Movie Review: THEY REMAIN

THEY REMAIN | © 2018 Paladin

Rating: Unrated Stars: William Jackson Harper, Rebecca Henderson Writer: Philip Gelatt, based on the novella -30- by Laird Barron Director: Philip Gelatt Distributor: Paladin Release Date: March 2, 2018 (New York); March 9, 2018 (Los Angeles)   Adapting Laird Barron’s novella -30-, screenwriter/director Philip Gelatt gets good horror mileage out of a strong premise and a small cast with THEY REMAIN. Although a few other characters show up now and then, and there’s a voice representing the employment company, THEY REMAIN is virtually a two-hander. Gelatt wrings maximum tension out of the set-up, and ends on a note that is […]Read On »


Movie Review: RED SPARROW

RED SPARROW | © 2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, Joely Richardson Writer: Justin Haythe, based on the novel by Jason Matthews Director: Francis Lawrence Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: March 2, 2018 RED SPARROW is a retro spy thriller set in the present day. The retro aspect creates a lot of problems for the drama based on Justin Matthews’s award-winning 2013 novel, the biggest one being the spectacularly awkward timing of the film’s release. Of all the moments in history to tell a straight-faced story about Russia being keen to get […]Read On »



BLACK PANTHER | © 2018 Marvel/Disney

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis Writers: Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Director: Ryan Coogler Distributor: Walt Disney Co. Release Date: February 16, 2018 BLACK PANTHER is a study in how to use comic-based material to do something that is both very entertaining and very heady. In fact, BLACK PANTHER is arguably as entertaining as it is precisely because it talks about recognizably real issues, […]Read On »


New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 2/6

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS | © 2018 Universal Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS Sequels either go a few ways, either it’s a sh**show, something that is decent but doesn’t measure up to the original, in rare cases, tops the original. A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS falls in the middle here as there are indeed some funny moments but begins to take itself surprisingly way too serious toward the end. As with the original, the content is for adults only and there are plenty of moments that question the boundaries of good taste but that’s what we expect […]Read On »


New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 2/13


Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. THE DEUCE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON HBO is taking on some interesting projects in light of having only a few heavy hitters left in its arsenal and THE DEUCE won’t appeal to those that are expecting the next SOPRANOS or GAME OF THRONES or DEADWOOD or TRUE BLOOD but it is an interesting series that is a throwback to a time when New York City was at its sleaziest filled with peep shows, brothels and street walkers. The series follows a number of pimps, prostitutes, the mob […]Read On »



Entanglement | © 2018 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Diana Bang, Johannah Newmarch, Marilyn Norry Writer: Jason Filiatraut Director: Jason James Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: February 9, 2018 ENTANGLEMENT starts out as one of those low-budget movies with a few name actors that centers around a middle-class, unemployed white guy going through age-thirty-life crisis. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this ever-growing genre, but it takes some ingenuity to stand out in it. ENTANGLEMENT becomes a kind of rom-com, then something else, with a plot twist at the two-thirds mark, but it doesn’t stray far from that initial sensibility. The […]Read On »


Movie Review: PETER RABBIT

PETER RABBIT | © 2018 Columbia/Sony Animation

Rating: PG Stars: Rose Byrne, Domnhall Gleeson, James Corden (voice) Writers: Rob Lieber and Will Gluck, based on the writings and artwork of Beatrix Potter Director: Will Gluck Distributor: Columbia/Sony Animation Release Date: February 9, 2018 PETER RABBIT is set in the present, but it manages to still preserve some of the look of the Beatrix Potter illustrations that inspired it. As to Potter’s stories, there are indeed rabbits named Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy and more, there’s a hedgehog called Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and there’s a cranky Mr. McGregor – two of them, in fact – determined to keep the woodland wildlife […]Read On »


New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 1/23

GEOSTORM | © 2018 Warner Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. GEOSTORM GEOSTORM is universally panned as being down-right awful because of its nonsensical plot and CGI extravaganza that rivals JUPITER ASCENDING. More than that, it is downright preachy in its calls that pretty darn soon the Earth is gonna start hating humans and wiping them off the planet with a series of catastrophic disasters that can’t be stopped. Now, don’t get me wrong when I say this that yes it is nonsensical, yes it is preachy and yes it is a CGI fest, however, maybe because my […]Read On »


New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 1/16

BLADE RUNNER 2049 | © 2018 Warner Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. BLADE RUNNER 2049 So, I really liked this. I know that it was very mixed between people who thought it was too long or too convoluted or too preachy. But I thought I was as best of a follow up to a movie that is 35 years old as it is highly entertaining and expands upon the whole BLADE RUNNER universe. It also has concrete ties to the original film beyond just bringing back Harrison Ford as Dekker. While he plays a role that is extremely important […]Read On »



INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke, Rob Stewart, Kirk Acevedo, Ava Kolker, Pierce Pope Writer: Leigh Whannell, based on characters created by Leigh Whannell Director: Adam Robitel Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: January 5, 2018 INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY is the fourth film in the INSIDIOUS series, following the effectively scary 2010 original, the retcon-happy 2013 sequel and the decent 2015 prequel. In the manner of STAR WARS chronology, INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY is set after the events of INSIDIOUS 3 but before the first INSIDIOUS. Not to worry: even for people who haven’t […]Read On »

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