DEVIL ON CAMPUS: THE LARRY RAY STORY: Director/actor Elisabeth Rohm and Billy Zane on new Lifetime film

DEVIL ON CAMPUS: THE LARRY RAY STORY Key Art | ©2024 Lifetime Networks

Larry Ray, the father of a college student at Sarah Lawrence College, moved into his daughter’s dorm, presented himself as a life coach for her classmates, then began preying on them psychologically, physically and financially. The case was the subject of the 2023 documentary miniseries STOLEN YOUTH: INSIDE THE CULT AT SARAH LAWRENCE. Now, the true-life saga has been adapted as a Lifetime telefilm, DEVIL ON CAMPUS: THE LARRY RAY STORY. It premieres on Lifetime Sunday, June 23. Elisabeth Rohm directed DEVIL ON CAMPUS, which has a teleplay by Waneta Storms, as well serving as a producer and appearing in […]Read On »



THE BIKERIDERS movie poster | ©2024 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Jodie Comer, Austin Butler, Tom Hardy, Michael Shannon, Mike Faist, Boyd Holbrook, Norman Reedus, Damon Herriman, Beau Knapp, Emory Cohen, Karl Glusman, Toby Wallace Writer: Jeff Nichols, inspired by the nonfiction book THE BIKERIDERS by Danny Lyon Director: Jeff Nichols Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: June 21, 2024 THE BIKERIDERS is a period film about speed freaks: not drug addicts, but those who demand the maximum miles per hour from their lives and their motorcycles. In 1968, Danny Lyon brought forth THE BIKERIDERS, a compilation of interviews and black-and-white photographs of his time with the Chicago Outlaws […]Read On »


Movie Review: THE EXORCISM

THE EXORCISM movie poster | ©2024 Vertical Entertainment/Miramax

Rating: R Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Worthington, Chloe Bailey, Adam Goldberg, Adrian Pasdar, David Hyde Pierce Writers: M.A. Fortin & Joshua John Miller Director: Joshua John Miller Distributor: Vertical Entertainment/Miramax Release Date: June 21, 2024 THE EXORCISM has an opening sequence that makes us chuckle, then yelp. For most of its running time, it commendably walks the tightrope between filmmaking lore, meta commentary and straight-up horror. For those who may be understandably confused, THE EXORCISM stars Russell Crowe, but it is not connected legally, in plotline or in tone to that other recent Crowe vehicle, 2023’s THE POPE’S […]Read On »



BLACKWATER LANE movie poster | ©2024 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Minka Kelly, Maggie Grace, Dermot Mulroney, Alan Calton, Natalie Simpson, Judah Cousin, Kris Johnson Writer: Elizabeth Fowler, based on the novel THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris Director: Jeff Celentano Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: June 21, 2024 (theatrical/VOD) Based on B.A. Paris’s novel THE BREAKDOWN, BLACKWATER LANE has the odd distinction of being a thriller where viewers – at least, those acquainted with this subgenre – can guess what’s happening almost from the start. We begin with narration by Cass Anderson (Minka Kelly) about “what happened.” Cass and her husband Matthew (Dermot Mulroney) are half-American/half-English. They grew up […]Read On »


Movie Review: THELMA

THELMA movie poster | ©2024 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: June Squibb, Fred Hechinger, Richard Roundtree, Clark Gregg, Parker Posey, Malcolm McDowell Writer: Josh Margolin Director: Josh Margolin Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: June 21, 2024 Like a number of elderly Americans, ninety-three-year-old Thelma Post (June Squibb) falls for a costly telephone scam. Unlike most victims of this type of crime, Thelma is determined to do something about it. Thelma is a widow, living independently in L.A. County’s San Fernando Valley. We see from the outset that she is not very computer-savvy, as her twenty-something grandson Danny (Fred Hechinger) tries to instruct her in the finer points […]Read On »


