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Matthew Monagle’s Top 10 Films of 2018

Screens Feature, Dec. 27, 2018


The underwater superhero brings long-awaited color to DC's films

Film Review, Dec. 20, 2018

Mortal Engines

Dystopian YA adaptation relies on spectacle over character

Film Review, Dec. 13, 2018

The Possession of Hannah Grace

Diabolical horror in the morgue is DOA

Film Review, Dec. 6, 2018

Back Roads

Dark family drama works, but was better as a book

Film Review, Dec. 6, 2018


Stunning AIDS drama looks beyond the disease and into grief

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2018

Instant Family

Adoption comedy is rocky but charming

Film Review, Nov. 15, 2018

A Private War

Rosamund Pike captures war journalist Marie Colvin

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2018


Lo-fi sci-fi drama is driven by performances and ingenuity

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2018

On Her Shoulders

A refugee's quiet advocacy is a tale of true heroism

Film Review, Nov. 1, 2018


Jonah Hill's coming-of-age story sometimes sparks with authenticity

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2018

Hunter Killer

Cold War flashbacks as Gerard Butler takes on the Russkies

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2018

Big Kill

Low-budget Western rides high in the saddle

Film Review, Oct. 18, 2018

Bad Times at the El Royale

Neo-noir hijinks gets away with being style over substance

Film Review, Oct. 11, 2018


Spider-Man's nemesis gets a spin-off without web-head

Film Review, Oct. 11, 2018

Fantastic Fest Review: Bad Times at the El Royale

Was it good times for the Fantastic Fest closing film?

Screens Daily, Oct. 3, 2018 2:00 PM

Hold the Dark

Humanity's animal instincts exposed in the Alaskan wilderness

Film Review, Sep. 27, 2018

Fantastic Fest Review: The Perfection

Allison Williams hits all the right notes in this musical black comedy

Screens Daily, Sep. 26, 2018 10:02 AM

Fantastic Fest Review: Mid90s

Jonah Hill's surprising debut is best at its quietest

Screens Daily, Sep. 25, 2018 9:10 PM

Fantastic Fest Review: Hold the Dark

Humanity's animal instincts in Netflix's Alaskan Western

Screens Daily, Sep. 23, 2018 10:39 AM

Fantastic Fest Review: Donnybrook

Bare-knuckle boxing drama lands punches but no knockouts

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2018 1:13 PM

Fantastic Fest Review: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Was it worth the wait for Terry Gilliam's fools' errand?

Screens Daily, Sep. 21, 2018 11:16 AM

The House With a Clock in Its Walls

Eli Roth swaps gore for delightful childlike Gothic wonder

Film Review, Sep. 20, 2018

Five More Films Not to Miss at Fantastic Fest

Wildernesses, Lovecraft, and Joss Whedon Alumni

Screens Feature, Sep. 20, 2018


Jennifer Garner assumes an Alias to get revenge

Film Review, Sep. 13, 2018

Danger One

Less Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, more shrug shrug, meh meh

Film Review, Sep. 13, 2018

The Happytime Murders

Puppet comedy crime caper is less Feebles, more just feeble

Film Review, Aug. 23, 2018


A boy and his electronic dog

Film Review, Aug. 23, 2018


The first-ever boy and his dog story

Film Review, Aug. 16, 2018


The life and legacy of Austin's ill-fated Duct Tape Messiah

Film Review, Aug. 16, 2018

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Forget that horrible live-action trailer – here's your real Teen Titans

Film Review, Jul. 26, 2018

The Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington action sequel is a total misfire

Film Review, Jul. 19, 2018

Unfriended: Dark Web

Back to the laptop in this surprisingly scary sequel to the surprise hit

Film Review, Jul. 19, 2018


The Rock's take on The Towering Inferno is a damp squib

Film Review, Jul. 12, 2018

Uncle Drew

Kyrie Irving's soda campaign gets a movie spin-off

Film Review, Jul. 5, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Latest dinosaur romp sticks to the equation, but still evolves the action

Film Review, Jun. 21, 2018

American Animals

Truth, lies, and self-deception in this remarkable true-crime docudrama

Film Review, Jun. 14, 2018

To a More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor

A deeply personal examination of 2013's landmark Supreme Court gay marriage case.

Film Review, Jun. 7, 2018


Surprisingly smart techno-thriller goes for the brain and the jugular

Film Review, May. 31, 2018


Hungary's Holocaust culpability unearthed in one small village.

Film Review, May. 24, 2018

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