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Movie Review: BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC

BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC movie poster | ©2020 Orion Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Payne, William Sadler, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jemma Mays, Holland Taylor, Hal Landon Jr., Kid Cudi, Jillian Bell Writers: Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon Director: Dean Parisot Distributor: Orion Pictures Release Date: August 28, 2020 BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC is, as its title suggests, a follow-up to 1989’s BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, and its 1991 sequel, BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY. Writers/creators Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon are back for the latest go-round, as are Alex Winter as Bill Preston and Keanu Reeves as Ted Logan. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD movie poster | ©2020 Fox Searchlight

Rating: PG Stars: Dev Patel, Jairaj Varsani, Ranveer Jaiswal, Morfydd Clark, Rosalind Eleazar, Darren Boyd, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi, Bronagh Gallagher, Daisy May Cooper, Ben Whishaw, Benedict Wong, Anna Maxwell Martin, Aneurin Barnard, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Matthew Cottle, Aimee Kelly, Anthony Welsh, Paul Whitehouse Writers: Armando Ianucci & Simon Blackwell, based on the novel DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens Director: Armando Ianucci Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: August 28, 2020 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD is, as its title suggests, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1850 novel DAVID COPPERFIELD. For those wondering about the title, first […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ENTWINED

ENTWINED movie poster | ©2020 Dark Sky Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Prometheus Aleiferopoulos, Anastasia-Rafaela Konidi, John De Holland, Maria Eglezaki, Kostas Laskos, Aleka Toumazatou Writer: John De Holland, story by John De Holland & Minos Nikolakakis, idea by Minos Nikolakakis Director: Minos Nikolakakis Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: August 28, 2020 ENTWINED is set in the present, but nearly everything in it could take place any time between now and whenever people first started telling stories. Director Minos Nikolakakis and screenwriter John De Holland, who are both credited with crafting the story from Nikolakakis’s idea, borrow from Greek mythology and worldwide folklore for their tale. Young […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TESLA

TESLA movie poster | ©2020 IFC Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson, Kyle MacLachlan, Jim Gaffigan, Donnie Keshawarz, Rebecca Dayan, Ebon Moss-Bachrach Writer: Michael Almereyda Director: Michael Almereyda Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: August 21, 2020 TESLA is a quasi-biopic of Nicola Tesla (1856-1943), harnesser of alternating current electricity, and inventor of the induction motor and the Tesla coil. The “quasi” comes in with elements like a narrator (Eve Hewson), dressed in period garb, but who refers to a laptop and Google throughout. We also get live-action performers in front of full-screen period photos, and several scenes which, we’re promptly informed, never happened The film […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE

RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE movie poster | ©2020 Shudder/Elevation Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jesse Williams, Jordana Brewster, Jay Baruchel, Simon Northwood, Niamh Wilson, Clark Backo Writers: Jay Baruchel & Jesse Chabot, based on the graphic novel written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, illustrated by Giancarlo Caracuzzo Director: Jay Baruchel Distributor: Elevation Pictures (Canada); Shudder (U.S.) Release Date: July 18, 2020 (Canada); August 20, 2020 (U.S., U.K., Ireland)  RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, based on the graphic novel written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and illustrated by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, has a lot on its mind. Directed by Jay Baruchel from a screenplay by Baruchel & Jesse Chabot, the movie […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CUT THROAT CITY

CUT THROAT CITY movie poster | ©2020 Well Go USA Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Shameik Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Keean Johnson, Denzel Whitaker, Eiza Gonzalez, Kat Graham, T.I., Rob Morgan, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard Writer: P.G. Cuschieri Director: The RZA Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Release Date: August 21, 2020 CUT THROAT CITY starts with a lively animated opening credits sequence, with bloody comic book art of black workers vs. KKK members. At the end of the sequence, we discover this actually is the CUT THROAT CITY graphic novel, created by James, aka Blink (Shameik Moore), who is showing his new work to his brother Miracle (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WATCH LIST

WATCH LIST movie poster | ©2020 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Alessandra de Rossi, Arthur Acuña, Jake Macapagal Writers: Rona Lean Sales & Ben Rekhi Director: Ben Rekhi Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: August 21, 2020 (theatrical); September 1, 2020 (VOD) WATCH LIST opens with real-world footage of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte making an anti-drug speech, and tacitly praising Hitler. This is not an endorsement by the filmmakers, but rather their way of stating up front what ordinary Filipino citizens are up against in the Duterte regime’s war on drugs. We meet Maria (Alessandra de Rossi), her husband Turo, and their three youngsters, aged thirteen, nine, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MURDER IN THE WOODS

MURDER IN THE WOOD movie poster | ©2020 Rezinate Pictures/Amor Media/Stadium Media

Rating: R Stars: Jose Julian, Jeanette Samano, Chelsea Rendon, Catherine Toribio, Kade Wise, Jordan Diambrini, Soledad St. Hillaire, Danny Trejo Writer: Yelyna De Leon Director: Luis Iga Garza Distributor: Rezinate Pictures/Amor Media/Stadium Media Release Date: August 14, 2020 (theatrical); September 18, 2020 (digital and VOD) MURDER IN THE WOODS is here for those craving ‘80s-style slasher horror. It begins with a man, obviously already the victim of attempted murder, limping through the forest. He arrives at what appears to be an abandoned cabin. He is pursued by someone armed with a hatchet. Through all of this, we get ambiguous flashbacks […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BAY OF SILENCE

THE BAY OF SILENCE movie poster | ©2020 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Claes Bang, Olga Kurylenko, Brian Cox, Assaad Bouab, Alice Krige, Caroline Goodall, Shalisha James-Davis, Hannah van der Westhuysen Writer: Caroline Goodall, based on the novel by Lisa St. Aubin de Teran Director: Paula van der Oest Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: August 14, 2020 The Bay of Silence is a harbor in Liguria, Italy. The action subsequently hops to London, France, and Switzerland, and there’s a brief black and white prologue, but it’s here that we encounter Rosalind (Olga Kurylenko) and her boyfriend Will (Claes Bang). Will and Rosalind are besotted with each other. He proposes, […]Read On »

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TV Review: LINE OF DUTY

LINE OF DUTY Key Art | ©2020 Acorn TV

Stars: Martin Cumpston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson, Lennie James, Keeley Hawes, Thandie Newton Writer: Jed Mercurio Directors: John Strickland, Douglas Mackinnon, David Caffrey, Daniel Nettheim, Michael Keillor, Jed Mercutio, Susan Tully Networks: AMC, Acorn TV Original Airdates: U.K., June 26, 2012; AMC, April 6, 2020 LINE OF DUTY is a British police drama unlike most. For one thing, it just won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Season 5, Episode 4. For another, LINE OF DUTY deals with a subject that U.S. police dramas so far won’t touch as a series premise: Internal Affairs. […]Read On »

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