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THE CELLAR and LA BREA star Eoin Macken chats about his latest projects – Exclusive Interview

Eoin Macker in THE CELLAR | ©2022 Shudder

Eoin Macken gets around, in reality, in his career, and in the stories of the projects he does. Macken, born in Dublin, Ireland, is an actor, and a writer/director/producer, along with being a cinematographer and a film editor. As a writer/director, Macken’s feature film credits include the thriller CHRISTIAN BLAKE, DREAMING FOR YOU, THE INSIDE, LEOPARD, and HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN. As an actor, Macken, whose first name is pronounced “Owen,” starred for four years in NBC’s NIGHT SHIFT, as well as Syfy’s NIGHTFLYERS. His feature acting credits include THE FOREST, RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER and THE HOLE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MINAMATA

MINAMATA movie poster | ©2022 Samuel Goldwyn Films

Rating: R Stars: Johnny Depp, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jun Kunimura, Minami, Ryo Kase, Tadanobu Asano, Akiko Iwase, Bill Nighy Writers: David K. Kessler, Stephen Deuters, Andrew Levitas, Jason Forman, based on the book MINAMATA by Aileen Mioko Smith and W. Eugene Smith Director: Andrew Levitas Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films Release Date: April 8, 2022 (VOD/Digital); December 15, 2021 (theatrical) MINAMATA is one of those movies where the subject matter feels so urgent that is overwhelms most issues we might otherwise have with the storytelling. After showing us footage of one woman tenderly bathing another, whose face is contorted in a silent […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LET THE WRONG ONE IN

LET THE WRONG ONE IN poster | ©2022 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Karl Rice, Eoin Duffy, Hilda Fay, David Pearse, Mary Murray, Anthony Head, Lisa Haskins Writer: Conor McMahon Director: Conor McMahon Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: April 1, 2022 LET THE WRONG ONE IN is a vampire movie, though not, as its title might suggest, a direct parody of the 2008 Swedish film LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, and/or its 2010 American remake, LET ME IN. In fact, LET THE WRONG ONE IN begins Hammer Horror-style, with lightning crackling around a castle, menacing orchestral music, and the title in dripping red letters. But no, this isn’t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NIGHT’S END

NIGHT'S END Poster | ©2022 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Geno Walker, Felonious Munk, Kate Arrington, Michael Shannon, Lawrence Grimm, Daniel Kyri, Theo Germaine, Morgan S. Reesh Writer: Brett Neveu Director: Jennifer Reeder Distributor: Shudder Release Date: March 31, 2022 (Shudder) NIGHT’S END is an oddly generic title for a mostly solid entry into the video chat horror subgenre. Like UNFRIENDED and HOST, NIGHT’S END takes place mostly on laptop screens, although the camera does follow our protagonist Ken Barber (Geno Walker) around his apartment. And what an apartment it is. Even before things start going thump in the night, the place is a little creepy. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONTRACTOR

THE CONTRACTOR Key Art | ©2022 Paramount/STX Films

Rating: R Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs, Eddie Marsan, JD Pardo, Kiefer Sutherland, Sander Thomas Writer: J.P. Davis Director: Tarik Saleh Distributor: Paramount/STX Films Release Date (theatrical, on demand and digital): April 1, 2022 THE CONTRACTOR is a movie where it’s difficult to know what the filmmakers are trying to say. It seems likely director Tarik Saleh and writer J.P. Davis have good intentions but lack the nuance to make their points firmly. A more cynical reading is that they are trying to add depth and topicality to a standard action subgenre. Chris Pine stars as James Harper, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SO COLD THE RIVER

SO COLD THE RIVER key art | ©2022 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Bethany Joy Lenz, Katie Sarife, Andrew J. West, Michael J. Rogers, Alycia Reiner, Deanna Dunagan, Kevin Cahoon, Kingston Vernes Writer: Paul Shoulberg, based on the novel by Michael Koryta Director: Paul Shoulberg Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: March 29, 2022 SO COLD THE RIVER is a pleasingly atmospheric horror film that keeps us guessing. What should we fear most here? The unusually-structured hotel where much of the action takes place? The small town where the hotel is located? Or the town’s most famous son, Campbell Bradford? Directed and written by Paul Shoulberg, SO COLD THE RIVER actually […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LOST CITY

THE LOST CITY movie poster | ©2022 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Brad Pitt Writers: Oren Uzel and Dana Fox and Adam Nee & Aaron Nee, story by Seth Gordon Directors: Aaron Nee & Adam Nee Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: March 25, 2022 THE LOST CITY is not to be confused with previous films that have the same or similar titles. Likewise, it is not to be mistaken for older movies that have the same general premise, i.e., ROMANCE THE STONE and subsequent variations on it. Then again, THE LOST CITY is a bit of a parody of the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: X

X Movie poster | ©2022 A24

Rating: R Stars: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Scott Mescudi, Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure Writer: Ti West Director: Ti West Distributor: A24 Release Date: March 18, 2022 X is director Ti West’s blend of drama, comedy, horror and moviemaking about moviemaking. He succeeds in being disturbing and almost heartbreaking before X backs off and turns more comic and conventional. In a wraparound sequence, we’re with law enforcement as they examine a very bloody crime scene. We then flash back to twenty-four hours earlier. We’re in 1979 Houston, Texas, where employees of a burlesque club are all too […]Read On »

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Movie Review: YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER

YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER Movie Poster | ©2022 Magnet

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Hazel Doupe, Carolyn Bracken, Ingrid Craigie, Jordanne Jones, Paul Reid, Katie White, Florence Adebambo Writer: Kate Dolan Director: Kate Dolan Distributor: Magnet Release Date: March 25, 2022 YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER has a title that indicates where its plot is going. Director/writer Kate Dolan makes a good case for how mental illness can easily be confused with supernatural darkness, while not letting her genre audience down. In a prologue, we see a baby alone in a stroller at night. A woman, Rita (Ingrid Craigie), runs up to the stroller and begins pushing it. She sets […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 6:45

6:45 Movie Poster | ©2022 Well Go USA Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Michael Reed, Augie Duke, Armen Garo, Ray Mancini, Remy Ma, Thomas G. Waites Writer: Robert Dean Klein, story, Craig Singer Director: Craig Singer Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Release Date: March 22, 2022 6:45 is like a homicidal version of GROUNDHOG DAY, or a far less playful variation on HAPPY DEATH DAY, to cite two of the most familiar films with this theme. Bobby (Michael Reed) and Jules (Augie Duke) take the ferry to picturesque Bog Grove Island. Despite what its name suggests, Bog Grove is sunny and has lots of two-story beach-adjacent cottages. The couple check […]Read On »

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