Movie Review: THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR

THE PURGE ELECTION YEAR movie poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Joseph Julian Soria, Betty Gabriel, Terry Serpico, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor, Liza Colon-Zayas, Brittany Mirabile, Raymond J. Barry Writer: James DeMonaco Director: James DeMonaco Distributor: Universal Release Date: July 1, 2016 After the original 2013 THE PURGE and its sequel, 2014’s THE PURGE: ANARCHY, writer/director/film series creator James DeMonaco is back with THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR. The biggest joke may be that what’s going on in the real world this year, politically and otherwise, has become so insane that what started as action horror/farfetched political satire now seems like something that’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

AS ABOVE SO BELOW movie poster | ©2014 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Francois Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar, Cosme Castro Writers: John Erick Dowdle & Drew Dowdle Director: John Erick Dowdle Distributor: Universal Release Date: August 29, 2014 One has to hand it to AS ABOVE, SO BELOW. Not only is it the first horror movie to make such extensive use of the real catacombs below the city of Paris, but it’s not often that you hear a character in a stressful situation – in any genre – ask, “Is this before or after Copernicus?” Scarlett (Perdita Weeks), the protagonist in AS ABOVE, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE

ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE | (c) 2013 Radius-TWC

Rating: R Stars: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able, Michael Welch, Edwin Hodge, Aaron Himelstein, Luke Grimes, Melissa Price, Adam Powell Writer: Jacob Forman Director: Jonathan Levine Distributor: Radius-TWC Release Date: October 11, 2013 ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE turns out to be a movie with something on its mind. To say exactly what that is, however, risks spoiling the ending. Once we’re at the ending, there’s plenty to talk about. The movie is worthy of discussion – perhaps even thesis papers – but there’s no way of even implying why without examining it as a whole, which shouldn’t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PURGE

THE PURGE movie poster | ©2013 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Oller Writer: James DeMonaco Director: James DeMonaco Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 7, 2013 Harking back to the independently-made science fiction and horror films of the Sixties and Seventies, THE PURGE takes place in a dystopian near-future (2022) where the government maintains control and order via draconian means. At first, in writer/director James DeMonaco’s vision, all seems well in America. The jobless rate is down to one percent, crime is down, the economy is thriving. The government credits this to “The Purge,” a twelve-hour […]Read On »

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