Movie Review: POSSESSOR

POSSESSOR Movie Poster | ©2020 Neon

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gage Graham-Arbuthnot, Raoul Bhaneja, Gabrielle Graham Writer: Brandon Cronenberg Director: Brandon Cronenberg Distributor: Neon Release Date: October 9, 2020 POSSESSOR is classic Cronenberg. Normally, one wants to take any filmmaker on their own terms, but in the case of POSSESSOR writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, he’s created a work that could easily be taken for one made by his father, David Cronenberg, during the ‘70s or ‘80s. This is because POSSESSOR has many themes that the elder Cronenberg explored: body horror, alienation from the self, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ANTEBELLUM

ANTEBELLUM movie poster | ©2020 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Janelle Monae, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Marque Richardson, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, Tongayi Chirisa, London Boyce Writers: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz Directors: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 18, 2020 If ANTEBELLUM were a script pitch, the response might be, “You can’t do that.” In fact, writers/directors Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz clearly could and did do it, because their film exists. Now the questions are 1) what are they trying to say, 2) did they actually succeed in saying it, and 3) whether they should […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIRAL

SPIRAL movie poster | ©2020 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Leporte, Ty Wood, Lochlyn Munro, Chandra West Writers: Colin Minihan & John Poliquin Director: Kurtis David Harder Distributor: Shudder Release Date: September 17, 2020 (Shudder stream) SPIRAL keeps us guessing for a good portion of its length as to whether its horror is sociological, psychological, or supernatural. We generally know the drill: new family moves to small town, the neighbors are a little odd, and weird stuff begins to happen. It’s the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. We can tell from the tech: Polaroid cameras, square computer monitors, and not a cellphone […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FACELESS MAN

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Sophie Thurling, Pittaway, Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Facciolo, Martin Astifo, Lorin Kauffeld, Sunny S. Walia, Andy McPhee, Roger Ward, Brendan Bacon, Albert Goikhman, Daniel Reader Writer: James Di Martino Director: James Di Martino Distributor: Freedom Cinema Release Date: August 28, 2020  THE FACELESS MAN keeps us guessing as to what it actually is for a good while. Will it turn out to be a movie about gangsters getting revenge on a bunch of clueless twentysomethings, a WOLF CREEK-style slaughter, or supernatural horror? Is Emily (Sophie Thurling) being stalked by a terrifying entity, or just having a terrible […]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: MURDER IN THE WOODS

MURDER IN THE WOOD movie poster | ©2020 Rezinate Pictures/Amor Media/Stadium Media

Rating: R Stars: Jose Julian, Jeanette Samano, Chelsea Rendon, Catherine Toribio, Kade Wise, Jordan Diambrini, Soledad St. Hillaire, Danny Trejo Writer: Yelyna De Leon Director: Luis Iga Garza Distributor: Rezinate Pictures/Amor Media/Stadium Media Release Date: August 14, 2020 (theatrical); September 18, 2020 (digital and VOD) MURDER IN THE WOODS is here for those craving ‘80s-style slasher horror. It begins with a man, obviously already the victim of attempted murder, limping through the forest. He arrives at what appears to be an abandoned cabin. He is pursued by someone armed with a hatchet. Through all of this, we get ambiguous flashbacks […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOST

HOST movie poster | ©2020 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb, Radina Drandova, Caroline Ward, Edward Linard, Seylan Baxter Writers: Gemma Hurley & Rob Savage & Jed Shepherd Director: Rob Savage Distributor: Shudder Release Date: July 30, 2020 HOST, not to be confused with Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 monster movie THE HOST, the 1998 telefilm also known as VIRTUAL OBSESSION, the 2013 release starring Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons or any of the other over 450 films of that title (per IMDB), is now streaming on Shudder. The new HOST has the distinction of being shot, set, edited and released during […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FIGHT

THE FIGHT movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lee Gelernt, Brigitte Amiri, Dale Ho, Josh Block, Chase Strangio Directors: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: July 31, 2020 THE FIGHT is a documentary about the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU. More specifically, as we are informed by a supertitle near the start, THE FIGHT is about four of the hundreds of lawsuits that the ACLU has brought against the Trump administration. In THE FIGHT, we follow four lawyers from the ACLU’s New York headquarters. Lee Gelernt, who specializes in immigrants’ rights, seeks to reunite parents and children who have […]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: AMULET

AMULET movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Angeliki Papoulia, Imelda Staunton, Anah Ruddin Writer: Romola Garai Director: Romola Garai Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: July 24, 2020 AMULET is a stylish, satisfying writing/directing feature debut from Romola Garai. Garai, a topnotch English actress (THE HOUR, SUFFRAGETTE) who does not appear here, demonstrates that she can get fine work from performers, and that she knows how to create an atmosphere that glides from dreamlike to nightmarish. We follow Tomaz (Alec Secareanu) in two timelines. In one, he is a young wartime guard at an Eastern European border crossing deep in the […]Read On »

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