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Movie Review: SMILE

SMILE movie poster | ©2022 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Caitlin Stasey, Robin Weigert, Kal Penn, Judy Reyes, Gillian Zinser, Dora Kiss Writer: Parker Finn Director: Parker Finn Distributor: Paramount Release Date: September 30, 2022 SMILE is a horror movie in a specific subgenre that has given rise to a variety of different individual films and film franchises, mainly in the U.S. and in Japan. There is nothing in the least wrong with this subgenre – done right, they work like gangbusters and frighten the living whatever out of people.But there are a few things that this, or any, horror […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THE GOOD HOUSE

THE GOOD HOUSE | ©2022 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, David Rasche, Beverly D’Angelo, Paul Guilfoyle, Kathryn Erbe, Kelly AuCoin, Georgia Lyman, Rebecca Henderson, Molly Brown Writers: Thomas Bezucha and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the novel by Ann Leary Directors: Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky Distributor: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Release Date: September 30, 2022 THE GOOD HOUSE is set (mostly) in the present, but it feels like a whole lot of other literary adaptations, especially from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Indeed, THE GOOD HOUSE has been adapted from Ann Leary’s novel by the film’s directors, Maya Forbes […]Read On »


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Movie Review: BROS

©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Jim Rash, Monica Raymund, Dot-Marie Jones, Eve Lindley, Amanda Bearse, Bowen Yang, Guillermo Diaz, Jai Rodriguez, Miss Lawrence, TS Madison, Ryan Faucett Writers: Billy Eichner & Nicholas Stoller Director: Nicholas Stoller Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: September 30, 2022 There are, by now, lots of gay romcom (and dramatic, and satiric, and everything else) movies out there. However, BROS is (to this reviewer’s knowledge) the first major studio release to put gay male romance, and sex, front and center. It’s surprising not so much because it exists, but because how often it scores […]Read On »


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Movie Review: DON’T WORRY DARLING

DON'T WORRY DARLING movie poster | ©2022 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Sydney Chandler, Kate Berlant, Nick Kroll, Timothy Simons Writer: Katie Silberman, story by Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke and Katie Silberman Director: Olivia Wilde Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: September 23, 2022 DON’T WORRY DARLING is directed by Olivia Wilde and scripted by Katie Silberman from a story Silberman devised with Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke. As it progresses, what’s going on may remind viewers of several other specific films, one so much that it feels like it ought to […]Read On »


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Movie Review: CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY

Bella Ramsey in CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY | ©Amazon/Alex Bailey Photo: ALEX BAILEY © AMAZON CONTENT SERVICES LLC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bella Ramsey, Andrew Scott, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joe Alsworth, Isis Hainsworth, Billie Piper, Sophie Okenedo, Paul Kaye, Michael Woolfitt, Moya Brady, Archie Renaux Writer: Lena Dunham, based on the novel by Karen Cushman Director: Lena Dunham Distributor: Amazon Studios Release Date: September 23, 2022 (theatrical); October 7, 2022 (Prime Video) CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY is a cheerful non-romcom set in 1290 England. Director Lena Dunham, who also wrote the screenplay, has adapted Karen Cushman’s award-winning YA novel into an agreeable if uneven story of a whole family’s coming of age. Catherine, called Birdy (Bella Ramsey), is the fourteen-year-old daughter […]Read On »


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VAMPIRE ACADEMY: Actor J August Richards on new fanged role – Exclusive Interview

Pik-Sen Lim as Queen, J. August Richards as Victor Dashkov in VAMPIRE ACADEMY - Season 1 |©2022 Peacock/ Jose_Haro

Actor J. August Richards has played a number of lawyers (in CONVICTION, RAISING THE BAR, THE DEFENDERS, and NOTORIOUS) and doctors (in GREY’S ANATOMY and COUNCIL OF DADS), along with a sheriff’s deputy (in KEVIN [PROBABLY] SAVES THE WORLD) and a cyborg superhero (in AGENTS OF SHIELD). However, Richards is perhaps best known and loved for costarring as heroic vampire hunter Charles Gunn on ANGEL for that show’s five seasons, from 2000 through 2004. VAMPIRE ACADEMY gives Richards the opportunity to come full circle in a way. He plays series regular Victor Dashkov, a member of the vampire royalty. In […]Read On »


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RESIDENT ALIEN: Creator Chris Sheridan on the end of Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Alan Tudyk as Harry Vanderspeigle and Sara Tomko as Asta Twelvetrees in RESIDENT ALIEN - Season 2 - "Radio Harry" |©2022 Syfy/James Dittiger

Syfy’s dramedy series RESIDENT ALIEN has been picked up for a third season. A good thing, too, because creator/show runner/executive producer Chris Sheridan says that the Season 2 finale, which airs on Syfy Wednesday, September 28, has a number of cliffhangers. RESIDENT ALIEN stars Alan Tudyk as an extraterrestrial with an unpronounceable-to-humans name who crash-landed near the small town of Patience, Colorado. The alien assumed the body and likeness of vacationing veterinarian Harry Vanderspiegle, who has since been deputized as the town doctor. Although Harry was sent to Earth to kill off humanity, he’s become human enough to not want […]Read On »


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Movie Review: PEARL

PEARL | ©2022 A24

Rating: R Stars: Mia Goth, David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland, Emma Jenkins-Purro, Alistair Sewell Writers: Ti West & Mia Goth, based on characters created by Ti West Director: Ti West Distributor: A24 Release Date: September 16, 2022 We’re in 1918 Texas. Pearl (Mia Goth) is a young woman a certain amount of accurate self-awareness. She suspects there’s something wrong with her, and not just because her fiercely disapproving mother (Tandi Wright) keeps telling her so. Is Pearl’s problem that she isn’t as perfect as the silent film performers she idolizes? Is it that she’s not content with her lot […]Read On »


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Movie Review: SEE HOW THEY RUN

SEE HOW THEY RUN movie poster | ©2022 Searchlight

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell, Harris Dickinson, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, David Oyelowo, Reece Shearsmith, Shirley Henderson, Sian Clifford, Tim Key, Angus Wright, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Lucian Msamati, Charlie Cooper, Pippa Bennett-Warner Writer: Mark Chappell Director: Tom George Distributor: Searchlight Pictures Release Date: September 16, 2022 SEE HOW THEY RUN is a clever, amusing send-up of Agatha Christie-style murder mysteries. The movie is simultaneously a parody and an embodiment of the form. It’s filled with literary, cinematic and theatrical in-jokes, but it is also a respectable whodunit. The target audience for SEE HOW THEY RUN is most likely people […]Read On »


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Movie Review: HOW DARK THEY PREY

HOW DARK THEY PREY | ©2022 Film Valor

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Marc Lubbers, Josiah Schneider, Samuel Pygatt, James M. Reilly, Timothy Paul Jobe, Jeff Ronan, Paul Pallotta, Kelsey Nichole Black, David Polgar, Alisha Spielmann, David Johnson Writers: Adam Ambrosio and Jamison L. LoCascio, “Nelly” story by Anthony LoCascio Directors: Jamison L. LoCascio (“Harrowing,” “Blood Beach,” and “Nelly”) and Adam Ambrosio (“Encounter Nightly”) Distributor: Film Valor Release Date: September 15, 2022 When filmmakers have next-to-no-budget and are still determined to make a movie, one way to save money is to have much of the action take place in the exposition, and/or just off-screen. This is the case with […]Read On »


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