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Movie Review: KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN

KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN | ©2018 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Larry Cohen, Rick Baker, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto, J.J. Abrams, Michael Moriarty, Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Martin Scorsese, Laurene Landon, Barbara Carrera, Traci Lords, Cynthia Costas Cohen, Janelle Webb Writer: Steve Mitchell Director: Steve Mitchell Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: Los Angeles, July 19, 2018; New York, August 3, 2018 KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN is a delightful documentary about filmmaker Larry Cohen. The term “outlaw” has been applied all over the place to just about everyone and everything less corporate than the Mousketeers, but Cohen really walked the walk […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT movie poster | ©2018 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley Writer: Christopher McQuarrie, based on the TV series created by Bruce Geller Director: Christopher McQuarrie Distributor: Paramount Release Date: July 27, 2018 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT is one of the best entries in the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily saying much, so let’s put it another way. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT is actually entertaining. It moves briskly, it has at least one sequence with helicopters that shows us something new, and it puts […]Read On »

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Movie Review: UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB

UNFRIENDED DARK WEB poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Colin Woodell, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Stephanie Nogueras, Andrew Lees, Savira Windyani, Connor Del Rio, Chelsea Alden, Douglas Tait Writer: Stephen Susco Director: Stephen Susco Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: July 20, 2018 UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB shares with 2015’s UNFRIENDED the still fairly novel technique of having the entire movie play out over Facebook, Skype and video camera feeds. The two films also share the Blumhouse horror imprimatur. However, where the original UNFRIENDED was supernatural – literally, about a ghost in the machine – UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB concerns the possibilities of attracting the attention of some very […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SKYSCRAPER

SKYSCRAPER movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Muller, McKenna Melvin, Noah Cottrell, Pablo Schreiber, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Release Date: July 13, 2018 The title of SKYSCRAPER would seem to refer to the 210-story structure where most of the action takes place. “The Pearl,” as it is dubbed, is the (fictional) tallest building in all of Asia. But it’s easy to see where SKYSCRAPER could also metaphorically reference Dwayne Johnson’s character Will Sawyer, a hero of towering height, family love, moral rectitude and physical ability. Will was an expert […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT

HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT poster | ©2018 Amazon Studios

Rating: R Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black Writer: Gus Van Sant, story by John Callahan and Gus Van Sant & Jack Gibson & William Andrew Eatman, based on John Callahan’s book Director: Gus Van Sant Distributor: Amazon Studios Theatrical Release Date: July 13, 2018  DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT is filmmaker Gus Van Sant’s biopic about the late cartoonist John Callahan (1951-2010), played here by Joaquin Phoenix. “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” is the caption of one of Callahan’s most famous pieces, which shows a posse out in a desert […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU movie poster | ©2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Kate Berlant, Michael X. Sommers, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer, Forest Whitaker Writer: Boots Riley Director: Boots Riley Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: June 6, 2018 SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is agitprop comedy cinema at its most pointed. Director/writer Boots Riley has devised a wicked social satire that takes on race, economics, the corporate state and more. It’s often simultaneously funny and depressing in how close its outrageousness is to reality. Even when the third act takes a turn into sci-fi, the metaphors are grounded. Our […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FIRST PURGE

THE FIRST PURGE movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Mugga, Patch Darragh, Marisa Tomei, Luna Lauren Velez, Kristen Solis, Rotimi Paul Writer: James DeMonaco Director: Gerard McMurray Distributor: Universal Release Date: July 4, 2018 THE FIRST PURGE is actually the fourth in the film series created by James DeMonaco. A prequel to the other three, THE FIRST PURGE shows how the government-sanctioned “Purge,” which we find out was initially confined to Staten Island, New York, and called “the Experiment,” came to exist. For those who’ve somehow missed the other PURGE offerings, here’s the premise. The U.S. government has decided […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Isabella Sermon, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, BD Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeff Goldblum Writers: Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton Director: J.A. Bayona Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 21, 2018 While it still has more than its fair share of “Say what?” logic and plot holes, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM represents what might be called an evolutionary step up from its immediate predecessor, 2015’s JURASSIC WORLD. In JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, not only has the dinosaur park been closed […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SUPERFLY

SUPERFLY movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis, Andrea Londo, Michael Kenneth Williams, Esai Morales, Kaalan Walker, Jennifer Morrison, Big Bank Black, Brian F. Durkin Writer: Alex Tse, based on the 1972 screenplay by Phillip Fenty Director: Director X. Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Release Date: June 13, 2018 One thing the new SUPERFLY has going for it is conviction. Not only does everyone involved seem unconcerned that they’re in a remake of the 1972 exploitation flick SUPER FLY, they proceed as though this is the first story ever told about a criminal who wants out of the life as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OCEAN’S 8

OCEAN'S 8 movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, James Corden Writers: Gary Ross & Olivia Milch, story by Gary Ross, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell Director: Gary Ross Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 8, 2018 OCEAN’S 8 might be called a spinoff rather than a sequel of the OCEAN’S 11 franchise. The Ocean here is Debbie (Sandra Bullock), sister of Danny Ocean (the character played in the earlier films by George Clooney). Newly paroled from a five-year prison stint, Debbie […]Read On »

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