Movie Review: OLD

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre, Embeth Davidtz, Emun Elliott, Alexa Swinton, Gustaf Hammarsten, Kathleen Chalfant, Francesca Eastwood, Nolan River, Luca Faustino Rodriguez, Mikaya Fisher, Kallen Jude Writer: M. Night Shyamalan, based on the graphic novel SANDCASTLE by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederick Peeters Director: M. Night Shyamalan Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: July 23, 2021 OLD doesn’t go where we might expect, and that’s pretty much a good thing. The new film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, based on the graphic […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FEAR STREET: PART TWO – 1978

FEAR STREET - PART TWO: 1978 | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, McCabe Slye, Gillian Jacobs, Jordana Spiro, Brandon Spink, Chiara Aurelia, Marcelle LeBlanc, Eden Campbell, Ted Sutherland, Michael Provost, Drew Scheid, Jacqi Vene Writers: Zak Olkewicz and Leigh Janiak, story by Zak Olkewicz and Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak, based on the FEAR STREET books by R.L. Stine Director: Leigh Janiak Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 9, 2021 FEAR STREET: PART TWO – 1978 is, as its title suggests, a sequel to FEAR STREET: PART ONE – 1994, released a week earlier. Both films are part of the FEAR STREET trilogy, concluding […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE

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Rating: R Stars: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti, Ralph Ineson, Adam Nagaitis, Michael Smiley Writers: Navot Papushado & Ehud Lavski Director: Navot Papushado Distributor: STX Films/Netflix Release Date: July 14, 2021 GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE is an action movie that stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti, and Ralph Ineson, and introduces a capable young performer, Chloe Coleman. Do we really need to know more than that to persuade us this is worth seeing? For those who want more information, GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE takes place in one of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FEAR STREET PART ONE: 1994

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Rating: R Stars: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, Fred Hechinger, Ashley Zukerman, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Maya Hawke, Jordana Spiro, Jordyn DiNatale Writers: Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak, story by Kyle Killen and Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak, based on the FEAR STREET books by R.L. Stine Director: Leigh Janiak Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 2, 2021 FEAR STREET PART 1: 1994 is the first in a trilogy of interlinked films based on R.L. Stine’s FEAR STREET novels. These are being released by Netflix in quick succession – FEAR STREET PART 2: 1978 arrives July 9, and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WEREWOLVES WITHIN

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Rating: R Stars: Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, Harvey Guillėn, Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins, Michael Chernus, Catherine Curtin, George Basil, Sarah Burns, Wayne Duvall, Rebecca Henderson, Glenn Fleshler Writer: Mishna Wolff, based on the Ubisoft videogame Director: Josh Ruben Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: June 25, 2021 WEREWOLVES WITHIN starts off promisingly, by making a Mr. Rogers quote seem scary. It at first seems like director Josh Ruben and writer Mishna Wolff, in a very loose adaptation of the Ubisoft videogame of the title, are aiming for a HOWLING/LOST BOYS-type groove, with some CLUE in the foundation. After a prologue in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: F9: THE FAST SAGA

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, John Cena Writers: Daniel Casey & Justin Lin, story by Justin Lin & Alfredo Botello and Daniel Casey, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: Justin Lin Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 25, 2021  F9: THE FAST SAGA is, as its title suggests, the ninth film (okay, the tenth if you count 2019’s spinoff FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW) in the FAST & FURIOUS franchise. This all began with 2001’s THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, a relatively […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IN THE HEIGHTS

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Diaz IV, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Marc Anthony, Lin-Manuel Miranda Writer: Quiara Alegria Hudes, original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, based on the stage musical, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, concept by Lin-Manuel Miranda Director: Jon M. Chu Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 11, 2021 IN THE HEIGHTS is a big, bright, mostly cheerful movie musical. Perhaps because it’s on screen, as opposed to in its original stage incarnation, it feels a little like a condensed, singing version of working-class […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE VIGIL

THE VIGIL movie poster | ©2021 IFC Midnight

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Lynn Cohen, Fred Melamed, Ronald Cohen Writer: Keith Thomas Director: Keith Thomas Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: February 26, 2021 THE VIGIL, originally released theatrically in February, is now available on Hulu. Most religious horror films are based in Catholicism, Christianity, paganism, or Satanism. THE VIGIL is therefore comparatively uncommon, as it centers around Orthodox Judaism. Specifically, THE VIGIL focuses on the real-world tradition of having a Shomer, or watchman, sit with the corpse of a newly deceased person. The Shomer recites prayers intended to comfort the deceased’s soul and ward […]Read On »

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Movie Review: QUEEN OF SPADES

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ava Preston, Kaelen Ohm, Jamie Bloch, Daniel Kash, Eric Osborne, Nabil Rajo, Krista Marchand Writers: Patrick White, John Ainsley, story by Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy Director: Patrick White Distributor: Dread Release Date: June 11, 2021 QUEEN OF SPADES is an entry in the subgenre of horror in which a demonic entity is summoned by chanting its name into a mirror. The Queen is a figure out of Russian folklore (as explained in the film), much like Bloody Mary is for Americans. This QUEEN OF SPADES is a new American remake of the 2015 Russian film QUEEN OF SPADES: THE […]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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