TÁR and BROS on Episode #438

Cate Blanchett conducts an orchestra with a look of elation on her face in the move Tár.This week we start by reviewing Nicholas Stoller and Billy Eichner’s BROS (2:25), a funny, acerbic queer rom-com where two gay men from very different backgrounds (Eichner and Luke Macfarlane) unexpectedly find love in New York City. Next, we dig into Todd Field’s TÁR (24:17), a complex portrait of a problematic character—a world-renowned conductor at the height of her career, Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett), who has done awful things to those around her. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut, the 1971 thriller DUEL starring Dennis Weaver!

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ENOLA HOLMES 2 and THE GOOD NURSE on Episode #437

Millie Bobby Brown runs from police in Enola Holmes 2.

Enola Holmes 2. Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes. Cr. Alex Bailey/Netflix © 2022

We start this week by reviewing Tobias Lindholm’s true crime drama THE GOOD NURSE (1:54), about an ER nurse (Jessica Chastain) who discovers that her charming colleague (Eddie Redmayne) is secretly murdering their patients. The film misses some areas it could dig deeper into this real-life tragedy, but it’s really well-acted and has a strong ensemble. Next, we cover Harry Bradbeer’s ENOLA HOLMES 2 (22:17), a plainly named sequel that provides another engaging adventure for Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown). It’s a delightful romp that’s still a lot of fun even if it’s not quite as brisk as the first film. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our Noirvember poll, Jane Campion’s 2003 film IN THE CUT, starring Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo! For anyone who celebrated, we hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! 

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GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY, THE MENU, and THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING on Episode #436

Daniel Craig sits inside the Glass Onion looking like he's irritated in the movie Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.We start the show this week by reviewing Claire Scanlon’s impressively unfunny comedy THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING (2:30), which is about dysfunctional siblings (Kristen Bell and Ben Platt) who reluctantly travel to the UK with their mom (Allison Janney) for their half-sister’s wedding. Next, we delve into Mark Mylod’s delicious social satire/horror film THE MENU (18:48), where a hyper-exclusive dining experience turns into a battle of wits between its mastermind chef (Ralph Fiennes) and an unexpected diner (Anya Taylor-Joy). Then we wrap up with Rian Johnson’s wildly entertaining whodunnit GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY (42:10), the much-anticipated sequel to Johnson’s murder mystery hit KNIVES OUT. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about a Patron’s choice, Griffin Dunne’s 1998 film PRACTICAL MAGIC, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman!

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BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER and SOMETHING IN THE DIRT on Episode #435

Letitia Wright in Black Panther wearing a white robe, mourning the passing of T'Challa in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.This week we start by reviewing Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s sci-fi, horror, buddy comedy mashup SOMETHING IN THE DIRT (3:46), which is about two friends (Benson and Moorhead) making a documentary about the paranormal phenomenon in their apartment building. We wanted to like it so much more than we actually did, and we’re pretty much on the same page about our issues with it. Next, we discuss Ryan Coogler’s BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (25:15), the highly-anticipated sequel to 2015’s BLACK PANTHER, which mourns and celebrates the late Chadwick Boseman, while attempting to advance with the franchise. We have some disagreement about how well it does that, but we have a spirited and spoiler-filled discussion. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Jonathan Lynn’s 1992 legal comedy MY COUSIN VINNY, starring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei! 

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THE WONDER and RUN SWEETHEART RUN on Episode #434

Florence Pugh looks stern standing in a field with an overcast sky in the movie The Wonder.This week we start by reviewing the surprising feminist horror film RUN SWEETHEART RUN (2:43), which involves much more than just a woman running for her life from a business dinner turned date that becomes violent. Then we cover Sebastián Lelio’s eerie period thriller THE WONDER (25:27), which takes place in 1862, and stars Florence Pugh as an English nurse investigating an Irish girl who has supposedly survived for months without eating. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we honor the late Angela Lansbury by discussing John Frankenheimer’s 1962 political thriller THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE!

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DECISION TO LEAVE and V/H/S/99 on Episode #433

Tang Wei looks at Park Hae-il in the movie Decision to Leave.This week we have two movies for you. First, we review V/H/S/99 (1:56), the latest annoyingly mixed bag in the V/H/S horror anthology franchise. Somehow it’s Shudder’s most streamed movie of all-time?! Next, we delve into Park Chan-wook’s intriguing, yet lengthy film noir-inspired romance and slow-burn thriller DECISION TO LEAVE (32:26). And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our zombie movie poll, Bruce McDonald’s 2008 movie PONTYPOOL!

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HALLOWEEN ENDS and MY POLICEMAN on Episode #432

Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers (aka The Shape) struggle against each other in Halloween Ends.We have two movies on the docket this week. First, we review Michael Grandage’s disappointing queer drama MY POLICEMAN (3:26), a story told in flashback about a policeman (Harry Styles) who falls for an art curator (David Dawson) in the 1950s, but marries a woman (Emma Corrin) to conceal his sexuality. Next, we discuss HALLOWEEN ENDS (25:39) the frustrating final film in David Gordon Green’s HALLOWEEN trilogy. Since none of us had seen the second film in the series, HALLOWEEN KILLS, we lead with a review it before delving into the final chapter. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Mike Flanagan’s 2013 horror film OCULUS

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STARS AT NOON and DO REVENGE on Episode #431

Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn look at each other intensely in Stars at Noon.Dave is under the weather this week, so Evan and Megan fly duo to review the movies. First up is Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s candy-coated homage to 90s teen films, DO REVENGE (2:18), which is about two high schoolers (Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke) who team up to get revenge on the classmates who wronged them. Then we discuss Claire Denis’s low-octane thriller STARS AT NOON (20:33), which is about an American and Brit (Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn) in Nicaragua who fall for each other and must immediately flee from the authorities. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about a Patron’s choice: Warren Beatty’s 1990 comic book film DICK TRACY!

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HELLRAISER (2022) and GOD’S CREATURES on Episode #430

Jamie Clayton as Pinhead in HellraiserHi Spoilerpeeps! Evan is off this week, so Megan and Dave cover the heavy Irish drama GOD’S CREATURES (3:55) (with a superb Emily Watson) and the HELLRAISER (28:16) reboot as a duo. Guess which one of them was on board with both films and guess which one of them wasn’t? In fact, there may be enough vitriol surrounding one of this week’s movies to fuel the next two episodes. (Hee-ya!) And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the 2013 Daniel Radcliffe/Zoe Kazan rom-com WHAT IF!

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SISSY and VESPER on Episode #429

Aisha Dee sits banged up with blood her clothes looking worriedly at her phone in the movie Sissy.We kick off the show this week by discussing Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper’s VESPER (2:27), a slow, dense dystopian sci-fi film about a 13-year-old girl trying to survive in a world where the Earth’s ecosystem has collapsed. Next, we cover SISSY (27:47), Kane Senes, and Hannah Barlow’s problematic horror movie about a twentysomething who finds herself face-to-face with a childhood bully during a bachelorette weekend. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our true crime poll: David Fincher’s 2007 film ZODIAC!

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