Movie Review: THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA

THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA movie poster | ©2019 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Linda Cardellini, Roman Christou, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Raymond Cruz, Tony Amendola, Marisol Ramirez, Patricia Velasquez, Sean Patrick Thomas Writers: Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis Director: Michael Chaves Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: April 19, 2019 THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA is rated R. At first, this is surprising. There’s no nudity, no swearing, and not a whole lot of bloodshed. However, since THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA is, start to finish, about young children in supernatural jeopardy, the R rating is probably warranted. This is despite the film’s tone, which is more movie of the week than bone-chilling. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RED JOAN

RED JOAN movie poster | ©2019 IFC Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Judy Dench, Sophie Woodson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes, Laurence Spellman, Tereza Srbova Writer: Lindsay Shapero, based on the novel by Jennie Rooney Director: Trevor Nunn Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: April 19, 2019 RED JOAN’s Joan Stanley, played at different stages of life by Judy Dench and Sophie Woodson, is not actually a real person. While she is based, very loosely, on the real Melita Norwood, this means that the screenplay by Lindsay Shapero, based on the novel by Jennie Rooney, can go wherever it wants. Norwood was in fact exposed as Britain’s longest-hidden KGB spy. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LITTLE

LITTLE movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Marsai Martin, Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Tracie Ellis Ross (voice), Tone Bell, Luke James Writers: Tracy Oliver and Tina Gordon, story by Tracy Oliver Director: Tina Gordon Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 12, 2019 LITTLE is essentially the inverse of the 1988 comedy BIG. That may sound like an easy line, but it’s true. In BIG, a twelve-year-old boy wishes to be an adult and turns into a thirty-year-old (played by Tom Hanks). This is also the plot of 13 GOING ON 30, with Jennifer Garner as the suddenly-grown version of a 13-year-old who wishes she were […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PUBLIC

THE PUBLIC movie poster | ©2019 Greenwich Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright Writer: Emilio Estevez Director: Emilio Estevez Distributor: Greenwich Entertainment (theatrical), Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (all media) Release Date: (theatrical) April 5, 2019 THE PUBLIC takes its title from the Cincinatti, Ohio Public Library, where most of the action is set. It is a fact that quite a few homeless people in cities all over the U.S. use public libraries not only as sources of information, but also as daytime shelters to get in out of the elements. It’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD | ©2019 DreamWorks Animation

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Jay Baruchel, America Ferrara, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington Writer: Dean DeBlois, based on the novels by Cressida Cowell Director: Dean DeBlois Distributor: Universal/DreamWorks Animation Release Date: February 22, 2019  The first HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON film was released in 2010; its sequel came out in 2014. Based on a series of novels by Cressida Cowell, they were charming tales of a boy and his dragon, plus interspecies cooperation, with exciting action and some scary threats. Now, to round off the story, here’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT

THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT | ©2019 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald, Ron Livingston, Larry Miller, Rizwan Manji Writer: Robert D. Krzykowski Director: Robert D. Krzykowski Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date (theatrical and on demand): February 8, 2019 It may seem hard to spoil THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT, seeing that two big plot points are in the title. However, while those events have weight and give the movie their shape, writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski is much more interested in the effect these have on the title character, Calvin Barr. Calvin is played in the film’s “present” (apparently […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ST. AGATHA

ST. AGATHA movie poster | ©2019 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Unrated Stars: Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson, Seth Michaels, Trin Miller, Jason Warner Smith, Justin Miles Writers: Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, Clint Sears Director: Darren Lynn Bousman Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date (theatrical and on demand): February 8, 2019 ST AGATHA will remind horror fans of everything from ROSEMARY’S BABY to THE BEGUILED to the SAW films. It’s not so much that director Darren Lynn Bousman (who, not coincidentally, helmed SAW II, III, and IV) and screenwriters Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, and Clint Sears are trying to copy the plots of those […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GLASS

GLASS movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures/Blumhouse

Rating: PG-13 Stars: James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard Writer: M. Night Shyamalan Director: M. Night Shyamalan Distributor: Universal Release Date: January 18, 2019 GLASS is the third in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy about men with unusual abilities. This began with 2000’s UNBREAKABLE, which starred Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a seemingly ordinary security guard who discovers that he’s nearly indestructible after surviving a train crash. In the course of figuring out who he is and what he should do, David befriends Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson). Elijah has […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ON THE BASIS OF SEX

ON THE BASIS OF SEX movie poster | ©2018 Focus Features

Stars: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston, Cailee Spaetny, Kathy Bates, Stephen Root, Chris Mulkey Writer: Daniel Stiepleman Director: Mimi Leder Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 25, 2018 ON THE BASIS OF SEX tackles two historical subjects: a precedent-setting legal case and the early career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Similar in some respects to last year’s MARSHALL, which concerned an early case of the late Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, ON THE BASIS OF SEX doesn’t try to tackle Ginsburg’s whole life, or even how she got onto the Supreme Court. Instead it revolves around a single […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VICE

VICE movie poster | ©2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alfred Molina, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe Writer: Adam McKay Director: Adam McKay Distributor: Annapurna Release Date: December 25, 2018 VICE is writer/director Adam McKay’s biodrama about former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney. Cheney is played here by Christian Bale, giving a terrific performance in some bravura makeup by Greg Cannom. There’s no arguing with Bale’s work as the quiet, shrewd, manipulative figure, who managed to stay very private even at his most public. The film takes Cheney from a young man in 1963 (about the only point where […]Read On »

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