By Tony Beal


“I Saw the TV Glow”
Reality blurs for two teenagers who become obsessed with a canceled TV show.
Sometimes, there’s a horror film that you watch and immediately know it will be influential for its generation. Made by and for the creepypasta generation, “I Saw the TV Glow” is a quaint, slow-burn horror that captures the eerie feeling of the everyday not feeling right and how it eventually boils over. With deep colors and slightly detached performances, the film conveys the unsettling idea of not being yourself but being unable to face it. It’s terrifying yet also sad, like watching someone spiral out of control. With a terrific soundtrack, it’s everything one wants from horror while also showing a bright future for the genre.

A group of friends are hunted by the spirits of a cursed Tarot card.
Some movies are made just to fill a release date, and “Tarot” is one of them. There’s a potentially entertaining film hidden within, resembling a supernatural slasher, but it’s bogged down by a boring plot and annoying characters, making it impossible to be thrilled. While the creature designs are impressive, they are wasted without any effort to make them truly scary. Ultimately, “Tarot” lacks soul and passion, feeling like it was made simply to be released.

A tennis player and his wife/coach clash personally and professionally with her ex.
There’s a sensuality infused in every frame of Luca Guadagnino’s newest film, which is much welcomed. The three leads have incredible chemistry that transcends typical romance, extending even into the tennis scenes. These scenes are astounding, with Guadagnino executing shots I thought were impossible, bringing a kinetic energy to the film. Additionally, the film is genuinely funny in a way that few studio films are. Topped off with an incredible score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, we have a true cinematic treat.

“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes”
Generations after Caesar’s death, a new era begins in the fight for prosperity between apes and humans.
Following up the triumph of the previous “Planet of the Apes” trilogy was always going to be a tough job, and “Kingdom” sort of succeeds. It establishes its own identity with engaging characters and tone. However, it drags at points, making a noble attempt to showcase more of the world but not quite getting there. Structurally, it sometimes feels like a repeat of the previous film, “War.” Despite this, the film shines when it really gets going, thanks to the talented cast, particularly Peter Macon and Kevin Durand. It also explores the human and ape dynamic in a more interesting and uncertain way than previous films, offering a fresh angle for future installments. As a start, it’s worthwhile.


June 7
“Bad Boys: Ride or Die”
“The Watchers”
“Hit Man” (Netflix)

June 14
“Inside Out 2”

June 21
“The Bikeriders”
“Janet Planet”
“Kinds of Kindness” (Limited)
“Thelma” (Limited)
“Trigger Warning” (Netflix)

June 28
“Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter One”
“A Quiet Place: Day One”
“A Royal Affair” (Netflix)