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Alex Welch

Alex Welch


Alex Welch is a TV and movies writer based out of Los Angeles. In addition to Digital Trends, his work has been published by Inverse, IGN, Paste Magazine, Primetimer, TV by the Numbers, Looper, and The Berrics. He dreams of one day being in the Criterion closet.

Izi sits on his motorcycle in front of Benji in The Kitchen.

The Kitchen review: an earnest dystopian sci-fi drama

The Kitchen is a moving dystopian sci-fi drama and an exciting debut from first-time director Daniel Kaluuya. It's streaming now on Netflix.
Kali Reis and Jodie Foster hold flashlights in True Detective: Night Country.

True Detective: Night Country review: a gripping crime thriller

True Detective: Night Country is an immersive, surprisingly scary continuation of the HBO crime anthology series. It premieres Sunday, January 14 on HBO.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Kevin Hart walk together in Lift.

Lift review: An unpolished Netflix heist thriller

Lift has seemingly everything it needs to work, but it just doesn't. The new, Kevin Hart-led heist thriller is streaming now on Netflix.
Maya Lopez sits in the back of a truck in Echo.

Echo review: An imperfect success

Marvel's Echo isn't the franchise-saving vehicle that the MCU needs right now, but it also isn't an unwatchable disaster.
Amélie Hoeferle swims in a pool in Night Swim.

Night Swim review: a forgettable dip in the shallow end

Night Swim is an occasionally scary, but ultimately unremarkable horror exercise. It's now playing in theaters.
Andrew Scott stands half-turned in All of Us Strangers.

7 best movie performances of 2023

It's been a year full of great movie performances. Here are the seven best we saw in 2023.
A woman lies on an operating table in Poor Things.

10 best sci-fi movies of 2023, ranked

From indies like Infinity Pool and Poor Things to blockbusters like Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, here are the 10 best sci-fi movies of 2023.
Ayo Edebiri and Rachel Sennott stand near a set of gym bleachers in Bottoms.

7 best comedies of 2023, ranked

From Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves to The Holdovers, these movies are the best comedies of 2023.
Orm and Arthur stand near rubble in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Aquaman 2’s ending, explained

Here's everything that happens at the end of Warner Bros. and director James Wan's new DCEU blockbuster, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Jason Momoa wears his Aquaman armor in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom review: a sequel that flounders and soars

James Wan's Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is a gaudy, trashy slice of pure comic book spectacle. It is now playing in theaters.
The Von Erich brothers sit on a fence together in The Iron Claw.

The Iron Claw review: A restrained, sobering sports drama

A24's The Iron Claw is a deeply felt, heartrending sports drama.
Annabeth, Grover, and Percy stand together in Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians review: an ambitious, charming YA fantasy series

Disney+'s Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the Rick Riordan adaptation that fans have been waiting for.
Michael Fassbender wears a bucket hat in The Killer.

5 best thrillers of 2023, ranked

From a David Fincher movie about an assassin to a dramatic portrait of a troubled marriage that ends in tragedy, these are the five best thrillers of 2023.
Timothée Chalamet holds a cane in Wonka.

Wonka review: a sweet, satisfying musical prequel

Wonka is a pleasantly sweet, surprisingly worthwhile prequel. The Timothée Chalamet-led film is now playing in theaters.
Mahershala Ali, Myha'la, Ethan Hawke, and Julia Roberts stand together in Leave the World Behind.

Leave the World Behind review: a subversive disaster thriller

Leave the World Behind is a subversive, entertaining thriller. The Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke-led film premieres December 8 on Netflix.
Mahershala Ali and Natalie Portman stand by a painting in Leave the World Behind.

Leave the World Behind’s ending, explained

Here's everything that happens at the end of Netflix's new disaster thriller, Leave the World Behind.
Joaquin Phoenix holds a spyglass in Napoleon.

Napoleon review: a thrilling, hilarious historical epic

Anchored by Joaquin Phoenix's unforgettable lead performance, Ridley Scott's Napoleon is a thrilling, shockingly funny historical epic.
Anna Sawai stands in the rain in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.

Does Monarch: Legacy of Monsters signal the slow death of the cinematic universe as we know it?

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is a frequently entertaining adventure series, but it also feels like a relic of an era that's either dead or dying.
A masked killer holds an axe in Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving review: a gruesome, cutthroat horror comedy

Eli Roth's Thanksgiving is a gloriously violent, fun horror comedy. It's now playing in theaters nationwide.
Coriolanus Snow and Lucy Gray stand near a fence in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes review: a worthwhile prequel

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is an entertaining, overlong prequel. It's now playing in theaters nationwide.
Addison Rae screams in Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving’s ending, explained

Here's everything you should know about the ending of Eli Roth's Thanksgiving.
Coriolanus Snow holds Lucy Gray's chin in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ ending, explained

Here's everything that happens at the end of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.
Colin Farrell sips a drink in Widows.

You probably didn’t watch the most underrated crime thriller of the 2010s. Here’s why you should see it now

This underrated action movie with Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell was overlooked when it was released in 2018. Here's why it's due for a rewatch.
Nicolas Cage stands near a spray-painted car in Dream Scenario.

Dream Scenario review: a one-note nightmare comedy

A24's new Nicolas Cage film, Dream Scenario, is a quirky and original but ultimately shallow nightmare comedy.
Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg stand outside together in The Social Network.

All of David Fincher’s movies, ranked from worst to best

From The Social Network and Gone Girl to Fight Club and Seven, here are all of David Fincher's movies ranked from worst to best.
Kamala, Carol, and Monica stand in a field together in The Marvels.

The Marvels’ ending, explained

Here's everything you need to know about the ending of The Marvels, including what happens in its sole post-credits scene.
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson sit together in Lost in Translation.

Sofia Coppola’s movies, ranked worst to best

From Lost in Translation to Priscilla, here are all of Sofia Coppola's movies, ranked worst to best.
Mizu faces the Four Fangs in Blue Eye Samurai.

Blue Eye Samurai review: The best animated show of 2023

Netflix's Blue Eye Samurai is an ultraviolent, awe-inspiring triumph — and the best animated TV show of the year.
A girl knocks at a mirror door in 2018's Suspiria.

This horror remake shocked audiences 5 years ago. Here’s why you should watch it this Halloween

Five years ago, director Luca Guadagnino reinvented one of the most iconic horror films ever made and shocked audiences worldwide. Here's why it still holds up.
Bonnie, Freddy, and Chica stand on a stage together in Five Nights at Freddy's.

Five Nights at Freddy’s review: a middling video game adaptation

Blumhouse's live-action Five Nights at Freddy's is a mildly entertaining, if lackluster, video game adaptation.
5 underrated robert de niro movies you should watch 2023 stands on a ship deck in stardust

5 underrated Robert De Niro movies you should check out

In honor of his new role in Killers of the Flower Moon, here are five underrated movies starring Robert De Niro that you should watch right now.
Brad Pitt stands in a wheat field in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

5 movies like Killers of the Flower Moon you should watch

From a moody Brad Pitt Western to a shocking true crime story, these five movies should be watched if you liked Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon.
Travis Bickle sits in a theater in Taxi Driver.

10 best Martin Scorsese movies, ranked

In honor of Killers of the Flower Moon's release this week, here are Martin Scorsese's 10 best movies, ranked.
A bloodied Rahul Kohli screams in The Fall of the House of Usher.

Like Fall of the House of Usher? Then watch these 5 TV shows that are just like it

In the mood for more shows like Netflix's The Fall of the House of Usher? Here are five recommendations that may be just what you're looking for.