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)
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‘Us’ Review: Jordan Peele Delivers High-Concept Horror Magic

By Matthew Monagle 

In his second film, Peele proves that the signature blend of horror, humor, and political commentary in ‘Get Out’ was definitely not a fluke.

Between The Lines

‘Between the Lines’ Makes Its Case as a Forgotten ’70s Classic

By Matthew Monagle 

Joan Micklin Silver’s 1977 film about a struggling Boston weekly newspaper is the perfect counterpart to ‘Broadcast News.’

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The Five Best Films Robert Rodriguez Never Made

By Matthew Monagle 

From ‘Escape From New York’ to ‘Jonny Quest,’ here are some of the bigger studio films that Robert Rodriguez almost tackled.

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What Critics Thought About ‘The Terminator’ in 1984

By Matthew Monagle 

‘The Terminator’ is considered an all-time action great, but how was it received by critics back when it was initially released?

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The Five Best Films Phil Lord and Chris Miller Never Made

By Matthew Monagle 

With their ‘Lego Movie’ sequel headed to theaters this weekend, we look back at some of the near misses of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s filmmaking career.

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‘We the Animals’ Director Jeremiah Zagar Talks Open Collaboration and the Independent Spirit Awards

By Matthew Monagle 

The ‘We the Animals’ director Jeremiah Zagar discusses making the leap from documentaries to feature filmmaking and his film’s five Independent Spirit Awards nominations.


‘Outlaws’ Review: A24’s Australian Biker Drama Is More Hell Than Angel

By Matthew Monagle 

‘Outlaws’ is an Australian biker throwback that throws back to some of the worst aspects of American exploitation cinema.

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The Five Best Films Catherine Hardwicke Never Made

By Matthew Monagle 

To celebrate her new film, ‘Miss Bala,’ we look back at some of the biggest (and smallest) projects director Catherine Hardwicke couldn’t quite get off the ground.

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The Five Best Films Joe Cornish Never Made

By Matthew Monagle 

In our new series, we look back at some of the blockbuster films Joe Cornish almost directed after his breakout hit ‘Attack the Block.’