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Movie Review: AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER

AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER | ©2022 20th Century Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Jemaine Clement, Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo, Duane Evans Jr. Writers: James Cameron & Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, story by James Cameron & Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver & Josh Friedman & Shane Salerno, based on characters created by James Cameron Director: James Cameron Distributor: 20th Century Studios Release Date: December 16, 2022 James Cameron is one of the few filmmakers in the history of cinema who can be […]Read On »


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Movie Review: MINDCAGE

MINDCAGE Movie Poster | ©2022 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: John Malkovich, Martin Lawrence, Melissa Roxburgh, Jacob Grodnik, Aiden Turner, Neb Chupin, Rob Knepper Writer: Reggie Keyohara III Director: Mauro Borrelli Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: December 16, 2022 1991’s THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS may not have invented the premise of a newly-minted law enforcement person consulting with an incarcerated serial killer to solve a current serial killer case. However, that’s the film most associated with the format. It has often been imitated, but never bested. For quite a while, MINDCAGE seems to be going by the LAMBS playbook. It makes an astonishing ninety-degree turn, but the […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THE APOLOGY

THE_APOLOGY movie poster | ©2022 RLJE Films

Rating: Not rated Stars: Anna Gunn, Linus Roache, Janeane Garofalo Writer: Alison Star Locke Director: Alison Star Locke Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: December 16, 2022 (theatrical, Shudder, AMC+) THE APOLOGY has two main characters, plus a supporting third, set mostly inside a single home. It is admirable economical filmmaking by writer/director Alison Star Locke, who makes sure that the subject matter and the performances keep us engaged. Establishing shots show us some houses, none too near to one another, in a sparsely wooded area next to an enormous snowed-over lake. Anna Gunn plays Darlene Hagen, who lives in one […]Read On »


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Movie Review: MISTER CREEP

MISTER CREEP movie poster | ©2022 Silent Raven Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Amber Solis, Ali Alkhafaji, Shaela Payne, Brian Anderson, Judy McMillan, Marvin Ritchie, Thomas Burke Writer: Isaac Rodriguez Director: Isaac Rodriguez Distributor: Silent Raven Films Release Date: December 5, 2022 On one hand, MISTER CREEP doesn’t do much to stand out from the found-footage horror pack. On the other hand, the movie fulfills its mandate to be traditional horror on a tight budget, with characters who have understandable motives for putting themselves in dangerous situations, and enough weirdness to hold our attention for its contained sixty-seven-minute running time. MISTER CREEP begins with a videotaped interrogation session between […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THE CHRISTMAS TAPES

THE CHRISTMAS TAPES Poster | ©2022 Terror Films

Rating: Not rated Stars: Dave Sheridan, Greg Sestero, Vernon Wells, Lori Richardson, Ian Rose, Ruby Setnick, Janice Burt, Todd Lubitsch Writers: Randy Nundlall Jr. & Robert Livings Directors: Randy Nundlall Jr. & Robert Livings Distributor: Terror Films Release Date: December 12, 2022 (digital) THE CHRISTMAS TAPES has something we just don’t see anymore. It’s set in 2022, but everybody in both the wraparound and individual segments uses full-sized VHS tapes. Indeed, would-be cinema professor/actual home invader Geoff (Greg Sestero) takes it for granted that the family he holds hostage will have a VHS player in their living room, and sure […]Read On »


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CROWN PRINCE FOR CHRISTMAS: Actor Jilon VanOver on playing a charming Prince – Exclusive Interview

Jilon VanOver in CROWN PRINCE OF CHRISTMAS | ©2022 Great American Family

In CROWN PRINCE OF CHRISTMAS, premiering Tonight, December 11, on Great American Family, Jilon VanOver plays Sebastian. Sebastian is a waiter at an upscale Manhattan Hotel. He has feelings for his coworker Madison, played by Cindy Busby. When Madison’s royalty-obsessed family believes that Sebastian is the mysterious Crown Prince of the national of Luxenworth, she doesn’t want to disappoint her kin for the holidays. So, Sebastian agrees to pretend to be the prince when he accompanies Madison to the family home for Christmas Eve. There’s just one little problem. Sebastian really is the prince. (He tries to tell Madison, but […]Read On »


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CROWN PRINCE OF CHRISTMAS: Actress Cindy Busby on her latest Christmas romcom – Exclusive Interview

Cindy Busby in CROWN PRINCE OF CHRISTMAS | ©2022 Great American Family

In CROWN PRINCE OF CHRISTMAS, premiering Sunday December 11 on Great American Family at 8:00pm ET/5:00 pm PT, Cindy Busby stars as Madison Little. Madison works at a New York hotel, where she’s quietly falling for coworker Sebastian (Jilon VanOver). Madison came to New York to further her promising singing career, but paralyzing stage fright has quashed those dreams. Still, when there’s an opportunity to perform at the hotel’s Christmas gala, Sebastian pushes Madison to audition. Then Madison’s family become convinced that Sebastian is really the enigmatic crown prince of the nation of Luxenworth. Since it will mean so much […]Read On »


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Movie Review: EMPIRE OF LIGHT

EMPIRE OF LIGHT movie poster | ©2022 Searchlight Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth, Toby Jones Writer: Sam Mendes Director: Sam Mendes Distributor: Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December 9, 2022 EMPIRE OF LIGHT fits perfectly within the genre of the English period romance. In the 1980s, period romances were made about the 1940s – now it’s 2020, and the ‘80s, when EMPIRE OF LIGHT is set, count as period. These films often have social barriers between the potential lovers. Here, rather than social class, it’s age (she’s in her late forties, he’s in his mid-twenties) race (she’s white, he’s Black), and mental health issues (she’s […]Read On »


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Movie Review: #FLOAT

#FLOAT Movie Poster | ©2022 XYZ Films

Rating: Not rated Stars: Kate Mayhew, Kaya Coleman, Scarlett Sperduto, Miguel Muñoz, Grant Morningstar, Christina Nguyen, Ophelia Lichtenstein, Matt Wise, Cristobal Reyes Writer: Zac Locke, based on an original idea by Katey Taylor Director: Zac Locke Distributor: XYZ Films Release Date: December 9, 2022 #FLOAT has an okay horror premise, as far as it goes. A cadre of twentyish friends head out in an R.V. to their annual vacation spot on what is normally a shallow and tame river. The group includes vlogger and would-be Internet star Kali Fyre (Kate Mayhew), her boyfriend Jackson (Miguel Muñoz), her best friend Madison […]Read On »


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CROWN PRINCE OF CHRISTMAS: Actor Jeff K. Kim talks new holiday film – Exclusive Interview

Jeff K. Kim in CROWN PRINCE OF CHRISTMAS | ©2022 Great American Family

In CROWN PRINCE OF CHRISTMAS, premiering this Sunday, December 11 on Great American Family, Jeff K. Kim plays Mr. Remy, the exacting but kind manager of the upscale Manhattan Garland Hotel. Mr. Remy tries to make everything just right at his establishment for the Christmas visit of the royal family of Luxenworth. If the manager suspects that hotel employees Madison (Cindy Busby) and Sebastian (Jilon VanOver) are falling for each other, he doesn’t let on. And like Madison, he’s unaware that Sebastian is actually one of those royals who is going to be a Garland Christmas guest. Kim’s other acting […]Read On »


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