FREUD'S LAST SESSION movie poster | ©2023 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Goode, Liv Lisa Fries, Jodi Balfour, Orla Brady Writers: Mark St. Germain and Matthew Brown, based on the play by Mark St. Germain and suggested by THE QUESTION OF GOD by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr. Director: Matthew Brown Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: December 22, 2023 It is reported that, a few weeks before his death, the renowned psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud met with an unnamed professor from Oxford University. FREUD’S LAST SESSION, based on the play by Mark St. Germain, with a screenplay by St. Germain and the film’s director Matthew […]Read On »



AMERICAN FICTION movie poster | ©2023 MGM/Orion/Amazon

Rating: R Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Miriam Shor, Adam Brody, Keith David, Okieriete Onaodowan Writer: Cord Jefferson, based on the novel ERASURE by Percival Everett Director: Cord Jefferson Distributor: MGM/Orion/Amazon Release Date: December 15, 2023 AMERICAN FICTION tackles some tangled subject matter with admirable wit and restraint. Based on the book ERASURE by Percival Everett, AMERICAN FICTION examines who gets to write what, why they write it, and how it’s decided what gets marketed. There are also a lot of family dynamics at play, […]Read On »



LORD OF MISRULE movie poster | ©2023 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Tuppence Middleton, Ralph Ineson, Matt Stokoe, Anton Valensi, Rosalind March, Robert Goodman, Alexa Goodall, David Langham, Jane Wood, Evie Templeton Writer: Tom De Ville Director: William Brent Bell Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: December 8, 2023 Folk horror doesn’t get much folkier than LORD OF MISRULE. Almost every frame is packed with masks, costumes, charms, decorations, and artwork of British paganism. Even the scenes that are relatively mundane are shot and adorned to look as though they can easily accommodate anything folklore-related that may turn up in the frame. For a good stretch, the film, written […]Read On »



THE SACRIFICE GAME movie poster | ©2023 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mena Massoud, Olivia Scott Welch, Gus Kenworthy, Madison Baines, Derek Johns, Laurent Pitre, Chloë Levine, Georgia Acken Writers: Jenn Wexler & Sean Redlitz Director: Jenn Wexler Distributor: Shudder Release Date: December 8, 2023 (Shudder) THE SACRIFICE GAME is set in 1971, perhaps to avoid pesky technology issues and/or to justify the careful production design and color schemes. Directed by Jenn Wexler, with a script by Wexler & Sean Redlitz, it has a nicely-balanced mix of human malice and the supernatural. We are introduced upfront to “the Christmas Killers,” as they have been dubbed by the press. […]Read On »


Movie Review: ORIGIN

ORIGIN movie review | ©2023 Neon

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Jon Bernthal, Niecy Nash-Betts, Emily Yancy, Finn Wittrock, Victoria Pedretti, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Isha Blaaker, Vera Farmiga, Audra McDonald, Connie Nielsen, Blair Underwood, Myles Frost, Nick Offerman, Suraj Yengde Writer: Ava DuVernay, inspired by the book CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS by Isabel Wilkerson Director: Ava DuVernay Distributor: Neon Release Date: December 8, 2023 (New York, Los Angeles); January 19, 2024 (wide release) ORIGIN is a respectful chronicle of both author Isabel Wilkerson’s nonfiction book CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS, and of Wilkerson’s life and research surrounding her writing of the project. Director/screenwriter […]Read On »



NIGHTMARE ON 34TH STREET movie poster | ©2023 Wild Eye Releasing

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Pierse Stevens, Mark Beauchamp, Olivia Hespe, Les Mills, Lucy Pinder, Jeff Kristian, Adam Thomas Wright, Jude Forsey, Eloise Harwood, Jon Vangdal Aamaas, Tony Fadil, Karl Hughes, Rafi Wilder, Matthew Jay France, Liam Elcock, Dani Thompson, Bibi Lucille, Tara Kirsty Sumner, Andy Gatenby, Gillian Broderick Writer: James Crow Director: James Crow Distributor: Wild Eye Releasing Release Date: December 5, 2023 (digital) NIGHTMARE ON 34TH STREET is a Christmas horror anthology. It is a relative novelty in that all of its segments have been written and directed by the same person, James Crow, rather than going with the […]Read On »



IT LIVES INSIDE movie poster | ©2023 Neon

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Megan Suri, Neeru Bajwa, Mohana Krishnan, Betty Gabriel, Vik Sahay, Gage Marsh, Jenaya Ross, Beatrice Kitsos Writer: Bishal Dutta, story by Bishal Dutta and Ashish Mehta Director: Bishal Dutta Distributor: Neon Release Date: September 22, 2023 (theatrical), November 7, 2023 (home video and digital) IT LIVES INSIDE bears certain similarities to the original THE EXORCIST, inasmuch as the film’s action relies on the concept that a particular religion’s demons are real. However, in the case of IT LIVES INSIDE, the religion is Hinduism, and the hero is not a cleric of any sort, but rather American high […]Read On »



A CREATURE WAS STIRRING movie poster | ©2023 Well Go USA Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Chrissy Metz, Annalise Basso, Scout Taylor-Compton, Connor Paolo Writer: Shannon Wells Director: Damien LeVeck Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Release Date: December 8, 2023 For most of its running time, A CREATURE WAS STIRRING is a crazy horror delight, with surprises galore, as well as some potent metaphors. Then, alas, director Damien LeVeck and writer Shannon Wells put in one twist too many. It’s Christmas in Louisville, Kentucky. Faith (Chrissy Metz), a nurse and single mom, is tending to her twentysomething daughter Charm (Annalise Basso). Charm is suffering from much more than a normal ailment, and is […]Read On »


Movie Review: MAY DECEMBER

MAY DECEMBER movie poster | ©2023 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Charles Melton, Cory Michael Smith, D.W. Moffett, Elizabeth Yu, Gabriel Chung Writer: Samy Burch Director: Todd Haynes Distributor: Netflix Release Date: December 1, 2023 (theatrical and Netflix) MAY DECEMBER’s end credits include the standard disclaimer about any resemblance to real persons being a coincidence. That seems a bit of a stretch here, as the overall premise appears to be based on the case of Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau. Letourneau was convicted of raping Fualaau when she was age thirty-four and he was twelve or thirteen, her student in the sixth grade. […]Read On »


Movie Review: EILEEN

EILEEN movie poster | ©2023 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anne Hathaway, Shea Whigham, Sam Nivola, Marin Ireland, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Tonya Patano Writers: Luke Goebel & Ottessa Moshfegh, based on the novel by Ottessa Moshfegh Director: William Oldroyd Distributor: Neon Release Date: December 1, 2023 EILEEN is a thriller that threatens explosions at every turn. However, when things finally go crazy, it’s in a way that has been set up well, but that we don’t see coming. We’re in a working-class town in mid-1960s Massachusetts. Our title character, Eileen Dunlop (Thomasin McKenzie), is a young woman who spends her days doing clerical work at […]Read On »

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