Vikrant Nallaparaju

Politically charged horror films are a tricky balancing act: if you focus too heavily on the horror elements, you’ll lose the subtext you’re trying to project. Conversely, prioritizing politics can lead to a preachy film devoid of anything remotely terrifying. ...

What’s most remarkable about the Wolverine series is just how far it’s come since the first film. To say that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was disappointing would be a gross understatement, but The Wolverine was an improvement, transporting Wolverine to Japan ...

The spectre of the “overseas market” has loomed over Hollywood the past decade like an ominous ghoul, but has never been so apparent as in the last few years. From beating dead-horse action franchises like The Terminator or Die Hard ...

Like this film’s iconic curse, the inevitable plague of January horror films finally captured my attention. Bluntly, Rings is a terrible movie: it’s predictably plotted, blandly shot and boring. Whereas the previous holder of the January 2017 crown for Worst ...

There’s something prescient about the timing of The Founder’s release. Appearing just days before one of history’s biggest business moguls took the presidential office, this film feels like both a veneration of one of America’s greatest success stories and a ...

January is generally a wasteland for new movies, especially horror films. While the cream of the creepy crop receive top billing in October, most cash-grab remakes and dismal sequels are dumped in January as studios quietly abandon their generic jump-scare ...
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  Another Christmas season, another new Star Wars film. When Star Wars returned to the forefront of the pop culture conversation roughly a year ago with the release of The Force Awakens, I questioned whether our cinematic culture needed this ...

  Generic Christmas movies are a dime a dozen, so one doesn’t have to look far to add something new to their annual rotation of Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. One would hope that a studio would take ...
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By this point, Marvel Studios is a well-oiled blockbuster machine, capable of producing commercial hits without batting an eye. Yet film critics routinely pan their overreliance on a formula, resulting in predictable plot structures and undeveloped villains, which is reflected ...