Movie Review: THE COLLINI CASE (DER FALL COLLINI)

THE COLLINI CASE movie poster | ©2020 MPI Media Group

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Elyas M’Barek, Alexandra Maria Lara, Heiner Lauterbach, Manfred Zapatka, Franco Nero Writers: Christian Zubert & Robert Gold & Jens-Frederick Otto, based on the novel by Ferdinand von Schirach Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner Distributor: MPI Media Group Release Date: June 5, 2020 THE COLLINI CASE (DER FALL COLLINI) is set in Germany in 2001, with a few trips to Italy. In contemporary films, bringing together Germany and the year 2001 now seems to be code for a certain type of subject matter. With THE COLLINI CASE in particular, it might have been a good idea to acknowledge this […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DREAMLAND

DREAMLAND movie poster | ©2020 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Stephen McHattie, Henry Rollins, Juliette Lewis, Tomas Lemarquis, Guillaume Kerbusch, Lisa Houle, Themis Pauwels, Morgan Csarno-Peklar Writers: Tony Burgess and Patrick Whistler Director: Bruce McDonald Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date (theatrical, digital, VOD): June 5, 2020 DREAMLAND has on its side an impressive dual performance by Stephen McHattie, gorgeous production design by Eugenie Collet, superior style, and the pedigree of director Bruce McDonald, who made the excellent PONTYPOOL (also starring McHattie). However, if a movie is going to venture into the deep darkness of child sex trafficking, it better have a damn good reason for doing […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SHIRLEY

SHIRLEY movie poster | ©2020 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young, Logan Lerman Writer: Sarah Gubbins, based on the novel by Susan Scarf Merrell Director: Josephine Decker Distributor: Neon Release Date: June 5, 2020 SHIRLEY is one of those movies where the title character turns out to be a supporting player, albeit in this case quite a forceful one. Based on Susan Scarf Merrell’s 2015 novel, SHIRLEY deals with real-life writer Shirley Jackson, who authored THE LOTTERY and THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, to name two of her more influential works. Director Josephine Decker and screenwriter Sarah Gubbins introduce us to Shirley […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JUDY & PUNCH

JUDY & PUNCH movie poster | ©2020 Samuel Goldwyn Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Benedict Hardy. Gillian Jones, Terry Norris, Brenda Palmer Writer: Mirrah Foulkes Director: Mirrah Foulkes Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films Release Date (select theaters, Hulu, VOD): June 5, 2020 JUDY & PUNCH is a movie that makes viewers feel like we’ve stumbled into an odd, secret realm, perhaps the historical edge of the Twilight Zone. Not full-blown fantasy or horror or comedy, but with elements of all three, it’s a beguiling display of folklore cinema. Director/writer Mirrah Foulkes gives us a spooky, once-upon-a-time opening to a tale set in the 16th-century landlocked town of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: EQUAL STANDARD

EQUAL STANDARD movie poster | ©2020 C.O.D.

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Tobias Truvillion, Syleena Johnson, Chris Kerson, Brad Fleischer, Rob Minutoli, Ice-T, Robert Clohessy Writer: Taheim Bryan Director: Brendan Kyle Cochrane Distributor: C.O.D. Release Date (streaming on demand at equalstandardmovie.com): May 14, 2020  EQUAL STANDARD stakes a claim in the Wild West of movie distribution during Covid-19 lockdown by making itself available at equalstandardmovie.com for $9.99. For big-city viewers, this is a decent price, especially if there’s more than one viewer. The plot and intended scope of EQUAL STANDARD might be better served by an HBO miniseries. NYPD Detective Chris Jones (Tobias Truvillion) and his wife, NYPD […]Read On »

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Movie Review: EVIL LITTLE THINGS

EVIL LITTLE THINGS movie poster | ©2020 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mason Wells, Geoff McKnight, L.A. Winters, Zach Galligan, Hannah Fierman, Courtney Hogan, Courtney Lakin, Jonathan Horne Writers: Yasmin Bakhtiari and Nancy Knight Director: Matt Green Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date (DVD and Digital): May 12, 2020 EVIL LITTLE THINGS is billed as a horror anthology. This isn’t quite accurate – it’s actually two stories, bound together by a wraparound third. The theme here is creepy dolls, which for some of us never gets old, providing it’s done right. Despite the fact that Matt Green directed the entire enterprise, the quality varies from piece to piece. The […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TROLLS WORLD TOUR

TROLLS WORLD TOUR movie poster | ©2020 Universal Pictures/DreamWorks

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, James Corden, Ron Funches, Kelly Clarkson, Anderson .Paak, Sam Rockwell, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Ozzy Osbourne Writers: Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky and Elizabeth Tippet, story by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger Director: Walter Dohrn Distributor: Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Release Date (VOD): April 10, 2020 TROLLS WORLD TOUR is among the first of the major studio releases to come out directly on VOD and streaming, rather than in movie theaters, as the result of sensible precautions during a pandemic. A few other features have […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SEA FEVER

SEA FEVER movie poster | ©2020 Gunpowder & Sky

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Hermione Corfield, Connie Nielsen, Dougray Scott, Olwen Fouere, Jack Hickey, Ardalan Esmaili, Elie Bouakaze Writer: Neasa Hardiman Director: Neasa Hardiman Distributor: Gunpowder & Sky Release Date: (streaming and digital) April 10, 2020 “Sea fever” is a term for the mental condition that can result when sailors remain sleep-deprived for too long. It also describes a more literal ailment that afflicts the crew of a small Irish fishing trawler. Siobhan (Hermione Corfield) is an antisocial marine biologist, who studies patterns in oceanic flora. Happiest in her lab, Siobhan reluctantly goes to sea to study the catch of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS

WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS movie poster | ©2020 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Amy Forsyth, Keean Johnson, Maddie Hasson, Johnny Knoxville, Logan Miller, Austin Swift, Allison McAtee Writer: Alan Trezza Director: Marc Meyers Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: (VOD and Digital) April 10, 2020 At the risk of being spoilery, but to save viewers seeking something specific from not receiving it, let’s state up front that WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS is not supernatural. Nothing gets summoned. That said, there’s plenty of gore and craziness. There is also what seems to be a bent toward black comedy that exists here more in theory than in fact. We are in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLOODSHOT

BLOODSHOT movie poster | ©2020 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Guy Pearce, Lamorne Morris, San Heughan, Toby Kebbell, Siddharth Dhananjay, Talulah Riley Writers: Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer, story by Jeff Wadlow, based on the comics by Kevin VanHook & Bob Layton & Don Perlin Director: Dave Wilson Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: March 13, 2020 BLOODSHOT is based on a comic book series by Kevin VanHook & Bob Layton & Don Perlin. At first glance, it looks like one of those Dolph Lundgren or Jean-Claude Van Damme techno sci-fi flicks that got a temporal update and a financial upgrade. While this isn’t an […]Read On »

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