Ouija (2014)

As modern horror movies go, Stiles White’s Ouija is middle of the road fare. This 2014 film was panned by critics and doesn’t have a unique bone in its body, but it’s also far from the worst genre entry to turn the planchette.

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ClownTown (2016)

When it comes to a flick like ClownTown, expectations matter. One typically doesn’t expect a masterwork out of something so derivative, but anticipating a little novelty isn’t out of the question. Unfortunately, this 2016 D-movie doesn’t deliver much by way of the goods.

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The Choice (2016)

It can be argued that one of the capabilities of a great artist lies in the creation of distinct visions. The truth of said vision can be assessed on subjective grounds, as can the particulars. In the case of novelist Nicholas Sparks, the artistry is likewise subjective. For some, there is genius in his crafting […]

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31 (2016)

Rob Zombie’s 31 may be derivative in a lot of ways, but it’s also a distinct vision from the director that stands on its own two feet. This seemingly paradoxical horror film features a screenplay by Zombie and cinematography from David Daniel, with music by John 5 and backing via crowdfunding.

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Blair Witch (2016)

On paper, Blair Witch looks promising. The 2016 horror film is directed by Adam Wingard and features a screenplay by Simon Barrett. It’s a direct sequel to 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, the picture that can be blamed and/or thanked for popularizing the whole “found footage” brand of horror. And it all but ignores Book […]

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Pete’s Dragon (2016)

David Lowery’s 2016 version of Pete’s Dragon adapts the 1977 musical and by and large maintains the spirit of the original. With a screenplay by Lowery and Toby Halbrooks and cinematography by Bojan Bazelli, this movie succeeds in crafting an environment of tenderness and compassion.

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Get Out (2017)

Jordan Peele’s Get Out is a masterful twist on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, one that chillingly cruises to a gloriously subversive conclusion. The 2017 picture is a social horror movie, with a screenplay by Peele and cinematography by Toby Oliver.

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Maps to the Stars (2014)

David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars is a troubling ghost story that isn’t really a ghost story. The 2014 picture features a screenplay by Bruce Wagner, plus all the usual Cronenberg suspects are present. Cinematography is by Peter Suschitzky, editing is by Ronald Sanders, music is by Howard Shore.

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Cosmopolis (2012)

David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis is an affected, bizarre chunk of satire that features Robert Pattinson in the lead role and mostly takes place in a super-limo. The 2012 motion picture is based on the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo and features a screenplay by the director, marking his first writing effort since eXistenZ.

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A Dangerous Method (2011)

David Cronenberg lays everything on the table and gives it a smack in A Dangerous Method, his 2011 exploration of the psychology of Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Sabina Spielrein, and even Otto Gross. This is sexual drama of the clinical variety, which means it shares some terrain with Dead Ringers and Crash.

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Eastern Promises (2007)

In Eastern Promises, director David Cronenberg delves into the crime saga and “people who live in a state of perpetual transgression.” That this is his interest level is hardly surprising, as the 2007 film works not so much as a plot or a story but more as a scientific investigation of yet another sealed-off world.

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A History of Violence (2005)

As with all of David Cronenberg’s pictures, nothing is as it seems in A History of Violence. The 2005 outing is based on a graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, with a screenplay by Josh Olson. The usual suspects are present, including cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, editor Ronald Sanders, production designer Carol Spier, composer […]

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Spider (2002)

Themes of self-delusion float to the fore again with David Cronenberg’s Spider, a 2002 film based on Patrick McGrath’s novel of the same name. As with most of the director’s movies, much of this outing defies explanation. It is also intensely sad, like watching someone fade away.

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eXistenZ (1999)

David Cronenberg continues his unconventional prescience with eXistenZ, a curious but spirited vision of science fiction couched in the world of video games. The 1999 movie is based on a screenplay by the director and features many of the usual collaborators, including cinematographer Peter Suschitzky and composer Howard Shore.

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Crash (1996)

Based on J. G. Ballard’s 1973 novel of the same name, David Cronenberg’s Crash is a complicated and polarizing thriller. The 1996 picture is bizarre and remote, with a chilling effect that nevertheless draws attention to the director’s eternal sadness.

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M. Butterfly (1993)

David Cronenberg turns to interpretation once more with M. Butterfly, an adaptation of David Henry Hwang’s play of the same name. The 1993 picture appears at first blush to stand out among the director’s work, but Cronenberg builds on familiar themes and evokes an eternal, excruciating sadness.

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