‘Countdown’ is Mostly Whatever Except When It Gets Its Demon-Fighting Groove On

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CREDIT: STXfilms

I love dorky PG-13 horror movies like Countdown. They only occasionally transcend the trappings of their formula, but they almost always have their shameless pleasures. I enjoy giving myself over to silly yet potentially evocative premises like an app that tells its users exactly how soon they are going to die. Am I fooled into believing that such an app could actually exist and be accurate? No, but I’m happy to pretend that I am. And I look forward to discovering the circumstances that make the main characters believe. The trouble comes when these pictures devolve into people just running around and screaming at each other, and that happens too often in Countdown. But then PJ Byrne shows up as a man of the cloth who got into the religious lifestyle because of the prospect of fighting demons, and he might just be the best cinematic priest I’ve ever seen.

I give Countdown 25 Demon-Fighting Latin Texts out of 50 Frantic Runs Through a Hallway.

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 10/25/19

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CREDIT: Netflix

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Countdown (Theatrically Nationwide) – Gotta have some new horror every Halloween.
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (Limited Theatrically) – A documentary I enjoyed very much when I saw it at Tribeca.

TV
The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special – A holiday tradition!
BoJack Horseman Season 6 Part 1 (October 25 on Netflix)
Silicon Valley Season 6 Premiere (October 27 on HBO)

Music
-Grace Potter, Daylight
-Kanye West, Jesus is King – This was supposed to come out a month ago. Who can say for sure?!