Movie Review: THE OLD GUARD

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Rating: R Stars: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Martinelli, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo Writer: Greg Rucka, based on the graphic novels by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Leandro Fernandez Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 10, 2020 THE OLD GUARD is about a group of Immortals. Mythology about immortality has been around for as long as humans have been telling stories. There’s no automatic reason to think that one new variation has ties to a specific older variation. Well, unless in the new variation, the Immortals all have swords, can sense each […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A DEADLY LEGEND

A DEADLY LEGEND | ©2020 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kristen Anne Ferraro, Andee Buccheri, John Pope, Judd Hirsch, Corbin Bernsen, Daniella DeCaro, Eric Wolf, Jean Tree, Lori Petty Writer: Eric Wolf Director: Pamela Moriarty Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: July 24, 2020 A DEADLY LEGEND is a deceptively generic title for a horror movie that has impressively complex mythology. Unfortunately, the narrative ambitions exceed the grasp of director Pamela Moriarty and writer Eric Wolf, but their efforts to do something new are admirable. In fact, the storytelling is so dense that it’s a bit surprising to find that A DEADLY LEGEND is not based on […]Read On »

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Miniseries Review: DEADWATER FELL

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Stars: David Tennant, Cash Jumbo, Matthew McNulty, Anna Madeley, Maureen Beattie, Anneika Rose Writer: Daisy Coulam Director: Lynsey Miller Network (North America): Acorn TV Release Date: January 10, 2020 (U.K.); April 6, 2020 (North America) DEADWATER FELL premiered in the U.K. in January 2020, and is now available in North America on Acorn TV’s cable and streaming service. The four-episode miniseries, written by Daisy Coulam and directed by Lynsey Miller, is set in the present, in the charming-looking Scottish village of the title. Everybody knows everybody in Deadwater Fell, where modern amenities like cellphones exist in houses that open the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BEACH HOUSE

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Liana Liberato, Noah Le Gros, Steven Weber, Maryann Nagel Writer: Jeffrey A. Brown Director: Jeffrey A. Brown Release Date (Shudder stream): July 9, 2020 THE BEACH HOUSE, from both its title and its set-up, seems like it’s going to be one kind of horror movie. Emily (Liana Liberato) accompanies her boyfriend Randall (Noah Le Gros) to his family’s vacation home in coastal Massachusetts. It’s before “the season,” and apparently neighbors are few. Then another older couple, Mitchell (Steven Weber) and Jane (Maryann Nagel), turn out to already be in residence. Mitchell claims he’s an old friend […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BELZEBUTH

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Tobin Bell, Tate Ellington, Joaquin Cosio, Yunuen Pardo, Liam Villa, Jose Sefami Writers: Luis Carlos Fuentes & Emilio Portes Director: Emilio Portes Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date (U.S. DVD, Blu-ray, Digital): July 7, 2020 BELZEBUTH is the name of a demon wreaking havoc in an unnamed town in Mexico. It’s also a pretty good horror movie, in Spanish and English, although it’s got almost zero sense of humor. This may be a necessity, because unlike a lot of tales of demonic possession, about halfway through, a character explains exactly why this is happening here. The exposition […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Stars: John Lewis Director: Dawn Porter Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: July 3, 2020 JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE is, as its title suggests, a biographical documentary about the Democratic Georgia congressman and civil rights activist who has served in the U.S. House since 1987. Director/producer Dawn Porter and her subject both exude cautious optimism in the face of current events. “Good trouble” is what Lewis urges people to get into, which he also refers to “necessary trouble.” This means standing up for one’s principles and being willing to face sometimes monumental consequences. Lewis has survived segregation, over forty arrests during […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FOUR KIDS AND IT

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Rating: PG Stars: Teddie Malleson-Allen, Ashleigh Aufderheide, Matthew Goode, Paula Patton, Billy Jenkins, Ellie-Mae Siame, Russell Brand, Michael Caine Writer: Simon Lewis, additional writing by Mark Oswin, based on the novel FOUR CHILDREN AND IT by Jacqueline Wilson, based on the novel FIVE CHILDREN AND IT by E. Nesbit Director: Andy de Emmony Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: June 30, 2020 FOUR KIDS AND IT doesn’t hide its literary origins. Right up front, we see the E. Nesbit FIVE CHILDREN AND IT book as thirteen-year-old Ros (Teddie Malleson-Allen) obtains it at a bookstore. As this novel was originally published in 1902, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FOLLOWED

FOLLOWED movie poster | ©2020 Global View Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Matthew Solomon, Sam Valentine, Tim Drier, Caitlin Grace, Kelsey Griswold, John Savage Writer: Todd Klick Director: Antoine Le Distributor: Global View Entertainment Release Date: June 19, 2020 (release expands June 26, 2020) FOLLOWED is a better-than-average found-footage horror movie. What elevates FOLLOWED among its fellows? For one thing, it’s got a plot, which immediately helps. For another, it’s got characters who have understandable motivations. For a third, it’s got good, creepy mythology to go with its suitably ominous setting. However, those who cannot abide the found-footage subgenre should take heed at the outset. Michael (Matthew Solomon), who […]Read On »

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Movie Review: YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT

YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT movie poster | ©2020 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried, Avery Essex, Colin Bluemenau Writer: David Koepp, based on the novella by Daniel Kehlmann Director: David Koepp Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 19, 2020 YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT borrows from several other iconic horror books-into-film adaptations. They won’t be named here, as that would give the game away, and most viewers will make those associations for themselves. Still, it’s a nicely creepy haunted-house story that mostly strikes a balance between serving its premise and not belaboring it, though the climax leaves something to be desired. Theo Conroy (Kevin Bacon) would seem to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CANDY WITCH

THE CANDY WITCH movie poster | ©2020 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jon Calloway, Abi Casson Thompson, Kate Lush, Heather Jackson, Richard D. Myers, Will Stanton, Hannah Ponting Writer: Scott Jeffrey Director: Rebecca J. Matthews Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date: June 9, 2020 THE CANDY WITCH has a title that suggests a tongue-in-cheek riff on Hansel and Gretel. Instead, it’s a fairly straight-faced English ghost story, with good jump scares and a pleasingly dark atmosphere. The film starts in Surrey, England, where we get a jolt and a preview of the haunting that will dominate the plot. Then the action moves to London, where we meet paranormal investigators […]Read On »

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