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Movie Review: THE WATER MAN

THE WATER MAN | ©2021 RLJE Films

Rating: PG Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina, Maria Bello Writer: Emma Needell Director: David Oyelowo Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: May 7, 2021 THE WATER MAN is one of those family films that may actually play better for adults. (This reviewer, at least, can appreciate this sort of storytelling better now than in childhood.) The Boone family has recently moved to the small, scenic town of Pine Mills in Cascade County, Oregon. Preteen Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) has yet to make friends his own age, but he’s busy writing and drawing a graphic novel about […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION

THE MORTUARY COLLECTION Blu-ray | ©2021 RLJE/Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Fisher, Christine Kilmer, Jacob Elordi, Ema Horvath, Barak Hardley, Sarah Hay, Ben Hethcoat, Mike C. Nelson, Jennifer Irwin, James Bachman, Alison Gallaher, Phyllis Applegate Writer: Ryan Spindell Director: Ryan Spindell Distributor: RLJE Films/Shudder Release Date: April 30, 2021 THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is a horror anthology with several fun concepts. The first, which takes a moment of adjustment, is that even though it’s set in the present (or at least post-2000), the production style is of the ‘50s/’60s. People still use rotary-dial telephones and have CRT televisions with bulging screens. On the other hand, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PERCY VS GOLIATH

PERCY VS GOLIATH movie poster | ©2021 Saban Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Christopher Walken, Roberta Maxwell, Christina Ricci, Zach Braff, Martin Donovan, Peter Stebbings, Luke Kirby Writers: Garfield L. Miller and Hilary Pryor Director: Clark Johnson Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: April 30, 2021 PERCY VS GOLIATH is a diverting, folksy courtroom drama. It is based on a real court case, against the food and chemical giant Monsanto, no less. That aspect alone holds interest. The real Percy Schmeiser seems to have been a fairly different sort of person than he’s depicted here, as played by Christopher Walken. Looking up basic facts about him online suggests that he wasn’t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RESORT

THE RESORT movie poster | ©2021 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Bianca Haase, Brock O’Hurn, Michael Vlamis, Michelle Randolph, Dave Sheridan Writer: Taylor Chien Director: Taylor Chien Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: April 30, 2021 THE RESORT has a good idea and great locations. It aspires to be THE SHINING in Hawaii. Writer/director Taylor Chien has access to a vast, creepy abandoned hotel, not to mention plenty of gorgeous Maui scenery. Unfortunately, this is not put to the best possible use. At the outset, two security guards are patrolling an empty service hallway when something attacks them. Then we flash back and meet birthday celebrant Lex (Bianca […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN

HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN Movie Poster | ©2021 Well Go USA Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Dean-Charles Chapman, Finn Cole, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Travis Fimmel, Conleth Hill, Susan Lynch, Emmett J. Scanlan Writer: Eoin C. Macken, based on the novel by Rob Doyle Director: Eoin C. Macken Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Release Date: April 27, 2021 HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN is set in Dublin, Ireland, in the summer of 2003. Our narrator, Matthew (Dean-Charles Chapman), is at a church for a funeral at the start. In voiceover, he talks about how people say the summer after school graduation (secondary school in Ireland, equivalent to high school in the U.S.) […]Read On »

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THE BLOODLINE OF YULE: Author Maria Alexander on her Christmas horror trilogy of novels – Exclusive Interview

SNOWED book cover | ©2021 Ghede Press

THE BLOODLINE OF YULE trilogy consists of three YA novels by Maria Alexander: SNOWED, SNOWBOUND, and SNOWBLIND. The three books take the connections between jolly Christmas elf Santa Claus and demonic Yuletide entity Krampus and posit that he’s really the same being, the Klaas. Depending on what mood he’s in, the Klaas can manifest as either Santa or Krampus. He spends most of the year in his icy snowbound fortress at the North Pole, but can find anyone with The List. In SNOWED, the Klaas’s son and heir apparent Aidan runs away and meets mortal tech-whiz teenager Charity Jones. The […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL

BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL movie poster | ©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jack Rowan, Nigel O’Neill, Louisa Harland, Michael Hough, Fra Fee, Robert Nairne, Andrea Irvine, Morgan C. Jones, David Pearse, John Lynch Writer: Chris Baugh, story by Chris Baugh & Brendan Mullin Director: Chris Baugh Distributor: Shudder Release Date: April 22, 2021 BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL is a Northern Irish horror/comedy. It seeks to emulate AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (there’s even a dialogue reference, along with a whole sequence that’s fairly similar) or SHAUN OF THE DEAD. We’re in the picturesque small town of Six Mile Hill. It’s nighttime. An older couple is watching television, when […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MANK

MANK movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey, Arliss Howard, Tuppence Middleton, Monika Grossman, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Charles Dance, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane Writer: Jack Fincher Director: David Fincher Distributor: Netflix Release Date: December 4, 2020  MANK has the most Oscar nominations of the 2020 crop of feature films:  for Motion Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Gary Oldman), Director (David Fincher), Actress in a Supporting Role (Amanda Seyfried), Sound (Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod), Production Design (Donald Graham Burt, plus Jan Pascale for Set Decoration), Original Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Makeup […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Shenkman, J.C. MacKenzie, Frank Langella, Danny Flaherty, Noah Robbins, John Doman, Michael Keaton, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Caitlin FitzGerald Writer: Aaron Sorkin Director: Aaron Sorkin Distributor: Netflix Release Date: October 16, 2020 THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 has been nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen), Original Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Film Editing (Alan Baumgarten), Cinematography (Phedon Papamichael), and Original Song (“Hear My Voice,” lyrics by Celeste and Daniel Pemberton, music by Pemberton). […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OAK ROOM

THE OAK ROOM movie poster | ©2021 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: RJ Mitte, Ari Millen, Martin Roach, Nicholas Campbell, David Ferry, Peter Outerbridge Writer: Peter Genoway Director: Cody Calahan Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: April 16, 2021 THE OAK ROOM has a destination in mind. It gets there surely, but more slowly than many viewers will like. In some ways, THE OAK ROOM feels like an homage to FARGO; in others, it seems like a filmed stage play. There are two major settings, both bars, one a redressing of the other. We get brief detours to other locations, and eventually, there’s violence, but the bulk of THE […]Read On »

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