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Movie Review: THE LEGEND OF LA LLORONA

LEGEND OF LA LLORNA movie poster | ©2022 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Autumn Reeser, Antonio Cupo, Zamia Fandino, Edgar Wuotto, Angelica Lara, Nicolas Madrazo, Danny Trejo, Fernanda Aguilar Writer: Jose Prendes, story by Cameron Larson, Jose Prendes, Patricia Harris Seeley Director: Patricia Harris Seeley Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: January 7, 2022 (theatrical), January 11, 2022 (digital) THE LEGEND OF LA LLORONA is not to be confused with either 2019’s THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA (which is part of the COJURING-verse), or LA LLORONA (also 2019). How can you tell them apart? For one thing, LA LLORONA is set and made in Guatemala, and uses the horror genre and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RUCKER

RUCKER movie poster | ©2022 Giant Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Bobby C. King, Cheyenna Lee Writers: Amy Hesketh & Aaron Drane Director: Amy Hesketh Distributor: Giant Pictures Release Date: January 4, 2022 (VOD); February 4, 2022 (Blu-ray/DVD) RUCKER is a combination slasher/trucker/character study. Directed by Amy Hesketh and written by Hesketh & Aaron Drane, RUCKER has intriguing ambitions (once we can tell what they are), but it lacks the nuance to fully pull them off. After a brutal slasher opening, we find ourselves in the company of Leif Rucker (Bobby C. King). Rucker is a lifelong long-haul driver of a truck. He says he doesn’t like […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE KINDRED

THE KINDRED movie poster | ©2022 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: April Pearson, Blake Harrison, James Cosmo, Samantha Bond, Steve Oram, Robbie Gee, Jimmy Yuill, James Dreyfus, Patrick Bergin, Scarlet Annandale Writer: Christian J. Hearn Director: Jamie Patterson Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: January 7, 2022 THE KINDRED is not to be confused with 2020’s KINDRED, a mix-up made more likely since both are low-budget British horror movies. (It’s also not to be confused with the 1987 TV series THE KINDRED, which was about vampires.) The current THE KINDRED opens with a panicked young woman, Helen Tullet (April Pearson), fleeing a tall building. Once outside, she is […]Read On »

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YEAR IN REVIEW: THE 10 BEST MOVIES OF 2021

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME teaser poster | ©2021 Sony/Marvel

2021 was in many respects a nightmare year in real life, but it managed to deliver some really good movies. Here are my totally unscientific picks for the ten best. BELFAST. It’s a tough decision, but director/writer Kenneth Branagh’s ode to his childhood gets the edge, precisely because it could easily have been trite or average or, worst of all, boring. Instead, it’s informative and glorious and full of sorrow and joy. CYRANO. Directed by Joe Wright and adapted by Erica Schmidt from her stage musical (lyrics by Matt Berninger & Carin Besser, music by Aaron Dessner & Bryce Dessner), […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SING 2

SING 2 movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures/Illumination

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Bono, Halsey, Pharrell Williams Writer: Garth Jennings Director: Garth Jennings Distributor: Universal Pictures/Illumination Release Date: December 22, 2021 SING 2 is a sequel to 2016’s animated musical SING. Like the first film, SING 2 is written and directed by Garth Jennings. Both take place in a world of anthropomorphic animals, and both are jukebox musicals, with songs taken from pop culture rather than being composed specifically for the film. In the original SING, Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey), an ambitious koala […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME – Spoiler Free Review

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME poster | ©2021 Sony/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, J.K. Simmons Writers: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, based on characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: December 17, 2021 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME is the ninth SPIDER-MAN movie of the twenty-first century (we’re not counting all the MCU movies in which the character appeared but didn’t have his name in the title). It’s the third SPIDER-MAN movie to star Tom Holland as the young web-slinging New Yorker, as well as the third directed by Jon Watts. These […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NIGHTMARE ALLEY

NIGHTMARE ALLEY movie poster | ©2021 Searchlight Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, David Strathairn, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman, Richard Jenkins, Holt McAllany, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Beaver Writers: Guillermo del Toro & Kim Morgan, based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham Director: Guillermo del Toro Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: December 17, 2021 NIGHTMARE ALLEY is a beautifully-made, hypnotic Depression-era thriller. William Lindsay Gresham’s novel was previously adapted for the big screen in 1947, with Tyrone Power in the lead. This time around, Bradley Cooper essays the role of Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, the antihero at the center of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CYRANO

CYRANO movie poster | ©2021 MGM/United Artists

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn Writer: Erica Schmidt, lyrics by Matt Berninger & Carin Besser, music by Aaron Dessner & Bryce Dessner, based on the stage play CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Edmond Rostand Director: Joe Wright Distributor: MGM/United Artists Release Date: December 17, 2021 CYRANO, among other things, reminds GAME OF THRONES fans just how much we’ve missed seeing Peter Dinklage be swashbuckling. Of course, this being a film version of the stage musical CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Erica Schmidt, with lyrics by Matt Berninger & Carin Besser, and music by Aaron Dessner […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS movie poster | ©2021 STX Films

Rating: R Stars: Stephan James, J.K. Simmons, Alexander Ludwig, Lil Rel Howery, Tim Blake Nelson, Andrew Bachelor, David Koechner, Jeffrey Donovan, Kristen Chenoweth, Timothy Olyphant, Uzo Aduba Writer: Adam Mervis Director: Ric Roman Waugh Distributor: STX Films Release Date: December 10, 2021  NATIONAL CHAMPIONS is structured like a legal thriller, although we never see the inside of a courtroom. Technically, it’s an issue-driven drama about football and labor. This may seem an odd combination, but writer Adam Mervis has a lot to say on the subjects, and director Ric Roman Waugh makes it feel tense and suspenseful. There has been […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AGNES

AGNES movie poster | ©2021 Magnet Releasing

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Molly C. Quinn, Jake Horowitz, Rachel True, Hayley McFarland, Zandy Hardig, Chris Browning, Ben Hall, Mary Buss, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn Writers: John Selvidge and Mickey Reece Director: Mickey Reece Distributor: Magnet Releasing Release Date: December 10, 2021  AGNES starts out like a typical exorcism film, but it doesn’t stay that way for long. We begin at a cloistered Carmelite convent in upstate New York. It’s the present, but it might as well be the 1950s, or further back, as far as the strict Mother Superior (Mary Buss) is concerned. Rule-bound and stern though Mother Superior […]Read On »

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