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Alan Cerny

Alan Cerny has been writing about film for more than 20 years, for such sites as Ain't It Cool News, CHUD, Birth Movies Death, and ComingSoon. He is a member of the Houston Film Critics Society since 2011. STAR WARS biased. Steven Spielberg once called Alan a "very good writer" and Alan has the signed letter to prove it, so it must be true.

Sick Review: Fantastic Fest 2022

No one questions the bonafides of Kevin Williamson when it comes to pop culture horror. He created the Scream franchise, after all, beloved by millions and now discovered by a new generation of horror fans with this year’s sequel. But outside of the Scream franchise, can Williamson still hold his own in the genre? If …

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Bones and All Review: Fantastic Fest 2022

Bones and All, the new film by director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name), wastes no time in establishing itself. Young Maren (Taylor Russell), at a sleepover, suddenly attacks her host, nearly biting off her finger, and escaping in the night. Maren feels a compulsion to consume human flesh. Whether this is a physical …

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Werewolf by Night Review: Fantastic Fest 2022

One of my favorite aspects of Marvel Studios’ output so far is that it feels like it’s starting to compartmentalize a bit. Want cosmic adventure? Here’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Want street-level action? Try some Daredevil. Espionage and intrigue? The Winter Soldier or Black Widow await you. Much like the comic books, there are tracks …

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Sosie Bacon and Parker Finn on Smile: Fantastic Fest 2022

While Smile is a horror film that plays for a crowd, and gives us jumps and intense moments, it’s also a story about trauma, and how our past can torment and haunt us just as much as any movie monster. At Fantastic Fest, I was fortunate to speak with director Parker Finn and star Sosie …

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The Banshees of Inisherin Review: Fantastic Fest 2022

Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges is a distinct kind of hitman movie, one with a lot on its mind, a moral clarity in a world of nefarious criminals, and with terrific performances by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. All three return for The Banshees of Inisherin, but while many of the components are the same, Banshees …

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Smile Review: Fantastic Fest 2022

There’s a trend going on in horror cinema that’s been happening for several years now – the exploration of past traumas and how they inform the present, often done metaphorically. That movie monster or thing that creeps the shadows of the room isn’t just a monster – it’s something horrific from the past that rears …

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Prey Review: A Fantastic Predator Movie

Prey is the best Predator movie since… well, Predator. It deepens and enriches the mythology of the franchise but is also unique and stands on its own as a movie. You can enjoy the callbacks, or you can appreciate a ripping good adventure yarn well told without all the baggage. This will probably be in …

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Nope Review: Jordan Peele’s Intense New Thriller

Jordan Peele’s third film, Nope, is another intense thriller, full of context, theme, and flourish. Comparisons to Steven Spielberg or John Carpenter are accurate; Peele uses similar tricks and skills to entertain, frighten, and captivate audiences. He also has a need to tell stories full of metaphor and social awareness, but he also doesn’t want …

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Thor: Love and Thunder Review

Thor: Love and Thunder, unlike Taika Waititi‘s previous entry, Thor: Ragnarok, suffers from familiarity. Ragnarok was refreshingly comedic – at that point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it felt like we had seen everything the character of Thor had to offer. But then audiences saw that Chris Hemsworth, if given the opportunity, can be quite …

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Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe Review

Since Beavis and Butt-Head premiered on MTV back in the 1990s, we’ve gotten all kinds of irreverent animated shows over all kinds of networks. Some are better than others, but all of them owe a debt in some way to these two Highland Texas teenagers just wanting to score, and who both scale the world …

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Elvis Review: Austin Butler Is Elvis Presley

I saw Elvis Presley live in concert. It was March 1974, at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I was four years old. I don’t remember it very well, but I do have flashes, images in my mind. I remember seeing my parents losing their minds, even though the stage, to my tiny four-year-old eyes, …

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Lightyear Review: Buzz Lightyear’s Origin Story

The concept for Lightyear is so simple, it’s no wonder Disney-Pixar had difficulty explaining it to the masses: this is Andy’s, the little boy from the first three Toy Storys, favorite movie. So it stands to reason that he would go nuts over a Buzz Lightyear doll – excuse me, action figure. It’s a wonderful …

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is Too Much, Too Little. For all the bombast and activity in this movie, the film feels strangely empty, a story in search of thematic meaning and spiritual resonance. This movie isn’t really about anything, while the first one, though smaller in scale, has more on its mind. …

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