Rating: PG Stars (voices): Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfield, Oscar Isaac, Jake Johnson, Issa Rae, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Jason Schwartzman, Daniel Kaluuya, Shea Whigham, Amandla Stenberg, Karan Soni Writers: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller & Dave Callaham, based on the Marvel Comics Directors: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson Distributor: Sony/Columbia/Marvel Release Date: June 2, 2023 The Marvel Cinematic Universe has for awhile now been walking the self-awareness tightrope. This was wonderfully enjoyable and inventive in 2018’s animated feature SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, in which teen Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) not only becomes Spider-Man, […]Read On »



THE BOOGEYMAN movie poster | ©2023 20th Century Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivien Lyra Blair, Madison Hu, David Dastmalchian, Marin Ireland, LisaGay Hamilton, Maddie Nichols, Leeann Ross Writers: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods and Mark Heyman, screen story by Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, based on the short story by Stephen King Director: Rob Savage Distributor: 20th Century Studios Release Date: June 2, 2023 Stephen King’s short story “The Boogeyman” manages to start out sad and disturbing, and then scare the daylight out of you. Because of the specifics of the short story, a major studio release based on it was very likely to take […]Read On »


Movie Review: CRACKED

CRACKED movie poster | ©2023 Film Movement

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Chayanit Chansangavej, Nichkhun Horvejkul, Nutthacha Nina Jessica Padovan, Passalak Supasiripaisarn, Byron Bishop, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Nualpanod Nat Khanpukdee, Kunkanit Khumkrong Writers: Onusa Donsawai, Pun Homchuen, Eakasit Thairaat Director: Surapong Ploensang Distributor: Film Movement Release Date: May 26, 2023 (VOD and DVD) The title of CRACKED refers literally to the cracks in two valuable paintings, and metaphorically to the psyches of several people affected by them. Ruja (Chayanit Chansangavej) is a young Thai woman living in a big city with her little daughter Rachel (Nutthacha Nina Jessica Padovan). Rachel’s father, much loved by Ruja, has apparently passed away […]Read On »



COUNTRY OF HOTELS movie poster | ©2023 Terror Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Siobhan Hewlett, Matthew Leitch, Adam Leese, Michael Laurence, Charles Pike, Sabrina Faroldi, Ben Shafik, Olegar Fedoro, Mia Soteriou, Eugenia Caruso Writer: David Hauptschein Director: Julio Maria Martino Distributor: Terror Films Release Date: May 26, 2023 (digital) Despite one great jolting jump scare, COUNTRY OF HOTELS is less the horror movie that’s advertised and more a surreal mixture of David Lynch and TWILIGHT ZONE, minus the zinger twist. We begin with a man we’ll come to know as Pauly Blumenthal (Adam Leese), doing what appears to be a vlog on his laptop. Pauly is complaining that all […]Read On »


Movie Review: INFLUENCER

INFLUENCER key art | ©2023 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Cassandra Naud, Emily Tennant, Rory J. Saper, Sara Canning, Paul Spurrier, Justin Sams Writers: Kurtis David Harder & Tesh Guttikonda Director: Kurtis David Harder Distributor: Shudder Release Date: May 26, 2023 INFLUENCER begins with a shot of what looks like a small forested island. The island looks larger as we zoom in on a young woman lying face-down on the beach. Who is this, and how did she get here? Flash back to Madison (Emily Tennant), a young travel vlogger in Thailand, whose online persona is having a much better time than she is. Madison’s boyfriend […]Read On »



MOTION DETECTED movie poster | ©2023 Freestyle Digital Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Natasha Esca, Carlo Mendez, Roland Buck III, Katelyn MacMullen, Bob Clendenin, Kemberli Flores, Julie Brister Writers: Justin Gallaher & Sam Roseme Directors: Justin Gallaher & Sam Roseme Distributor: Freestyle Digital Media Release Date: May 19, 2023 (VOD and digital) MOTION DETECTED immediately sets itself apart from both conventional haunted house and berserk security system stories by combining the two subgenres. In the opening section, we see a little girl witness a 3D video glitch in a lovely old-fashioned house, as an AI voice alerts us, “Motion detected.” The video glitch reaches out of a closet and […]Read On »



MASTER GARDENER movie poster | ©2023 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Quintessa Swindell, Esai Morales Writer: Paul Schrader Director: Paul Schrader Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: May 19, 2023 MASTER GARDENER is one of those films that makes a reviewer contemplate existential questions. These are not just the ones within the framework of the movie, like the nature of redemption, and what qualifies as redemption, but also the nature of reviewing. Whatever the purpose of a review may be, it is not to criticize a filmmaker for doing something different with the subject matter than the reviewer would have done. On the flip side, […]Read On »


Movie Review: OUTPOST

OUTPOST movie poster | ©2023 Gravitas Features

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Beth Dover, Ato Essandoh, Dylan Baker, Becky Ann Baker, Dallas Roberts, Ta’rea Campbell, Tim Neff Writer: Joe Lo Truglio Director: Joe Lo Truglio Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: May 19, 2023 At the start of OUTPOST, we hear but do not see a horrendous attack on Kate Riley (Beth Dover), perpetrated by her ex-boyfriend Mike (Tim Neff). Kate tries to go back to work although she’s badly cut and bruised. However, she suffers debilitating hallucinations and has to leave. Anxious around groups of people and fearful in the city, Kate prevails on her best friend Nickie […]Read On »


PRIMO: Actor Henri Esteve chats about new comedy series on Freevee – Exclusive Interview

Henri Esteve | ©2023 ConsciousLivingPR

The new comedy series PRIMO premieres its first eight-episode season on Friday, May 19, on Freevee. Set in San Antonio, Texas, the series follows teen Rafa (Ignacio Diaz-Silverio), his single mother Drea (Christina Vidal), and Drea’s five brothers, who all help raise their nephew. Henri Esteve plays Drea’s next-to-youngest brother, Mike. Esteve, originally from Miami, Florida, began his acting career on stage in New York before moving to Los Angeles. He has been in the feature films DEEPWATER HORIZON and THE BLACKOUT, and had recurring roles on REVENGE, HOMECOMING, and GROWN-ISH. In a phone interview, Esteve talks about playing an […]Read On »


Movie Review: FAST X

FAST X movie poster | ©2023 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Jason Momoa, Michelle Rodriguez, Leo Abelo Perry, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Lucacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sun Kang, John Cena, Jason Statham, Rita Moreno, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Charlize Theron, Alan Ritchson, Daniela Melchior Writers: Dan Mazeau & Justin Lin, story by Dan Mazeau & Justin Lin and Zach Dean, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: Louis Letterier Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: May 19, 2023 THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise started modestly in 2001 as a tale of street racing and car theft. The second and third entries were only […]Read On »

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