feb 13, 2018

Dabbling in several genres without committing to any of them, “The Cloverfield Paradox” feels incomplete, cobbled together and woefully unsatisfying.

Review: Fourth ‘Insidious’ film fails its franchise

By | Jan 27, 2018

“Insidious: The Last Key” is like an episode of “Scooby Doo”: at best, shallow but enjoyable, and at worst, inexplicably incoherent.

Review: Cult-classic killer is better off dead

By | Oct 6, 2017

“Cult of Chucky” is a disappointing addition to the “Child’s Play” franchise. It does not bring anything new to the Chucky mythos.