In a Violent Nature offers a grisly new perspective on slasher movies

Image: IFC Films/Everett Collection It’s a patient horror film that’s almost a nature documentary This review of In a Violent Nature was initially published to coincide with the movie’s premiere at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. It has been updated for the film’s theatrical release. Logline In a Violent Nature follows Johnny, a hulking creature …

The Rogue Prince of Persia is a promising start with unfavorable odds

Image: Evil Empire/Ubisoft Time sensitive For a story about someone who can cheat time, the timing of The Rogue Prince of Persia could not be more unfortunate. Amid the release of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown in January of this year, as well as the much more recent surprise launch of roguelite phenomenon Hades …

The Haikyu!! movie delivers on 4 years of hype — LFGO!!

Image: Toho Animation/Crunchyroll Fully!! ready!! to reenter!! my Haikyu!! era!! It’s been four years since the last season of Haikyu!! — a certified drought for fans of the sports anime and manga series, which follows an underdog high school volleyball team. Admittedly, long swaths of time between seasons is nothing new for Haikyu!! fans; there …

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is less personal, more spectacle

Image: Ninja Theory/Xbox Game Studios Ninja Theory’s sequel has a much wider scope It’s no surprise that, as a sequel, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is bigger and more expansive than the previous game. Though this game’s scope, length, and subject are quite similar to those of the original Hellblade game — it is, of course, …

Review: Capturing memory and everyday moments at ‘Can Thought Go On Without A Body?’

I admit, art galleries aren’t exactly my go-to spots. Whenever I do find myself in one, I often fall into this trap of thinking I could easily replicate the colors splashed across the canvas before me. It’s a dangerous perception I can’t seem to shake, because, most of the time, my attempts to replicate the …

Life in Reterra is the highly replayable board game that now lives rent-free in my family room

Photo: Charlie Hall/Polygon We picked it up, we plopped it down, and now we may never put it away A good board game has a lot of layers to it. Narrative layers surround and define a board game’s storyline, while mechanical layers govern the moment-to-moment action. More complex games have a rich strategic layer, with …

AGGRO DR1FT puts messy incel fantasies on the screen, in neon colors

Image: EDGLRD Harmony Korine and Travis Scott’s new movie is a fascinating mess This review of AGGRO DR1FT was originally published after its screening at the 2023 New York Film Festival. It has been updated and republished for the film’s limited theatrical run. It’s rare to see a movie that challenges basic ideas about how …

X-Men ’97 wasn’t about superheroes, it was about people

Image: Marvel Animation Thoughts on the mutant struggle Who are the X-Men for? The malleability of the mutant metaphor has long been a strength of the Marvel property. As a product of the ’60s, it was popularly understood as the superhuman version of the struggle for civil rights. In the 21st century, fans have adopted …

Did you hear what Bridgerton season 3 is up to? Scandalous!

Photo: Liam Daniel/Netflix The Ton’s newest gossipmonger, Lady Polydown, is on the case Dearest Reader, Another season (of Netflix’s Bridgerton) is upon us, and once again, it is filled to the brim with romance and scandal. As your ever-watchful Lady Polydown, it is my duty to assess all the comings and goings of the Ton, …

Furiosa kicks sand in the face of boring franchise-filler movies

Photo: Jasin Boland/Warner Bros. Entertainment No spoilers: George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road prequel is a vibrant, original surprise Like a war over gas in a post-apocalyptic landscape, the franchise-fatigue debate rages on, with multiple factions claiming that sequels, prequels, and superhero films are killing the cinematic landscape, while others claim the smoke doesn’t lead …