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Movie Review: WELCOME TO MARWEN

WELCOME TO MARWEN | © 2018 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Eiza Gonzalez, Gwendoline Christie, Janelle Monae, Merritt Wever, Leslie Zemeckis Writers: Robert Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson Director: Robert Zemeckis Distributor: Universal Release Date: December 21, 2018 WELCOME TO MARWEN is the story – sort of – of real-life artist Mark Hogancamp. In 2000, when he was thirty-eight years old, Hogancamp was set upon and beaten by five men. Hogancamp was injured so severely that he was in a coma for nine days. When he woke, his brain damage was such that he had no memory of most of his life before […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

MARY POPPINS RETURNS | © 2019 Walt Disney

Rating: PG Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh Writer: David Magee, screen story by David Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca, based on the MARY POPPINS stories by P.L. Travers Director: Rob Marshall Distributor: Walt Disney Co. Release Date: December 19, 2018 While MARY POPPINS creator P.L. Travers still probably wouldn’t be happy with the new MARY POPPINS RETURNS, the title character, as played by Emily Blunt, feels closer in spirit to Travers’s work than Julie Andrews’s interpretation in the 1964 film. This Mary Poppins is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE movie poster | ©2018 Sony/Columbia/Marvel

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoe Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine Writers: Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman, story by Phil Lord, based on characters created by Brian Michael Bendis & Sara Picelli, Steve Ditko & Stan Lee, David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky Director: Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman Distributor: Sony/Columbia/Marvel Release Date: December 14, 2018 Even for the possibly slightly SPIDER-MAN-weary amongst us (seriously, how many times can this specific superhero franchise be sequelized/rebooted […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

IF BEALE STREET COLD TALK | © 2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parrish, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis, Ebony Obsidian, Dominique Thorne, Brian Tyree Henry, Finn Wittrock Writer: Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin Director: Barry Jenkins Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: December 14, 2018 IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK opens with an onscreen quote from the late James Baldwin, who wrote the novel on which the film is based. The actual Beale Street, he tells us, is located in New Orleans. His father, and Louis Armstrong, and jazz, all came from there. Metaphorically, Baldwin continues, all black […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MORTAL ENGINES

MORTAL ENGINES | © 2018 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hera Helmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae Kim, Stephen Lang, Leila George, Ronan Raftery, Patrick Malahide, Kee Chan, Colin Salmon, Andrew Lees Writers: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the novel by Philip Reeve Director: Christian Rivers Distributor: Universal Release Date: December 14, 2018 MORTAL ENGINES is such an eyeful that the visuals easily overwhelm the serviceable if fairly familiar plot. The movie, based on the novel by Philip Reeve, is advertised as being from “the producers of LORD OF THE RINGS.” This is true, and it’s also got the same writing team: […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING

ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING | © 2018 ELJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ashley Clements, Graham Skipper, Constance Wu, Alexander Ward, John Humphrey, Diva Zappa, Maria Olsen Writers: Rebekah McKendry & David Ian McKendry Directors: David Ian McKendry & Rebekah McKendry Distributor: ELJ Entertainment Release Date (streaming and home video): December 4, 2018 ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING is a new entry in the sizeable subgenre of Christmas horror anthologies. What’s different here from most horror omnibus films is that all the segments, along with the framing device, are directed by the same two filmmakers, Rebekah McKendry and David Ian McKendry. Although the credits list a number of different […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE | © 2018 Orion Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins, Marli Siu, Mark Benton, Paul Kaye, Ella Jarvis Writers: Alan McDonald & Ryan McHenry Director: John McPhail Distributor: Orion Pictures Release Date: November 30, 2018 ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE is a full-scale singing, dancing, gut-munching musical set in the small town of Little Haven, Scotland, which – like the rest of the world in the story – is afflicted by a zombie epidemic. Anna (Ella Hunt) is a bright high school student who is planning to forego college in favor of traveling to Australia, though her plans […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY

BATHTUBE OVER BROADWAY | © 2018 Focus World

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Steve Young, David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Florence Henderson, Susan Stroman, Sheldon Harnick, Jello Biafra, Hank Beebe Writers: Dava Whisenant & Ozzy Inguanzo Director: Dava Whisenant Distributor: Focus World Release Date: November 30, 2018 BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY is a documentary that delves into a world most people don’t know about: big-budget musical stage productions commissioned by corporations to sell everything from bathrooms to Buicks. While these shows have costumes, orchestras, sets, special effects and sometimes even name stars – Martin Short, Chita Rivera and Florence Henderson are among those on the record here – they are […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OUTLAW KING

Outlaw King | © 2018 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Chris Pine, Stephen Dillane, Billy Howle, Florence Pugh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Tony Curran, James Cosmo, Sam Spruell, Callan Mulvey Writers: Bash Doran and James MacInnes and David Mackenzie, additional writing by David Harrower and Mark Bomback Director: David Mackenzie Distributor: Netflix Release Date (theatrical and Netflix): November 9, 2018 Those who know anything about Scottish history – or in fact have any memory of BRAVEHEART, especially its postscript about what happened a few years after William Wallace’s death – will be familiar with Robert the Bruce. OUTLAW KING tells of how that historical personage wrested Scotland from England. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner Writer: J.K. Rowling, based on characters created by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 16, 2018 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD is set in 1927, one year after the events of its immediate predecessor, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, which was released two years ago. Both films are set in what is now to be known as WIZARDING WORLD, aka the HARRY POTTER universe. Got all that? Good, because FANTASTIC BEASTS: […]Read On »

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