It often suggests the film that American Beauty might have been if the latter had been pruned of its smug hysteria.
Writer-director Franck Khalfoun’s Amityville: The Awakening is an elegant entry in a lame series of horror films.
Jean-François Richet’s film shrewdly capitalizes on Mel Gibson’s off-screen embarrassments and controversies.
The formalism fashions effective textural shortcuts to behavioral understanding that the remarkable cast fills in with finesse.
It unites a mélange of teen-film tropes into a narrative overburdened with cultural references and framing devices.
The film settles into a time-honored groove of so many forgettable juvenile comedies before it.
The film is the cinematic equivalent of a teenager, making everything more melodramatic than it needs to be, and impatient with the subtle details of life.
The most recent Jean Rollin films to make their Blu-ray debut from Kino and Redemption Films mark a significant departure for the filmmaker.