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Movie Review: BULLET TRAIN

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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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DIARY OF A SPY: Actress Tamara Taylor on new thriller – Exclusive Interview

DIARY OF A SPY Movie poster | ©2022 XYZ Films

In the new film DIARY OF A SPY, now available on VOD and digital, Tamara Taylor stars as Anna. Anna has been an operative for twenty years. The sole survivor of the failure of her last mission, Anna is also alcoholic and broke. To stay in the good graces of her agency, Anna accepts a new assignment. She is to get close to Camden (Reece Noi), a younger man who is tutor to one of the Saudi royal family living in Los Angeles. This doesn’t go as expected. DIARY OF A SPY, written and directed by Adam Christian Clark, was […]Read On »

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Movie Review: H.P. LOVECRAFT’S WITCH HOUSE

H.P. LOVECRAFT'S WITCH HOUSE movie poster | ©2022 Horror Wasteland Pictures International

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Portia Chellelynn, Michelle Morris, Julie Anne Prescott, Erin Trimble, Shonda Laverty, Andie Noir, John Johnson, Joe Padgett, Solon Tsangaras Writers: Bobby Easley & Ken Wallace Director: Bobby Easley Distributor: Horror Wasteland Pictures International Release Date: July 5, 2022 (digital/DVD) Fun fact: H.P. Lovecraft’s 1932 short story “The Dreams in the Witch House” really is partly about geometry. Lovecraft’s protagonist, Walter Gilman, is a mathematician trying to prove that certain shapes and planes, in relation to one another, can create gateways to other universes. That angle (pardon the pun) has been adopted in H.P. LOVECRAFT’S WITCH HOUSE, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER movie poster | ©2022 Marvel Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi (voice), Russell Crowe Writers: Taika Waititi & Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, story by Taika Waititi Director: Taika Waititi Distributor: Disney/Marvel Release Date: July 8, 2022 Because these elements are on the poster for THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, it’s presumably not too spoilery to say the following: First of all, for those who saw Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Asgardian god of thunder, being miserable and out of shape in the last AVENGERS film, he quickly regains the muscular physique so popular with sculptors of ancient deities. He also wields a new […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PRINCESS

THE PRINCESS movie poster | ©2022 Hulu/20th Century Studios

Rating: R Stars: Joey King, Dominic Cooper, Olga Kurylenko, Veronica Ngo, Alex Reid, Ed Stoppard, Katelyn Rose Downey Writers: Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton Director: Le-Van Kiet Distributor: Hulu/20th Century Studios Release Date: July 1, 2022 (Hulu) THE PRINCESS is set in what looks like a fairytale kingdom, in what looks like the never-never days of yore. In the opening, as a pretty, fantasy-type Celtic score plays, we see a high castle tower above a lake. Within the tower is our Princess (Joey King), wearing a white satin wedding dress, sleeping on a bed adorned with flowers, across the room […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU

MINIONS THE RISE OF GRU poster | ©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Alan Arkin, Michelle Yeoh, Taraji P. Henson, Julie Andrews Writer: Matthew Fogel, story by Brian Lynch and Matthew Fogel Director: Kyle Balda Distributor: Universal Release Date: July 1, 2022 With their origin story taken care of in 2015’s MINIONS, the little yellow hench-beings (all voiced by Pierre Coffin) first seen in 2010’s DESPICABLE ME and its sequels now get another flashback feature. MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU shows (very briefly) how the Minions came to work for Gru and, at greater length, their early adventures with him. We first met Gru, as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE

GOOD LUCK, LEO GRANDE poster | ©2022 Fox Searchlight/Hulu

Rating: R Stars: Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack, Isabella Laughland Writer: Katy Brand Director: Sophie Hyde Distributor: Hulu/Fox Searchlight Release Date: July 17, 2022 GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE feels in a way like 2022’s answer to PRETTY WOMAN. It’s not a traditional romance, as such, but it does present a very upbeat view of sex work and that profession’s practitioners, to say nothing of the good it does for the customers. Nancy (Emma Thompson) has been widowed for two years, a former teacher who has never been with any man except her husband. Despite whipsawing ambivalence, she has booked […]Read On »

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