Movie Review: ESCAPE THE FIELD

ESCAPE THE FIELD movie poster | ©2022 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Jordan Claire Robbins, Theo Rossi, Tahirah Sharif, Julian Feder, Elena Juatco, Shane West Writers: Emerson Moore and Joshua Dobkin & Sean Wathen Director: Emerson Moore Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: May 6, 2022 ESCAPE THE FIELD takes the notion of an escape room – strangers trying to work out clues – and stages it in a huge cornfield. For starters, we have to admire the budgetary ingenuity of director Emerson Moore, his co-writers Joshua Dobkin & Sean Wathen, and their filmmaking team. The settings in ESCAPE THE FIELD consist of the cornfield, some dirt paths between the huge […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CHILDREN OF SIN

CHILDREN OF SIN movie poster | ©2022 CWM Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Meredith Mohler, Lewis Hines, Jo-Ann Robinson, Keni Bounds, Jeff Buchwald, Christopher Wesley Moore, Ana-Claire Henley, Cami Roebuck, Jacob Thomas, George Mayronne Writer: Christopher Wesley Moore Director: Christopher Wesley Moore Distributor: CWM Entertainment Release Date: April 22, 2022 CHILDREN OF SIN lives up to the ‘70s/’80s indie horror vibe suggested by the style of its poster. It’s got some good (if predictable) jump scares, at least one scene of profound weirdness, blunt statements, inexpensive production values, and a certain lack of plot logic. However, it’s unlikely that, in the ‘70s or ‘80s, we’d see an indie horror […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HATCHING (PAHANHOUTOJA)

HATCHING Movie Poster | ©2022 IFC Midnight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Siiri Solaninna, Sophia Heikkilä, Jani Volanen, Reino Nordin, Oiva Ollila Writer: Ilja Rautsi Director: Hanna Bergholm Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: April 29, 2022 HATCHING (PAHANHOUTOJA) is in Finnish, set in Finland. Its themes are fairly universal, though its details are marvelously specific. Tinja (Siiri Solaninna) is a young teen gymnast with a seemingly perfect middle-class life. There’s vlogger Mom (Sophia Heikkilä), good-natured Dad (Jani Volanen), younger brother Matias (Oiva Ollila), together in a beautiful house in the suburbs. But it’s not long before we see signs of strain. Mom’s vlog is entitled “Lovely Everyday Life,” […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT

THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT Poster | ©2022 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Tiffany Haddish, Paco León, Neil Patrick Harris, Lily Sheen, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ike Barinholtz Writers: Tom Gormican & Kevin Etten Director: Tom Gormican Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: April 22, 2022 THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT, at first description, sounds like something this reviewer would take pains to avoid. Personal confession: I do not normally enjoy fare in which famous people play fictional versions of themselves. This is mainly because usually, in these kinds of projects, whatever can go wrong tonally does. The creative team may pull punches to make the protagonist […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ROOM 203

ROOM 203 movie poster |©2022 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Francesca Xuereb, Viktoria Vinyarska, Eric Wiegand, Scott Gremillion, Rick LaCour Writers: John Poliquin and Nick Richey & Ben Jagger, based on the novel by Nanami Kamon Director: Ben Jagger Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: April 15, 2022 (theatrical and VOD) ROOM 203 is an American movie adaptation of Nanami Kamon’s horror novel about a sinister apartment. Without reading the book, it’s impossible to know how the script by John Poliquin and Nick Richey & director Ben Jagger serves the source material. The best things about the film, in any case, are not any mythological surprises, but […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR

WE'RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD"S FAIR poster | ©2022 Utopia

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Anna Cobb, Michael J. Rogers Writer: Jane Schoenbrun Director: Jane Schoenbrun Distributor: Utopia Release Date: April 15, 2022 (select theatres); April 22, 2022 (wide theatrical and digital) WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR is being billed as a horror movie. Insofar as severe depression and possible online predation are both legitimately horrifying, it qualifies. However, viewers who come in expecting anything like a conventional horror movie are not going to get one from writer/director Jane Schoenbrun’s character study. Teenager Casey (Anna Cobb) is depressed. From what we can see as we accompany her on her […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE | ©2022 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Mads Mikkelsen, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Jessica Williams, Richard Coyle, William Nadylam, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, Victoria Yeates, Katherine Waterston Writers: J.K. Rowling & Steve Kloves, based on characters created by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: April 15, 2022 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE is the third entry in the FANTASTIC BEASTS series, which is a prequel series to the HARRY POTTER franchise. This is all a mighty, mighty Warner Bros. property, and THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE is reputedly the third in what is to be a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LET THE WRONG ONE IN

LET THE WRONG ONE IN poster | ©2022 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Karl Rice, Eoin Duffy, Hilda Fay, David Pearse, Mary Murray, Anthony Head, Lisa Haskins Writer: Conor McMahon Director: Conor McMahon Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: April 1, 2022 LET THE WRONG ONE IN is a vampire movie, though not, as its title might suggest, a direct parody of the 2008 Swedish film LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, and/or its 2010 American remake, LET ME IN. In fact, LET THE WRONG ONE IN begins Hammer Horror-style, with lightning crackling around a castle, menacing orchestral music, and the title in dripping red letters. But no, this isn’t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NIGHT’S END

NIGHT'S END Poster | ©2022 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Geno Walker, Felonious Munk, Kate Arrington, Michael Shannon, Lawrence Grimm, Daniel Kyri, Theo Germaine, Morgan S. Reesh Writer: Brett Neveu Director: Jennifer Reeder Distributor: Shudder Release Date: March 31, 2022 (Shudder) NIGHT’S END is an oddly generic title for a mostly solid entry into the video chat horror subgenre. Like UNFRIENDED and HOST, NIGHT’S END takes place mostly on laptop screens, although the camera does follow our protagonist Ken Barber (Geno Walker) around his apartment. And what an apartment it is. Even before things start going thump in the night, the place is a little creepy. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONTRACTOR

THE CONTRACTOR Key Art | ©2022 Paramount/STX Films

Rating: R Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs, Eddie Marsan, JD Pardo, Kiefer Sutherland, Sander Thomas Writer: J.P. Davis Director: Tarik Saleh Distributor: Paramount/STX Films Release Date (theatrical, on demand and digital): April 1, 2022 THE CONTRACTOR is a movie where it’s difficult to know what the filmmakers are trying to say. It seems likely director Tarik Saleh and writer J.P. Davis have good intentions but lack the nuance to make their points firmly. A more cynical reading is that they are trying to add depth and topicality to a standard action subgenre. Chris Pine stars as James Harper, […]Read On »

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