Matthew Monagle

Matthew Monagle is an Austin-based film and culture critic. His work has appeared in a true hodgepodge of regional and national film publications. He is also the editor and co-founder of Certified Forgotten, an independent horror publication. Follow him on Twitter at @labsplice. (He/Him)
The Perfection

How ‘The Perfection’ Became One of Netflix’s Most Audacious Original Films

By Matthew Monagle 

The director and screenwriters of Netflix’s latest original feature open up about their lurid and unpredictable thriller.

Point Break

‘Point Break,’ the Bust That Began Keanu Reeves’s Action Career

By Matthew Monagle 

Before he was Neo or John Wick, Keanu Reeves played against type in everyone’s favorite movie about bank-robbing surfers.

Shivers David Cronenberg

‘Shivers’ Is the Shame and the Pride of ’70s Canadian Cinema

By Matthew Monagle 

By using the language of the American horror film to explore notions of northern modernity, Cronenberg left his mark on Canadian national cinema.

Fast Color

‘Fast Color’ Review: A Superhero Movie for a Broken World

By Matthew Monagle 

With ‘Fast Color,’ Julia Hart encourages women everywhere to create a better world from the broken remains of this one.

Ned Stark

What Critics Said About The ‘Game of Thrones’ Pilot

By Matthew Monagle 

We looked back at the reviews of the 2011 ‘Game of Thrones’ pilot and explore some of the common questions the show has – and hasn’t – answered.


‘Feral’ Review: A Standout Story of Life on the Streets of New York

By Matthew Monagle 

‘Feral,’ which debuted at 2019’s Sarasota Film Festival, offers an empathetic take of life on the streets of New York City.

Jordan Peele Us Ending

The Ending of Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Explained

By Matthew Monagle 

The ending to Jordan Peele’s latest horror film is bold, ambitious, and a little tricky to understand. That’s where we come in.

The Highwaymen

‘The Highwaymen’ Review: Another Overlong Netflix Movie

By Matthew Monagle 

As a Kevin Costner vehicle, ‘The Highwaymen’ has its moments, but the mix of revisionist law enforcement history and crippling self-doubt make it an unpleasant experience with any audience.

Long Shot

‘Long Shot’ Review: Romantic Comedies and Politics Make for Odd Bedfellows

By Matthew Monagle 

‘Long Shot’ may contain some of the year’s best jokes but the awkward mix of hangouts and politics ultimately proves too much for the Seth Rogen vehicle.