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Movie Review: THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER

THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER movie poster | ©2023 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Leslie Odom Jr., Lidya Jewett, Ann Dowd, Olivia Marcum, Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Nettles, Danny McCarthy, Okwui Okpokwasili, E.J. Bonilla, Raphael Sbarge, Norbert Leo Butz Writers: Peter Sattler & David Gordon Green, screen story by Scott Teems & David Gordon Green & Danny McBride, based on characters created by William Peter Blatty Director: David Gordon Green Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 6, 2023 It would be hard, if not impossible, for a film released now to replicate the power of the original THE EXORCIST. Wisely, the new THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER doesn’t attempt to do that. Instead, it […]Read On »


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Movie Review: CASSANDRO

CASSANDRO movie poster | ©2023 Amazon Studios

Rating: R Stars: Gael García Bernal, Roberta Colindrez, Perla de la Rosa, Joaquín Cosío, Raúl Castillo, El Hijo del Santo, Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio Writers: David Teague & Roger Ross Williams Director: Roger Ross Williams Distributor: Amazon Studios Release Date: September 14, 2023 (theatrical), September 22, 2023 (Prime Video) Those who follow Mexican wrestling and its practitioners – the luchadors – are more likely to have heard of Cassandro (real name Saúl Armendáriz) than those who don’t. Then again, while he is still with us and is a consultant on the film that bears his stage name, Cassandro was mostly […]Read On »


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Movie Review: WHEN EVIL LURKS (CUANDO ACHECHA LA MALDAD)

WHEN EVIL LURKS (CUANDO ACHECHA LA MALDAD) movie poster | ©2023 IFC Films/Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ezequiel Rodríguez, Demian Salamón, Silvina Sabater, Luis Ziembrowski, Virginia Garófalo, Emilio Vodanovich, Marcelo Michinaux, Desirée Salguiero, Paula Rubinstein, Federico Liss Writer: Demian Rugna Director: Demian Rugna Distributor: IFC Films/Shudder Release Date: October 6, 2023 (theatrical); October 27, 2023 (Shudder) WHEN EVIL LURKS (CUANDO ACHECHA LA MALDAD) is an Argentinian horror film, written and directed by Demian Rugna. As it concerns demonic possession, perhaps October 6 isn’t the best date for it to be released in the U.S., seeing that this is also the release date for THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER. Then again, maybe viewers will want to […]Read On »


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Movie Review: SATANIC HISPANICS

SATANIC HISPANICS movie poster | ©2023 Dread

Rating: R Stars: Efren Ramirez, Jonah Ray, Hemky Madera, Patricia Velasquez, Greg Grunberg, Ari Gallegos, Jacob Vargas, Sonya Eddy, Danielle Chavez, Christian Rodrigo, Demián Salomón Writers: Alejandro Mendez (“The Traveler”), Demián Rugna (“También Lo Vi”), Adam Cesare (“El Vampiro”), Shadan Saul & Raynor Shima (“Nahaules”), Lino K. Villa (“Chapter 5”) Directors: Mike Mendez (“The Traveler”), Demián Rugna (“También Lo Vi”), Gigi Saul Guerrero (“Nahuales”), Alejandro Brugués (“Chapter 5”), Eduardo Sánchez (“El Vampiro”) Distributor: Dread Release Date: September 14, 2023 SATANIC HISPANICS is a lively, bloody, occasionally actually scary horror anthology, made by Latinx filmmakers, and starring a mostly Latinx cast. […]Read On »


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Movie Review: BARBER

BARBER movie poster | ©2023 Brainstorm Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Aiden Gillen, Aisling Kearns, Gary Lydon, Helen Behan, Deirdre Donnelly, Liam Carney, Irma Mali, Steve Wall Writers: Fiona Bergin & Fintan Connolly Director: Fintan Connolly Distributor: Brainstorm Media Release Date: September 22, 2023 BARBER is in many ways solidly in the tradition of the private eye thriller. However, there are several changes from convention. For one, we’re in present-day Dublin, somewhere in COVID times; lockdown is over, but nobody is sure when or wear to wear masks, when to shake hands. And nobody carries a gun. Our hero, Valentine Barber (Aiden Gillen), is a low-rent private […]Read On »


