Movie Review: RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jesse Williams, Jordana Brewster, Jay Baruchel, Simon Northwood, Niamh Wilson, Clark Backo Writers: Jay Baruchel & Jesse Chabot, based on the graphic novel written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, illustrated by Giancarlo Caracuzzo Director: Jay Baruchel Distributor: Elevation Pictures (Canada); Shudder (U.S.) Release Date: July 18, 2020 (Canada); August 20, 2020 (U.S., U.K., Ireland)  RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, based on the graphic novel written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and illustrated by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, has a lot on its mind. Directed by Jay Baruchel from a screenplay by Baruchel & Jesse Chabot, the movie […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CUT THROAT CITY

CUT THROAT CITY movie poster | ©2020 Well Go USA Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Shameik Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Keean Johnson, Denzel Whitaker, Eiza Gonzalez, Kat Graham, T.I., Rob Morgan, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard Writer: P.G. Cuschieri Director: The RZA Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Release Date: August 21, 2020 CUT THROAT CITY starts with a lively animated opening credits sequence, with bloody comic book art of black workers vs. KKK members. At the end of the sequence, we discover this actually is the CUT THROAT CITY graphic novel, created by James, aka Blink (Shameik Moore), who is showing his new work to his brother Miracle (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WATCH LIST

WATCH LIST movie poster | ©2020 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Alessandra de Rossi, Arthur Acuña, Jake Macapagal Writers: Rona Lean Sales & Ben Rekhi Director: Ben Rekhi Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: August 21, 2020 (theatrical); September 1, 2020 (VOD) WATCH LIST opens with real-world footage of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte making an anti-drug speech, and tacitly praising Hitler. This is not an endorsement by the filmmakers, but rather their way of stating up front what ordinary Filipino citizens are up against in the Duterte regime’s war on drugs. We meet Maria (Alessandra de Rossi), her husband Turo, and their three youngsters, aged thirteen, nine, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BAY OF SILENCE

THE BAY OF SILENCE movie poster | ©2020 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Claes Bang, Olga Kurylenko, Brian Cox, Assaad Bouab, Alice Krige, Caroline Goodall, Shalisha James-Davis, Hannah van der Westhuysen Writer: Caroline Goodall, based on the novel by Lisa St. Aubin de Teran Director: Paula van der Oest Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: August 14, 2020 The Bay of Silence is a harbor in Liguria, Italy. The action subsequently hops to London, France, and Switzerland, and there’s a brief black and white prologue, but it’s here that we encounter Rosalind (Olga Kurylenko) and her boyfriend Will (Claes Bang). Will and Rosalind are besotted with each other. He proposes, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RENTAL

THE RENTAL movie poster | ©2020 IFC

Rating: R Stars: Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White, Toby Huss Writers: Dave Franco & Joe Swanberg, story by Dave Franco & Joe Swanberg & Mike Demski Director: Dave Franco Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: July 24, 2020  THE RENTAL is the kind of thriller that teases the audience. For a good while, there are enough clues, both actual and red herrings, to keep us guessing as to what’s going on here. Will this turn out to be a saga of out of control jealousy? Is the caretaker up to something sinister? Is it both, or neither? […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OLD GUARD

THE OLD GUARD poster | ©2020 Netflix

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

DEADWATER FELL Key Art | ©2020 Acorn TV

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

THE BEACH HOUSE movie poster | ©2020 Shudder

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

BELZEBUTH movie poster | ©2020 RLJE Films

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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