Alan Scherstuhl

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  • 4 hours ago | Film Reviews

    Poltergeist 2015 is to Poltergeist '82 what today's shipped-frozen-to-the-store Pizza Hut dough is to the kneaded-on-site pies the chain's stoned cooks tossed in the Reagan era. It's the same kind of thing, with the same shape and some shared ingr...

  • Ridley Scott's Alien steeped us in H.R. Giger's hellscapes. Now Dark Star does too, with something of Scott's patience. Director Belinda Sallin's camera noses through the Swiss surrealist's house and across his canvases, idling over...

  • 9 days ago | Film Reviews

    Maybe we contain multitudes, and maybe we contain a couple great splashes of primary color. With one arm stretched high above his head, puppeteer Caroll Spinney has spent the last several decades embodying the warmest of yellows and grimiest of gr...

  • 9 days ago | Film Reviews

    This doesn't feel like a film that exists. How is George Miller's bonkers, exhausting, no-future smash-'em-up Mad Max: Fury Road not one of those almost-was boondoggles mourned and dreamed of by fans, a revered director's impossible vision that, t...

  • Tiller Russell's The Seven Five lets the most corrupt (convicted) NYC cop of the '80s tell his own story. He relishes the chance. Here's Michael Dowd, of Brooklyn's 75th Precinct, describing early relations with his new partner,...

  • This stately, sparkling outlaws-on-the-range indie whatsit has a sturdy Western story hook — a lovelorn teen schnook from Scotland (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and a rapacious bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) team up to find the same woman for very...