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Movie Review: THE EVIL NEXT DOOR (ANDRA SIDAN)

THE EVIL NEXT DOOR movie poster | ©2021 Magnet Releasing

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Dilan Gwyn, Eddie Ericksson Dominguez, Linus Wahlgren Writers: Tord Danielsson & Oskar Mellander Directors: Tord Danielsson & Oskar Mellander Distributor: Magnet Releasing Release Date: June 25, 2021 THE EVIL NEXT DOOR (original title ANDRA SIDAN) has an opening title card that informs us the film is “inspired by real events.” An online search did not immediately turn up any results, even when the onscreen dates are added. At a guess, THE EVIL NEXT DOOR may bear the same relation to reality as THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. In any event, we’re in Sweden (with subtitles for those of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: F9: THE FAST SAGA

F9: THE FAST SAGA movie poster | ©2021 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, John Cena Writers: Daniel Casey & Justin Lin, story by Justin Lin & Alfredo Botello and Daniel Casey, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: Justin Lin Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 25, 2021  F9: THE FAST SAGA is, as its title suggests, the ninth film (okay, the tenth if you count 2019’s spinoff FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW) in the FAST & FURIOUS franchise. This all began with 2001’s THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, a relatively […]Read On »

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GENERATION: Creators Daniel Barnz and Zelda Barnz on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Chloe East, Uly Schlesinger, Nathanya Alexander, Haley Sanchez, Lukita Maxwell, Chase Sui Wonders, Justice Smith, Sydney Mae Diaz in GENERATION - Season 1 | ©2021 HBO/Warrick Page

GENERATION – or GENERA+ION – dropped the second half of its first season on Thursday, June 17, on HBO Max. Created by the father and daughter writing/producing team of Daniel Barnz and Zelda Barnz, with Daniel Barnz directing some episodes and his husband/Zelda’s father Ben Barnz as a fellow executive producer, GENERATION explores the intertwined lives of a group of Southern California high school students, as well as some of their teachers and friends. Twins Nathan (Uly Schlesinger) and Naomi (Chloe East) go between being soulmates and mortal enemies. Nathan is starting to realize he may be more gay than […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IN THE HEIGHTS

IN THE HEIGHTS Movie Poster | ©2021 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Diaz IV, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Marc Anthony, Lin-Manuel Miranda Writer: Quiara Alegria Hudes, original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, based on the stage musical, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, concept by Lin-Manuel Miranda Director: Jon M. Chu Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 11, 2021 IN THE HEIGHTS is a big, bright, mostly cheerful movie musical. Perhaps because it’s on screen, as opposed to in its original stage incarnation, it feels a little like a condensed, singing version of working-class […]Read On »

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MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM: Creator Eliot Laurence gives the scoop on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM - Season 2 Key Art | ©2021 Freeform

MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM flies into its second season on Freeform on Tuesday, June 22, with weekly episodes airing thereafter. Created by Eliot Laurence, MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM imagines a world in which the Salem witches pledged allegiance to what would become the United States Army in exchange for their lives. Led now, as then, by the unaging General Alder (Lyne Renee), the Army consists entirely of witches. All witches are legally bound to serve in the Army (they are led by women, but there are separate corps of men, with marriages intended to produce witch children), and every country in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE VIGIL

THE VIGIL movie poster | ©2021 IFC Midnight

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Lynn Cohen, Fred Melamed, Ronald Cohen Writer: Keith Thomas Director: Keith Thomas Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: February 26, 2021 THE VIGIL, originally released theatrically in February, is now available on Hulu. Most religious horror films are based in Catholicism, Christianity, paganism, or Satanism. THE VIGIL is therefore comparatively uncommon, as it centers around Orthodox Judaism. Specifically, THE VIGIL focuses on the real-world tradition of having a Shomer, or watchman, sit with the corpse of a newly deceased person. The Shomer recites prayers intended to comfort the deceased’s soul and ward […]Read On »

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LINE OF DUTY: Creator Jed Mercurio on Season 6 – Exclusive Interview

Kelly Macdonald is Joanne Davidson in LINE OF DUTY - Season 6 | ©2021 World Productions/Steffan Hill

LINE OF DUTY is now streaming its sixth season on Britbox in the U.S., with new episodes dropping on Tuesdays. (All five previous seasons are available.) When the Season Six finale of LINE OF DUTY ran on the BBC earlier this year, it was the highest-rated show in the U.K. of the twenty-first century. Viewers of LINE OF DUTY will easily understand the appeal. The twist-filled police drama, which aired its first season in 2012, deals with an internal affairs division, called “anti-corruption” or “AC” in England. LINE OF DUTY follows one such department in the English Midlands, AC-12, tasked […]Read On »

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GENERATION: Actress Nathanya Alexander on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Actress Nathanya Alexander | photo courtesy Jill Fritzo PR

GENERATION – the logo is GENERA+ION – premieres the second half of its first season on HBO MAX on Thursday, June 17. Created by the daughter/father team of Zelda and Daniel Barnz, GENERATION follows a group of contemporary Southern California high school students as they deal with issues of growing up, sexuality, friendship, family matters and more. Nathanya (pronounce Nah-THAN-ya) Alexander plays Arianna, the extroverted daughter of two fathers (played by John Ross Bowie and J. August Richards). In the first half of Season 1, we see Arianna making homophobic jokes, which she justifies by pointing out her gay parents. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: QUEEN OF SPADES

QUEEN OF SPADES movie poster | ©2021 Epic Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ava Preston, Kaelen Ohm, Jamie Bloch, Daniel Kash, Eric Osborne, Nabil Rajo, Krista Marchand Writers: Patrick White, John Ainsley, story by Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy Director: Patrick White Distributor: Dread Release Date: June 11, 2021 QUEEN OF SPADES is an entry in the subgenre of horror in which a demonic entity is summoned by chanting its name into a mirror. The Queen is a figure out of Russian folklore (as explained in the film), much like Bloody Mary is for Americans. This QUEEN OF SPADES is a new American remake of the 2015 Russian film QUEEN OF SPADES: THE […]Read On »

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THE CHI: Actress Jasmine Davis gives the scoop on Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

Jasmine Davis as Imani in THE CHI - Season 4 - "Native Son" | ©2021 Showtime/Elizabeth Sisson

THE CHI is now in its fourth season, Sunday nights on Showtime. Created by Lena Waithe, THE CHI is set on the south side of Chicago, and follows the intertwined lives of a number of families. Best friends Kevin Williams (Alex R. Hibbert), Stanley “Papa” Jackson (Shamon Brown Jr.), and Jake Taylor (Michael Epps) are now in high school. Kevin and Papa have stable home lives. Jake’s is considerably more complicated. Jake was being raised by his brother Reg (Barton Fitzpatrick), a gang member who was ultimately assassinated on orders from his boss, Otis “Douda” Perry (Curtiss Cook). Douda wants […]Read On »

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