Movie poster for John Wick Chapter 3 reading "The Grace Period Is Over"

This week, the grace period is over, as John Wick Chapter 3 has hit theaters.

Please refrain from spoilers in the comments until July 2019.

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One of the issues with modern horror films, particularly those with a human antagonist, is the filmmakers feel the need to give a grounding to their villain’s methods that they feel believable, and they have the same need to make the protagonists just unlikeable enough that when bad things happen to them, things don’t feel overly cruel. The problem is that when this goes wrong it comes across to a degree like victim-blaming – and leads to a toxic message like the one put forward in your standard ’80s slasher film. Don’t Breathe manages to avoid that – barely. This review will contain a few spoilers. (more…)