Ryan Syrek

Surprisingly, this is a better version of a film in which giant robots punch slobbery monsters farted from the ocean's butt crack than the first one, which was directed by a guy who just won an Oscar. more

Mar 23, 2018 11:44 AM Film

Matt and Ryan talk about Thoroughbreds, which are murdery young women and not actual ponies. Also, we talk about ponies. more

Mar 21, 2018 2:04 PM Film

Two entitled young white teenagers, one a sociopath and the other just a spoiled princess, decide to kill one of their stepfathers. It's the good kind of quirky and a mild kind of insightful. more

Mar 16, 2018 1:14 PM Film

This loving, kind film is specifically aimed at an under-targeted audience. Most adults, however, will be uninspired by the tale of a young girl chasing her father across the universe with only the power of Oprah to help her. more

Mar 9, 2018 2:35 PM Film

Matt and Ryan talk about Annihilation and stray far, far off course. Is this what you want? Are you not entertained? Oh, you're not... Sorry... more

Mar 2, 2018 9:30 AM Film

A film festival, Netflix Nielsen ratings, upcoming horror, and Tessa Thompson, all in this month's column! more

Mar 2, 2018 6:00 AM Cutting Room

When the sky bars a shimmering rainbow at a lighthouse, the government starts sending in troops who never come out. Until Natalie Portman's hubbie does. So she goes in after him with an expedition that is like Hearts of Darkness via Ursula Le Guin. more

Feb 25, 2018 12:16 PM Film

This loaded visual spectacle challenges colonial constructs and reshapes mainstream conceits about black identity, all while delivering incredible action spectacles and inspired action sequences. more

Feb 16, 2018 2:39 PM Film

Matt and Ryan apologize for America, celebrate Black Panther, and tell you to spend $200 on a board game. more

Feb 16, 2018 12:27 PM Film

This year's Oscar-nominated shorts are one of the best crops yet. Read brief reviews for these brief gems! more

Feb 9, 2018 3:03 PM Film

A splendidly simple and uniquely universal coming-of-age story about a spirited teenager (Saoirse Ronan), her battles with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and the heartbreaks and triumphs of youth. more

Feb 9, 2018 12:37 PM Film

Dropped quickly on Netflix after the Super Bowl, this third installment in the Cloverfield pseudo-franchise is gross, funny and surreal sci-fi/horror set on a space station that maybe just broke all of space and time. more

Feb 9, 2018 9:00 AM Film

This "based on a true story" snoozer manages to waste a cool premise about the ghosts of gun violence victims haunting Helen Mirren. Full of insipid jump scares, bound by a PG-13 rating and nowhere near trashy enough, this is instantly forgettable. more

Feb 2, 2018 2:26 PM Film

The final installment of this otherwise entertaining YA series ends in horrifically bad fashion, with an evil organization torturing young people to find the cure for a plague being proven somewhat right. Worst yet, it's somehow both loud AND boring. more

Jan 26, 2018 1:46 PM Film

Matt and Ryan dig into season 4 of Black Mirror, rank the episodes, and Ryan get self righteous. Classic Movieha! There is also talk of spitting into peoples mouths. #BonusContent more

Jan 19, 2018 3:41 PM Film

Matt and Ryan talk about journalistic integrity (in regards to a movie, not in regards to this actual podcast's quality), The Post, and various ranty nonsense, per usual. more

Jan 15, 2018 9:09 AM Film

A free screening at Aksarben Cinema, thoughtful events at Film Streams and rambling nonsense about fun and not-fun murderers in movies, all in this column! more

Jan 12, 2018 3:24 PM Cutting Room

A muted, but important, retelling of the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers despite threats from Nixon, this features not-so-great performances but a truly important message. Perhaps this isn't meant for angry liberals but their parents? more

Jan 12, 2018 1:12 PM Film

Matt and Ryan talk about their Christmas presents, Molly's Game, and Aaron Sorkin's problems with ladies. more

Jan 5, 2018 2:40 PM Film