Movie Review: TEENAGE BADASS

TEENAGE BADASS poster | ©2020 Freestyle Digital Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mcabe Gregg, Evan Ultra, Madelyn Deutch, Dillon Lane, Elsie Hewitt, Tucker Audie, Brandon “crsh.” White, Karsen Liotta, Julie Ann Emery, Kevin Corrigan Writers: Grant McCord & Matthew D. Dho Director: Grant McCord Distributor: Freestyle Digital Media Release Date: September 18, 2020 TEENAGE BADASS is an odd title for what is essentially an amiable indie rock story. We’re in Phoenix, AZ. The year is 2006, presumably to explain why inexpensive home recording equipment isn’t a thing yet. Our hero is Brad Jaffe (Mcabe Gregg), a seventeen-year-old whose two passions are playing drums and smoking weed. He lives […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MULAN

MULAN movie poster | ©2020 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao Writers: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin; animated screenplay by Rita Hsaio, Christopher Sanders, Philip Lazebnik, Raymond Singer & Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, story by Robert D. San Souci, based on the legend of Mulan Director: Niki Caro Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date (on Disney+): September 4, 2020 MULAN tells the story of a young woman in ancient China who disguises herself as a young man. It was previously adapted for the screen as an animated […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OWNERS

THE OWNERS movie poster |©2020 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham, Andrew Ellis, Jake Curran, Ian Kenny Writers: Mathieu Gompel & Julius Berg, with the participation of Geoff Cox, based on the comic book UNE NIGHT DE PLEINE LUNE by Yves H. and Hermann Director: Julius Berg Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: September 4, 2020 THE OWNERS is one of those horror thrillers where much of the suspense comes from figuring out exactly what is going on here. We start out amid rolling green hills in England, with nary a soul in sight. Then we focus on a beaten-up car, parked […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WIDOW’S POINT

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Craig Sheffer, KateLynn E. Newberry, Dominic Luongo, Kaelin Lamberson, John Renna, Richard Satterwhite, Michael Thurber, Willow Xylia Anwar Writer: Gregory Lamberson, based on the book by Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar Director: Gregory Lamberson Distributor: 101 Films Release Date: September 1, 2020 WIDOW’S POINT is a ghost story set in the present, though it takes frequent trips to the past. It also takes place almost entirely in a lighthouse. This may draw a couple of comparisons to that other movie with a similar setting. To answer one question right away, no, WIDOW’S POINT is in no […]Read On »

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Movie Review: Z

Z Blu-ray | ©2020 RLJE Films/Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Keegan Connor Tracy, Jeff Klyne, Sean Rogerson, Sara Canning, Stephen McHattie, Luke Moore, Deborah Ferguson Writers: Brandon Christensen & Colin Minihan Director: Brandon Christensen Distributor: RLJE Films/Shudder Release Date (VOD, DVD, Blu-ray): September 1, 2020 Z is a genuinely scary “imaginary friend” film. Director Brandon Christensen, who co-wrote the screenplay with Colin Minihan, creates an atmosphere that packs a wallop. What the story may lack in certain explanations, it makes up for with fear. Beth (Keegan Connor Tracy) and Kevin (Sean Rogerson) are a happily married upscale couple. They mutually adore their eight-year-old son Josh (Jeff […]Read On »

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Movie Review: EMPEROR

EMPEROR Movie Poster | ©2020 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dayo Okeniyi, Ben Robson, James Cromwell, Bruce Dern, Kat Graham, Naturi Naughton, M.C. Gainey, Mykelti Williamson, Keean Johnson, Patrick Roper, Harry Lennix Writers: Mark Amin & Pat Charles, story by Mark Amin Director: Mark Amin Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: August 18, 2020 EMPEROR is based on the life of real-life pre-Civil War figure Shields Green, played here by Dayo Okeniyi. Green was one of the men who fought beside abolitionist John Brown (James Cromwell) in the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry in Virginia. While the raid itself did not get the desired result – enslaved Black […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC

BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC movie poster | ©2020 Orion Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Payne, William Sadler, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jemma Mays, Holland Taylor, Hal Landon Jr., Kid Cudi, Jillian Bell Writers: Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon Director: Dean Parisot Distributor: Orion Pictures Release Date: August 28, 2020 BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC is, as its title suggests, a follow-up to 1989’s BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, and its 1991 sequel, BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY. Writers/creators Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon are back for the latest go-round, as are Alex Winter as Bill Preston and Keanu Reeves as Ted Logan. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD movie poster | ©2020 Fox Searchlight

Rating: PG Stars: Dev Patel, Jairaj Varsani, Ranveer Jaiswal, Morfydd Clark, Rosalind Eleazar, Darren Boyd, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi, Bronagh Gallagher, Daisy May Cooper, Ben Whishaw, Benedict Wong, Anna Maxwell Martin, Aneurin Barnard, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Matthew Cottle, Aimee Kelly, Anthony Welsh, Paul Whitehouse Writers: Armando Ianucci & Simon Blackwell, based on the novel DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens Director: Armando Ianucci Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: August 28, 2020 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD is, as its title suggests, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1850 novel DAVID COPPERFIELD. For those wondering about the title, first […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ENTWINED

ENTWINED movie poster | ©2020 Dark Sky Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Prometheus Aleiferopoulos, Anastasia-Rafaela Konidi, John De Holland, Maria Eglezaki, Kostas Laskos, Aleka Toumazatou Writer: John De Holland, story by John De Holland & Minos Nikolakakis, idea by Minos Nikolakakis Director: Minos Nikolakakis Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: August 28, 2020 ENTWINED is set in the present, but nearly everything in it could take place any time between now and whenever people first started telling stories. Director Minos Nikolakakis and screenwriter John De Holland, who are both credited with crafting the story from Nikolakakis’s idea, borrow from Greek mythology and worldwide folklore for their tale. Young […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TESLA

TESLA movie poster | ©2020 IFC Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson, Kyle MacLachlan, Jim Gaffigan, Donnie Keshawarz, Rebecca Dayan, Ebon Moss-Bachrach Writer: Michael Almereyda Director: Michael Almereyda Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: August 21, 2020 TESLA is a quasi-biopic of Nicola Tesla (1856-1943), harnesser of alternating current electricity, and inventor of the induction motor and the Tesla coil. The “quasi” comes in with elements like a narrator (Eve Hewson), dressed in period garb, but who refers to a laptop and Google throughout. We also get live-action performers in front of full-screen period photos, and several scenes which, we’re promptly informed, never happened The film […]Read On »

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