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Movie Review: MONKEY MAN

MONKEY MAN movie poster | ©2024 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, Sikander Kher, Adithi Kalkunte, Sobhita Dhulipala, Ashwini Kalsekar, Mararand Deshpande, Jatin Malik, Zakir Hussain Writers: Dev Patel and Paul Angunawela and John Collee, story by Dev Patel Director: Dev Patel Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: April 5, 2024 As revenge action movies go, Dev Patel’s excellent directorial debut MONKEY MAN is right up there. Whirling and spinning, in almost continuous motion through its first and third acts, MONKEY MAN makes the stakes so high and the cause so righteous that the hero earns applause for acts that might otherwise turn […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THE FIRST OMEN

THE FIRST OMEN movie poster | ©2024 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: R Stars: Nell Tiger Free, Ralph Ineson, Sonia Braga, Tawfeek Barhom, Maria Caballero, Bill Nighy, Nicole Sorace Writers: Tim Smith & Arkasha Stevenson and Keith Thomas, story by Ben Jacoby, based on characters created by David Seltzer Director: Arkasha Stevenson Distributor: 20th Century Studios Release Date: April 5, 2024 It’s tough to figure out how to rate THE FIRST OMEN. Taken completely on its own – that is, blotting out any expectations that OMEN in the title bring to it – it feels a bit like a ‘70s Italian horror movie. This is partly because THE FIRST OMEN is […]Read On »


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Movie Review: YOU’LL NEVER FIND ME

YOU'LL NEVER FIND ME movie poster | ©2024 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Brendan Rock, Jordan Cowan Writer: Indianna Bell Directors: Josiah Allen and Indianna Bell Distributor: Shudder Release Date: March 22, 2024 (Shudder) YOU’LL NEVER FIND ME is well-made, well-shot, and extremely well-acted. Directors Josiah Allen and Indianna Bell, working from Bell’s script, do a first-rate job of putting a lot of visual variety into a film that essentially takes place in one location: the interior of a large mobile home in an Australian trailer park. Patrick (Brendan Rock) lives alone here. He has an old-fashioned portable radio plugged into the wall. He is examining liquid in a […]Read On »


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Movie Review: GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE

GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE movie poster | ©2024 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens, Kaylee Hottle Writers: Terry Rossio and Simon Barrett and Jeremy Slater, story by Terry Rossio & Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett Director: Adam Wingard Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 29, 2024 Although both of the main characters have their origins in film rather than printed matter, GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE feels more like an old-school mainstream comic book than most movie releases from Marvel or DC. The good guys are very good, the bad guys are very bad, warnings on computer systems frequently have double exclamation points, […]Read On »


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Movie Review: ASPHALT CITY

ASPHALT CITY movie poster | ©2024 Roadside Attractions

Rating: R Stars: Sean Penn, Tye Sheridan, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Raquel Nave, Kali Reis, Michael C. Pitt, Katherine Waterston, Mike Tyson Writers: Ryan King and Ben Mac Brown Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire Distributor: Roadside Attractions/Vertical Entertainment Release Date: March 29, 2024 ASPHALT CITY opens with chaos, as paramedics arrive to deal with what turns out to be a shooting in the Manhattan subway system. Ollie Cross (Tye Sheridan) is new to the job. He is riding with paramedic veteran Gene Rutkovsky (Sean Penn). They are on the night shift. Rutkovsky is tough but a good teacher, and can usually keep his cool […]Read On »


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Movie Review: IN THE LAND OF SAINTS & SINNERS

IN THE LAND OF SAINTS AND SINNERS movie poster | ©2024 Samuel Goldwyn Films

Rating: R Stars: Liam Neeson, Kerry Condon, Jack Gleeson, Sarah Greene, Desmond Eastwood, Niamh Cusack, Conor MacNeill, Seamus O’Hara, Colm Meaney, Ciarán Hinds, Michelle Gleeson, Anne Brogan, Mark O’Regan Writers: Mark Michael McNally & Terry Loane Director: Robert Lorenz Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films Release Date: March 29, 2024 Movies set in 1974 now qualify as period pieces. So it is with IN THE LAND OF SAINTS & SINNERS. The opening titles inform us that we’re in Northern Ireland, where decades of unrest have led to armed conflict. This refers to the sectarian strife between Protestant and Catholic paramilitary groups, which […]Read On »


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Movie Review: LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL

LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL movie poster | ©2024 IFC Films/Shudder

Rating: R Stars: David Dastmalchian, Laura Gordon, Ian Bliss, Fayssal Bazzi, Ingrid Torelli, Rhys Auteri, Georgina Haig, Josh Quong Tart, Michael Ironside (voice) Writers: Colin Cairnes & Cameron Cairnes Directors: Colin Cairnes & Cameron Cairnes Distributor: IFC Films/Shudder Release Date: March 22, 2024 (theatrical); April 19, 2024 (Shudder) Sometimes, it works just fine if a movie indicates at the start how it’s going to finish. Such is the case with LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL, an almost perfect example of how to construct horror movie tension in a contained environment. LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL takes the form of a […]Read On »


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Movie Review: CABRINI

CABRINI movie poster | ©2024 Angel Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Cristiana Dell’Anna, David Morse, Romana Maggiora Vergano, Federico Ialapi, Virginia Bocelli, Rolando Villazón, Giancarlo Giannini, John Lithgow, Jeremy Bobb, Liam Campora, Patch Darragh Writer: Rod Barr, story by Rod Barr & Alejandro Monteverde Director: Alejandro Monteverde Distributor: Angel Studios Release Date: March 8, 2024 In addition to the obligatory “based on a true story,” CABRINI begins by informing us that, “Between 1889 and 1910, over two million Italians immigrated to the United States.” The opening crawl goes on to say that, in America, the Italian immigrants were discriminated against, thought to be mentally backward due to their […]Read On »


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Movie Review: SLEEPING DOGS

SLEEPING DOGS movie poster | ©2024 The Avenue

Rating: R Stars: Russell Crowe, Karen Gillan, Marton Csókás, Thomas M. Wright, Harry Greenwood, Tommy Flanagan, Pacharo Mzembe, Lynn Gilmartin, Paula Arundell Writers: Adam Cooper & Bill Collage, based on THE BOOK OF MIRRORS by E.O. Chirovici Director: Adam Cooper Distributor: The Avenue Release Date: March 22, 2024 SLEEPING DOGS is based on a novel, THE BOOK OF MIRRORS by E.O. Chirovici. Without reading the source material, it’s impossible to know whether the book has the same meta problem as the movie. Directed by Adam Cooper, from a screenplay by Cooper & Bill Collage, SLEEPING DOGS is a cold case […]Read On »


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Movie Review: GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE

GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE movie poster | ©2024 Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Kumail Nanjiani, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Bill Murray, Celeste O’Connor, James Acaster, Logan Kim, William Atherton, Patton Oswalt Writers: Gil Kenan & Jason Reitman, based on the 1984 film GHOSTBUSTERS, directed by Ivan Reitman, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis Director: Gil Kenan Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: March 21, 2024 When GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE arrived in theatres in November of 2021, it was something of a tonal oddity. Yes, all of the original Ghostbusters eventually showed up, but it felt less like GHOSTBUSTERS and more like a […]Read On »


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