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Movie Review: THE BELKO EXPERIMENT

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT | © 2017 Orion

Rating: R Stars: John Gallagher, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Michael Rooker, Melonie Diaz, James Earl Writer: James Gunn Director: Greg McLean Distributor: Orion Release Date: March 17, 2017 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT has a title that’s reminiscent of THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT. This may not be a coincidence, as THE BELKO EXPERIMENT plays like THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT if the latter tried steroids, then bypassed them and went straight to hemorrhagic fever. For those unfamiliar with it, 2015’s THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT, based on Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s book THE LUCIFER EFFECT, chronicles a real-life event that was supposed […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND

KONG SKULL ISLAND | © 2017 Warner Bros

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, Jing Tian, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell, Terry Notary Writers: Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, story by John Gatins Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 10, 2017 If King Kong and the Viet Nam War haven’t yet merged in your mind, they will now, for at least as long as you remember KONG: SKULL ISLAND. The new movie is mostly set in 1973. This may be because this is the era closest to our own when there could […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GET OUT

GET OUT | © 2017 Universal

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lakeith Stanfield, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, LilRel Howery, Caleb Landry Jones Writer: Jordan Peele Director: Jordan Peele Distributor: Universal Release Date: February 24, 2017 Director/writer Jordan Peele (of KEY & PEELE fame) describes his feature film debut GET OUT as horror, and we can take him at his word. GET OUT isn’t the type of horror we’re expecting from the set-up, but it gets there nonetheless, and it’s creepy throughout. Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is a successful photographer who agrees, with some reservations, to go for the weekend to meet […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS | © 2017 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Fisayo Akenade, Anthony Welsh Writer: Mike Carey Director: Colm McCarthy Distributor: Saban Films/Lionsgate Release Date (theatrical and VOD): February 24, 2017 Don’t let the title, or the set-up, fool you. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS may sound like either a poor-little-rich-offspring saga or the tale of a sensitive young woman dealing with personal issues as she navigates high school or college. It definitely is not. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is actually set in mid-apocalyptic England, but despite the running “hungries,” this particular twist has never been […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A CURE FOR WELLNESS

A CURE FOR WELLNESS | © 2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Harry Groener, Celia Imrie Writer: Justin Haythe, story by Gore Verbinski & Justin Haythe Director: Gore Verbinski Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: February 17, 2017 A CURE FOR WELLNESS plays like Roman Polanski and Terry Gilliam had a cinematic baby – which got kidnapped and reared by Roger Corman in the last third. WELLNESS goes from beautifully photographed, slow-burn suspense to a Gothic gonzonana finish. The spooky part is mostly a worthwhile experience (with a few caveats), but it has a jaw-dropping change of tone that obliterates the earlier mood. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GREAT WALL

THE GREAT WALL | © 2017 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matt Damon, Ting Jian, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Lu Han Writers: Carlo Bernard & Doug Miro and Tony Gilroy, story by Max Brooks and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz Director: Zhang Yimou Distributor: Universal Release Date: February 17, 2017 Despite its title (barriers aren’t known for their motion), THE GREAT WALL hurtles along at an impressive pace, usually slowing only so that characters can come up with strategy. Set in 12th-century China, THE GREAT WALL begins with a supertitle that explains the size and amount of time it took to build the Wall, […]Read On »

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TROLLS highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Feb. 7, 2017

TROLLS | © 2017 Fox Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. TROLLS – Why adults may not be excited about TROLLS, kids will love it. There’s a lot to like if you are kid. Lots of singing and dancing. Lots of catchy songs. A crazy simplistic plot involving an invading bad guys and a number of trolls having to save their friends is enough to drive you crazy but kids will be easy to follow along making it fun for them. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick star so at least the singing is actually done by people who […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

LEGO BATMAN MOVIE | © 2017 Warner Bros

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, Zack Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes Writers: Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger for DC Comics Director: Chris McKay Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 10, 2017 In 2014’s THE LEGO MOVIE, one of the standout characters – and running jokes – was Will Arnett’s Batman. Still voiced by Arnett, Lego Batman is now back with his own THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. For those who loved the look of the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HAVENHURST

HAVENHURST | © 2017 Brainstorm Media/Twisted Pictures

Rating: Unrated Stars: Julie Benz, Fionnula Flanagan, Belle Shouse, Josh Stamberg, Danielle Harris Writers: Andrew C. Erin and Daniel Farrands Director: Andrew C. Erin Distributor: Brainstorm Media/Twisted Pictures Release Date (theatrical and VOD): February 10, 2017  There is, of all things, what seems like a good mystery novel at the heart of HAVENHURST. Because of the movie’s structure, this may not be evident while we’re watching it. However, one of the key clues is ingenious. Unfortunately, the rest of the film, directed by Andrew C. Erin and written by Erin and Daniel Farrands, doesn’t have ideas that rise to this […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRESPASS AGAINST US

TRESPASS AGAINST US | © 2017 A24

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal, Georgie Smith, Killian Scott, Sean Harris, Rory Kinnear, Kingsley Ben-Adair, Kacie Anderson Writer: Alastair Siddons Director: Adam Smith Distributor: A24 Release Date (theatrical and VOD): January 20, 2017 TRESPASS AGAINST US takes its title from a familiar prayer, though it’s a safe bet that Colby Cutler (Brendan Gleeson) doesn’t interpret it in the conventional way. The Cutler clan lives in a collection of trailers in a rural section of England. They are ruled by patriarch Colby, who is in his way a devout Christian, as well as being a fearsome criminal. Colby’s eldest […]Read On »

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