‘Game Night’ Can Barely Play With Itself, Much Less Its Audience

There’s a fine line between black comedy that incisively, albeit carefully extracts humor from dire circumstances, often, though not always, through satire that lampoons particular personalities and/or the arbitrary nature of established/establishment ideologies drawing the line between what is normative and taboo, and “black” comedies that merely throw an actor in front of a camera,…

‘Beast’s Cacophonous Wail of Madness Will Satiate Those With a Taste for the Bleak

Many works of fiction contain a monologue that either represents the totality of its thematic framework or intentionally foreshadows the impending arc a character or group of characters will undertake. For writer-director Michael Pearce’s feature debut, the macabre Grimm-inspired fairy tale Beast, that monologue reserved for Moll’s (Jessie Buckley) inner thoughts is ideologically stripped from…