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Movie Review: UNFORGETTABLE

UNFORGETTABLE movie poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Isabella Kai Rice, Cheryl Ladd, Sarah Burns, Whitney Cummings, Simon Kassianides, Robert Ray Wisdom Writer: Christina Hodson Director: Denise Di Novi Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: April 21, 2017 There are a few ripped-from-the-headlines aspects to UNFORGETTABLE, but to be specific would perhaps be too spoilery. Suffice to say that certain types of cyber-revenge make Christina Hodson’s screenplay plausible in its broad strokes. With different treatment, the subject matter could have been stomach-churning horror. However, under Denise Di Novi’s direction (the veteran producer’s feature directorial debut), UNFORGETTABLE is one of those […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LOST CITY OF Z

THE LOST CIITY OF Z movie poster | ©2017 Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus McFadyen Writer: James Gray, based on the book by David Grann Director: James Gray Distributor: Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street Release Date: April 14, 2017 THE LOST CITY OF Z covers two decades in the early twentieth century. The movie feels a bit like it was made in the middle-late twentieth century, the ‘60s through the ‘80s, when there were more stories like this one, concerning men finding themselves by leaving civilization behind. The irony in THE LOST CITY OF Z is that Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) was actually in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: F. Gary Gray Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 14, 2017 Let’s start with one big selling point of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS. It has an extended sequence, roughly midpoint, where director F. Gary Gray and his amazing stunt and vehicle team do things with vehicles that haven’t been done quite this way before. (It’s also liable to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER

THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER | © 2017 A23

Rating: R Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly, James Remar Writer: Osgood Perkins Director: Osgood Perkins Distributor: A24 Release Date (theatrical and VOD): March 31, 2017 If a singer holds a note, no matter how beautifully pitched, for too long, it becomes simply sound. The same holds true of ambiguity in a horror movie. If a filmmaker tries to cast doubt over every character and every action, it can be hard to work up suspense, because it’s unclear who is in danger. This is the case with THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER, written and directed by Osgood Perkins. There […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LIFE

LIFE movie poster | © 2017 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada Writers: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick Director: Daniel Espinosa Distributor: Columbia/Sony Release Date: March 24, 2017 The new movie LIFE has a very obvious ancestor. That would be 1979’s ALIEN. There is no shame in following in that movie’s viscera trail (this reviewer challenges anyone to come up with an exact accurate number of how many have tried), so long as it’s done well. LIFE indeed is done pretty well, though it’s got a couple of confusing action sequences and, surprisingly, no jump scares. Director […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BELKO EXPERIMENT

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT | © 2017 Orion

Rating: R Stars: John Gallagher, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Michael Rooker, Melonie Diaz, James Earl Writer: James Gunn Director: Greg McLean Distributor: Orion Release Date: March 17, 2017 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT has a title that’s reminiscent of THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT. This may not be a coincidence, as THE BELKO EXPERIMENT plays like THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT if the latter tried steroids, then bypassed them and went straight to hemorrhagic fever. For those unfamiliar with it, 2015’s THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT, based on Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s book THE LUCIFER EFFECT, chronicles a real-life event that was supposed […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND

KONG SKULL ISLAND | © 2017 Warner Bros

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, Jing Tian, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell, Terry Notary Writers: Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, story by John Gatins Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 10, 2017 If King Kong and the Viet Nam War haven’t yet merged in your mind, they will now, for at least as long as you remember KONG: SKULL ISLAND. The new movie is mostly set in 1973. This may be because this is the era closest to our own when there could […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GET OUT

GET OUT | © 2017 Universal

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lakeith Stanfield, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, LilRel Howery, Caleb Landry Jones Writer: Jordan Peele Director: Jordan Peele Distributor: Universal Release Date: February 24, 2017 Director/writer Jordan Peele (of KEY & PEELE fame) describes his feature film debut GET OUT as horror, and we can take him at his word. GET OUT isn’t the type of horror we’re expecting from the set-up, but it gets there nonetheless, and it’s creepy throughout. Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is a successful photographer who agrees, with some reservations, to go for the weekend to meet […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS | © 2017 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Fisayo Akenade, Anthony Welsh Writer: Mike Carey Director: Colm McCarthy Distributor: Saban Films/Lionsgate Release Date (theatrical and VOD): February 24, 2017 Don’t let the title, or the set-up, fool you. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS may sound like either a poor-little-rich-offspring saga or the tale of a sensitive young woman dealing with personal issues as she navigates high school or college. It definitely is not. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is actually set in mid-apocalyptic England, but despite the running “hungries,” this particular twist has never been […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A CURE FOR WELLNESS

A CURE FOR WELLNESS | © 2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Harry Groener, Celia Imrie Writer: Justin Haythe, story by Gore Verbinski & Justin Haythe Director: Gore Verbinski Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: February 17, 2017 A CURE FOR WELLNESS plays like Roman Polanski and Terry Gilliam had a cinematic baby – which got kidnapped and reared by Roger Corman in the last third. WELLNESS goes from beautifully photographed, slow-burn suspense to a Gothic gonzonana finish. The spooky part is mostly a worthwhile experience (with a few caveats), but it has a jaw-dropping change of tone that obliterates the earlier mood. […]Read On »

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