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Movie Review: HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN

HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN Movie Poster | ©2021 Well Go USA Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Dean-Charles Chapman, Finn Cole, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Travis Fimmel, Conleth Hill, Susan Lynch, Emmett J. Scanlan Writer: Eoin C. Macken, based on the novel by Rob Doyle Director: Eoin C. Macken Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Release Date: April 27, 2021 HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN is set in Dublin, Ireland, in the summer of 2003. Our narrator, Matthew (Dean-Charles Chapman), is at a church for a funeral at the start. In voiceover, he talks about how people say the summer after school graduation (secondary school in Ireland, equivalent to high school in the U.S.) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL

BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL movie poster | ©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jack Rowan, Nigel O’Neill, Louisa Harland, Michael Hough, Fra Fee, Robert Nairne, Andrea Irvine, Morgan C. Jones, David Pearse, John Lynch Writer: Chris Baugh, story by Chris Baugh & Brendan Mullin Director: Chris Baugh Distributor: Shudder Release Date: April 22, 2021 BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL is a Northern Irish horror/comedy. It seeks to emulate AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (there’s even a dialogue reference, along with a whole sequence that’s fairly similar) or SHAUN OF THE DEAD. We’re in the picturesque small town of Six Mile Hill. It’s nighttime. An older couple is watching television, when […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MANK

MANK movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey, Arliss Howard, Tuppence Middleton, Monika Grossman, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Charles Dance, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane Writer: Jack Fincher Director: David Fincher Distributor: Netflix Release Date: December 4, 2020  MANK has the most Oscar nominations of the 2020 crop of feature films:  for Motion Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Gary Oldman), Director (David Fincher), Actress in a Supporting Role (Amanda Seyfried), Sound (Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod), Production Design (Donald Graham Burt, plus Jan Pascale for Set Decoration), Original Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Makeup […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Shenkman, J.C. MacKenzie, Frank Langella, Danny Flaherty, Noah Robbins, John Doman, Michael Keaton, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Caitlin FitzGerald Writer: Aaron Sorkin Director: Aaron Sorkin Distributor: Netflix Release Date: October 16, 2020 THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 has been nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen), Original Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Film Editing (Alan Baumgarten), Cinematography (Phedon Papamichael), and Original Song (“Hear My Voice,” lyrics by Celeste and Daniel Pemberton, music by Pemberton). […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OAK ROOM

THE OAK ROOM movie poster | ©2021 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: RJ Mitte, Ari Millen, Martin Roach, Nicholas Campbell, David Ferry, Peter Outerbridge Writer: Peter Genoway Director: Cody Calahan Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: April 16, 2021 THE OAK ROOM has a destination in mind. It gets there surely, but more slowly than many viewers will like. In some ways, THE OAK ROOM feels like an homage to FARGO; in others, it seems like a filmed stage play. There are two major settings, both bars, one a redressing of the other. We get brief detours to other locations, and eventually, there’s violence, but the bulk of THE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IN THE EARTH

IN THE EARTH Poster | ©2021 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Joel Fry, Reece Sheersmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora Torchia, Mark Monero, John Hollingworth Writer: Ben Wheatley Director: Ben Wheatley Distributor: Neon Release Date: April 16, 2021 IN THE EARTH is set in a world where there’s a pandemic going on. Lest anyone be put off by this story element, its point seems mainly to explain why there aren’t more people around. After the first few scenes, it becomes an afterthought. However, anyone who has problems with strobe lights and flashing images should be warned in advance. Dr. Martin Lowry (Joel Fry) walks up a woodland path to a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BANISHING

Jessica Brown Findlay as Marianne in THE BANISHING |©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, John Heffernan, Adam Hugill, Anya McKenna-Bruce, Jean St. Clair, Jason Thorpe, John Lynch, Sean Harris Writers: David Beton, Ray Lines & Dean Bogdanovich Director: Christopher Smith Distributor: Shudder Release Date: April 15, 2021 THE BANISHING is directed by Christopher Smith, who is responsible for the brilliant, hilarious SEVERANCE. THE BANISHING isn’t remotely amusing (and isn’t attempting to be), and it treads a familiar path, but it’s decently scary. In early 1930s England, there’s a horrific murder/suicide of a vicar and his wife at Morley Hall. Anglican bishop Malachi (John Lynch), the vicar’s superior, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE POWER

THE POWER movie poster | ©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Rose Williams, Charlie Carrick, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Nuala McGowan, Emma Rigby, Diveen Henry, Paul Antony-Barber, Shakira Rahman, Clara Read Writer: Corinna Faith Director: Corinna Faith Distributor: Shudder Release Date: April 8, 2021 THE POWER has a title with threefold meanings. It refers to the electricity, which is in short supply in 1974 London. It also encompasses the hierarchy of the hospital where the story takes place. Finally, it concerns the malevolent force that pervades the building when the lights are out. The power shortage is due to a miners’ strike in Great Britain (this is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VOICES

THE VOICES movie poster | ©2021 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Valerie Jane Parker, Jonathan Stoddard, Rezeta Veliu, Ashley Bell, Jordan Ladd, Lauri Hendler, Phil Baker, Jo Ann Olivera, Leslie Easterbrook, Jenna Harvey, Romy Reiner, Colton Reese, Chloe Romanski, Claire Marie Burton Writers: Daniel Hathcock and Nathaniel Nuon Director: Nathaniel Nuon Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: April 2, 2021 VOICES begins with two women, Lilly (Valerie Jane Parker) and Emily (Rezeta Veliu), chained up in a dirty room. This makes us momentarily wonder if we’re heading into a torture scenario. We’re not. With VOICES, director Nathaniel Nuon and his co-writer Daniel Hathcock are trying to make several […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE COURIER

THE COURIER movie poster | ©2021 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, Angus Wright, Zeljko Ivanek, Kirill Pirogov, Anton Lesser, Maria Mironova, Vladimir Chuprikov Writer: Tom O’Connor Director: Dominic Cooke Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: March 19, 2021  THE COURIER begins with the onscreen statement, “This film is based on true events.” This is accurate. Whether those events happened the way they’re depicted here or not, THE COURIER is a cracking good period spy thriller. By 1960, both the United States and Soviet Union had enough weapons to wipe out humanity (and presumably most other organic life on the planet). Many people […]Read On »

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