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Movie Review: SCARE ZONE

SCARE ZONE poster | ©2022 Terror Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Arian Ash, Chris Burns, Neil Brown Jr., Simon Needham, Michele Feren, Jordan Woods-Robinson Writer: Jon Binkowski Director: Jon Binkowski Distributor: Terror Films Release Date: May 27, 2022 (Terror Films Channel); June 3¸ 2022 (wide VOD and digital); original theatrical release June 10, 2010 SCARE ZONE is a solid (though not exemplary) example of the horror subgenre set at Halloween fright attractions. Originally released in 2010, SCARE ZONE is now being distributed on VOD and digital by Terror Films, which also hosts the movie on its own channel. SCARE ZONE has the advantage, like 2006’s DARK RIDE, […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Co-executive producer and writer Mike Costa on the spiritual side of the series – Exclusive Interview – Part 5

LUCIFER Co-executive producer Mike Costa | photo courtesy Mike Costa

It is said that God works in mysterious ways. This is certainly true in Season 5 of LUCIFER, now streaming all six seasons on Netflix, when we finally meet Him (played by Dennis Haysbert) when he visits Earth. This is ostensibly to break up a fight between his twin sons Lucifer and Michael – both played by Tom Ellis – and their sibling Amenadiel (DB Woodside). However, as the season unfolds and the story continues into LUCIFER’s sixth and final season, we question whether we’re meant to take events at face value, or whether it was God’s intention the whole […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RIGHTEOUS

THE RIGHTEOUS movie poster | ©2022 Arrow Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Henry Czerny, Mimi Kuzyk, Mark O’Brien, Mayko Nguyen, Kate Corbett, Nigel Bennett Writer: Mark O’Brien Director: Mark O’Brien Distributor: Arrow Films Release Date: June 10, 2022 THE RIGHTEOUS deals with religion and has tinges of the possibly supernatural. Mostly, though, it is a Gothic thriller in which guilt and belief about the nature of repentance and punishment loom large. Henry Czerny plays Frederic Mason, who we meet as he is praying earnestly to God to make it clear to him what his penance should be for sins we do not yet know. From the way Frederic […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION

JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION poster | ©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, DeWanda Wise, Mamadou Athie, Isabella Sermon, Campbell Scott, BD Wong Writers: Emily Carmichael & Colin Trevorrow, story by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton Director: Colin Trevorrow Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 10, 2022 JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION claims to round out the JURASSIC WORLD trilogy, which is a sequel to the JURASSIC PARK trilogy. All of these are based on Michael Crichton’s novel about the attempt to make a drive-through zoo filled with living dinosaurs, cloned from prehistoric DNA. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WATCHER

WATCHER Theatrical Poster | ©2022 IFC Midnight

Rating: R Stars: Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman, Madalina Anea Writer: Chloe Okuno, based on the screenplay by Zack Ford Director: Chloe Okuno Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: June 3, 2022 WATCHER is a thriller that is set and shot in Bucharest, Romania. Director/writer Chloe Okuno, adapting a screenplay by Zack Ford, makes the most of everything about the city, knowing most of her audience will find it as new and mysterious as does the protagonist. This is Julia (Maika Monroe). As a New Yorker, she’s a stranger in a strange land here, unfamiliar with the country and trying […]Read On »

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THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH: Creators and cast talk Season 1 of the new Showtime sequel series to the 1976 David Bowie film – Interview

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2022 Showtime/Tayo Kuku

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH is a sequel series, now in its first season Sunday nights on Showtime, to the 1976 feature film starring David Bowie. Bowie played Thomas Jerome Newton, an extraterrestrial who comes to our planet to acquire water for his own parched world, only to become trapped here. The film and series are both adapted from the novel by Walter Tevis. THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH series was adapted for television by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Newton, now played by Bill Nighy, is still around, albeit in hiding. The focus here is on planetary […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PASSENGER (LA PASAJERA)

THE PASSENGER movie poster | ©2022 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ramiro Blas, Cecilia Suárez, Paula Gallego, Cristina Alcázar Writer: Luis Sánchez-Polack, developed by Asier Guerricaechebarria & Javier Enchánez, story by Raúl Cerezo Directors: Fernando González Gómez & Raúl Cerezo Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: June 3, 2022 THE PASSENGER (LA PASAJERA) has publicity that makes it sound more interesting than most of us will find it. “Don’t sit next to her,” the tag line warns. Sounds potentially intriguing, right? Well, never mind that, because that’s not exactly what’s going on here in the first place. In the prologue, two lost hikers make it through the woods […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Co-executive producer and writer Mike Costa on SUPERNATURAL connections – Exclusive Interview – Part 4

LUCIFER - Season 4 Key Art | ©2019 Netflix

LUCIFER is now airing its first three seasons (the ones that originally ran on Fox) on TNT. The entire six-season run of the series, starring Tom Ellis as the title character, is available on Netflix, which produced and premiered Seasons 4, 5, and 6. In Part 4 of our exclusive interview with LUCIFER co-executive producer/writer Mike Costa, he tells us what he knows of the show’s meta connections with The CW’s SUPERNATURAL. Back in LUCIFER’s 2016-2017 first season, series executive producer/show runner Joe Henderson said that there were writing staffers who were watching both SUPERNATURAL (which had Heaven and Hell as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TOP GUN: MAVERICK

TOP GUN: MAVERICK movie poster | ©2022 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Val Kilmer, Glen Powell Writers: Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie, story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks, based on characters created by Jim Cash & Jack Epps Jr. Director: Joseph Kosinski Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: May 27, 2022 TOP GUN: MAVERICK is a tough movie to evaluate in terms of quality. Exactly how one reacts to it will depend greatly on the affection, or lack thereof, that one has for the original 1986 TOP GUN. With TOP GUN: MAVERICK, we […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE INNOCENTS (DE USKYLDIGE)

THE INNOCENTS movie poster | ©2022 IFC Midnight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashrad, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Morten Svartveit, Kadra Yusuf, Lisa Tønne Writer: Eskil Vogt Director: Eskil Vogt Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: May 13, 2022 THE INNOCENTS (DE USKYLDIGE) plays something like a Stephen King story with different cultural sensibilities. Given the fact that most of the protagonists are nine years old, it immediately has more darkness than we’d imagine an American version might. It also has some social peculiarities that someone more knowledgeable than this reviewer will have to deduce whether these are typically Norwegian […]Read On »

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