ATTACHMENT movie poster | ©2023 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Josephine Park, Ellie Kendrick, Sofie Gråbøl, David Dencik Writer: Gabriel Bier Gislason Director: Gabriel Bier Gislason Distributor: Shudder Release Date: February 9, 2023 (Shudder) From movies like THE EXORCIST to THE CONJURING franchise to this week’s release CONSECRATION, Catholicism still gets the lion’s share of horror movie attention. However, with 2012’s THE POSSESSION, 2021’s THE VIGIL, and this year’s THE OFFERING, among others, Jewish lore is getting some screen time, too. ATTACHMENT (NATTEN HAR BJINE), directed and written by Gabriel Bier Gislason, is the newest entry in this horror subgenre. It’s a slow burn, but a […]Read On »


Movie Review: SWEETHEART

SWEETHEART movie poster | ©2023 Film Movement

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Nell Barlow, Jo Hartley, Ella-Rae Smith, Sophia Di Martino, Samuel Anderson, Tabitha Byron Writer: Marley Morrison Director: Marley Morrison Distributor: Film Movement Release Date: February 10, 2023 SWEETHEART is a generally credible if somewhat leisurely English coming-of-age story, directed and written by Marley Morrison. Plenty of people are miserable at age seventeen. A.J. (Nell Barlow) is one of them. She drops in bits of narration as SWEETHEART chronicles a seaside vacation at a “holiday park” where the accommodations are a series of lookalike mobile homes. A.J. is dragged along on to this destination by her mom […]Read On »




Rating: Not Rated Stars: Angela Basolis, Robbie Banfitch, Scott Schamell, Michelle May, Leslie Ann Banfitch Writer: Robbie Banfitch Director: Robbie Banfitch Distributor: Cinedigm Release Date: February 9, 2023 On the plus side, THE OUTWATERS is a celebration of the natural beauty of California’s deserts and hills. It has good cinematography by director/writer/actor Robbie Banfitch, and a solid folk-rock score. THE OUTWATERS begins with a frantic 911 call that abruptly cuts off. Title cards tell us that Mojave Desert police found camera memory cards on February 22, 2022, of footage evidently recorded in 2017. We then see the footage. Musician Scott […]Read On »



CONSECRATION | ©2023 IFC Midnight/ Shudder

Rating: R Stars: Jena Malone, Danny Huston, Thoren Ferguson, Will Keen, Eilidh Fisher, Alexandra Lewis, Jolade Obasola, Daisy Allen, Kit Rakusen, Ian Pirie, Steffan Cennydd, Janet Suzman Writers: Christopher Smith & Laurie Cook Director: Christopher Smith Distributor: IFC Films/Shudder Release Date: February 10, 2023 CONSECRATION gets off to a bracing start. Grace (Jena Malone) informs us in voiceover that her brother used to believe she had a guardian angel, while she believed in nothing. Onscreen, Grace is taking a peaceful walk outside a park when she is confronted by a nun, in full white habit, who points a revolver at […]Read On »



SKINAMARINK movie poster | ©2023 IFC Midnight/Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Lucas Paul, Dali Rose Tetreault, Ross Paul, Jaime Hill Writer: Kyle Edward Ball Director: Kyle Edward Ball Distributor: IFC Midnight/Shudder Release Date: January 13, 2023 (theatrical); February 2, 2023 (Shudder) Evaluating SKINAMARINK properly probably requires someone far better versed than this reviewer is in experimental cinema, and/or slow cinema. There is indeed a genre known as slow cinema, which is pretty much what it sounds like. There are static shots; there is repetition; plots are sketchy, if they exist at all. This is intentional, to put the viewer in a state where they can experience the […]Read On »


Movie Review: A LOT OF NOTHING

A LOT OF NOTHING movie poster | ©2023 RLJE

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Y’lan Noel, Cleopatra Coleman, Lex Scott Davis, Shamier Anderson, Justin Hartley Writers: Mo McRae and Sarah Kelly Kaplan Director: Mo McRae Distributor: RLJE Entertainment Release Date: February 3, 2023 A lot of nothing is, tragically, too often what happens when a police officer shoots a nonthreatening civilian. Black couple Vanessa (Cleopatra Coleman) and James (Y’lan Noel) are therefore determined to do something when they see broadcast news footage of their white police officer next-door neighbor Brian (Justin Hartley) that shows him shooting an unarmed youth. James urges Vanessa to post something on Facebook, but they get […]Read On »



KNOCK AT THE CABIN | ©2023 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Rupert Grint, Abby Quinn, Kristen Cui Writers: M. Night Shyamalan and Steve Desmond & Michael Sherman, based on the novel THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Paul Tremblay Director: M. Night Shyamalan Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 3, 2023 KNOCK AT THE CABIN is a mostly good, often surprising apocalypse drama based on Paul Tremblay’s novel, THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD. Director M. Night Shyamalan and his co-scripters Steve Desmond & Michael Sherman create some awesome character moments and even some truly […]Read On »


Movie Review: 80 FOR BRADY

80 FOR BRADY movie poster | ©2023 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Tom Brady, Harry Hamlin, Sara Gilbert, Bob Balaban, Glynn Turman, Rob Corddry, Guy Fieri, Billy Porter Writers: Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins Director: Kyle Marvin Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: February 3, 2023 80 FOR BRADY is a genial comedy that brings together four women of a certain age. After first starring together in 1980’s 9 TO 5 and in seven seasons (2015-2022) of the Netflix comedy GRACE AND FRANKIE, it seems perfectly natural to see Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda playing lifelong friends. They are joined here by […]Read On »


Movie Review: ALIVE

ALIVE movie poster | ©2023 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ellen Hillman, Neil Sheffield, Kian Pritchard, Gillian Broderick, Angus Kennedy, Stuart Matthews, Andrew May-Gohrey, Daniel May-Gohrey, Stuart Matthews, Simone McIntyre, Helen Coathup Writer: David Marantz Director: David Marantz Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: January 31, 2023 (digital) ALIVE is a mostly well-done and sober-minded (that is, non-comedic) zombie movie. It suffers not so much from anything that it’s doing wrong, but more from being something of a latecomer. Borrowing the idea of contagion, but not the extreme speed, from 28 DAYS LATER, ALIVE posits an epidemic that the English government downplays, even as the situation becomes increasingly […]Read On »



INFINITY POOL movie poster | ©2023 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman, Jalil Lespert, Thomas Kretschmann, Amanda Brugel, John Ralston, Caroline Boulton, Jeffrey Ricketts Writer: Brandon Cronenberg Director: Brandon Cronenberg Distributor: Neon Release Date: January 27, 2023 INFINITY POOL is one of those movies that requires reviewers to watch the trailer after the fact, in order to know what’s being revealed to prospective audiences, and what still constitutes a spoiler. In this case, the trailer discloses that we enter the realm of science fiction early on. INFINITY POOL starts in utter blackness, as married couple James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em (Cleopatra Coleman) muse […]Read On »

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