The Craft is a work of pure '90s teen rebellion, concentrated in Goth culture, saved by the stellar cast.
Author: Matt Paprocki
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An early take on a "geeks inherit the earth" story, True Romance turns its movie-adoring hero into a character in a pure Hollywood thriller.
Umma makes a strong metaphor for the anxiety of motherhood, but it's a tepid dud as a horror movie.
A sequel as slick as the original, Beverly Hills Cop II is an action comedy delight that's pure '80s.
A perfect story of values and mindsets, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance carefully weaves ideas of open land toughness and city-born intellectualism.
Anthony Perkins is an evil delight in the Hammer-esque throwback Edge of Sanity, devilishly sexual and saturated by drugs.
As much a nature attacks thriller as it is historical condemnation of British colonialism, Ghost and the Darkness is successful studio filmmaking.
A smartly conceived take on slasher cinema and inner city lore, Candyman's power lies in its lasting social consciousness.
Intelligently approaching awkward coming-of-age issues, Turning Red is delightful with a goofy sense of humor suited to the story.
Infinite whiffs at using sci-fi for a deeper purpose, instead falling to heavy exposition and bland digital chases.
Finding a comfortable place amid the current genre trends, Scream's legacy is preserved in a pedestrian thriller.
An attempt to portray anxiety and mental health through the lens or airline horror, Row 19 fails in connecting through its story.