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Movie Review: NIGHTMARE CINEMA

NIGHTMARE CINEMA movie poster | ©2019 Good Deed Entertainment/Cranked Up Films

Rating: R Stars: Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain, Maurice Benard, Elizabeth Reaser, Faly Rakotohavana Writers: Sandra Becceril, Alejandro Brugues, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mick Garris, Richard Christian Matheson, David Slade Directors: Alejandro Brugues, Joe Dante, Ryuhei Kitamura, Mick Garris, David Slade Distributor: Good Deed Entertainment/Cranked Up Films Release Date (theatrical and VOD): June 21, 2019 Low-budget but high-octane, NIGHTMARE CINEMA is one of the better horror anthologies to come along in a good while. Five disparate segments by five different filmmakers are linked by a creepy movie theatre, where patrons find significant events from their lives (and often deaths) up on the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TOY STORY 4

TOY STORY 4 movie poster | ©2019 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: G Stars (voices): Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Madeleine McGraw, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Ally Maki Writers: Andrew Stanton & Stephanie Folsom, story by John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton & Josh Cooley and Rashida Jones & Will McCormack & Martin Hynes & Stephanie Folsom Director: Josh Cooley Distributor: Walt Disney Release Date: June 21, 2019 It’s not fair to judge most movies by the lofty standards of 2010’s TOY STORY 3, which was wildly entertaining, yet so emotionally potent that grown-ups were sobbing in their seats. Reportedly, some […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CHILD’S PLAY (2019)

CHILD'S PLAY 2019 movie poster | ©2019 Orion Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, Tim Matheson, Mark Hamill (voice), Carlease Burke Writer: Tyler Burton Smith, based on the 1988 CHILD’S PLAY screenplay by Don Mancini and John Lafia and Tom Holland, story by Don Mancini Director: Lars Klevberg Distributor: Orion Pictures Release Date: June 21, 2019 While it doesn’t feel like the 1988 CHILD’S PLAY was crying out for a remake, what with the existence of 1990’s CHILD’S PLAY 2, 1991’s CHILD’S PLAY 3, and a whole slew of CHUCKY offshoots, the new CHILD’S PLAY is okay. Granted, this edition gets off to a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DEAD DON’T DIE

THE DEAD DON'T DIE movie poster | ©2019 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Caleb Landry Jones Writer: Jim Jarmusch Director: Jim Jarmusch Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: June 14, 2019 If you are familiar with the works filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, describing THE DEAD DON’T DIE as a Jim Jarmusch movie with zombies should tell you pretty much all you need to know about it. If you’re not familiar with Jarmusch’s oeuvre, perhaps the best way to attempt to convey the experience by noting this is a review, written by someone who’s aware that it’s a review, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SHAFT (2019)

SHAFT movie poster from the 2019 reboot | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jesse T. Usher, Regina Hall, Richard Roundtree, Alexandra Shipp, Isaach De Bankole, Titus Welliver Writers: Kenya Barris & Alex Barnow, based on the novel by Ernest Tidyman Director: Tim Story Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 14, 2019 The 2019 film SHAFT is technically a direct sequel to the 2000 film also entitled SHAFT, which also starred Samuel L. Jackson as the title character. That SHAFT was in turn a quasi-sequel to the trilogy of SHAFT films (the 1971 original, which won an Oscar for Isaac Hayes’s indelible theme song, 1972’s SHAFT’S BIG SCORE, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SAY MY NAME

SAY MY NAME movie poster | ©2019 Electric Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Lisa Brenner, Nick Blood, Celyn Jones, Mark Bonnar, Alan Cox, Peter Davison Writer: Deborah Frances-White Director: Jay Stern Distributor: Electric Entertainment Release Date: July 14, 2019 Poor Statton Taylor (Nick Blood). A piano tuner on a small island of the coast of Wales, he has a very tamped-down existence. Statton decides to cut loose one night with pretty American Mary (Lisa Brenner), who he meets in a pub. He promptly forgets her name when they’re in bed together (his mnemonic trick produces the wrong moniker). She is offended. Then their already-interrupted one-night stand in a hotel room […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DARK PHOENIX

DARK PHOENIX poster | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee Writer: Simon Kinberg Director: Simon Kinberg Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: June 7, 2019 DARK PHOENIX is okay. If that sounds like less than a ringing endorsement, this is because the movie doesn’t hum with the invention and joy of the best X-MEN movies. On the other hand, it’s clear and coherent, takes on a few issues previously unmentioned in the film series, and has some action sequences that work very well. Apart from THE WOLVERINE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ROCKETMAN

ROCKETMAN poster | Season 1 Key Art | ©2019 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Taran Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Gemma Jones, Charlie Rowe, Steven Mackintosh, Kit Connor, Matthew Illesley Writer: Lee Hall Director: Dexter Fletcher Distributor: Paramount Release Date: May 31, 2019 ROCKETMAN is a lovely, lively biopic of Elton John, as played here by Taron Egerton. ROCKETMAN is also a musical, not the kind that just shows its protagonist in performance, but the kind that shows people dancing in the streets and even floating in the air. To keep things sufficiently earthbound (and, for that matter, moderately plausible), there’s plenty of sex and drugs […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BRIGHTBURN

BRIGHTBURN teaser poster | ©2019 Screen Gems

Rating: R Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn Writers: Brian Gunn & Mark Gunn Director: David Yarovesky Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems Release Date: May 23, 2019 While BRIGHTBURN touches on various mythologies, it is most closely linked to that of Superman. Like SUPERMAN, BRIGHTBURN deals with a human-looking baby, found in what is clearly a (very small) spacecraft by a sweet, childless couple, Tori (Elizabeth Banks) and Kyle Breyer (David Denman), who raise the boy as their own. The title of BRIGHTBURN turns out to be the name of one of those towns that figure in super origin stories, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU

POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros. / Legendary

Rating: PG Stars: Ryan Reynolds (voice), Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy Writers: Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit and Rob Letterman and Derek Connolly, story by Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit and Nicole Perlman, based on POKEMON created by Satoshi Tajiri & Ken Sugimori & Junichi Masuda, and characters created by Atsuko Nishida and original story by Tomokazu Ohara and Haruka Utsui Director: Rob Letterman Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 10, 2019 A live-action version of the game phenomenon POKEMON may not sound particularly inviting to adults. However, POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU proves surprisingly enjoyable, with a consistent sense of […]Read On »

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