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Movie Review: TOLKIEN

TOLKIEN movie poster | ©2019 Fox Searchlight

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Harry Gilby, Craig Roberts, Patrick Gibson, Anthony Boyle, Tom Glynn-Carney, Adam Bregman, Albie Marber, Ty Tennant, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi, Laura Donnelly Writers: David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford Director: Dome Karukoski Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: May 10, 2019 On a number of occasions in TOLKIEN, characters get excited about words. Not words put together into stories or poems (although there’s enthusiasm for that as well), but how sounds fit together, and where they came from, and how they might be put together into new languages. These are conversations that a lot of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE INTRUDER

THE INTRUDER movie poster | ©2019 Sony/Screen Gems

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Dennis Quaid, Joseph Sikora Writer: David Loughery Director: Deon Taylor Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony Release Date: May 3, 2019 THE INTRUDER is a thriller with a premise so improbable that you’ll likely forgive every plot glitch you’ve seen lately in comparison. This reviewer doesn’t want to disrespect the hard work it takes to make a movie – any movie – or write a script. Still, it’s hard to imagine under what circumstances director Deon Taylor and scenarist David Loughery thought an audience would find the set-up scary rather than absurd. Young married couple Scott […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Spoiler Free review)

AVENGERS: ENDGAME poster | ©2019 Marvel Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Karen Gillan, Josh Brolin, Paul Rudd Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on characters created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby and Jim Starlin Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: April 26, 2019 AVENGERS: ENDGAME raises several profound questions. These questions touch only tangentially on anything to do with life, death, love, friendship, sacrifice, purpose, power, and time, although all of these issues are raised and explored during the film’s three-hour running time. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA

THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Linda Cardellini, Roman Christou, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Raymond Cruz, Tony Amendola, Marisol Ramirez, Patricia Velasquez, Sean Patrick Thomas Writers: Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis Director: Michael Chaves Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: April 19, 2019 THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA is rated R. At first, this is surprising. There’s no nudity, no swearing, and not a whole lot of bloodshed. However, since THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA is, start to finish, about young children in supernatural jeopardy, the R rating is probably warranted. This is despite the film’s tone, which is more movie of the week than bone-chilling. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RED JOAN

RED JOAN movie poster | ©2019 IFC Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Judy Dench, Sophie Woodson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes, Laurence Spellman, Tereza Srbova Writer: Lindsay Shapero, based on the novel by Jennie Rooney Director: Trevor Nunn Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: April 19, 2019 RED JOAN’s Joan Stanley, played at different stages of life by Judy Dench and Sophie Woodson, is not actually a real person. While she is based, very loosely, on the real Melita Norwood, this means that the screenplay by Lindsay Shapero, based on the novel by Jennie Rooney, can go wherever it wants. Norwood was in fact exposed as Britain’s longest-hidden KGB spy. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WIND

THE WIND movie poster | ©2019 IFC Midnight

Rating: R Stars: Caitin Gerard, Ashley Zukerman, Julia Goldani Telles, Dylan McTee Writer: Teresa Sutherland Director: Emma Tammi Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: April 5, 2019 THE WIND is an effectively creepy and handsome-looking folk horror film, set on the American prairie in the late nineteenth century. It is deliberately paced, beautifully photographed by cinematographer Lyn Moncrief, and makes great, terrifying use of shadows and light. The principal complaint is that it is needlessly disjointed. Lizzie Macklin (Caitlin Gerard) has been living in an isolated cabin on the plains with her husband Isaac (Ashley Zukerman) for eight years when the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LITTLE

LITTLE movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Marsai Martin, Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Tracie Ellis Ross (voice), Tone Bell, Luke James Writers: Tracy Oliver and Tina Gordon, story by Tracy Oliver Director: Tina Gordon Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 12, 2019 LITTLE is essentially the inverse of the 1988 comedy BIG. That may sound like an easy line, but it’s true. In BIG, a twelve-year-old boy wishes to be an adult and turns into a thirty-year-old (played by Tom Hanks). This is also the plot of 13 GOING ON 30, with Jennifer Garner as the suddenly-grown version of a 13-year-old who wishes she were […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PET SEMATARY (2019)

PET SEMATARY (2019) movie poster | ©2019 Paramount Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jete Laurence, Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie, John Lithgow, Obssa Ahmed, Alyssa Levine Writer: Jeff Buhler, screen story by Matt Greenberg, based on the novel by Stephen King Directors: Kevin Kolach and Dennis Widmeyer Distributor: Paramount Release Date: April 5, 2019 Stephen King’s 1983 novel PET SEMATARY was adapted as a film once before, in 1989, with King writing the screenplay and Mary Lambert directing. Lambert also directed a 1992 sequel, scripted by Richard Outten. Now we’ve got a new adaptation of PET SEMATARY from the directing team Kevin Kolach and Dennis Widmeyer, from […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PUBLIC

THE PUBLIC movie poster | ©2019 Greenwich Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright Writer: Emilio Estevez Director: Emilio Estevez Distributor: Greenwich Entertainment (theatrical), Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (all media) Release Date: (theatrical) April 5, 2019 THE PUBLIC takes its title from the Cincinatti, Ohio Public Library, where most of the action is set. It is a fact that quite a few homeless people in cities all over the U.S. use public libraries not only as sources of information, but also as daytime shelters to get in out of the elements. It’s […]Read On »

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Review: ALIEN 40th ANNIVERSARY SHORTS

ALIEN 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHORTS | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: Unrated Stars: James Paxton Writers: Noah Miller, Chris Reading, Aidan Brezonick, Kailey Spear, Sam Spear Directors: Aidan Brezonick, Benjamin Howdeshell, Noah Miller, Chris Reading, Kailey Spear, Sam Spear, Kelsey Taylor Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: streaming, March 29, 2019; home video (with ALIEN 40th ANNIVERSARY release), April 23, 2019 The landmark science-fiction/horror film ALIEN is turning forty this year. Directed by Ridley Scott and scripted by Dan O’Bannon from a story he wrote with Ron Shusett, ALIEN introduced us to the working-class crew of the spaceship Nostromo, doing the futuristic equivalent of laboring on a cargo ship. A […]Read On »

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