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Movie Review: LONGLEGS

LONGLEGS movie poster | ©2024 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Maika Monroe, Blair Underwood, Alicia Witt, Nicolas Cage, Michelle Choi-Lee, Lauren Acala, Kiernan Shipka, Ava Kelders, Carmel Amit Writer: Osgood Perkins| Director: Osgood Perkins Distributor: Neon Release Date: July 12, 2024 LONGLEGS succeeds at being admirably scary, leavened by some very funny moments. Mixing FBI procedural thriller with supernatural chiller, writer/director Osgood Perkins has made a film that feels something like a hybrid of 1991’s THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and 1982’s HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH. (The latter isn’t a spot-on comparison, but it’s close as far as the magical mechanisms.) We get quite a […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THE INHERITANCE

THE INHERITANCE movie poster | ©2024 Vertical

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Bob Gunton, Peyton List, Briana Middleton, Rachel Nichols, Austin Stowell, David Walton, Reese Alexander Writers: Chris LaMont & Joseph Russo Director: Alejandro Brugués Distributor: Vertical Release Date: July 12, 2024 (theatrical and VOD) NBC’s horror anthology series THE NIGHT GALLERY ran from 1969 through 1973. Created and hosted by Rod Serling, the show mixed gore with gentility in often upscale surroundings that looked expensive without being too extensive for television, and almost always with a twist ending. While THE INHERITANCE is a 2024 single-story feature (not to be confused with multiple other films with the same […]Read On »


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Movie Review: LUMINA

LUMINA movie poster | ©2024 Goldove

Rating: R Stars: Rupert Lazarus, Sidney Nicole Rogers, Andrea Tivadar, Ken Lawson, Eleanor Williams, Emily Hall, Eric Roberts Writer: Gino McKoy Director: Gino McKoy Distributor: Goldove Release Date: July 12, 2024 LUMINA has a cool premise. What if your life partner turned out to be a frequent alien abductee? And where on Earth would you go to search for that person if they were taken again during your relationship? The opening seems promising. A vehicle drives past a helmeted skull in the desert. Spaceships are hovering in the air. A reptile that looks like a tiny dinosaur investigates a dropped […]Read On »


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SHARK WEEK: ALIEN SHARKS: GHOSTS OF JAPAN: Researcher Forrest Galante on Discovery Channel documentary – Exclusive Interview

ALIEN SHARKS: GHOSTS OF JAPAN Key Art | ©2024 Discovery Channel

John Cena hosts Discovery/Discovery+ Channel’s thirty-sixth annual SHARK WEEK, running this year from July 7 through July 13. One of the regular features of SHARK WEEK is ALIEN SHARKS, which explores endangered and unusual creatures. This year’s installment, ALIEN SHARKS: GHOSTS OF JAPAN, is set in the waters off that nation. The special follows the quest of the Discovery team to find the rare Japanese angel shark. Wildlife biologist Forrest Galante, a host on both Discovery+ and Animal Planet, was part of the GHOSTS OF JAPAN team. Galante has been witness to a lot of events seldom captured on camera. […]Read On »


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SHARK WEEK: 6000 LB. SHARK: Researcher Tom Hird on new shark documentary – Exclusive Interview

SHARK WEEK 2024 Key Art | ©2024 Discovery Channel

Extremely fit tough guy John Cena is the host of Discovery/Discovery+ Channel’s SHARK WEEK, running this year from Sunday, July 7 through Saturday, July 13. We didn’t get to ask him about the premise of the episode 6000 LB. SHARK, which at first glance seems like it might be about shark obesity. However, Tom “the Blowfish” Hird got on Zoom with Assignment X to talk about the episode. Hird, who describes himself as “the world’s only heavy-metal marine biologist,” is originally from Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. A prolific diver, Hird’s writings include the book BLOWFISH’S OCEANOPEDIEA: 291 EXTRAORDINARY THINGS YOU […]Read On »


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SHARK WEEK: Shark expert Paul de Gelder on his five different specials – Exclusive Interview

