Beyond Fest's Cronenberg retrospective sounds like a mind-blowingly good time

Although he’s moved away from the genre in recent years, David Cronenberg—the man who brought us exploding skulls, acid-vomiting Jeff Goldblums, and more vaguely vaginal flesh wounds than you can shape a phallic symbol of humanity’s increasing alienation and dependence on technology at—will always have a warm,…

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

B+

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

B

“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

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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

B

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…

The Exorcist gets ready for the main course with a mini-exorcism

B

Exorcist creator and Executive Producer Jeremy Slater has promised big things for the series’ fifth episode next week, most notably a 43-minute exorcism that takes place in real time. It’s understandable why he’d let the cat out of the bag just two weeks after the premiere of the series. There was a significant drop…

Geena Davis would love to be in Beetlejuice 2, if someone would ask her

It’s not easy being Geena Davis these days, mostly because she’s insanely busy. In addition to running the Geena Davis Institute Of Women In Media (an organization we’ve reported on before), she also manages the Bentonville Film Festival, which she co-founded and will see the release of its first winning film, the…