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The Witch Files: Ambitious Tween Horror-Comedy!

The Witch Files – (L-R) M.J. (Tara Robinson), Brooke (Alice Ziolkoski), Greta (Adrienne Rose White), Claire (Holly Taylor), Jules (Britt Flatmo) – Photo courtesy of Dark Sky Films.

The Americans’ Holly Taylor and genre veteran Paget Brewster are the biggest names in The Witch Files – a smarter than necessary tween horror-comedy that isn’t quite scary enough to be a scary movie, or funny enough to be a comedy.

It hits a kind of sweet spot in between that produces a few chills and a few laughs while creating a group of characters that find themselves in wish fulfillment situation that has less than desirable side effects.

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Await Further Instructions – Scary Christmas!

Await Further Instructions – (L-R) Granddad (David Bradley), Annji (Neerja Naik), Scott (Kris Saddler), Tony (Grant Masters), Kate (Holly Weston), Beth (Abigail Cruttenden) – Photo courtesy of Dark Sky Films.

A family Christmas goes from casual racism to terror when the family home is surrounded by what appears to be a mysterious black sheath covering the entire building in Await Further Instructions.

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Venom Can’t Decide What Kind of Movie It Should Be!

Venom – Dr. Dan Lewis (Reid Scott), Annie Weying  (Michelle Williams) and Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy)/Photo courtesy of. Columbia Pictures.

I have never wanted to walk out on a Marvel movie – not even the Dolph Lundgren Punisher – but Venom…

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Assassination Nation: Assault on the Internet!

Assassination Nation – Em (Abra), Lily (Odessa Young), Bex (Hari Nef) and Sarah (Suki Waterhouse) –  Photo courtesy of NEON.

Assassination Nation is the story of how the internet brings a witch hunt back to Salem. It is brutally unsubtle and thrown together with a complete lack of nuance but is actually pretty effective at saying what it needs to say.

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The House with a Clock in its Walls – Little Kid Scary; Family Fun!

The House with a Clock in its Walls – (L-R) Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black), Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) and Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett, right) – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Eli Roth dials his horror instincts down a few notches to direct The House with a Clock in its Walls – a family comedy-horror tale that’s much more comedy than horror.

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The Predator Starts Fast; Never Slows!

The Predator – Dr. Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn, The Predator (Brian Prince) and Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) – Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

The Predator is the second-best entry in the franchise behind only the original. It’s smart, fast-paced and has some ideas you don’t usually get from a science fiction/action movie.

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Peppermint’s Riley North Makes The Punisher Look Like a Wimp!

Peppermint – Riley North (Jennifer Garner) – Photo by Michael Muller/courtesy of STX.

There’s an admonition about not poking a bear – which means poking a mama bear whose mate and cub you’ve just killed might be a much worse idea.

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Crazy Rich Asians – Ostentatious Yet Intimate Romantic Comedy!

Crazy Rich Asians – Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) – Photo by Sanja Bucko/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Crazy Rich Asians takes standard rom-com tropes (boy meets girl; they fall in love; she meets the parents; the parents disapprove) and filters them through Asian and Asian-American perspectives.

Not only does it work, it’s almost perfect.

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