Movie Review: 20,000 SPECIES OF BEES (20,000 ESPECIES DE ABEJAS)


Rating: Not Rated Stars: Sofía Otero, Patricia López Arnaiz, Ane Gabarain, Itziar Lazkano, Martxelo Rubio, Sara Cózar, Miguel Garcés, Unax Hayden, Andere Garabieta Oribe Writer: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren Director: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren Distributor: Film Movement Release Date: June 14, 2024 Many transgender people from all over the world say they have known from early childhood that their gender identities do not correspond to what was assigned to them at birth. Until now, though, the transgender experience in narrative film has been explored with teen and adult characters. 20,000 SPECIES OF BEES (20,000 ESPECIES DE ABEJAS) introduces us to an eight-year-old […]Read On »



TIGER STRIPES Poster | ©2024 Dark Star Pictures/Netflix

Rating: TV-14 Stars: Zafreen Zairizal, Deena Ezral, Piqa, Jun Loiong, Khairunazwan Rodzy, Shaheizy Sam, Fatimah Abu Bakar, Bella Rahim Writer: Amanda Nell Eu Director: Amanda Nell Eu Distributor: Dark Star Pictures/Netflix Release Date: June 14, 2024 (theatrical); July 9, 2024 (VOD) TIGER STRIPES won the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week Grand Prize Award. It can best be described as consistently engaging and agreeably weird. Horror as a metaphor for the start of adolescence is nothing new, but director/writer Amanda Nell Eu still makes TIGER STRIPES feel fresh. She is helped in this by a setting that will be new to […]Read On »


Movie Review: LATENCY

LATENCY movie poster | ©2024 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sasha Luss, Alexis Ren Writer: James Croke Director: James Croke Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: June 14, 2024 LATENCY begins with a sequence that seems straight out of a videogame. A young woman, Hana (Sasha Luss), has her heavily-bolted front door pounded upon, then knocked down, by an enormous monster. Hana shoots the invader, only to find more mysteriously charging in from behind her. Hana miraculously takes out all of these, too. Then we find that this looks like a videogame because it is. Hana’s job is to test video and VR games for glitches (one of the […]Read On »


Movie Review: FIREBRAND

FIREBRAND movie poster | ©2024 Roadside Attractions/Vertical

Rating: R Stars: Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, Eddie Marsan, Simon Russell Beale, Sam Riley, Erin Doherty, Patsy Ferran, Junia Rees, Patrick Buckley Writers: Henrietta Ashworth & Jessica Ashworth, additional writing by Rosanne Flynn, based on the novel QUEEN’S GAMBIT by Elizabeth Fremantle Director: Karim Aïnouz Distributor: Roadside Attractions/Vertical Release Date: June 14, 2024 FIREBRAND is an opulent drama set in the last years of English King Henry VIII’s (Jude Law) court. Years ago, it might have been big-studio Oscar bait; even now, it could have been a miniseries. Based on Elizabeth Fremantle’s novel QUEEN’S GAMBIT (not to be confused with […]Read On »


FRONTLINE: CRISIS ON CAMPUS: Filmmaker James Jacoby on new documentary – Exclusive Interview

FRONTLINE: CRISIS ON CAMPUS Key Art | ©2024 Jeenah Moon/Reuters/PBS

The FRONTLINE documentary CRISIS ON CAMPUS premieres on PBS on Tuesday, June 11. The crisis has only intensified since writer/director/producer James Jacoby sat down for an interview with ASSIGNMENT X during the Winter 2024 Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in February 2024. At that time, Jacoby was in the middle of production on CRISIS ON CAMPUS, so he could not speak about the final edit. Jacoby was also one of the filmmakers on the FRONTLINE documentaries NETANYAHU, AMERICA & THE WAR IN GAZA/FAILURE AT THE FENCE, which premiered on December 19, 2023, and NETANYAHU, AMERICA & THE ROAD TO […]Read On »

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