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Movie Review: MONSTERS AND MEN

MONSTERS AND MEN movie poster | ©2018 NEON/MoviePass Films

Rating: R Stars: Anthony Ramos, John David Washington, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Nicole Beharie, Cara Buono, Ron Morgan, Samel Edwards Writer: Reinaldo Marcus Green Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green Distributor: Neon/MoviePass Films Release Date: September 28, 2018 MONSTERS AND MEN tackles the serious subject of police shootings of unarmed people of color. Director/writer Reinaldo Marcus Green approaches his first full-length feature with great respect for his material, but less ability to make it dynamic. In MONSTERS AND MEN, the narrative moves through three New Yorkers, all affected in different ways by the death of beloved neighborhood figure Darius Larson (Samel Edwards). It’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HELL FEST

HELL FEST movie poster | ©2018 CBS Films/Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Christian James, Matt Mercutio, Roby Attal, Tony Todd Writers: Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper, story by William Penick & Chris Sey and Stephen Susco Director: Gregory Plotnick Distributor: CBS Films/Lionsgate Release Date: September 28, 2018 HELL FEST belongs to a growing subset of horror movies set in and around Halloween festivals and mazes. (Case in point: HELL FEST should not be confused with the similarly-titled and set but differently plotted BLOOD FEST, released earlier this month.) Its production design, by Michael Perry, is so inventive and entertaining […]Read On »

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Movie Review: E-DEMON

E-DEMON poster | ©2018 Dark Cuts Entertainment

Rating: Unrated Stars: Julia Kelly, John Anthony Wylliams, Christopher Daftsios, Ryan Redebaugh, Lindsay Goranson, Jessica Renee Russell, Cedric Cannon, Vincent Cooper, Max Rhyser, Waltrudis Buck, Diane Tyler, Celine Justice Writer: Jeremy Wechter Director: Jeremy Wechter Distributor: Dark Cuts Entertainment Release Date: September 14, 2018 (Los Angeles theatrical and VOD); September 21, 2018 (New York theatrical) E-DEMON is the latest entry in the subgenre of webcam horror, a movie that takes place entirely in video chat and cell phone screens. There are enough of these films now to demonstrate that it’s a viable format, with good, bad, and indifferent examples of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PREDATOR

THE PREDATOR movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Yvonne Strahovski, Jake Busey, Brian Prince Writers: Fred Dekker & Shane Black, based on characters created by Jim Thomas & John Thomas Director: Shane Black Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: September 14, 2018 The new movie THE PREDATOR is a follow-up to 1987’s PREDATOR and 1990’s PREDATOR 2. It’s unclear if 2004’s AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR and/or 2007’s ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM are part of the new movie’s timeline or not, and of course nobody on Earth […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PEPPERMINT

PEPPERMINT movie poster | ©2018 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh, Jeff Hephner, Cailey Fleming, Eddie Shin, Cliff “Method Man” Smith Writer: Chad St. John Director: Pierre Morel Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: September 7, 2018  PEPPERMINT knows what kind of movie it wants to be, it just has trouble achieving it. The first hint of this problem can be seen in the title. If PEPPERMINT isn’t the single worst title for a would-be gritty action revenge drama, it’s got to be high in the running. PEPPERMINT has a premise that has powered many films before […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MEG

THE MEG movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao, Sophia Cai, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Robert Taylor, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Jessica McNamee, Masi Oka Writers: Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the novel MEG by Steve Alten Director: Jon Turteltaub Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: August 10, 2018 A Megalodon, “Meg” for short, is a species of giant shark that died out several million years ago – or so they’d have you think. Ha! In THE MEG, a team of researchers discovers that the Pacific Ocean’s Marianas Trench goes much further down […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLACKKKLANSMAN

BLACKKKLANSMAN movie poster | ©2018 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold, Jasper Paakkonen, Corey Hawkins, Paul Walter Hauser, Ashlie Atkinson, Alec Baldwin, Harry Belafonte Writers: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, based on the book BLACK KLANSMAN by Ron Stallworth Director: Spike Lee Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: August 10, 2018 BLACKKKLANSMAN is based on Ron Stallworth’s autobiographical book BLACK KLANSMAN. The facts are incredible, but not in dispute. In the ‘70s, Stallworth (played in the film by John David Washington) became the first black police officer in the town of Colorado […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN

KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN | ©2018 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Larry Cohen, Rick Baker, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto, J.J. Abrams, Michael Moriarty, Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Martin Scorsese, Laurene Landon, Barbara Carrera, Traci Lords, Cynthia Costas Cohen, Janelle Webb Writer: Steve Mitchell Director: Steve Mitchell Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: Los Angeles, July 19, 2018; New York, August 3, 2018 KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN is a delightful documentary about filmmaker Larry Cohen. The term “outlaw” has been applied all over the place to just about everyone and everything less corporate than the Mousketeers, but Cohen really walked the walk […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT movie poster | ©2018 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley Writer: Christopher McQuarrie, based on the TV series created by Bruce Geller Director: Christopher McQuarrie Distributor: Paramount Release Date: July 27, 2018 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT is one of the best entries in the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily saying much, so let’s put it another way. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT is actually entertaining. It moves briskly, it has at least one sequence with helicopters that shows us something new, and it puts […]Read On »

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Movie Review: UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB

UNFRIENDED DARK WEB poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Colin Woodell, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Stephanie Nogueras, Andrew Lees, Savira Windyani, Connor Del Rio, Chelsea Alden, Douglas Tait Writer: Stephen Susco Director: Stephen Susco Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: July 20, 2018 UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB shares with 2015’s UNFRIENDED the still fairly novel technique of having the entire movie play out over Facebook, Skype and video camera feeds. The two films also share the Blumhouse horror imprimatur. However, where the original UNFRIENDED was supernatural – literally, about a ghost in the machine – UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB concerns the possibilities of attracting the attention of some very […]Read On »

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