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  • The Witches

    The Witches

    ★★★½

    The Witches (2020) is warm and weird. Even better, it leans into its weird with everything it has. Those oddities coupled with an all-star pairing like Hathaway and Spencer really takes things to the next level. There weren’t many moments where I wasn’t grinning like a fool while watching. A whole new generation of unsuspecting children are going to have an absolutely blast and be traumatized in brand new ways. That’s heartwarming!

    Full review: www.whattowatch.com/reviews/the-witches-review-a-campy-delight-for-a-new-generation

  • The Haunting of Bly Manor

    The Haunting of Bly Manor

    ★★★★

    The slow start to the season and the exposition delivery method may make it appear that The Haunting of Bly Manor doesn’t bring anything worthwhile to the table until the second half of its season, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The series may not make us fall in love with Dani, Hannah, gardener Jamie (Amelia Eve), or chef Owen (Rahul Kohli) in the same way The Haunting of Hill House made us fall in love with the…

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  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★½

    Mrs. de Winter doesn’t believe in ghosts, but Rebecca masterfully outlines how much comparison can haunt someone as persistently as any specter. Though she is madly in love with her husband, she quickly starts to wonder if a poor orphan could ever amount to as much as first believed Max saw her to be. To make matters worse, the lord of the house seems to be hiding not just something, but everything from his young wife. She doesn’t start to learn about Rebecca’s questionable death until Mrs. Danvers and members of the staff start beginning to let things slip.

    Full review: www.whattowatch.com/reviews/rebecca-review-comparison-kills

  • Survival Skills

    Survival Skills

    ★★★

    Quinn Armstrong’s Survival Skills is a peculiar film. It’s adequately made, to be sure, and there’s something to be said for the 80s safety guide style of yore. The performances are all solid as well, but it seems like a film that’s not quite sure what it’s trying to say. It may be a victim of timing, as well. A Pleasantville style cop just wanting to do what’s right isn’t really something anyone’s looking for right now, but let’s take a look at it outside of our current political spectrum.

    Full review: www.whattowatch.com/reviews/fantasia-fest-review-survival-skills-takes-you-back