Movie Review: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 movie poster | ©2021 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Shenkman, J.C. MacKenzie, Frank Langella, Danny Flaherty, Noah Robbins, John Doman, Michael Keaton, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Caitlin FitzGerald Writer: Aaron Sorkin Director: Aaron Sorkin Distributor: Netflix Release Date: October 16, 2020 THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 has been nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen), Original Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Film Editing (Alan Baumgarten), Cinematography (Phedon Papamichael), and Original Song (“Hear My Voice,” lyrics by Celeste and Daniel Pemberton, music by Pemberton). […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OAK ROOM

THE OAK ROOM movie poster | ©2021 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: RJ Mitte, Ari Millen, Martin Roach, Nicholas Campbell, David Ferry, Peter Outerbridge Writer: Peter Genoway Director: Cody Calahan Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: April 16, 2021 THE OAK ROOM has a destination in mind. It gets there surely, but more slowly than many viewers will like. In some ways, THE OAK ROOM feels like an homage to FARGO; in others, it seems like a filmed stage play. There are two major settings, both bars, one a redressing of the other. We get brief detours to other locations, and eventually, there’s violence, but the bulk of THE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IN THE EARTH

IN THE EARTH Poster | ©2021 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Joel Fry, Reece Sheersmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora Torchia, Mark Monero, John Hollingworth Writer: Ben Wheatley Director: Ben Wheatley Distributor: Neon Release Date: April 16, 2021 IN THE EARTH is set in a world where there’s a pandemic going on. Lest anyone be put off by this story element, its point seems mainly to explain why there aren’t more people around. After the first few scenes, it becomes an afterthought. However, anyone who has problems with strobe lights and flashing images should be warned in advance. Dr. Martin Lowry (Joel Fry) walks up a woodland path to a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BANISHING

Jessica Brown Findlay as Marianne in THE BANISHING |©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, John Heffernan, Adam Hugill, Anya McKenna-Bruce, Jean St. Clair, Jason Thorpe, John Lynch, Sean Harris Writers: David Beton, Ray Lines & Dean Bogdanovich Director: Christopher Smith Distributor: Shudder Release Date: April 15, 2021 THE BANISHING is directed by Christopher Smith, who is responsible for the brilliant, hilarious SEVERANCE. THE BANISHING isn’t remotely amusing (and isn’t attempting to be), and it treads a familiar path, but it’s decently scary. In early 1930s England, there’s a horrific murder/suicide of a vicar and his wife at Morley Hall. Anglican bishop Malachi (John Lynch), the vicar’s superior, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WINTER LAKE

THE WINTER LAKE poster | ©2021 Epic Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Anson Boon, Charlie Murphy, Emma Mackey, Michael McElhatton, Mark McKenna Writer: David Turpin Director: Phil Sheerin Distributor: Epic Pictures Release Date: March 5, 2021 (theatrical); March 9, 2021 (digital) THE WINTER LAKE begins with an underwater shot of a human body on the bottom of a lake. Most of the rest of the film is concerned with how this came to be. Teenager Tom (Anson Boon) and his young single mother Elaine (Charlie Murphy) move back to the rural country home of Elaine’s great-grandfather after the old man’s death. Tom is nearly silent, and Elaine is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WRONG TURN 2021

WRONG TURN | ©2021 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Charlotte Vega, Adain Bradley, Matthew Modine, David Hutchison, Emma Dumont, Dylan McTee, Vardaan Arora, Adrian Favela, Tim deZarn Writer: Alan McElroy Director: Mike P. Nelson Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: February 23, 2021 WRONG TURN 2021 is in theory a remake of the much-sequelized 2003 WRONG TURN. It even has the same writer, Alan McElroy. However, while it has the same general premise – a group of young, attractive people go into the woods and have trouble with the folks who live there – it doesn’t have exactly the same plot, or even exactly the same genre. Indeed, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SOUL

SOUL movie poster | ©2020 Disney/Pixar

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Angela Bassett, Alice Braga, Richard Ayoade, Wes Studi, Fort une Feirnster, Zenobia Shroff Writers: Pete Docter & Mike Jones & Kemp Powers Director: Pete Docter Co-Director: Kemp Powers Distributor: Disney Release Date: December 25, 2020 SOUL has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, including Best Animated Motion Picture and Best Score (by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, with jazz compositions and arrangements by Jon Batiste), and will no doubt get some Oscar nods as well. The title of SOUL comes from both the spirit of jazz music, dear to the heart […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI movie poster | ©2021 Amazon Studios

Rating: R Stars: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr., Lance Reddick, Christian Magbe, Joaquina Kalukango Writer: Kemp Powers, based on his stage play Director: Regina King Distributor: Amazon Studios Release Date: December 25, 2020; digital release, January 15, 2021 ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI jumps off from a real event: Cassius Clay’s victory as the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion on February 25, 1964. The film, based on the stage play by Kemp Powers, who wrote the screenplay, puts Clay (Eli Goree) together with Black activist Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), football star Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and singer/songwriter luminary […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ARCHENEMY

ARCHENEMY Movie Poster | ©2020 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Joe Manganiello, Skylan Brooks, Zolee Griggs, Paul Scheer, Amy Seimetz, Glenn Howerton, Jessica Allain Writer: Adam Egypt Mortimer, story by Adam Egypt Mortimer & Lucas Passmore Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: December 11, 2020 ARCHENEMY is one of those movies that invites us to guess what’s going on for most of its running time. Is the man who calls himself Max Fist (Joe Manganiello) really a superhero from another dimension whose powers don’t work in this world? Or is Max a delusional homeless person, whose mental issues are being made worse by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VANGUARD

VANGUARD Movie Poster | ©2020 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Lun Ai, Mu Qimiya, Ruohan Xu, Jackson Lou, Eyad Hourani, Zhengting Zhu Writer: Stanley Tong Director: Stanley Tong Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: November 20, 2020 VANGUARD proves that sometimes they do still make ‘em like that. At least, director/writer Stanley Tong and topliner Jackie Chan have made something that feels like one of those big, splashy international derring-do actioners from the ‘70s and ‘80s. The difference is that the heroes, instead of being American or British, are Chinese. Chan plays Tang Huating, the CEO of the private security firm Vanguard. Despite the […]Read On »

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