Movie Review: FIRST MAN

FIRST MAN movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll Writer: Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen Director: Damien Chazelle Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 12, 2018 FIRST MAN refers not to early homo sapiens as an individual or group, but rather to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. It is hoped that this isn’t a big spoiler, but the title gives it away, and it happened (to enormous, long-lasting publicity) forty years ago. Neil Armstrong is an impressive man, and what he and the NASA Apollo mission achieved […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman Writer: Drew Goddard Director: Drew Goddard Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 12, 2018 After a brief prologue, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE starts out like the set-up to a joke, with an out-of-the-way motel standing in for a bar. A priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer (Cynthia Erivo), a vacuum cleaner salesman (Jon Hamm), and a really cranky young woman (Dakota Johnson) all walk into the El Royale. This is not a comedy, though the crime drama has its […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VENOM

VENOM movie poster | ©2018 Sony/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott, Melora Walters Writers: Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel and Will Beall, story by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie Director: Ruben Fleischer Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: October 5, 2018 VENOM the movie is based on the VENOM Marvel Comics created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie. Full disclosure: this reviewer knows practically nothing about the character Venom, save what is in Wikipedia was in the 2007 SPIDER-MAN 3 movie, where he was played by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A STAR IS BORN

A STAR IS BORN movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Anthony Ramos, Andrew Dice Clay, Greg Grunberg Writers: Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, based on a story by William A. Wellman and Robert Carson and on a screenplay by Dorothy Parker & Alan Campbell & Robert Carson, a screenplay by Moss Hart, and a screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson Director: Bradley Cooper Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 5, 2018 The new version of A STAR IS BORN proves that even the most familiar material can be great when done right. Bradley […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HATE U GIVE

THE HATE YOU GIVE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Common, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, K.J. Apa, Dominique Fishback, Lamar Johnson, TJ Wright, Megan Lawless, Karen Kendrick Writer: Audrey Wells, based on the novel by Angie Thomas Director: George Tillman Jr. Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 5, 2018 The title of THE HATE U GIVE is taken from Tupac Shakur’s “T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. (The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everybody).” This translates to the late Shakur’s philosophy that racism aimed at children ruins not only their lives, but the lives of everyone in the vicinity. Based […]Read On »

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Movie/TV Review: INTO THE DARK: THE BODY

INTO THE DARK: THE BODY Key Art | ©2018 Hulu/Blumhouse

Rating: R Stars: Tom Bateman, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Aurora Perrineau, David Hull, Ray Santiago, Harvey Guillen Writers: Paul Fischer & Paul Davis, based on the short film THE BODY, written by Paul Fischer & Paul Davis Director: Paul Davis Distributor: Hulu/Blumhouse Television Release Date (on Hulu): October 5, 2018 Hulu and Blumhouse are collaborating on INTO THE DARK, a series of full-length horror films, to be rolled out exclusively on Hulu, one holiday per month, for twelve months. The opening entry is THE BODY. Based on a short film directed by Paul Davis and written by Davis & Paul Fischer, both […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MONSTERS AND MEN

MONSTERS AND MEN movie poster | ©2018 NEON/MoviePass Films

Rating: R Stars: Anthony Ramos, John David Washington, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Nicole Beharie, Cara Buono, Ron Morgan, Samel Edwards Writer: Reinaldo Marcus Green Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green Distributor: Neon/MoviePass Films Release Date: September 28, 2018 MONSTERS AND MEN tackles the serious subject of police shootings of unarmed people of color. Director/writer Reinaldo Marcus Green approaches his first full-length feature with great respect for his material, but less ability to make it dynamic. In MONSTERS AND MEN, the narrative moves through three New Yorkers, all affected in different ways by the death of beloved neighborhood figure Darius Larson (Samel Edwards). It’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HELL FEST

HELL FEST movie poster | ©2018 CBS Films/Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Christian James, Matt Mercutio, Roby Attal, Tony Todd Writers: Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper, story by William Penick & Chris Sey and Stephen Susco Director: Gregory Plotnick Distributor: CBS Films/Lionsgate Release Date: September 28, 2018 HELL FEST belongs to a growing subset of horror movies set in and around Halloween festivals and mazes. (Case in point: HELL FEST should not be confused with the similarly-titled and set but differently plotted BLOOD FEST, released earlier this month.) Its production design, by Michael Perry, is so inventive and entertaining […]Read On »

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Movie Review: E-DEMON

E-DEMON poster | ©2018 Dark Cuts Entertainment

Rating: Unrated Stars: Julia Kelly, John Anthony Wylliams, Christopher Daftsios, Ryan Redebaugh, Lindsay Goranson, Jessica Renee Russell, Cedric Cannon, Vincent Cooper, Max Rhyser, Waltrudis Buck, Diane Tyler, Celine Justice Writer: Jeremy Wechter Director: Jeremy Wechter Distributor: Dark Cuts Entertainment Release Date: September 14, 2018 (Los Angeles theatrical and VOD); September 21, 2018 (New York theatrical) E-DEMON is the latest entry in the subgenre of webcam horror, a movie that takes place entirely in video chat and cell phone screens. There are enough of these films now to demonstrate that it’s a viable format, with good, bad, and indifferent examples of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PREDATOR

THE PREDATOR movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Yvonne Strahovski, Jake Busey, Brian Prince Writers: Fred Dekker & Shane Black, based on characters created by Jim Thomas & John Thomas Director: Shane Black Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: September 14, 2018 The new movie THE PREDATOR is a follow-up to 1987’s PREDATOR and 1990’s PREDATOR 2. It’s unclear if 2004’s AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR and/or 2007’s ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM are part of the new movie’s timeline or not, and of course nobody on Earth […]Read On »

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