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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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Movie Review: IN THE EARTH

IN THE EARTH Poster | ©2021 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Joel Fry, Reece Sheersmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora Torchia, Mark Monero, John Hollingworth Writer: Ben Wheatley Director: Ben Wheatley Distributor: Neon Release Date: April 16, 2021 IN THE EARTH is set in a world where there’s a pandemic going on. Lest anyone be put off by this story element, its point seems mainly to explain why there aren’t more people around. After the first few scenes, it becomes an afterthought. However, anyone who has problems with strobe lights and flashing images should be warned in advance. Dr. Martin Lowry (Joel Fry) walks up a woodland path to a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BANISHING

Jessica Brown Findlay as Marianne in THE BANISHING |©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, John Heffernan, Adam Hugill, Anya McKenna-Bruce, Jean St. Clair, Jason Thorpe, John Lynch, Sean Harris Writers: David Beton, Ray Lines & Dean Bogdanovich Director: Christopher Smith Distributor: Shudder Release Date: April 15, 2021 THE BANISHING is directed by Christopher Smith, who is responsible for the brilliant, hilarious SEVERANCE. THE BANISHING isn’t remotely amusing (and isn’t attempting to be), and it treads a familiar path, but it’s decently scary. In early 1930s England, there’s a horrific murder/suicide of a vicar and his wife at Morley Hall. Anglican bishop Malachi (John Lynch), the vicar’s superior, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE POWER

THE POWER movie poster | ©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Rose Williams, Charlie Carrick, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Nuala McGowan, Emma Rigby, Diveen Henry, Paul Antony-Barber, Shakira Rahman, Clara Read Writer: Corinna Faith Director: Corinna Faith Distributor: Shudder Release Date: April 8, 2021 THE POWER has a title with threefold meanings. It refers to the electricity, which is in short supply in 1974 London. It also encompasses the hierarchy of the hospital where the story takes place. Finally, it concerns the malevolent force that pervades the building when the lights are out. The power shortage is due to a miners’ strike in Great Britain (this is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VOICES

THE VOICES movie poster | ©2021 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Valerie Jane Parker, Jonathan Stoddard, Rezeta Veliu, Ashley Bell, Jordan Ladd, Lauri Hendler, Phil Baker, Jo Ann Olivera, Leslie Easterbrook, Jenna Harvey, Romy Reiner, Colton Reese, Chloe Romanski, Claire Marie Burton Writers: Daniel Hathcock and Nathaniel Nuon Director: Nathaniel Nuon Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: April 2, 2021 VOICES begins with two women, Lilly (Valerie Jane Parker) and Emily (Rezeta Veliu), chained up in a dirty room. This makes us momentarily wonder if we’re heading into a torture scenario. We’re not. With VOICES, director Nathaniel Nuon and his co-writer Daniel Hathcock are trying to make several […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE COURIER

THE COURIER movie poster | ©2021 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, Angus Wright, Zeljko Ivanek, Kirill Pirogov, Anton Lesser, Maria Mironova, Vladimir Chuprikov Writer: Tom O’Connor Director: Dominic Cooke Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: March 19, 2021  THE COURIER begins with the onscreen statement, “This film is based on true events.” This is accurate. Whether those events happened the way they’re depicted here or not, THE COURIER is a cracking good period spy thriller. By 1960, both the United States and Soviet Union had enough weapons to wipe out humanity (and presumably most other organic life on the planet). Many people […]Read On »

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MOVIE REVIEW: GODZILLA VS. KONG

GODZILLA VS. KONG movie poster | ©2021 Warner Bros./Legendary

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza Gonzalez, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Demian Bichir, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Kaylee Hottle Writers: Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein, story by Terry Rossio and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields, based on the character Godzilla, created by Toho Co. Ltd. Director: Adam Wingard Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 31, 2021 GODZILLA VS. KONG is the fourth entry (after GODZILLA, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, and GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS) in Warner Bros./Legendary Entertainment franchise that encompasses both of the title beings, as well as their […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CRISIS

CRISIS Movie Poster | ©2021 Quiver Distribution

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly, Guy Nadon, Michelle Rodriguez, Greg Kinnear, Indira Varma, Mia Kirschner, Luke Evans, Scott Mescudi Writer: Nicholas Jarecki Director: Nicholas Jarecki Distributor: Quiver Distribution Release Date: February 26, 2021 CRISIS is a well-intentioned and-well shot – on 35mm, no less – thriller about the opioid epidemic. Director/writer Nicholas Jarecki has a lot on his mind here – so much, in fact, that he’s got three distinct plotlines running here. One of these never links up with the other two, which is among the film’s several problems. A serene, snowy landscape is interrupted […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WINTER LAKE

THE WINTER LAKE poster | ©2021 Epic Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Anson Boon, Charlie Murphy, Emma Mackey, Michael McElhatton, Mark McKenna Writer: David Turpin Director: Phil Sheerin Distributor: Epic Pictures Release Date: March 5, 2021 (theatrical); March 9, 2021 (digital) THE WINTER LAKE begins with an underwater shot of a human body on the bottom of a lake. Most of the rest of the film is concerned with how this came to be. Teenager Tom (Anson Boon) and his young single mother Elaine (Charlie Murphy) move back to the rural country home of Elaine’s great-grandfather after the old man’s death. Tom is nearly silent, and Elaine is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON movie poster | ©2021 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh, Alan Tudyk Writers: Qui Nguyen & Adele Lim, story by Paul Briggs, Don Hall, Adele Lim, Carlos Lopez Estrada, Kiel Murray, Qui Nguyen, John Ripa, Dean Wellins, story ideas by Bradley Raymond, additional story contributions by Helen Kalafatic Directors: Don Hall & Carlos Lopez Estrada, co-directors, Paul Briggs & John Ripa Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Release Date: March 5, 2021 RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON is a charming animated quest that goes more or less exactly where we’d expect. It moves […]Read On »

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