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Movie Review: THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR

THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR Blu-ray | ©2022 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Lonnie Chavis, Ezra Dewey, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Scott Michael Foster, Micah Hauptman Writers: David Charbonier & Justin Powell Directors: Justin Powell & David Charbonier Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: July 29, 2021 theatrical/Shudder/ March 15, 2022, home video and digital THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR treads the tightrope of its subject matter remarkably well. There are actually two preteen boys, Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and Kevin (Ezra Dewey), in the film. We meet them both bound and gagged in the trunk of a car being driven to an isolated house. We flash back to six hours […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NO EXIT

NO EXIT Poster | ©2022 20th Century Studios/Hulu

Rating: R Stars: Havana Rose Liu, Danny Ramirez, David Rysdahl, Dale Dickey, Mila Harris, Dennis Haysbert Writers: Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, based on the novel by Taylor Adams Director: Damien Power Distributor: 20th Century Studios/Hulu Release Date: February 25, 2022 NO EXIT, now streaming on Hulu, is gratifyingly tight. Director Damien Power and writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari have adapted Taylor Adams’s novel into a no-frills thriller that packs in a lot of suspense with a small cast and few locations. At the start, we meet Darby (Havana Rose Liu). Darby is a young woman unhappily doing a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BATMAN

THE BATMAN Poster | ©2022 Warner Bros./DC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard, Barry Keoghan, Jayme Lawson, Gil Perez-Abraham Writers: Matt Reeves & Peter Craig, based on characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, for DC Comics Director: Matt Reeves Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 4, 2022 THE BATMAN is not the longest superhero movie ever made. However, at two hours and fifty-five minutes, it’s a contender for the longest movie made about a lone superhero. (The AVENGERS movies and JUSTICE LEAGUE were about groups.) What’s surprising about THE BATMAN isn’t so […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT movie poster | ©2022 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Emma Fitzpatrick, Angela Gulner, Jennifer Lafleur, Sibongile Mlambo, Corina Kinnear Writers: Emma Fitzpatrick & Gia Elliot Director: Gia Elliot Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: March 4, 2022 TAKE BACK THE NIGHT clearly has its heart in the right place. The closing credits start with phone numbers for real-world rape survivor and suicide hotlines. The film also has a tricky but potentially intriguing premise. What if a woman was assaulted by a literal monster? Director Gia Elliot co-wrote the TAKE BACK THE NIGHT screenplay with lead actor Emma Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick plays Jane, who goes online by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ASKING FOR IT

ASKING FOR IT movie poster | ©2022 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Kiersey Clemons, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, Ezra Miller, Gabourey Sidibe, Radha Mitchell, Casey Cott, Leslie Stratton, Luke Hemsworth, Wayne Dehart, David Patrick Kelly, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Casey Camp-Horinek Writer: Eamon O’Rourke Director: Eamon O’Rourke Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: March 4, 2022 ASKING FOR IT has the vibe of a ‘70s indie film that is blissfully unafraid to blend genres and tones. Directed and written by Eamon O’Rourke, ASKING FOR IT is in theory and practice a rape revenge action flick. However, it’s also a celebration of young female bonding, idyllic hip-hop counterculture, and a type of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: UNCHARTED

UNCHARTED movie poster | ©2022 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, Antonio Banderas, Steve Waddington Writers: Rafe Judkins and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, screen story by Rafe Lee Judkins and Jon Hanley Rosenberg & Mark D. Walker Director: Ruben Fleischer Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: February 18, 2022  UNCHARTED is based on a phenomenally successful series of PlayStation videogames about treasure hunter Nathan Drake. It’s a rather strange name, at least for this movie, given that so much of it is involved with following maps that lead to other maps, although the title HIGHLY CHARTED wouldn’t have quite the same […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TED K

TED K movie poster | ©2022 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Sharlto Copley, Amber Rose Mason Writers: Gaddy Davis and John Rosenthal and Tony Stone Director: Tony Stone Distributor: Neon Release Date: February 18, 2022 TED K refers to Theodore J. Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber. He is played here in an excellent performance by Sharlto Copley, who also serves as one of the film’s producers. An opening crawl informs us that. Kaczynski lived for twenty-five years, without running water or electricity in a ten-by-twelve-foot cabin in the woods outside the Rocky Mountain town of Lincoln, Montana. His activities are described as “sinister,” while ominous music plays. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CURSED

THE CURSED Movie Poster | ©2022 Neon

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Kelly Reilly, Alistair Petrie, Roxane Duran, Amelia Crouch, Max Mackintosh, Pascale Becouze, Tommy Rodger Writer: Sean Ellis Director: Sean Ellis Distributor: Neon Release Date: February 18, 2022 THE CURSED (not to be confused with director Wes Craven’s 2005 contemporary werewolf movie CURSED) is a new take on the Beast of Gévaudan legend. To be more precise, director/writer Sean Ellis positions his THE CURSED as a kind of sequel to that legend. Those who are not familiar with this piece of French folklore need not fear – it will be explained to us in due […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INCARNATION

INCARNATION movie poster | ©2022 Cinedigm

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Taye Diggs, Jessica Uberuaga, Michael Madsen, Rich Paul, Antonio Jones Writers: Isaac Walsh and Tyler Clair Smith Director: Isaac Walsh Distributor: Cinedigm Release Date: February 18, 2022 INCARNATION is one of those titles that could mean a lot of different things. In this case, there’s a demon who’d like to get into our world. Director Isaac Walsh, working from a script he wrote with Tyler Clair Smith, has made a pleasingly tight movie that’s essentially a three-hander. Brad (Taye Diggs) and Jess (Jessica Uberuaga) are a happily married couple who are delighted to move to Southern […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THEY LIVE IN THE GREY

THEY LIVE IN THE GREY Key Art | ©2022 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Michelle Krusiec, Ken Kirby, Ellen Wroe, Madelyn Grace, Mercedes Manning, J.R. Cacia, Willie S. Hosea, Audrey Moore, Jaden Tran Writers: The Vang Brothers (Burlee Vang & Abel Vang) Directors: The Vang Brothers (Abel Vang & Burlee Vang) Distributor: Shudder Release Date: February 17, 2022 THEY LIVE IN THE GREY refers to ghosts. It likewise refers to the living, who are haunted not only by the dead, but also by their own grief and rage. Written and directed by the Vang Brothers (Burlee and Abel), THEY LIVE IN THE GREY starts with shots of desolate fields, then […]Read On »

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