Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) – Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi returns to the superhero genre and tinges it with his sense of horror with Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the titular Strange as well as multiple versions of the famed sorcerer as he confronts a danger that threatens the whole of the multiverse. Raimi brings his…

Nightmare Alley (2021) – Guillermo del Toro

Based on the novel of the same name del Toro’s latest is a lush, shining example of the noir genre, and features strong performances and visuals. I loved how faithful it was to the spirit of the novel, there were a few necessary changes, but none that change any of the overall arcs for any…

The Lovely Bones (2009) – Peter Jackson

Director Peter Jackson adapted Alice Sebold’s heartbreaking novel, The Lovely Bones, to the big screen alongside his collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and while there are a lot of differences from the book to film (the novel definitely has more adult themes, and things were toned down for the teen, twenty-something audiences), and some…

The Fury (1978) – Brian De Palma

Kirk Douglas and Amy Irving star in De Palma’s first film after his success with Carrie, and this one is another supernatural tinged thriller, but this one boasts a score by John Williams, and viewers should watch for brief appearances by Daryl Hannah and Dennis Franz. John Farris pens the screenplay from his own novel,…

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Chris Columbus

The magic of Harry Potter continues in Warner Brothers’ second instalment of what would go on to be an insanely profitable franchise. Director Chris Columbus returned for a second outing, with this adaption of the second book in the series (which was still being written at the time – can you remember the time when…

The Sniper (2021) – Chang Kuo-Li

Taiwanese author Chang Kou-Li delivers an action thriller this week. With its North American debut, The Sniper, is available now from House of Anansi Press, features a translation by Roddy Flagg and reads like the best of Hong Kong cinema. There are action beats, police investigations, involving characters and a weaving story that takes you…

Star Trek: Windows on a Lost World (1993) – V.E. Mitchell

Space, the final frontier… Not all the voyages of the starship Enterprise are going to entertain me, sometimes they are going to miss the mark, and for me, this one definitely felt like it missed the mark. There’s some big sci-fi ideas in the story, but it doesn’t feel like it’s told in a Star…

Altered States (1980) – Ken Russell

William Hurt is on the search for the purest truth, and that, in this case, places him squarely in the mad scientist chapter of DK Canada’s very enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. Eddie Jessup (Hurt) is a scientist seeking the ultimate truth, and finds himself experimenting with isolation chambers and a ritualistic, possibly hallucinogenic…

Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

***SPOILER FREE ZONE*** The super-sized issue twenty-two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hits theaters Thursday, and superhero fans around the planet have no idea what to expect. So take a breath and enjoy that moment. No doubt by the end of opening weekend, tons of people will be spoiling the film for others (intentionally or…

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) – Roger Corman

Ray Milland assumes the mad scientist mantle as I continue to explore the dark corners of the fabulous Monsters in the Movies from DK Canada. Milland plays Dr. James Xavier. He is fascinated with eyesight, particularly in humans, as we see so little of the world and the light spectrum around us. He has developed…