Movie Review: ABANDONED

ABANDONED movie poster | ©2022 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emma Roberts, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Shannon Writers: Erik Patterson & Jessica Scott Director: Spencer Squire Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: June 17, 2022 ABANDONED is a very particular kind of haunted house story. It begins outside an isolated home at night. The porch light is on. We hear a bloodcurdling scream, a crying baby, a young woman pleading, then gunshots. Forty years later, we see the same house in daylight, at the end of a tree-lined dirt road. We still hear a baby crying. This turns out to be little Liam, son of Sarah (Emma Roberts) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NIGHT’S END

NIGHT'S END Poster | ©2022 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Geno Walker, Felonious Munk, Kate Arrington, Michael Shannon, Lawrence Grimm, Daniel Kyri, Theo Germaine, Morgan S. Reesh Writer: Brett Neveu Director: Jennifer Reeder Distributor: Shudder Release Date: March 31, 2022 (Shudder) NIGHT’S END is an oddly generic title for a mostly solid entry into the video chat horror subgenre. Like UNFRIENDED and HOST, NIGHT’S END takes place mostly on laptop screens, although the camera does follow our protagonist Ken Barber (Geno Walker) around his apartment. And what an apartment it is. Even before things start going thump in the night, the place is a little creepy. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KNIVES OUT

KNIVES OUT movie poster | ©2019 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Frank Oz, K Callan, Noah Segan, M. Emmet Walsh, Marlene Forte Writer: Rian Johnson Director: Rian Johnson Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: November 27, 2019 KNIVES OUT is at once the epitome of a modern drawing-room murder mystery, and a movie that turns some conventions inside out. There’s a murder, and there’s a mystery, but what we wind up trying to figure out isn’t exactly what we expected. Director/writer Rian Johnson obviously […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT

THE CURRENT WAR - DIRECTOR'S CUT Movie Poster | ©2019 101 Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, Tuppence Middleton Writer: Michael Mitnick Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Distributor: 101 Studios Release Date: October 25, 2019 Two things should be made clear about the title of THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT. The first is that it does not refer to a present-day conflict, military or other. Instead, it alludes to the war over actual electrical current, fought in the last decades of the nineteenth century between the inventors Thomas Edison (played here by Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), with some input from Nikola […]Read On »

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THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL: Alexander Skarsgard chats new miniseries – Interview

Alexander Skarsgard is Becker in THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL |©2018 AMC/ Ink Factory/Jonathan Olley

AMC’s THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL, adapted from John Le Carre’s novel of the same name, is a thriller concerning identities and loyalties. The miniseries, directed by Park Chan-wook, runs over three consecutive nights, Monday-Wednesday, November 19-21. In THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL, West End actress Charlie (Florence Pugh) agrees to go undercover for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. Charlie’s job is to pretend to be a Palestinian sympathizer and embed herself with a group of putative terrorists. However, as she goes deeper into the assignment, Charlie isn’t sure who’s right and who’s wrong and, for that matter, whether she’s being told […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS movie poster | ©2016 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber, Armie Hammer, Karl Glusman, Robert Aramayo Writer: Tom Ford, based on the novel TONY AND SUSAN by Austin Wright Director: Tom Ford Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 18, 2016 The narrative in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS runs on multiple tracks. On one, unhappy artist Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) reads an unpublished novel by her ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). On another, the story in Edward’s book, also called NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, unfolds. On the third track, we see how Susan and Edward’s marriage first comes together, then falls […]Read On »

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BILLIONS: Exclusive interview with co-star Condola Rashad

Condola Rashad as Kate Sacher in Showtime's BILLIONS | © 2016 Showtime

In Showtime Network’s BILLIONS, Sundays at 10 PM, New York U.S. attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) wants to bring down Wall Street billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) by any means necessary or possible. One of Rhoades’ assets is assistant U.S. attorney Kate Sacher, played by Condola Rashad. Rashad, herself a native New Yorker, played Shelby in the 2012 telefilm adaptation of STEEL MAGNOLIAS. She was also Juliet in the 2014 film of ROMEO AND JULIET, played Egyptian royal Nefertari in the 2014 telefilm HIEROGLYPH and had a recurring role on the musical drama SMASH. Rashad is also a second-generation actress; […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 99 HOMES

99 HOMES movie poster | ©2015 Broad Green Pictures

MPAA Rating: R Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax Writers: Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi Director: Ramin Bahrani Distributor: Broad Green Pictures Release Date: September 25, 2015 By now, it is widely accepted that one of the reasons for the 2008 U.S. economic recession was predatory lending practices by banks. One of the ugliest results of this was people getting turned out of their homes, often with no warning and sometimes when the house in question was the only one the residents had ever known. 99 HOMES takes this as a premise and turns […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HARVEST

THE HARVEST movie poster | ©2015 IFC Midnight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan, Leslie Lyles, Peter Fonda, Meadow Williams, Nolan Lyons Writer: Stephen Lancellotti Director: John McNaughton Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: New York theatrical and VOD, April 10, 2015; Los Angeles theatrical, April 24, 2015 Too often, thrillers with child/young adult protagonists are either BAD SEED/THE OMEN-esque – nothing wrong with these, except that they tend toward the predictable – or the cleaned-up-to-the-point-of-anemia PG-13 model. THE HARVEST is neither. There are several points where we get a little ahead of where writer Stephen Lancelotti and director John McNaughton are leading […]Read On »

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THE HARVEST: HENRY director John McNaughton returns to feature horror with a fairy tale twist – Exclusive Interview

THE HARVEST | ©2015 Poor Andy LLC

Chicago-born director John McNaughton has had a way of memorably provoking audiences, starting his feature career off with a shocking bang with 1986’s HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Launching the careers of Michael Rooker and the late Tom Towles, McNaughton’s you-are-there look at the thrill-kill adventures of a somehow empathetic murderer redefined realism in indie horror. But if his next underseen, alien-head changing movie THE BORROWER might have gone even further into gonzo fear, McNaughton would soon prove that his talents went far outside the genre. Showing a talent for raw characters, McNaughton’s versatility veered from the Eric Bogosian […]Read On »

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