IT COMES AT NIGHT

Set in a post-apocalyptic world — what brought about the end, we’ll never know — It Comes At Night explores horrors without and horrors within, and the horrors within are much worse. The titular “it” takes the form of nightmares that plague 17-year-old Travis (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) following the death of his grandfather, a victim of the unnamed plague that ended civilization. Unfortunately, there is little left in this world to ease Travis’s deepest fears. Least of all his father, Paul (Joel Edgerton), a man who will stop at nothing to protect his wife, Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) and Travis. There are still … Continue reading IT COMES AT NIGHT

AMERICAN HONEY

Few ideas are as malleable and fluid as the American Dream. It means many different things to many different people, but the Platonic idea of the American Dream always centers on two things: money and success. One may follow the other, but not necessarily so. Star (20-year-old newcomer Sasha Lane) is obviously seeking money — she has none — but what she really wants is the thrill of success and the comfort of inclusion. We don’t know much about Star’s upbringing, save for a smattering of uncomfortable suggestions: Star is dirt poor and raising her brother and sister while a … Continue reading AMERICAN HONEY

Movie Beat – 05.03.13

Caroline and Jackie – Everybody has problems, but some people have problems. For her birthday celebration, Caroline (Marguerite Moreau) visits her sister, Jackie (Bitsie Tulloch) for a good time. Too bad it doesn’t take long for things to go south. Caroline and Jackie’s friends rally around her and try to support her in her illness, but as the sister’s dark past starts to come to light, it becomes unclear as to who is actual sick, and who might need a little help. Also starring David Giuntoli, Jason Gray-Stanford, Valerie Azlynn, and David Fruit. Written and directed by Adam Christian Clark. Available in limited theaters … Continue reading Movie Beat – 05.03.13

Movie Beat – 11.02.12

Another week, another batch of new releases for you to dig into. Quite a selection to choose from, and for the first time in a while, there are multiple good options. Let’s dive on in! The Bay – Remember a few years ago when a mass of dead fish washed ashore? Or when a thousand blackbirds suddenly dropped out of the sky? What happened there? Hard to say, but plenty of people had theories, most of them conspiracy theories, and it looks like those people got together and made a movie. It’s another found footage film, which most of us … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.02.12