GREAT WHITE SERIAL KILLER: SEA OF BLOOD | ©2024 Discovery+

Shark expert Paul de Gelder has had a busy year preparing for Discovery Channel’s thirty-sixth annual SHARK WEEK, which this year runs Sunday July 7 through Saturday July13. De Gelder is involved in five SHARK WEEK programs this time around: SYDNEY HARBOR SHARK INVASION, which premieres Sunday July 7, GREAT WHITE SERIAL KILLER: SEA OF BLOOD, which premieres Monday July 8, DEADLIEST BITE, which premieres Tuesday July 9, and THE REAL SHARKANO and SHARK ATTACK ISLAND, both of which premiere Friday July 12. DE GELDER: No, this was the first five months of this year [2024], so I’ve been diddy-bopping […]Read On »


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Movie Review: SOUND OF HOPE: THE STORY OF POSSUM TROT

SOUND OF HOPE movie poster | ©2024 Angel Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nika King, Demetrius Grosse, Elizabeth Mitchell, Diaana Babnicova, Kaysi J. Bradley, Taj Johnson Writers: Joshua Weigel & Rebekah Weigel Director: Joshua Weigel Distributor: Angel Studios Release Date: July 4, 2024 The true story of what happened in Possum Trot, Texas has been extensively covered in the press and in documentaries. Now, in SOUND OF HOPE: THE STORY OF POSSUM TROT, director Joshua Weigel & his co-writer Rebekah Weigel bring a dramatized version of those events to the screen. Possum Trot is a small, mostly Black town in rural East Texas. In the ‘90s (and perhaps still), the […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THE IMAGINARY (YANEURA NO RAJÂ)

THE IMAGINARY (YANEURA NO RAJÂ) movie poster | ©2024 Netflix

Rating: PG Stars (voices, Japanese-language cast): Kokoro Terada, Rio Suzuki, Sakura Andô, Riisa Naka, Takayuki Yamada, Atsuko Takahata, Issei Ogata, Akira Terao, Hana Sugisaki, Teiyû Ichiryûsai; (voices, English-language cast): Louie Rudge-Buchanan, Evie Kiszel, Hayley Atwell, Sky Katz, Jeremy Swift, Kal Penn, LeVar Burton, Jane Singer, Ruby Barnhill, Roger Craig Smith, Courtenay Taylor, Miles Nibbe Writer: Yoshiaki Nishimura, based on the novel written by A.F. Harrold and illustrated by Emily Gravett Director: Yoshiyuki Momose Distributor: Netflix Release Date: June 28, 2024 (theatrical); July 5, 2024 (Netflix) Not to be confused with the live-action horror film IMAGINARY released earlier this year, THE […]Read On »


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Movie Review: MAXXXINE

MAXXXINE movie poster | ©2024 A24

Rating: R Stars: Mia Goth, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Monaghan, Bobby Cannavale, Uli Latukefu, Giancarlo Esposito, Chloe Farnworth, Halsey, Kevin Bacon, Lily Collins, Simon Prast Writer: Ti West Director: Ti West Distributor: A24 Release Date: July 5, 2024 MAXXXINE, not counting its flashbacks and flash-forwards, is set in 1985. However, it feels more like a ‘70s indie, with its mix of very tough female protagonist, soft porn (meant to be hard porn where we don’t see all the details), detective story, and horror. It’s a completely fun blend, and star Mia Goth commits two hundred and twenty percent to everything she’s […]Read On »


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SHARKFEST: SHARK ATTACK 360°: Shark scientist Gibbs Kuguru on new NatGeo miniseries – Exclusive Interview

SHARK ATTACK 360° Key Art | ©2024 National Geographic

One of the main features of National Geographic’s annual month-long SHARKFEST programming this year is SHARK ATTACK 360°. This eight-episode miniseries explores how, why, and where sharks attack, what can be done to deter them, and the surprising reactions of many human survivors. All eight episodes are available on Hulu and Disney+ starting Monday, July 1. The on-air National Geographic episodes premiere over the course of July beginning Tuesday, July 2, and will then run on National Geographic Wild beginning August 1. The series host is marine biologist Dr. Diva Amon. Shark scientist Gibbs Kuguru participates is four of the […]Read On »


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