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Movie Review: FEAR STREET: PART THREE – 1666

FEAR STREET - PART THREE: 1666 | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Darrell Britt-Gibson Writers: Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak and Kate Trefry, based on the FEAR STREET books by R.L. Stine Director: Leigh Janiak Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 16, 2021 FEAR STREET: PART THREE – 1666 concludes the FEAR STREET trilogy of films, based on R.L. Stine’s FEAR STREET books. All three FEAR STREET movies are directed and co-written by Leigh Janiak, who here shares screenplay credit with Phil Graziadei and Kate Trefry. Viewers wanting resolution for the characters and curse we first encountered in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OLD

OLD movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre, Embeth Davidtz, Emun Elliott, Alexa Swinton, Gustaf Hammarsten, Kathleen Chalfant, Francesca Eastwood, Nolan River, Luca Faustino Rodriguez, Mikaya Fisher, Kallen Jude Writer: M. Night Shyamalan, based on the graphic novel SANDCASTLE by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederick Peeters Director: M. Night Shyamalan Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: July 23, 2021 OLD doesn’t go where we might expect, and that’s pretty much a good thing. The new film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, based on the graphic […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FEAR STREET: PART TWO – 1978

FEAR STREET - PART TWO: 1978 | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, McCabe Slye, Gillian Jacobs, Jordana Spiro, Brandon Spink, Chiara Aurelia, Marcelle LeBlanc, Eden Campbell, Ted Sutherland, Michael Provost, Drew Scheid, Jacqi Vene Writers: Zak Olkewicz and Leigh Janiak, story by Zak Olkewicz and Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak, based on the FEAR STREET books by R.L. Stine Director: Leigh Janiak Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 9, 2021 FEAR STREET: PART TWO – 1978 is, as its title suggests, a sequel to FEAR STREET: PART ONE – 1994, released a week earlier. Both films are part of the FEAR STREET trilogy, concluding […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GREAT WHITE

GREAT WHITE movie poster | ©2021 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Tim Kano, Te Kohe Tuhaka Writer: Michael Boughen Director: Martin Wilson Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: July 16, 2021 GREAT WHITE is set off the coast of Australia, which is known to be a gathering spot for the titular sharks. It’s certainly a place with lovely forests and beaches, as well as gorgeous seascapes. At the start, we see a small boat moored within swimming distance of the shore. Gentle reggae music is playing. The deck has bathing suits drying on the clothesline, empty bottles and, uh-oh, a fraying rope. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE

GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti, Ralph Ineson, Adam Nagaitis, Michael Smiley Writers: Navot Papushado & Ehud Lavski Director: Navot Papushado Distributor: STX Films/Netflix Release Date: July 14, 2021 GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE is an action movie that stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti, and Ralph Ineson, and introduces a capable young performer, Chloe Coleman. Do we really need to know more than that to persuade us this is worth seeing? For those who want more information, GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE takes place in one of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FEAR STREET PART ONE: 1994

FEAR STREET PART 1: 1994 movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, Fred Hechinger, Ashley Zukerman, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Maya Hawke, Jordana Spiro, Jordyn DiNatale Writers: Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak, story by Kyle Killen and Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak, based on the FEAR STREET books by R.L. Stine Director: Leigh Janiak Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 2, 2021 FEAR STREET PART 1: 1994 is the first in a trilogy of interlinked films based on R.L. Stine’s FEAR STREET novels. These are being released by Netflix in quick succession – FEAR STREET PART 2: 1978 arrives July 9, and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WEREWOLVES WITHIN

WEREWOLVES WITHIN movie poster | ©2021 IFC Films

Rating: R Stars: Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, Harvey Guillėn, Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins, Michael Chernus, Catherine Curtin, George Basil, Sarah Burns, Wayne Duvall, Rebecca Henderson, Glenn Fleshler Writer: Mishna Wolff, based on the Ubisoft videogame Director: Josh Ruben Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: June 25, 2021 WEREWOLVES WITHIN starts off promisingly, by making a Mr. Rogers quote seem scary. It at first seems like director Josh Ruben and writer Mishna Wolff, in a very loose adaptation of the Ubisoft videogame of the title, are aiming for a HOWLING/LOST BOYS-type groove, with some CLUE in the foundation. After a prologue in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE EVIL NEXT DOOR (ANDRA SIDAN)

THE EVIL NEXT DOOR movie poster | ©2021 Magnet Releasing

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Dilan Gwyn, Eddie Ericksson Dominguez, Linus Wahlgren Writers: Tord Danielsson & Oskar Mellander Directors: Tord Danielsson & Oskar Mellander Distributor: Magnet Releasing Release Date: June 25, 2021 THE EVIL NEXT DOOR (original title ANDRA SIDAN) has an opening title card that informs us the film is “inspired by real events.” An online search did not immediately turn up any results, even when the onscreen dates are added. At a guess, THE EVIL NEXT DOOR may bear the same relation to reality as THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. In any event, we’re in Sweden (with subtitles for those of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: F9: THE FAST SAGA

F9: THE FAST SAGA movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, John Cena Writers: Daniel Casey & Justin Lin, story by Justin Lin & Alfredo Botello and Daniel Casey, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: Justin Lin Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 25, 2021  F9: THE FAST SAGA is, as its title suggests, the ninth film (okay, the tenth if you count 2019’s spinoff FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW) in the FAST & FURIOUS franchise. This all began with 2001’s THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, a relatively […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IN THE HEIGHTS

IN THE HEIGHTS Movie Poster | ©2021 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Diaz IV, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Marc Anthony, Lin-Manuel Miranda Writer: Quiara Alegria Hudes, original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, based on the stage musical, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, concept by Lin-Manuel Miranda Director: Jon M. Chu Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 11, 2021 IN THE HEIGHTS is a big, bright, mostly cheerful movie musical. Perhaps because it’s on screen, as opposed to in its original stage incarnation, it feels a little like a condensed, singing version of working-class […]Read On »

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