Us (2019) Film Review

Us

Introduction

On Thursday evening, I attended one of the first local showings of Us, the second film written, directed, and co-produced by Jordan Peele.

Although some critics and general audiences may have viewed the film with higher expectations — Peele’s original horror film, Get Out (2017), received a notable amount of praise from professional and amateur reviewers alike — I made a conscious effort to avoid succumbing to the hype from his theatrical predecessor.…

Apostle (2018) Film Review

Apostle

Introduction

Gareth Evans’s Apostle follows Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens), a brother determined to locate his sister, Jennifer (Elen Rhys), on an island of cultists and safely escort her back home.

Originally released in the U.S. on October 12, 2018, the film, which has an overall runtime of more than two hours, received mostly favorable reviews from critics and mixed reviews from general audiences.…

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Film Review

Velvet Buzzsaw

Introduction

Toward the beginning of Velvet Buzzsaw, my low expectations for the film — based on a combination of its Netflix trailer and my brief exposure to some reviews — appeared to be pleasantly inaccurate.

I’d become somewhat convinced that I may actually find a degree of entertainment and value in the experience, as suggested by the well-designed opening visuals, introduction of characters, and general storyline.…