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Movie Review: ORPHAN: FIRST KILL

ORPHAN: FIRST KILL | ©2022 Paramount Players

Stars: Isabelle Fuhrman, Julia Stiles, Rossif Sutherland, Hiro Kanagawa, Matthew Finlan, Gwendolyn Collins Writer: David Coggeshall, story by Alex Mace and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick Director: William Brent Bell Distributor: Paramount Players Release Date: August 19, 2022 ORPHAN: FIRST KILL has a title that seems a bit of a misnomer. By the time we meet, or rather are reacquainted with, Lena/Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), she seems to have already racked up a body count. For those unfamiliar with “Esther,” she is the title character in 2009’s ORPHAN. The new ORPHAN: FIRST KILL is a prequel to that. ORPHAN: FIRST KILL begins at […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GLORIOUS

GLORIOUS Movie Poster | ©2022 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ryan Kwanten, J.K. Simmons, Sylvia Grace Crim, André Lamar, Tordy Clark Writers: Joshua Hull and David Ian McKendry, story by Todd Rigney Director: Rebekah McKendry Distributor: Shudder Release Date: August 18, 2022 For a while, GLORIOUS seems like it may be priming us for a cosmic horror dirty joke. After all, the fate of the universe hinges on action largely set in the men’s room of a rest stop. To the great credit of director Rebekah McKendry, screenwriters Joshua Hull and David Ian McKendry, working from a story by Todd Rigney, and lead actors Ryan Kwanten […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OF THE DEVIL

OF THE DEVIL Movie Poster | ©2022 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jonathan Stoddard, Dani Palavecino, Lucas Sequeira, Robert LaSardo, Vernon Wells, Devanny Pinn, Eileen Dietz, Roslyn Gentle, Vicki Gunvalson, Annabel Barrett, Tarina Pouncy, Colin Koth, Lauren Louis, Clint Carney, Kelton Jones Writer: Kelton Jones, story by James Cullen Bressack Director: Kelton Jones Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date: August 9, 2022 OF THE DEVIL is less than the sum of its initially intriguing parts. The more its tale of a malevolent force progresses, the more we start questioning how it’s all meant to fit together. At the outset, we see people partying. A young woman is lured downstairs, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CAMPING TRIP

CAMPING TRIP poster | ©2022 Fuica Film Pictures/8Cube

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Leo Zola, Caitlin Cameron, Alex Gravenstein, Hannah Forest Briand, Jonathan Vanderzon, Ben Pelletier, Michael D’Amico Writer: Leonardo Fuica Directors: The Fuica Brothers (Demian Fuica & Leonardo Fuica) Distributor: Fuica Film Pictures/8Cube Release Date: August 16, 2022 CAMPING TRIP may best be viewed as a time capsule. Set at the end of the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 (a title card helpfully tells us this at the start), it gives us characters who are wondering about everything from when to mask up to whether their lives will ever go back to “normal,” and what “normal” was in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DEAD GIRL IN APARTMENT 03

THE DEAD GIRL IN APARTMENT 03 | ©2022 Wild Eye Releasing

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Laura Dooling, Frank Wihbey, Bryan Manley Davis, Michael Schantz, Adrienne King Writer: Kurtis M. Spieler Director: Kurtis M. Spieler Distributor: Wild Eye Releasing Release Date: August 9, 2022 THE DEAD GIRL IN APARTMENT 03 feels a little like one of those movie-of-the-week horror films that used to crop up on network television in the 1970s. It has a small cast, contained sets, a short running time of 72 minutes, and the sort of plot twists that were terrifying way back when. Indeed, apart from the use of mobile phones and more sophisticated makeup effects, THE DEAD […]Read On »

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DIARY OF A SPY: Actor Reece Noi on new thriller – Exclusive Interview

Reece Noi [right] in DIARY OF A SPY | ©2022 XYZ Films

In director/writer Adam Christian Clark’s new film DIARY OF A SPY, now available on VOD and digital, Reece Noi stars as Camden. Camden is the reserved tutor of an uninhibited Saudi princess (Paulina Leija). Camden has no social life outside of his duties, so he’s completely disarmed when gorgeous (if slightly older) Anna, played by Tamara Taylor, approaches him at a club. The two genuinely bond, to their mutual surprise. What Camden doesn’t know is that Anna is a spy who has been sent by her handlers to seduce him. Then again, Camden has some secrets of his own. Like […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BULLET TRAIN

BULLET TRAIN Movie Poster | ©2022 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martinez Ocasio, Sandra Bullock, Logan Lerman Writer: Zak Olkewicz, based on the novel MARIA BEETLE by Kotaro Isaka Director: David Leitch Distributor: Columbia/Sony Release Date: August 5, 2022 BULLET TRAIN moves like its namesake, increasing in velocity until the film seems to be going at two hundred miles an hour. The screenplay by Zak Olkewicz, adapted from Kotaro Isaka’s novel MARIA BEETLE, takes pains to explain things (often more than once), but it’s wise to hang on tight to the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BODIES BODIES BODIES

BODIES BODIES BODIES movie poster | ©2022 A24

Rating: R Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Myha’la Herrold, Rachel Sennott, Chase Sui Wonders, Pete Davidson, Lee Pace Writer: Sarah DeLappe, story by Kristen Roupenian Director: Halina Reijn Distributor: A24 Release Date: August 5, 2022 In the film BODIES BODIES BODIES, there’s a game called “Bodies Bodies Bodies.” We are told it’s essentially the same as “Werewolf.” Pieces of paper are handed out. One secretly designates the killer. The lights are turned off, the killer selects a victim, who must lay down and keep quiet. When the “corpse” is found, the finder exclaims, “Bodies bodies bodies!” When the lights are […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RESURRECTION

RESURRECTION movie poster | ©2022 IFC Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Rebecca Hall, Grace Kaufman, Michael Esper, Tim Roth Writer: Andrew Semans Director: Andrew Semans Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: July 29, 2022 RESURRECTION’s title doesn’t really prepare the viewer for what the film is about. To be fair, it’s hard to immediately think of a title that could. Indeed, without getting into spoilers, it’s hard to explain why RESURRECTION has a storyline with specifics we haven’t seen before. Here’s the set-up. Margaret (Rebecca Hall) is a successful executive at a biotech corporation. She is protective – maybe a bit too much – of her daughter Abbie […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NOPE

NOPE poster | ©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Keith David, Terry Notary Writer: Jordan Peele Director: Jordan Peele Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: July 22, 2022 NOPE has a title and trailer that suggests it’s going to be about people reacting with unexpected common sense to horror movie tropes. That’s not what NOPE turns out to be. This in itself isn’t a demerit; no movie should be judged by how it does or doesn’t adhere to its advertising, which is often created separate from the filmmakers. However, NOPE is an uneven mixed bag. Director/writer Jordan […]Read On »

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