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DEADLOCKED: HOW AMERICA SHAPED THE SUPREME COURT: Filmmaker Dawn Porter on new four-part Showtime series – Exclusive Interview

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DEADLOCKED: HOW AMERICA SHAPED THE SUPREME COURT is a new four-part documentary series about the history of our highest court. It premieres on Showtime and Paramount+ on Friday, September 22, with new episodes available on subsequent Fridays. DEADLOCKED filmmaker Dawn Porter has won multiple awards and nominations for her previous documentaries, which include JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, GIDEON’S ARMY, the miniseries BOBBY KENNEDY FOR PRESIDENT, the docuseries PHILLY D.A., and several episodes of PBS’s INDEPENDENT LENS. In a Zoom call with Assignment X, Porter talks about what DEADLOCKED shows us about the U.S. Supreme Court. ASSIGNMENT X: What made you […]Read On »


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Movie Review: A HAUNTING IN VENICE

A HAUNTING IN VENICE movie poster | ©2023 20th Century Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ricardo Scamarcio, Camille Cottin, Kelly Reilly, Rowena Robinson, Emma Laird, Kyle Allen, Ali Khan Writer: Michael Green, based on the novel HALLOWE’EN PARTY by Agatha Christie Director: Kenneth Branagh Distributor: Twentieth Century Studios Release Date: September 15, 2023 A HAUNTING IN VENICE is the third Agatha Christie film adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars for the third time as Christie’s brilliant detective Hercule Poirot. Michael Green, the screenwriter of the first two, likewise returns. We’re in Venice, Italy, 1947. By now, Poirot is physically, psychologically […]Read On »


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Movie Review: DUMB MONEY

DUMB MONEY movie poster | ©2023 Sony/Columbia

Rating: R Stars: Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, Shailene Woodley, Seth Rogen, America Ferrara, Vincent D’Onofrio, Myha’la Herrold, Talia Ryder, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan, Kate Burton, Clancy Brown, Rushi Kota, Larry Owens, Dane DeHaan, Larry Owens, Andrea Simons Writers: Lauren Schuker Blum & Rebecca Angelo, based on the book THE ANTISOCIAL NETWORK by Ben Mezrich Director: Craig Gillespie Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: September 15, 2023 Most people heard something about the Game Stop stock market saga while it was occurring, primarily in 2020 and 2021. But what exactly happened? DUMB MONEY aims to enlighten us. Keith “Roaring Kitty” Gill […]Read On »


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Movie Review: THE INVENTOR

THE INVENTOR movie poster | ©2023 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Stephen Fry, Daisy Ridley, Marion Cotillard, Gauthier Battoue, Matt Berry Writer: Jim Capobianco Director: Jim Capobianco; co-director Pierre-Luc Granjon Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: September 15, 2023 THE INVENTOR loosely follows the last years of inventor, artist, and scholar Leonardo da Vinci. It opens with an onscreen title: “What follows is based on events in the life of Leonardo Da Vinci.” This is also read aloud for pre-reading-age viewers. This tells us something about the film’s target audience. We also get the standard disclaimer at the end about how no resemblance is intended to any actual […]Read On »


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TWO STRIKES: Filmmaker Ursula Liang on new PBS FRONTLINE documentary – Exclusive Interview

TWO STRIKES | ©2023 PBS

The documentary TWO STRIKES premieres as part of PBS’s FRONTLINE on Tuesday, September 5, paired with TUTWILER. Both films deal with incarceration. TUTWILER concerns women inmates who give birth in prison. TWO STRIKES examines Florida’s HB 1371, the Prisoner Releasee Reoffender Act, which was passed in May 1997. This dictates that anyone convicted of certain categories of crime who reoffends within three years is subject to life in prison without parole, even if this is only a second offense. TWO STRIKES filmmaker Ursula Liang focuses on the case of Mark Jones, and the impact on both him and his wife […]Read On »


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