Articles by Erin Hickey

“Doctor Strange” Is a Magical Mystery Tour

But don’t expect it to abandon the Marvel formula.

A Little Bit of Everything: “The Handmaiden” Offers Gothic Romance, Horror, Comedy, and More

The “Stoker” director returns with a complex, compelling (and carnal) genre tour.

Sweet Christmas! “Luke Cage” Is Perfect

Netflix’s latest foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a high point for both the streaming service and the MCU as a whole.

“Basic Witch”: Just in Time for Pumpkin Spice Season, a Perfectly Acceptable “Blair Witch Project” Sequel

Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard’s sequel does right by the 1999 original, but doesn’t go much farther.

Suicide Squat: DC Takes Another Dump

“Suicide Squad”‘s casting and budget can’t make up for a lack of story and emotional depth.

The “Ghostbusters” Reboot Has Spirit (And a Bit of Slime, Too)

The issue of treading on hallowed ground aside, Paul Feig’s latest delivers exactly what it promises.

The House that Marvel Built: “Captain America: Civil War” has a Solid Foundation

It’s not a Cap vs. Iron Man world after all.

’Nu Kids on the Block: Key and Peele Make Their Silver Screen Debut with “Keanu”

The first film offering from one of the best comedic duos of the past decade is a victim of its own format.

“Everybody Wants Some” Freedom, Everybody Gets Some Responsibility

Richard Linklater comes home again.

Close Enough for Jazz: Ethan Hawke Channels Chet Baker in “Born to Be Blue”

Robert Budreau’s biopic is a love story of a different kind.

The Dream of the ’90s is Not Alive in “Deadpool”

Director Tim Miller grounds dated violence and lowbrow humor in a thoroughly modern world.

“The Big Short”: Big on Entertainment, Short on Flaws

Adam McKay lightens dense subject matter with his comedic sensibilities.

“Trumbo” Brings Fun to “Hollywood on Hollywood”

The screenwriter biopic continues the grand tradition of Tinseltown tooting its own horn but ditches the self-importance.

“Spectre” Revokes Bond’s License to Thrill

Mendes and Craig phone in the “Skyfall” follow-up.

A Story With Ghosts In It: “Crimson Peak” is Low-Altitude Horror

Guillermo del Toro’s gothic haunted house flick is more dead than alive.

Taking Sides in “Sicario”

Denis Villeneuve’s attempt to stay neutral hurts an otherwise great film.

A Shyama-Long Time Coming

“The Visit” is M. Night Shyamalan’s best film in fifteen years.

The Bore from “U.N.C.L.E.”

Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of 1960s television show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” falls flat.

“Tour” de Force

“The End of the Tour” honors David Foster Wallace by making him feel like a real person.

The Wright Stuff: Marvel’s “Ant-Man”

Low on action and high on exposition, Marvel’s Ant-Man is pretty much the antithesis of Avengers: Age of Ultron; tone-wise, it’s a perfect cross between…

“Dope” Brings the Noise

Rick Famuyiwa’s music-fueled indie drug comedy hits all the right notes.

“Orange is the New Black” Drops the Soap

Season three finds the Netflix original ditching the daytime TV melodrama and finally hitting its stride.

“Avengers” Re-Assembled

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” entertains, but stays the familiar course set by the unstoppable MCU.

“Daredevil”’s Advocate

Netflix’s “Daredevil” series takes from the best of the character’s comic book canon, featuring fantastic performances by Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio, for Marvel’s darkest offering yet.

LIVE: Beat This: Hal Willner Presents: A Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” With Music, Words, and Funny People at the Theater at the Ace Hotel (4/7/15)

Nick Cave, Lucinda Williams, Van Dyke Parks, and others came together to celebrate Ginsberg’s legacy and raise funds for the David Lynch Foundation.

One Man’s (Buried) Cash Is Another Girl’s Treasure: “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”

The Zellner brothers’ darkly funny Coen “tribute” plays with truth and fiction and strikes gold.


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