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Movie Review: LAST NIGHT IN SOHO

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Blu-ray | ©2022 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp, Michael Ajao, Rita Tushingham Writers: Edgar Wright & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, story by Edgar Wright Director: Edgar Wright Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: October 29, 2021 LAST NIGHT IN SOHO is a 2021 release that is entirely worth catching up with on home video/streaming. Director Edgar Wright, who co-wrote LAST NIGHT IN SOHO with Krysty Wilson-Cairns from his premise, is known for playful takes on horror (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, THE WORLD’S END), fantasy (SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD), and action (HOT FUZZ, BABY DRIVER). While there is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DRY

THE DRY Blu-ray | ©2022 IFC Films

Rating: R Stars: Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, John Polson, Julia Blake, Bruce Spence, William Zappa, Matt Nable, James Frecheville, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Joe Klocek, Sam Corlett, BeBe Bettencourt, Claude Scott-Mitchell Writers: Harry Cripps and Robert Connolly, additional writing by Samantha Strauss, based on the novel by Jane Harper Director: Robert Connolly Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: January 18, 2022 (Blu-ray/DVD; also available on Showtime)  THE DRY is based on a novel by Jane Harper. The film, directed by Robert Connolly, from a screenplay by Connolly and Harry Cripps, with additional writing by Samantha Strauss, has a literary texture. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SCREAM

SCREAM movie poster | ©2021 Paramount Pictures/Miramax

Rating: R Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, Mikey Madison, Mason Gooding, Kyle Gallner Writers: James Vanderbilt & Guy Busick, based on characters created by Kevin Williamson Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett Distributor: Paramount Release Date: January 14, 2022 SCREAM tries in many ways to be confusing. This isn’t just because the new 2022 release is titled SCREAM, just like the 1996 original, with no numeral in the title, even though this is effectively SCREAM 5. As always, the filmmakers want to keep […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

TRAGEDY OF MACBETH poster | ©2021 Apple

Rating: R Stars: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Kathryn Hunter, Harry Melling, Brendan Gleeson Writer: Joel Coen, based on the play by William Shakespeare Director: Joel Coen Distributor: A24 Release Date: January 14, 2022 THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH is the most recent film rendition of William Shakespeare’s oft-adapted classic. It technically qualifies as a 2021 release, but IMDb lists its premiere date as January 14, 2022, so we’ll go with that. It stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. It’s available in theaters and on Apple TV+. Oh, yes, and it’s terrific. Director/screenwriter Joel Coen has […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LEGEND OF LA LLORONA

LEGEND OF LA LLORNA movie poster | ©2022 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Autumn Reeser, Antonio Cupo, Zamia Fandino, Edgar Wuotto, Angelica Lara, Nicolas Madrazo, Danny Trejo, Fernanda Aguilar Writer: Jose Prendes, story by Cameron Larson, Jose Prendes, Patricia Harris Seeley Director: Patricia Harris Seeley Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: January 7, 2022 (theatrical), January 11, 2022 (digital) THE LEGEND OF LA LLORONA is not to be confused with either 2019’s THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA (which is part of the COJURING-verse), or LA LLORONA (also 2019). How can you tell them apart? For one thing, LA LLORONA is set and made in Guatemala, and uses the horror genre and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RUCKER

RUCKER movie poster | ©2022 Giant Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Bobby C. King, Cheyenna Lee Writers: Amy Hesketh & Aaron Drane Director: Amy Hesketh Distributor: Giant Pictures Release Date: January 4, 2022 (VOD); February 4, 2022 (Blu-ray/DVD) RUCKER is a combination slasher/trucker/character study. Directed by Amy Hesketh and written by Hesketh & Aaron Drane, RUCKER has intriguing ambitions (once we can tell what they are), but it lacks the nuance to fully pull them off. After a brutal slasher opening, we find ourselves in the company of Leif Rucker (Bobby C. King). Rucker is a lifelong long-haul driver of a truck. He says he doesn’t like […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE KINDRED

THE KINDRED movie poster | ©2022 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: April Pearson, Blake Harrison, James Cosmo, Samantha Bond, Steve Oram, Robbie Gee, Jimmy Yuill, James Dreyfus, Patrick Bergin, Scarlet Annandale Writer: Christian J. Hearn Director: Jamie Patterson Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: January 7, 2022 THE KINDRED is not to be confused with 2020’s KINDRED, a mix-up made more likely since both are low-budget British horror movies. (It’s also not to be confused with the 1987 TV series THE KINDRED, which was about vampires.) The current THE KINDRED opens with a panicked young woman, Helen Tullet (April Pearson), fleeing a tall building. Once outside, she is […]Read On »

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YEAR IN REVIEW: THE 10 BEST MOVIES OF 2021

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME teaser poster | ©2021 Sony/Marvel

2021 was in many respects a nightmare year in real life, but it managed to deliver some really good movies. Here are my totally unscientific picks for the ten best. BELFAST. It’s a tough decision, but director/writer Kenneth Branagh’s ode to his childhood gets the edge, precisely because it could easily have been trite or average or, worst of all, boring. Instead, it’s informative and glorious and full of sorrow and joy. CYRANO. Directed by Joe Wright and adapted by Erica Schmidt from her stage musical (lyrics by Matt Berninger & Carin Besser, music by Aaron Dessner & Bryce Dessner), […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SING 2

SING 2 movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures/Illumination

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Bono, Halsey, Pharrell Williams Writer: Garth Jennings Director: Garth Jennings Distributor: Universal Pictures/Illumination Release Date: December 22, 2021 SING 2 is a sequel to 2016’s animated musical SING. Like the first film, SING 2 is written and directed by Garth Jennings. Both take place in a world of anthropomorphic animals, and both are jukebox musicals, with songs taken from pop culture rather than being composed specifically for the film. In the original SING, Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey), an ambitious koala […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME – Spoiler Free Review

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME poster | ©2021 Sony/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, J.K. Simmons Writers: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, based on characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: December 17, 2021 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME is the ninth SPIDER-MAN movie of the twenty-first century (we’re not counting all the MCU movies in which the character appeared but didn’t have his name in the title). It’s the third SPIDER-MAN movie to star Tom Holland as the young web-slinging New Yorker, as well as the third directed by Jon Watts. These […]Read On »

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