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: CHANGING THE GAME

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman, Andraya Yearwood Writers: Michael Barnett, Amanda Griffin, Michael Mahaffie Director: Michael Barnett Distributor: Hulu Release Date: June 1, 2021 CHANGING THE GAME, a documentary, begins with a training session for a young man, Mack Beggs. Mack has a deep voice, facial hair – and is the state champion for female high school wrestling. In Texas, the law insists that students must compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate. This is profoundly frustrating to Mack, who wants to compete against other boys. It also causes a ton of verbal and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

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Rating: R Stars: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeanine Serralles, Mariah Bozeman, Tracy Letts Writer: Tracy Letts, based on the novel by A.J. Finn Director: Joe Wright Distributor: Netflix/20th Century Studios Release Date: May 14, 2021 THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW isn’t shy about referencing the film REAR WINDOW. There’s a clip from the latter at the beginning of the former. Our protagonist, Anna Fox (Amy Adams), is an old movie buff, among other things. Her viewing choices provide a few clues as to what’s going on. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ARMY OF THE DEAD

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Rating: R Stars: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighofer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raul Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone, Athena Perample Writers: Zack Snyder & Shay Hatten and Joby Harold, story by Zack Snyder Director: Zack Snyder Distributor: Netflix Release Date: May 21, 2021 ARMY OF THE DEAD is something you don’t see every day. Sure, people are talking about the fact that the movie combines zombie horror with a casino heist plot. Others have also noted that it’s a zombie movie that clocks in at […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RETREAT

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Tommie-Amber Pirrie, Sara Allen, Celina Sinden, Munro Chambers, Chad James Connell, Patrick Garrow, Joey Coleman, Aaron Ashmore, Rossif Sutherland Writer: Alyson M. Richards Director: Pat Mills Distributor: Quiver Distribution Release Date: May 21, 2021 THE RETREAT is billed as a “lesbian slasher.” This needs some clarification. Lesbians aren’t initiating any slashing (this film is all about LGBTQ people as heroes, not villains); moreover, most horror fans won’t consider this a slasher in the regular sense. There’s a cabin in the woods, where couple Connor (Chad Connell) and Scott (Munro Chambers) are optimistically moving in. Their first […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW

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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: THINGS HEARD & SEEN

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Rating: TV-MA Stars: Amanda Seyfried, James Norton, Natalia Dyer, Alex Neustaedter, Rhea Seehorn, Karen Allen, F. Murray Abraham, Ana Sophia Heger, Jack Gore, James Urbaniak, Michael O’Keefe, Lewis Payton Jr. Writers: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, based on the novel ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR by Elizabeth Brundage Directors: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini Distributor: Netflix Release Date: April 29, 2021  THINGS HEARD & SEEN is a film adaptation of Elizabeth Brundage’s novel ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR. Without having read the book, it’s difficult to know if the film’s problem with getting its supernatural elements to meld […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WRATH OF MAN

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Rating: R Stars: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Joshua Hartnett, Laz Alonso, Eddie Marsan, Scott Eastwood, Andy Garcia, Rocci Williams Writers: Guy Ritchie and Marn Davies & Ivan Atkinson, based on the LE CONVOYEUR written by Nicolas Boukhrief and Eric Besnard Director: Guy Ritchie Distributor: Miramax Release Date: May 7, 2021 WRATH OF MAN is, at heart, a traditional taciturn guy gets revenge actioner. It is livened up by director/co-writer Guy Ritchie’s likewise traditional-to-him narrative technique of telling the story with multiple flashbacks. In the opening sequence, we see a Fortico Security armored truck get hijacked by a team […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ABOVE SUSPICION

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Rating: R Stars: Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston, Sophie Lowe, Johnny Knoxville, Austin Hebert, Karl Glusman, Chris Mulkey, Omar Miller, Kevin Dunn, Thora Birch Writer: Chris Gerolmo, based on the book ABOVE SUSPICION by Joe Sharkey Director: Phillip Noyce Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: May 7, 2021 ABOVE SUSPICION is based on the true-crime book of the same name by Joe Sharkey, concerning the murder of Susan Smith. Susan, played here by Emilia Clarke, narrates her story from beyond the grave. It’s not a spoiler that she ends up dead, as that’s pretty much the first thing she tells us. Susan is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INITIATION

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Stars: Jon Huertas, Isabella Gomez, Lindsay Lavanchy, Froy Gutierrez, Gattlin Griffith, Patrick Walker, Bart Johnson, Shireen Lai, James Berardo, Maxwell Hamilton, Kent Faulcon, Mel Fair, Debra Di Liso, Yancy Butler, Lochlyn Munro Writers: John Berardo, Lindsay Lavanchy, Brian Frager Director: John Berardo Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: May 7, 2021  INITIATION is a surprisingly ambitious slasher. It starts out as something absolutely familiar – debauchery at a college frat house – and then turns out to have issues on its mind. In fact, INITIATION winds up tackling so much that it can’t quite get its metaphorical arms around all it […]Read On »

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