Thaddeus Buttrey

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Cabaret (1972) Film Review: The Musical Legend Turns Fifty

With its unique and provocative musical numbers, Cabaret (1972) shines the brightest when its stars take center stage, though its plotting can be inconsistent.

Agnes (Review): Exorcism Meets Character Driven Drama

Some solid performances from a good cast aren’t enough to save Agnes from a lack of focus, underwhelming direction, and an inability to fully decide on what it wants to be.

The Retaliators: Like if Your High School Bully Made a Movie (Review)

Horror/thriller The Retaliators is a cavalcade of blatant and unabashed toxic machismo that, for better or for worse, takes aim at issues of violence, state punishment, and vigilantism.

Muppets Haunted Mansion (Review): Frivolous and Frightful Family Fun

Muppets Haunted Mansion is a quirky and enjoyable ride that is sure to be a treat for franchise fans, even if there aren’t many surprises to be had along the way.

The Collini Case (Review): Stirring German Courtroom Drama

Evenly paced with rewarding second-half payoffs, The Collini Case shines with excellent performances, strong themes, and compelling storytelling.

Respect: Jennifer Hudson is Exceptional in Standard Biopic (Review)

Respect showcases one of the best performances of Jennifer Hudson’s career, though the film is mired with the same issues that often affect biopics.

Joe Bell (Review): A Father’s Crusade to Love His Son

Joe Bell is propelled by a stellar cast and several compelling thematic ideas, though some of them are not realized as effectively as they could be.

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 – Finale Stays the Course in Satisfying Conclusion (Review)

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 stays consistent with its predecessors, maintaining many of the trilogy’s strengths, while also keeping some of the same weaknesses.

Fear Street Part 2: 1978 – Horror Continues In Summercamp Slaughter (Review)

Fear Street Part 2: 1978 improves upon several elements from the first installment, but still struggles in creating original and interesting characterization.

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 – Teen Slasher Begins Horror Anthology (Review)

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is an entertaining flick based on RL Stine’s works, though its screenplay could have benefitted from another draft or two.