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Movie Review: EMPIRE OF LIGHT

EMPIRE OF LIGHT movie poster | ©2022 Searchlight Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth, Toby Jones Writer: Sam Mendes Director: Sam Mendes Distributor: Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December 9, 2022 EMPIRE OF LIGHT fits perfectly within the genre of the English period romance. In the 1980s, period romances were made about the 1940s – now it’s 2020, and the ‘80s, when EMPIRE OF LIGHT is set, count as period. These films often have social barriers between the potential lovers. Here, rather than social class, it’s age (she’s in her late forties, he’s in his mid-twenties) race (she’s white, he’s Black), and mental health issues (she’s […]Read On »


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Movie Review: #FLOAT

#FLOAT Movie Poster | ©2022 XYZ Films

Rating: Not rated Stars: Kate Mayhew, Kaya Coleman, Scarlett Sperduto, Miguel Muñoz, Grant Morningstar, Christina Nguyen, Ophelia Lichtenstein, Matt Wise, Cristobal Reyes Writer: Zac Locke, based on an original idea by Katey Taylor Director: Zac Locke Distributor: XYZ Films Release Date: December 9, 2022 #FLOAT has an okay horror premise, as far as it goes. A cadre of twentyish friends head out in an R.V. to their annual vacation spot on what is normally a shallow and tame river. The group includes vlogger and would-be Internet star Kali Fyre (Kate Mayhew), her boyfriend Jackson (Miguel Muñoz), her best friend Madison […]Read On »


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Movie Review: VIOLENT NIGHT

VIOLENT NIGHT movie poster | ©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Leah Brady, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Beverly D’Angelo, Edi Patterson, Cam Gigandet, Alexander Elliot Writers: Pat Casey & Josh Miller Director: Tommy Wirkola Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: December 2, 2022 VIOLENT NIGHT is a mashup of genres that don’t normally co-exist. Sure, we’ve seen movies about men burned out at their jobs who rise to heroic heights on Christmas Eve (yes, DIE HARD is a Christmas movie). But when that man is the actual Santa Claus, he generally banishes the bah-humbug blues in a gentler fashion, or at least without the hard-R […]Read On »


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Movie Review: A WOUNDED FAWN

A WOUNDED FAWN | ©2022 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Josh Ruben, Sarah Lind, Malin Barr, Katie Kuang, Tanya Everett, Laksmi Hedermark, Marshall Taylor Thurman, Neal Mayer, Nikki James, Leandro Taub Writers: Travis Stevens & Nathan Faudree Director: Travis Stevens Distributor: Shudder Release Date: December 1, 2022 (Shudder) Deer lovers will be relieved to hear that the title of A WOUNDED FAWN comes from a line of poetry. There are no wounded animals of any kind in the film, though there are several extremely mutilated people. The film opens at the auction of a sculpture depicting “The Wrath of the Erinyes,” aka the Eumenides, aka the […]Read On »


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KAREN PIRIE: Series creator and actor Emer Kenny on new Britbox murder mystery – Exclusive Interview

Emer Kenny in FATHER BROWN | ©2022 BBC Studios/Gary Moyes

Karen Pirie is a young police detective who is the protagonist in a series of mysteries by bestselling Scottish novelist Val McDermid. Emer Kenny has now adapted the books for British television in the ITV series KAREN PIRIE, starring Lauren Lyle in the title role. The first season of KAREN PIRIE is now available in the U.S. as three ninety-minute episodes on Britbox. The story moves back and forth between 1996, when a young Scottish barmaid is murdered, and 2021, when Karen is put in charge of a cold case squad investigating the still-unsolved crime. The situation becomes more difficult […]Read On »


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Movie Review: GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY

GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY | ©2022 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Noah Segan, Jackie Hoffman Writer: Rian Johnson Director: Rian Johnson Distributor: Netflix Release Date: November 23, 2022 (theatrical), December 23, 2022 (Netflix streaming) “Glass Onion” is the title of a hectic Beatles song. It is now also the (primary) title of GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY from writer/director Rian Johnson. Like 2019’s KNIVES OUT, also written and directed by Johnson, GLASS ONION stars Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc, dubbed “the world’s greatest living detective” by the media. […]Read On »


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Movie Review: BONES AND ALL

BONES AND ALL movie poster | ©2022 MGM

Rating: R Stars: Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, Mark Rylance, André Holland, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Gordon Green, Jessica Harper, Jake Horowitz, Anna Cobb, Chloë Sevigny Writer: David Kajganich, based on the novel by Camille DeAngelis Director: Luca Guadagnino Distributor: MGM Release Date: November 18, 2022 (Los Angeles & New York); November 23, 2022 (wide) It’s 1988. Maren Yearly (Taylor Russell) is an eighteen-year-old with an unusual compulsion: she is occasionally driven to eat human flesh. Her father (André Holland), who does not share this trait, finally can’t take it. We get the impression that it’s not so much the running and […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THE FABELMANS

THE FABELMANS movie poster |©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano, Judd Hirsch, Seth Rogen, Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord, Keeley Karsten, Alina Brace, Julia Butters, Birdie Borrea, Sophia Kopera, Jeannie Berlin, Robin Bartlett, Sam Rechner, Oakes Fegley, Chloe East Writers: Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner Director: Steven Spielberg Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: November 23, 2022 In trying to evaluate THE FABELMANS, a Moebius strip-type question arises. If the exact same movie had been made by anyone except director/co-writer (with Tony Kushner) Steven Spielberg, would it be received in anything like the same way? But then, could anyone except Spielberg have made anything […]Read On »


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Movie Review: NANNY

NANNY movie poster | ©2022 Amazon Studios

Rating: R Stars: Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls, Morgan Spector, Rose Decker, Leslie Uggams, Olamide Candide-Johnson, Jahleel Kamara Writer: Nikyatu Jusu Director: Nikyatu Jusu Distributor: Amazon Studios Release Date: November 23, 2022 (theatrical); December 16, 2022 (Prime Video) In NANNY, Anna Diop exquisitely plays the title role of Aisha, a Senegalese immigrant in New York City. All Aisha wants out of life is to be able to bring her little boy, Lamine (Jahleel Kamara), to live with her in the U.S. To this end, she accepts a job as a nanny with a wealthy Manhattan couple, Amy (Michelle Monaghan) […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THE MENU

THE MENU movie poster | ©2022 Searchlight Films

Rating: R Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, John Leguizamo, Janet McTeer, Paul Adelstein, Aimee Carrero, Judith Light, Reed Birney, Rob Yang, Arturo Castro, Mark St. Cyr, Christina Brucato Writers: Seth Reiss & Will Tracy Director: Mark Mylod Distributor: Searchlight Pictures Release Date: November 18, 2022 The first thing that people should know about THE MENU is that it is not about cannibalism. Well, really the first thing people should know about THE MENU is that it’s a very good movie. However, the advertising is such that people should be warned, or reassured, as the case may […]Read On »


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