Kristofer Jenson

Contributing writer to C-Ville Weekly. Associate Film Editor of DigBoston. Host of Spoilerpiece Theatre.

The funny-not-funny scenes in IT Chapter Two do more to confuse the plot than lighten the moment. Image courtesy Warner Bros.

Clown downer: IT Chapter Two is not very scary or funny

The problem that has always plagued adaptations of Stephen King’s IT is that the two halves—kids and grown-ups—are not equally interesting. Nostalgic coming-of-age tales of scary monsters and friendship are inherently more engaging than 40-somethings with bad memories. Chapter One put us in the shoes of teens navigating the treacherous waters of growing up while […]

The action-packed Godzilla: King of the Monsters brings the summer blockbuster season roaring to life. WARNER BROS

Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomps previous beasts

As other non-Marvel cinematic universes either crumble (Dark Universe), or limp along on life support between occasional jolts of excitement (DCEU), the MonsterVerse has been slowly gaining momentum like a long-dormant giant. It started in 2014 with Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, a technically solid monster flick with excellent creature design that was unfortunately more invested in […]

In the Jordan Peele psycho-thriller Us, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Evan Alex, a traumatic childhood event resurfaces during a family’s summer vacation. Image courtesy Universal Studios

Second that: Jordan Peele thrills again with Us

With Get Out, Jordan Peele electrified the world of modern horror filmmaking, reinvigorating the potential for strong socio-political messages in harrowing and entertaining packages. The message amplified the scares and vice versa, sending shockwaves all the way to the Academy Awards. With Us, Peele cements his position as a genuine auteur with far more to […]