Movie Review: COME TO DADDY

COME TO DADDY movie poster | ©2020 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan, Madeleine Sami, Garfield Wilson, Michael Smiley Writer: Toby Harvard, idea by Ant Timpson Director: Ant Timpson Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: February 7, 2020 COME TO DADDY is the kind of movie that causes a reviewer to think long and hard about how difficult it is to complete a movie and secure distribution. These things are no small achievement, and filmmakers who reach this finish line deserve congratulations. With this in mind, it should be noted that COME TO DADDY is shrewdly cast, very well-acted, and has clever twists, great production […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GRETEL & HANSEL

GRETEL AND HANSEL movie poster | ©2020 Orion Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige, Samuel Leakey, Jessica De Gouw, Charles Babalola Writer: Rob Hayes Director: Osgood Perkins Distributor: Orion Pictures Release Date: January 31, 2020 GRETEL & HANSEL is Exhibit A for the argument that it’s possible to make an excellent movie from source material that everybody already knows, so long as the filmmakers have a strong point of view and actually care what they’re doing. Yes, director Osgood Perkins and screenwriter Rob Hayes are bringing us another version of the Hansel & Gretel story. GRETEL & HANSEL actually feels somewhat spiritually akin to filmmaker Robert Eggers’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GENTLEMEN

THE GENTLEMEN movie poster | ©2019 STX Films

Rating: R Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell, Henry Golding, Tom Wu, Chidi Ajufo, Eddie Marsan Writer: Guy Ritchie, story by Guy Ritchie and Ivan Atkinson & Marn Davies Director: Guy Ritchie Distributor: STX Films Release Date: January 24, 2020 THE GENTLEMEN boasts a mostly welcome return to early form by filmmaker Guy Ritchie. With THE GENTLEMEN, Ritchie is back in the realm of British crime, which he played with so successfully in his first feature, LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, and just slightly less delightfully in his follow-up SNATCH. Ritchie directed […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THREE CHRISTS

THREE CHRISTS movie poster | ©2020 IFC Films

Rating: R Stars: Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins, Bradley Whitford, Charlotte Hope, Kevin Pollak, Julianna Margulies, James Monroe Iglehart, Stephen Root, Jane Alexander Writers: Eric Nazarian & Jon Avnet, based on the book THE THREE CHRISTS OF YPSILANTI by Dr. Milton Rokeach Director: Jon Avnet Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: January 10, 2020 THREE CHRISTS is neither theological nor Biblical. Instead, it’s a (seemingly loosely) fact-based drama set largely in a Michigan medical institution in 1959 and 1960. Director Jon Avnet and his co-screenwriter Eric Nazarian have taken Dr. Milton Rokeach’s nonfiction book THE THREE CHRISTS OF YPSILANTI and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 1917

1917 movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Richard Madden, Adrian Scarborough, Claire Duburcq Writers: Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns Director: Sam Mendes Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2019 1917 is a World War I movie that (we are told by a supertitle) begins on April 6. Two young British lance corporals, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are ordered by General Erinmore (Colin Firth) to take a message across what until recently was enemy territory. It seems that a British colonel has mistaken a German strategic retreat for an opportunity. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER | ©2019 Lucasfilm

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Joonas Suotamo, Keri Russell, Ian McDiarmid, Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie Writers: Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams, story by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams, based on characters created by George Lucas Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: December 20, 2019 All movies are Rorschach tests to some extent. What we feel about them, what we want from them and what we see in them derives from who we are when we go into the theatre. Even […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LITTLE JOE

LITTLE JOE movie poster | ©2019 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: Unrated Stars: Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, Lindsay Duncan Writers: Jessica Hausner and Geraldine Bajard Director: Jessica Hausner Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: December 6, 2019 LITTLE JOE, from its logline, sounds like it’s going to be a science-bound riff on LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. In the loosest sense, it is, in that it’s about a plant that wants to take over the world by influencing humans. LITTLE JOE winds up more closely resembling INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, with people beginning to act not quite like themselves. Under Jessica Hausner’s direction, LITTLE JOE is never […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KNIVES OUT

KNIVES OUT movie poster | ©2019 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Frank Oz, K Callan, Noah Segan, M. Emmet Walsh, Marlene Forte Writer: Rian Johnson Director: Rian Johnson Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: November 27, 2019 KNIVES OUT is at once the epitome of a modern drawing-room murder mystery, and a movie that turns some conventions inside out. There’s a murder, and there’s a mystery, but what we wind up trying to figure out isn’t exactly what we expected. Director/writer Rian Johnson obviously […]Read On »

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Movie Review: QUEEN & SLIM

QUEEN & SLIM movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Flea, Chloe Sevigny, Indya Moore Writer: Lena Waithe, story by James Frey & Lena Waithe Director: Melina Matsoukas Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: November 27, 2019 As QUEEN & SLIM begins, Earnest (Daniel Kaluuya) and Angela (Jodie Turner-Smith) are on their first date, set up on Tinder. They are young, attractive, black and live in the same part of Ohio, but otherwise wouldn’t seem to have much in common. Earnest is a faithful churchgoer who works as a clerk at a big box store, is close to his family, and is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FROZEN II

FROZEN II movie poster | ©2019 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown, Jason Ritter Writer: Jennifer Lee, story by Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck & Marc E. Smith & Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Directors: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Distributor: Disney Release Date: November 22, 2019 Disney’s new animated feature FROZEN II doesn’t require knowledge of 2013’s FROZEN, though that won’t hurt. The first film’s main voice cast – Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad – returns for this tender, often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking and surprisingly deep sequel, set five […]Read On »

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