As a teenager, one often feels trapped in between being treated as a kid while feeling like an adult. Cusp, a fly-on-the-wall documentary by Isabel Bethencourt and Parker Hill captures this feeling wonderfully. The three teenage girls it follows in small-town Texas all feel the agony of being on the cusp of adulthood. The film teeters on the edge of exposure and exploitation but never feels dishonest or sensational. Instead, this is a rare look at youth. Rare in particular fo
There have been a lot of movies and TV shows recently about religious cults. One can assume this is a reaction to cultural trends. Since the #metoo movement, films (especially in the horror genre) have taken on patriarchal oppression against women. There have been highlights such as Jennifer Kent's searing The Nightingale. With several things exploring these topics, it is inevitable that some will start to feel like they are not breaking any new ground. Polish director Malgor
In the opening moments of Leigh Whannel's creative reinvention of The Invisible Man, we see Cecilia begin her plan to sneak away from her husband Adrien. Adrien will eventually become the titular character but he is a monster far before that. The trauma that he has caused is all over Elisabeth Moss's expressive face. She barely gets away from him. Two weeks later he has apparently killed himself but Cecilia doesn't believe she has finally escaped his control. This opening mom
Wiping out all sequels that have come after the 1978 John Carpenter masterpiece Halloween is a bold move. David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride set expectations very high in this new sequel. A fan of the series should expect something completely new with such a move. Yet Halloween (2018) is an oddly familiar retread of the first film that occasionally cleverly reverses things but never fully pushes past sequel familiarities. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laur
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