Booksmart Breathes Warmth and Life into a Tired Genre

Awkward white people strutting to a hip hop song is not funny. It’s a lazy joke, worn thin by ad execs and youth group leaders across the country. And it’s a joke that Booksmart goes to again and again. In fact, a lot of Booksmart has already been done to death, from its plot structure…

The Hole in the Ground Mines Rich Horror Terrain

Although they don’t get as much attention as tales about zombies or ghosts, body snatcher stories are among the most powerful in horror fiction. And a lot of their strength comes from the way body snatcher stories draw from other genres: the emotional terror of zombies (“That monster looks like someone I know!”), the epistemological…

Review: Creed II — No Fancy Footwork, All Thudding Haymakers

“If I can change and you can change… everybody can change!” So declared a bleeding and blubbering Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) at the end of 1985’s Rocky IV, minutes after he defeated the superhuman boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) to avenge best friend Apollo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) death at the Soviet’s red-gloved hand, thereby winning…