Movie Review: HOLISTAY

HOLISTAY | ©2023 Breaking Glass Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Erin Gavin, Gabriela Kulaif, Steven Martini, Gavin O’Fearraigh, John Michael Hersey, Bailee Bob Sveen Writer: Mary Gallagher Director: Mary Gallagher Distributor: Breaking Glass Pictures Release Date: July 25, 2023 (VOD/Digital) HOLISTAY is technically a thriller with Celtic horror trimmings. However, structurally, it’s like one of those jokes where the punchline requires a long, deadpan set-up in order to work. On the upside, the “punchline” in HOLISTAY works, at least when it hits. Then we’re left with more questions. On the downside, the set-up here is indeed long. HOLISTAY takes place in an upscale neighborhood in San […]Read On »


James Marsters gives scoop on his band Ghost of the Robot and its sixth new album – Exclusive Interview

James Marsters at the premiere of P.S. I LOVE YOU | ©2011 Sue Schneider

TIN MAN is the sixth full album from the band Ghost of the Robot. Released on June 28, TIN MAN is currently available on – the individual songs can be played three times each for free before the paywall kicks in – and will later come out on Spotify and iTunes. Ghost of the Robot in its current configuration is vocalist/rhythm guitarist James Marsters and bassist Kevin McPherson, two of the band’s founders from 2002 onward, and lead guitarist/singer Sullivan Marsters, James’s now twenty-six-year-old son who joined Ghost in 2011 at age fourteen. In celebration of TIN MAN’s release, […]Read On »


Movie Review: BARBIE

BARBIE movie poster | ©2023 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Ariana Greenblatt, America Ferrara, Kate McKinnon, Simu Liu, Michael Cera, Issa Rae, Will Ferrell, Helen Mirren (voice) Writers: Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach Director: Greta Gerwig Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 21, 2023 BARBIE is weird, in a mostly good way. It is pleasingly clever, wonderfully acted, and has perfect production design (by Sarah Greenwood) and even more remarkable costume design (by Jacqueline Durran). BARBIE’s script, by director Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach, is also loaded with ideas that turn over and over and over. There’s comedy, there’s parody, there’s self-satire, there’s […]Read On »


Movie Review: COBWEB

COBWEB movie poster | ©2023 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Lizzy Caplan, Woody Norman, Cleopatra Coleman, Antony Starr, Luke Busey, Jay Rincón Writer: Chris Thomas Devlin Director: Samuel Bodin Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: July 21, 2023 COBWEB is linear, and doesn’t try to play games with us. Even so, it feels like a child’s nightmare, with potential horror coming from many directions at once. An opening title tells us that COBWEB begins one week before Halloween. Eight-year-old Peter (Woody Norman) is an unhappy little boy. He’s bullied by his peers in class and on the playground. Peter lives in a neighborhood where the houses are old and […]Read On »


Movie Review: NATTY KNOCKS

NATTY KNOCKS movie poster | ©2023 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Charlotte Fountain-Jardim, Thomas Robie, Noen Perez, Channah Zeitung, Bill Moseley, Danielle Harris, Robert Englund, Amit Sarin, Will Murden, Joey Bothwell, Jason James Richter Writer: Benjamin Olson Director: Dwight H. Little Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: July 21, 2023 Too often, horror movies don’t have much plot. We get a set-up, then a villain, and then it’s just stalk, fend off, and fight-fight-fight. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course, but still, it’s nice to see a story with cause-and-effect plotting. That’s the case with NATTY KNOCKS. Written by Benjamin Olson and directed by Dwight H. Little, […]Read On »


Movie Review: THE FLOOD

THE FLOOD movie poster | ©2023 Lionsgate / Saban Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Casper Van Dien, Nicky Whelan, Louis Mandylor, Devanny Pinn, Ryan Francis, Eoin O’Brien, Randall J. Bacon, Randy Wayne Writers: Chad Law, Josh Ridgway Director: Brandon Slagle Distributor: Lionsgate/Saban Films Release Date: July 14, 2023 THE FLOOD is essentially ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 meets CRAWL Should readers be unfamiliar with the first reference, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, was originally written and directed in 1976 by John Carpenter, then remade in 2005, with Jean-François Richet directing a screenplay by James DeMonaco. While the motivations differ, both films deal with an attack on an understaffed, rundown police station by […]Read On »


Movie Review: FINAL CUT (COUPEZ!)

FINAL CUT movie poster | ©2023 Kino Lorber

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo, Grégory Gadebois, Finnegan Oldfield, Matilda Lutz, Sébastien Chassagne, Raphaël Quenard, Lyès Salem, Jean-Pascal Zadi, Simone Hazanavicius, Agnès Hurstel, Charlie Dupont, Raika Hazanavicius, Luàna Bajrami, Florence Janas, Yvon Martin Writer: Michel Hazanavicius, based on the screenplay for ONE CUT OF THE DEAD by Shinichiro Ueda, inspired by the play GHOST IN THE BOX by Ryoichi Wada Director: Michel Hazanavicius Distributor: Kino Lorber Release Date: July 14, 2023 Depending on one’s perspective, the new French film FINAL CUT (COUPEZ!) is either a remake of or a sequel to the 2017 Japanese feature ONE CUT […]Read On »




Rating: Not Rated Stars: Alexa Lauren, Andrew Thomas, Jim Johnson, Dylan DeVane, Reggie Johnson, Alyssa Jackson, Brent Downs, Jessica Murphy, Howard Hawkins, Leah St. Onge, Alyssia Garza Writer: Kellan Rudnicki Director: Brendan Rudnicki Distributor: Indie Rights Movies/DBS Films Release Date: June 23, 2023 Director Brendan Rudnicki and writer Kellan Rudnicki, who recently brought us the respectable low-budget FOREST OF DEATH are back with another tree-shrouded entry, HORROR IN THE FOREST. Not to put too fine a point on it, but HORROR IN THE FOREST is a variation on THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, which doesn’t stray too far from the path […]Read On »




Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Pom Klementieff, Esai Morales, Vanessa Kirby, Shea Whigham, Greg Tarzan Davis, Cary Elwes, Henry Czerny Writers: Christopher McQuarrie & Erik Jendresen, based on characters created by Bruce Geller Director: Christopher McQuarrie Distributor: Paramount Release Date: July 12, 2023 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: DEAD RECKONING PART ONE gives us a villain known as the Entity. The Entity is an artificial intelligence that isn’t just self-aware. It’s capable of tapping into any online electronics on the planet (or circling it, as with satellites) and can make anyone see, hear, read, and […]Read On »


Movie Review: THE BREACH

THE BREACH movie poster | ©2023 Trinity Creative Partnership

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Allan Hawco, Emily Alatalo, Natalie Brown, Mary Antonini, Wesley French, Adam Kenneth Wilson, Alex Lifeson Writers: Ian Weir & Craig Davidson, based on the Audible Original THE BREACH by Nick Cutter Director: Rodrigo Gudiño Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnership Release Date: July 11, 2023 (digital, VOD)  THE BREACH gets off to a promising horror movie start. A canoe drifts down a woodland river. There’s something inside the canoe, covered by a burlap sack. The canoe eventually comes to rest on the shores of a lake, where picnickers go to examine it. They take one look and flee, […]Read On »

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