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Movie Review: KINDRED

KINDRED movie poster | ©2020 IFC Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Tamara Lawrance, Jack Lowden, Edward Holcroft, Anton Lesser, Chloe Pirrie Writers: Joe Marcantonio & Jason McColgan Director: Joe Marcantonio Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: November 6, 2020 KINDRED is what might be termed modified modern Gothic, or somewhat less-than-grand Guignol. It harks back to certain kinds of old-fashioned thrillers. However, because it’s set in the present, and because the screenplay by director Joe Marcantonio and his cowriter Jason McColgan is an original rather than an adaptation, there are certain things that we expect and don’t get. This in itself is not a flaw. Goodness knows, we […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MORTAL

MORTAL movie poster | ©2020 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Nat Wolff, Iben Akerlie, Per Frisch, Priyanka Bose, Arthur Hakalahti, Per Egil Aske Writers: Andre Ovredal & Norman Lesperance & Geoff Bussetil, story by Andre Ovredal Director: Andre Ovredal Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: November 9, 2020 MORTAL begins with the definition of its title as “a human being.” We then meet Eric Bergland (Nat Wolff), a young man who certainly thinks of himself as a human being, though he may be in the process of becoming something a bit other. We see some gorgeous Norwegian mountain landscapes before zeroing in on Eric, who is camped out […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THEY REACH

THEY REACH movie poster | ©2020 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mary Madaline Roe, Eden Campbell, Morgan Chandler, Ash Calder, Frederick Floyd, Taylor Bartle, Steffanie Foster Gustafson, Elizabeth Rhoades Writers: Sylas Dall and Bry Troyer Director: Sylas Dall Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date: November 3, 2020 THEY REACH is an odd but rather sweet hybrid of bloody demonic horror and Spielbergian coming of age. The tones wind up dueling each other to a draw, resulting in a finale that, in most movies, would be frowned upon. Here, however, it may have been the best available solution. In a 1969 prologue, we see researcher Dr. Quinnley (Damian Vines) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CALL

THE CALL movie poster | ©2020 Cinedigm

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Lin Shaye, Tobin Bell, Chester Rushing, Erin Sanders, Mike C. Manning, Sloane Morgan-Siegel, Judd Lormand Writer: Patrick Stibbs Director: Timothy Woodward Jr. Distributor: Cinedigm Release Date: October 30, 2020 THE CALL is a generically-titled but otherwise solid horror movie. It has a decent premise, a good set-up that makes the right revelations at the right times, and smart casting in two key roles. We’re in 1987, either because the filmmakers didn’t want to deal with the Internet and smartphones, or they just like the styles. They certainly go with the ‘80s ethos of having actors who […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SYNCHRONIC

SYNCHRONIC movie poster | ©2020 Well Go USA

Rating: R Stars: Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Katie Aselton, Ally Ioannides, Ramiz Monsef, Bill Oberst Jr. Writer: Justin Benson Directors: Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead Distributor: Well Go USA Release Date: October 23, 2020 SYNCHRONIC is a pleasingly thoughtful, atmospheric, character-driven film. It has time travel in it, but it is likely to remind viewers more of PRIMER than, say, BACK TO THE FUTURE. Something deeply odd is happening in the Garden District of New Orleans. People are taking a designer drug called Synchronic, having what we first take to be very strange visions, and then dying in definitely strange […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TO YOUR LAST DEATH

TO YOUR LAST DEATH movie poster | ©2020 Quiver Distribution

Rating: Not Rated Stars (voices): Morena Baccarin, William Shatner, Dani Lennon, Bill Moseley, Ray Wise, Mark Whitten, Benjamin Siemon, Florence Hartigan, Damien C. Haas Writers: Tanya Klein & Jim Cirile Director: Jason Axinn Distributor: Quiver Distribution Release Date: October 6, 2020 TO YOUR LAST DEATH bills itself as “the first-ever U.S.-made 2D animated horror movie.” Whether or not this is accurate, it’s an intriguing specimen. Imagine TALES FROM THE CRYPT meets TWILIGHT ZONE meets SAW meets Grand Guignol Greek tragedy played out as modern family psychodrama, played out in limited animation, and (if your head can stop spinning after this […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WITCHES

Rating: PG Stars: Jahzir Bruno, Octavia Spencer, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth (voice), Codie-Lei Eastick, Chris Rock (voice) Writers: Robert Zemeckis & Kenya Barris and Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by Roald Dahl Director: Robert Zemeckis Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 22, 2020 THE WITCHES, now on HBO Max, is what is sometimes known as a “family film.” This is not in the literal sense, as in actually being suitable for family members of all ages. Rather, it’s made for children, with parents, older siblings and other folks seeing the possibilities and wishing it was better. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LOVE AND MONSTERS

LOVE AND MONSTERS movie poster | ©2020 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Dan Ewing, Ariana Greenblatt Writers: Brian Duffield and Matthew Robinson, story by Brian Duffield Director: Michael Matthews Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: October 16, 2020  LOVE AND MONSTERS has a slightly misleading title. In the filmmakers’ defense, it’s easy to see where they felt that something a little more on target, like GOOD-HEARTEDNESS AND MONSTERS, wasn’t quite as catchy. They are absolutely not kidding about the MONSTERS part of the title. As our main character/narrator Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) informs us, we’re seven years into a post-apocalypse, when Earth was threatened […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DON’T LOOK BACK

DON'T LOOK BACK movie poster | ©2020 Gravitas Ventures/Kamikaze Dogfight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kourtney Bell, Skyler Hart, Will Stout, Jaqueline Fleming, Damon Lipari, Amanda Grace Benitez, Han Soto, Stephen Twardokus, Dean J. West, Bryan Batt, Jeremy Holm, Rainn Wilson, Orlando Eric Street Writer: Jeffrey Reddick Director: Jeffrey Reddick Distributor: Gravitas Ventures/Kamikaze Dogfight Release Date: October 16, 2020 DON’T LOOK BACK shares a pedigree with FINAL DESTINATION. Both films were written by Jeffrey Reddick, who makes his feature directing debut here. Moreover, both are horror films that center around the concept of a group of people who share a traumatic experience, and are later haunted by it. The film begins […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW

THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW movie poster | ©2020 Orion Classics

Rating: R Stars: Jim Cummings, Riki Lindhome, Chloe East, Robert Forster, Jimmy Tatro, Anna Sward Writer: Jim Cummings Director: Jim Cummings Distributor: Orion Classics Release Date: October 9, 2020 THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW is not, as the title might suggest, a Christmas animal movie or a story about a voracious financial titan in a small community. Instead, directed and written by Jim Cummings, the film lands somewhere between horror, quirky, and occasionally sincere. To say that it feels like an attempt to do a Coen Brothers version of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS overstates things a bit, but that’s […]Read On »

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