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Movie Review: SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW

SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW movie poster | ©2021 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, Samuel L. Jackson Writers: Josh Stolberg & Pete Goldfinger Director: Darren Lynn Bousman Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: May 21, 2021 SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW doesn’t have a Roman numeral in its title. Even so, it is the ninth film in the SAW film series, which began with the original SAW in 2004, directed by James Wan, and written by Leigh Whannell from a story they crafted together. Like a lot of franchises that start with a movie that was originally intended as a standalone, the SAW films became a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THINGS HEARD & SEEN

THINGS HEARD AND SEEN movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Amanda Seyfried, James Norton, Natalia Dyer, Alex Neustaedter, Rhea Seehorn, Karen Allen, F. Murray Abraham, Ana Sophia Heger, Jack Gore, James Urbaniak, Michael O’Keefe, Lewis Payton Jr. Writers: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, based on the novel ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR by Elizabeth Brundage Directors: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini Distributor: Netflix Release Date: April 29, 2021  THINGS HEARD & SEEN is a film adaptation of Elizabeth Brundage’s novel ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR. Without having read the book, it’s difficult to know if the film’s problem with getting its supernatural elements to meld […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WRATH OF MAN

WRATH OF MAN movie poster | ©2021 Miramax

Rating: R Stars: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Joshua Hartnett, Laz Alonso, Eddie Marsan, Scott Eastwood, Andy Garcia, Rocci Williams Writers: Guy Ritchie and Marn Davies & Ivan Atkinson, based on the LE CONVOYEUR written by Nicolas Boukhrief and Eric Besnard Director: Guy Ritchie Distributor: Miramax Release Date: May 7, 2021 WRATH OF MAN is, at heart, a traditional taciturn guy gets revenge actioner. It is livened up by director/co-writer Guy Ritchie’s likewise traditional-to-him narrative technique of telling the story with multiple flashbacks. In the opening sequence, we see a Fortico Security armored truck get hijacked by a team […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ABOVE SUSPICION

ABOVE SUSPICION movie poster | ©2021 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston, Sophie Lowe, Johnny Knoxville, Austin Hebert, Karl Glusman, Chris Mulkey, Omar Miller, Kevin Dunn, Thora Birch Writer: Chris Gerolmo, based on the book ABOVE SUSPICION by Joe Sharkey Director: Phillip Noyce Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: May 7, 2021 ABOVE SUSPICION is based on the true-crime book of the same name by Joe Sharkey, concerning the murder of Susan Smith. Susan, played here by Emilia Clarke, narrates her story from beyond the grave. It’s not a spoiler that she ends up dead, as that’s pretty much the first thing she tells us. Susan is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INITIATION

INITIATION movie poster | ©2021 Saban

Stars: Jon Huertas, Isabella Gomez, Lindsay Lavanchy, Froy Gutierrez, Gattlin Griffith, Patrick Walker, Bart Johnson, Shireen Lai, James Berardo, Maxwell Hamilton, Kent Faulcon, Mel Fair, Debra Di Liso, Yancy Butler, Lochlyn Munro Writers: John Berardo, Lindsay Lavanchy, Brian Frager Director: John Berardo Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: May 7, 2021  INITIATION is a surprisingly ambitious slasher. It starts out as something absolutely familiar – debauchery at a college frat house – and then turns out to have issues on its mind. In fact, INITIATION winds up tackling so much that it can’t quite get its metaphorical arms around all it […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WATER MAN

THE WATER MAN | ©2021 RLJE Films

Rating: PG Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina, Maria Bello Writer: Emma Needell Director: David Oyelowo Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: May 7, 2021 THE WATER MAN is one of those family films that may actually play better for adults. (This reviewer, at least, can appreciate this sort of storytelling better now than in childhood.) The Boone family has recently moved to the small, scenic town of Pine Mills in Cascade County, Oregon. Preteen Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) has yet to make friends his own age, but he’s busy writing and drawing a graphic novel about […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION

THE MORTUARY COLLECTION Blu-ray | ©2021 RLJE/Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Fisher, Christine Kilmer, Jacob Elordi, Ema Horvath, Barak Hardley, Sarah Hay, Ben Hethcoat, Mike C. Nelson, Jennifer Irwin, James Bachman, Alison Gallaher, Phyllis Applegate Writer: Ryan Spindell Director: Ryan Spindell Distributor: RLJE Films/Shudder Release Date: April 30, 2021 THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is a horror anthology with several fun concepts. The first, which takes a moment of adjustment, is that even though it’s set in the present (or at least post-2000), the production style is of the ‘50s/’60s. People still use rotary-dial telephones and have CRT televisions with bulging screens. On the other hand, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PERCY VS GOLIATH

PERCY VS GOLIATH movie poster | ©2021 Saban Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Christopher Walken, Roberta Maxwell, Christina Ricci, Zach Braff, Martin Donovan, Peter Stebbings, Luke Kirby Writers: Garfield L. Miller and Hilary Pryor Director: Clark Johnson Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: April 30, 2021 PERCY VS GOLIATH is a diverting, folksy courtroom drama. It is based on a real court case, against the food and chemical giant Monsanto, no less. That aspect alone holds interest. The real Percy Schmeiser seems to have been a fairly different sort of person than he’s depicted here, as played by Christopher Walken. Looking up basic facts about him online suggests that he wasn’t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RESORT

THE RESORT movie poster | ©2021 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Bianca Haase, Brock O’Hurn, Michael Vlamis, Michelle Randolph, Dave Sheridan Writer: Taylor Chien Director: Taylor Chien Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: April 30, 2021 THE RESORT has a good idea and great locations. It aspires to be THE SHINING in Hawaii. Writer/director Taylor Chien has access to a vast, creepy abandoned hotel, not to mention plenty of gorgeous Maui scenery. Unfortunately, this is not put to the best possible use. At the outset, two security guards are patrolling an empty service hallway when something attacks them. Then we flash back and meet birthday celebrant Lex (Bianca […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN

HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN Movie Poster | ©2021 Well Go USA Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Dean-Charles Chapman, Finn Cole, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Travis Fimmel, Conleth Hill, Susan Lynch, Emmett J. Scanlan Writer: Eoin C. Macken, based on the novel by Rob Doyle Director: Eoin C. Macken Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Release Date: April 27, 2021 HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN is set in Dublin, Ireland, in the summer of 2003. Our narrator, Matthew (Dean-Charles Chapman), is at a church for a funeral at the start. In voiceover, he talks about how people say the summer after school graduation (secondary school in Ireland, equivalent to high school in the U.S.) […]Read On »

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