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Movie Review: THE SECRET GARDEN

THE SECRET GARDEN poster | ©2020 STX Films

Rating: PG Stars: Daisy Egerikx, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Edan Hayhurst, Amir Wilson, Isis Davis Writer: Jack Thorne, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett Director: Marc Munden Distributor: STX Films Release Date: August 7, 2020 THE SECRET GARDEN is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel. It has been adapted for the screen many times before. So what’s the 2020 version like? Director Marc Munden and screenwriter Jack Thorne have updated the action to 1947. As subtitles explain to us, it is the “eve of Partition,” when India and Pakistan are splitting into separate countries. Imaginative little Mary […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RENTAL

THE RENTAL movie poster | ©2020 IFC

Rating: R Stars: Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White, Toby Huss Writers: Dave Franco & Joe Swanberg, story by Dave Franco & Joe Swanberg & Mike Demski Director: Dave Franco Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: July 24, 2020  THE RENTAL is the kind of thriller that teases the audience. For a good while, there are enough clues, both actual and red herrings, to keep us guessing as to what’s going on here. Will this turn out to be a saga of out of control jealousy? Is the caretaker up to something sinister? Is it both, or neither? […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LIMBO

LIMBO movie poster | ©2020 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Lucian Charles Collier, Scottie Thompson, Lew Temple, Richard Riehle, Peter Jacobson, Lauryn Canny, Veronica Cartwright, James Purefoy Writer: Mark Young Director: Mark Young Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date: August 4, 2020 LIMBO takes place in the realm indicated by the title. Neither Heaven nor Hell, here Limbo is a dusty room that looks like an unused ‘30s warehouse office. The souls of the departed come here to be judged and sent to their ultimate destination.’’ The soul that occupies this version of Limbo is that of Jimmy Doyle (Lew Temple), who died as the result of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOST

HOST movie poster | ©2020 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb, Radina Drandova, Caroline Ward, Edward Linard, Seylan Baxter Writers: Gemma Hurley & Rob Savage & Jed Shepherd Director: Rob Savage Distributor: Shudder Release Date: July 30, 2020 HOST, not to be confused with Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 monster movie THE HOST, the 1998 telefilm also known as VIRTUAL OBSESSION, the 2013 release starring Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons or any of the other over 450 films of that title (per IMDB), is now streaming on Shudder. The new HOST has the distinction of being shot, set, edited and released during […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FIGHT

THE FIGHT movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lee Gelernt, Brigitte Amiri, Dale Ho, Josh Block, Chase Strangio Directors: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: July 31, 2020 THE FIGHT is a documentary about the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU. More specifically, as we are informed by a supertitle near the start, THE FIGHT is about four of the hundreds of lawsuits that the ACLU has brought against the Trump administration. In THE FIGHT, we follow four lawyers from the ACLU’s New York headquarters. Lee Gelernt, who specializes in immigrants’ rights, seeks to reunite parents and children who have […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OLD GUARD

THE OLD GUARD poster | ©2020 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Martinelli, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo Writer: Greg Rucka, based on the graphic novels by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Leandro Fernandez Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 10, 2020 THE OLD GUARD is about a group of Immortals. Mythology about immortality has been around for as long as humans have been telling stories. There’s no automatic reason to think that one new variation has ties to a specific older variation. Well, unless in the new variation, the Immortals all have swords, can sense each […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AMULET

AMULET movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Angeliki Papoulia, Imelda Staunton, Anah Ruddin Writer: Romola Garai Director: Romola Garai Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: July 24, 2020 AMULET is a stylish, satisfying writing/directing feature debut from Romola Garai. Garai, a topnotch English actress (THE HOUR, SUFFRAGETTE) who does not appear here, demonstrates that she can get fine work from performers, and that she knows how to create an atmosphere that glides from dreamlike to nightmarish. We follow Tomaz (Alec Secareanu) in two timelines. In one, he is a young wartime guard at an Eastern European border crossing deep in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A DEADLY LEGEND

A DEADLY LEGEND | ©2020 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kristen Anne Ferraro, Andee Buccheri, John Pope, Judd Hirsch, Corbin Bernsen, Daniella DeCaro, Eric Wolf, Jean Tree, Lori Petty Writer: Eric Wolf Director: Pamela Moriarty Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: July 24, 2020 A DEADLY LEGEND is a deceptively generic title for a horror movie that has impressively complex mythology. Unfortunately, the narrative ambitions exceed the grasp of director Pamela Moriarty and writer Eric Wolf, but their efforts to do something new are admirable. In fact, the storytelling is so dense that it’s a bit surprising to find that A DEADLY LEGEND is not based on […]Read On »

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STALKED BY MY HUSBAND’S EX: Actress Juliana Dever on new Lifetime thriller and CASTLE – Exclusive Interview

Juliana Dever in STALKED BY MY HUSBAND'S EX | ©2020 Reel One Entertainment

In the film STALKED BY MY HUSBAND’S EX, premiering Saturday, July 25 on Lifetime, Juliana Dever plays Nina, the stalker of the title. In the opening sequence, Nina is drunk. When her husband Ryan (Adam Huss) believes Nina is endangering their little girl, Nina bashes him over the head. Ryan survives and Nina goes to jail. Four years later, when Nina is released, Ryan is about to marry the upbeat Kristen (Alex McKenna). Kristen gets along great with ten-year-old Lisa (Joey Rae Blair), who has only vague memories of her real mother. Nina, infuriated, is determined to get her daughter […]Read On »

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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD: Writer and executive producer Drew Z. Greenberg on the final season – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 7 Key Art | ©2020 ABC

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD is now in its seventh and final season, Wednesday nights on ABC. The series seemed to have wrapped up conclusively at the end of Season 5, then got renewed for two more seasons. The result was that AGENTS OF SHIELD Seasons 6 and 7 were produced almost back to back, so that production on the show actually ended last summer, even though we’re only getting the ultimate run now. Drew Z. Greenberg joined AGENTS OF SHIELD in Season 2 as a writer/co-executive producer, and became an executive producer beginning with Season 6. Greenberg’s first staff writing […]Read On »

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