A terrific cast elevates the thoughtful, stripped-down sci-fi of Marjorie Prime

Sci-fi effects extravaganzas are a dime a dozen, but bona-fide sci-fi films—that is, movies that exemplify the so-called literature of ideas and not just the sci-fi aesthetic—are rare. Marjorie Prime, the offbeat indie stalwart Michael Almereyda’s thoughtful adaptation of a Pulitzer-nominated play by Jordan Harrison,…

Geena Davis wants filmmakers to leave Thelma & Louise alone

In the age of constant remakes and reboots, Geena Davis has a humble request: Don’t touch Thelma & Louise, unless she’s somehow involved. “I would be against somebody doing, let’s say, Thelma & Louise without it being Susan [Sarandon] and me,” she told Variety at Sundance. “I wouldn’t like it. Maybe they’ll do it…

Angela has a victory lap—not a tantrum—on the season’s penultimate Exorcist

“162” is easily the most Angela-centric episode of The Exorcist. To be clear, that’s Angela the vehicle for Pazuzu, not Angela the human being. Now under the control of her childhood demonic tormentor, she visits various allies and would-be foes around Chicago, throwing around her weight and laying the groundwork for…

“Time to give the people what they want” on The Exorcist

While The Exorcist has shown several failed and successful exorcisms so far—probably more than all of the films combined—tonight feels like the first one we’ve seen in earnest. Alright, technically, it’s the conclusion of the same exorcism we’ve been witnessing for the back half of the season, but you see what I’m…

The Exorcist reneges on a promise, but drops a game-changing bombshell

Is it fair to let a TV show’s PR inform a review? Because after “Through My Most Grievous Fault,” I’m wondering if the episode would have been stronger if not connected to a promise that The Exorcist’s figureheads didn’t keep. Two weeks ago, a lot of hubbub was made about Executive Producer Jeremy Slater revving up…

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