Movie Review: MALIGNANT

MALIGNANT movie poster | ©2021 Warner Bros./New Line Cinema

Rating: R Stars: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michole Briana White, Jake Abel, Ingrid Bisu, Mckenna Grace Writer: Akela Cooper, story by James Wan & Ingrid Bisu and Akela Cooper Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Release Date: September 10, 2021 MALIGNANT is a word that can mean malevolent or, in medical terms, virulent/highly infectious. While MALIGNANT won’t be anybody’s idea of a medical drama, the title is apt. In a prologue, we’re at the Simion Research Hospital in 1993. Gabriel has just escaped from his holding cell. He is malicious, violent, and so able […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

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Rating: R Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, Julian Hilliard, John Noble, Eugenie Bondurant, Shannon Kook, Keith Arthur Bolden, Ashley LeConte Campbell Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, story by James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, based on characters created by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes Director: Michael Chaves Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Release Date: June 4, 2021 THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT is the third film in the CONJURING franchise (if one doesn’t count the ANNABELLE movies, THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, and whatever they’re doing next with THE NUN). Based on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW

SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW movie poster | ©2021 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, Samuel L. Jackson Writers: Josh Stolberg & Pete Goldfinger Director: Darren Lynn Bousman Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: May 21, 2021 SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW doesn’t have a Roman numeral in its title. Even so, it is the ninth film in the SAW film series, which began with the original SAW in 2004, directed by James Wan, and written by Leigh Whannell from a story they crafted together. Like a lot of franchises that start with a movie that was originally intended as a standalone, the SAW films became a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AQUAMAN

AQUAMAN movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros./DC Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Randall Park Writers: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on the Aquaman character created by Mort Weisinger & Paul Norris in DC Comics Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 21, 2018 If you are burned out on comic book superhero movies, don’t go see AQUAMAN. It absolutely is a comic book superhero movie. If, on the other hand, you are happy to see another comic book […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONJURING 2

THE CONJURING 2 | © 2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Lauren Esposito, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney Writers: Carey W. Hayes & Chad Hayes & James Wan and David Leslie Johnson, story by Carey W. Hayes & Chad Hayes & James Wan Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 10, 2016 THE CONJURING 2 is a properly scary movie that makes no apologies. If it seems like invoking Freddie Krueger at a couple of points seems like it will work, then that’s what it does. If it simultaneously brings forth real-life photos and recordings to back up […]Read On »

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THE CONJURING 2: Screenwriter Carey W. Hayes talks new sequel – Exclusive Interview

THE CONJURING 2 movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros./New Line Cinema

The 2013 horror film THE CONJURING was an account of married paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played respectively by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, looking into a case of demonic possession tormenting the Perron family. The film, directed by James Wan and written by brothers Chad and Carey W. Hayes, was based on the real-life Warrens’ and Perrons’ account of those events. The Warrens were also the first researchers on the scene in the notorious Amityville case, and they later went to England to look into what is known as the Enfield Haunting. This is the subject of THE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FURIOUS 7

FURIOUS 7 | © 2015 Universal Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Dwayne Johnson, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: James Wan Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 3, 2015 Fair warning, just because this is not what one expects from a FAST & FURIOUS film: FURIOUS 7 ends with a thorough gut-punch that has nothing to do with what happens in the film. As is widely known, Paul Walker, who plays FAST & FURIOUS series stalwart Brian O’Conner, died in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2

INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 movie poster | ©2013 Film District

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lyn Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Steve Coulter, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Andrew Astor Writer: Leigh Whannell, story by James Wan & Leigh Whannell Director: James Wan Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: September 13, 2013 Usually, when watching a sequel, it helps to have seen the original. However, in the case of INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2, people who haven’t seen 2010’s truly creepy INSIDIOUS may be at an advantage. The storytelling is a bit choppy and seems to borrow from a number of sources, including A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: DREAM WARRIORS, but it still […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE CONJURING Los Angeles Premiere

Vera Farmiga at the premiere of THE CONJURING | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures held the Los Angeles Premiere of THE CONJURING, a New Line Cinema Film, Safran Company/Evergreen Group Production of a James Wan Film on July 15th at the Cinerama Dome. THE CONJURING is based on a true story of the Perron Family who lived in a secluded farmhouse, which was terrorized by a dark force. The story tells the tale of how world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help this family. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Mackenzie Foy, Joey […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONJURING

THE CONJURING movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros./New Line

Rating: R Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor Writers: Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 19, 2013 THE CONJURING is a bit of an oddity. It is undeniably scary, yet takes what feels like a lot of time out to do some very on-the-nose bits about faith and marriage. It’s a bit like if THE EXORCIST was remade by one of those “this is good for you” religious TV channels. Ed and Lorraine Warren (played here by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively) were a real-life married couple […]Read On »

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