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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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Movie Review: HOSTS

HOSTS movie poster | ©2020 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Neal Ward, Samantha Loxley, Frank Jakeman, Nadia Lamin, Lee Hunter, Jennifer Preston, Buddy Skelton Writer: Adam Leader, story by Adam Leader & Richard Oakes Directors: Adam Leader & Richard Oakes Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: October 2, 2020 HOSTS, not to be confused with the July 2020 release HOST (or Bong Joon-ho’s THE HOST, or any of the other more than 450 films with similar titles) is a low-budget British horror film. The title is actually clever, as HOSTS refers both to the Henderson family, who’ve invited their neighbors over for Christmas supper, and the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ETERNAL BEAUTY

ETERNAL BEAUTY Movie Poster | ©2020 Samuel Goldwyn Films

Rating: R Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe, Billie Piper, Robert Pugh, Morfydd Clark, Paul Hilton, Boyd Clack, Elysia Welch, Penelope Wilton, David Thewlis, Spencer Deere Writer: Craig Roberts Director: Craig Roberts Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films Release Date: October 2, 2020 ETERNAL BEAUTY is actually a good movie, but one that’s hard to recommend. Director/writer Craig Roberts has made a slightly impressionistic film about mental illness and toxic family relationships. It’s not that we don’t believe what we see, it’s that it is depressing without being illuminating. Sally Hawkins plays Jane, who is being treated with both talk therapy and medication […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DEATH OF ME

DEATH OF ME movie poster | ©2020 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Maggie Q, Alex Essoe, Luke Hemsworth, Kat Ingkarat, Kelly B. Jones Writers: Art Margolis & James Morley III and David Tish Director: Darren Lynn Bousman Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: October 2, 2020 DEATH OF ME is contemporary folk horror set on a Thai island. Christine (Maggie Q) and her travel journalist husband Neil (Luke Hemsworth) are staying at a rented house in this picturesque setting. Neil is here to do an article on the place; Christine is along for this working vacation. Christine and Neil wake up in the bedroom, covered with dirt and possibly blood. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: POSSESSOR

POSSESSOR Movie Poster | ©2020 Neon

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gage Graham-Arbuthnot, Raoul Bhaneja, Gabrielle Graham Writer: Brandon Cronenberg Director: Brandon Cronenberg Distributor: Neon Release Date: October 9, 2020 POSSESSOR is classic Cronenberg. Normally, one wants to take any filmmaker on their own terms, but in the case of POSSESSOR writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, he’s created a work that could easily be taken for one made by his father, David Cronenberg, during the ‘70s or ‘80s. This is because POSSESSOR has many themes that the elder Cronenberg explored: body horror, alienation from the self, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ANTEBELLUM

ANTEBELLUM movie poster | ©2020 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Janelle Monae, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Marque Richardson, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, Tongayi Chirisa, London Boyce Writers: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz Directors: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 18, 2020 If ANTEBELLUM were a script pitch, the response might be, “You can’t do that.” In fact, writers/directors Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz clearly could and did do it, because their film exists. Now the questions are 1) what are they trying to say, 2) did they actually succeed in saying it, and 3) whether they should […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIRAL

SPIRAL movie poster | ©2020 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Leporte, Ty Wood, Lochlyn Munro, Chandra West Writers: Colin Minihan & John Poliquin Director: Kurtis David Harder Distributor: Shudder Release Date: September 17, 2020 (Shudder stream) SPIRAL keeps us guessing for a good portion of its length as to whether its horror is sociological, psychological, or supernatural. We generally know the drill: new family moves to small town, the neighbors are a little odd, and weird stuff begins to happen. It’s the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. We can tell from the tech: Polaroid cameras, square computer monitors, and not a cellphone […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TEENAGE BADASS

TEENAGE BADASS poster | ©2020 Freestyle Digital Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mcabe Gregg, Evan Ultra, Madelyn Deutch, Dillon Lane, Elsie Hewitt, Tucker Audie, Brandon “crsh.” White, Karsen Liotta, Julie Ann Emery, Kevin Corrigan Writers: Grant McCord & Matthew D. Dho Director: Grant McCord Distributor: Freestyle Digital Media Release Date: September 18, 2020 TEENAGE BADASS is an odd title for what is essentially an amiable indie rock story. We’re in Phoenix, AZ. The year is 2006, presumably to explain why inexpensive home recording equipment isn’t a thing yet. Our hero is Brad Jaffe (Mcabe Gregg), a seventeen-year-old whose two passions are playing drums and smoking weed. He lives […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RENT-A-PAL

RENT-A-PAL movie poster | ©2020 IFC

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Brian Landis Folkins, Kathleen Brady, Amy Rutledge, Wil Wheaton Writer: Jon Stevenson Director: Jon Stevenson Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: September 11, 2020 RENT-A-PAL is one of those movies that’s hard to evaluate. It seems to be the movie that writer/director Jon Stevenson set out to make, it’s well-acted, and it works up some tension. However, it raises a lot of intriguing questions and then doesn’t answer them. It winds up not being any of the movies the setup leads us to hope we’re going to watch. We’re in 1990 Denver, Colorado. Forty-year-old David (Brian Landis […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MULAN

MULAN movie poster | ©2020 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao Writers: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin; animated screenplay by Rita Hsaio, Christopher Sanders, Philip Lazebnik, Raymond Singer & Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, story by Robert D. San Souci, based on the legend of Mulan Director: Niki Caro Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date (on Disney+): September 4, 2020 MULAN tells the story of a young woman in ancient China who disguises herself as a young man. It was previously adapted for the screen as an animated […]Read On »

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