Movie Review: THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT

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Rating: R Stars: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Tiffany Haddish, Paco León, Neil Patrick Harris, Lily Sheen, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ike Barinholtz Writers: Tom Gormican & Kevin Etten Director: Tom Gormican Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: April 22, 2022 THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT, at first description, sounds like something this reviewer would take pains to avoid. Personal confession: I do not normally enjoy fare in which famous people play fictional versions of themselves. This is mainly because usually, in these kinds of projects, whatever can go wrong tonally does. The creative team may pull punches to make the protagonist […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CONTRACTOR

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Rating: R Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs, Eddie Marsan, JD Pardo, Kiefer Sutherland, Sander Thomas Writer: J.P. Davis Director: Tarik Saleh Distributor: Paramount/STX Films Release Date (theatrical, on demand and digital): April 1, 2022 THE CONTRACTOR is a movie where it’s difficult to know what the filmmakers are trying to say. It seems likely director Tarik Saleh and writer J.P. Davis have good intentions but lack the nuance to make their points firmly. A more cynical reading is that they are trying to add depth and topicality to a standard action subgenre. Chris Pine stars as James Harper, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SLAPFACE

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: August Maturo, Mike Manning, Libe Barer, Mirabelle Lee, Bianca D’Ambrosio, Chiara D’Ambrosio, Lukas Hassel, Dan Hedaya Writer: Jeremiah Kipp, based on his short film Director: Jeremiah Kipp Distributor: Shudder Release Date: February 3, 2022 SLAPFACE is a horror film that has an actual monster, but it would fit the genre even without one. Lucas (August Maturo) is a teen being raised by his older brother Tom (Mike Manning) after their parents’ death in a car accident. They live in a cabin in the woods, but although there are plenty of other fear-inspiring elements, the house isn’t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LEGEND OF LA LLORONA

LEGEND OF LA LLORNA movie poster | ©2022 Saban Films

Rating: R Stars: Autumn Reeser, Antonio Cupo, Zamia Fandino, Edgar Wuotto, Angelica Lara, Nicolas Madrazo, Danny Trejo, Fernanda Aguilar Writer: Jose Prendes, story by Cameron Larson, Jose Prendes, Patricia Harris Seeley Director: Patricia Harris Seeley Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: January 7, 2022 (theatrical), January 11, 2022 (digital) THE LEGEND OF LA LLORONA is not to be confused with either 2019’s THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA (which is part of the COJURING-verse), or LA LLORONA (also 2019). How can you tell them apart? For one thing, LA LLORONA is set and made in Guatemala, and uses the horror genre and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CANDYMAN

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Rating: R Stars: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Kyle Kaminsky, Coleman Domingo, Michael Hargrove, Brian King, Rebecca Spence Writers: Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld and Nia DaCosta, based on the 1992 CANDYMAN screenplay by Bernard Rose and the short story THE FORBIDDEN by Clive Barker Director: Nia DaCosta Distributor: Universal/MGM Release Date: August 27, 2021 CANDYMAN is being billed as “a spiritual sequel” to the 1992 feature film of the same name. Since that was set in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects, and the new movie is set in the upscale apartment complexes occupying the same area, and since […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GREEN KNIGHT

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Rating: R Stars: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Sarita Choudhury, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, Barry Keoghan Writer: David Lowery, based on the poem Director: David Lowery Distributor: A24 Release Date: July 30, 2021 THE GREEN KNIGHT may put fantasy film buffs in mind of John Boorman’s EXCALIBUR or even Neil Jordan’s THE COMPANY OF WOLVES. Adapted from Arthurian mythology by writer/director David Lowery, THE GREEN KNIGHT is beautiful and mysterious – and more than a little trippy. Let’s stipulate up front that the plot doesn’t fully make sense. The source material, an anonymously-written medieval poem, translated into […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL

BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL movie poster | ©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Jack Rowan, Nigel O’Neill, Louisa Harland, Michael Hough, Fra Fee, Robert Nairne, Andrea Irvine, Morgan C. Jones, David Pearse, John Lynch Writer: Chris Baugh, story by Chris Baugh & Brendan Mullin Director: Chris Baugh Distributor: Shudder Release Date: April 22, 2021 BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL is a Northern Irish horror/comedy. It seeks to emulate AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (there’s even a dialogue reference, along with a whole sequence that’s fairly similar) or SHAUN OF THE DEAD. We’re in the picturesque small town of Six Mile Hill. It’s nighttime. An older couple is watching television, when […]Read On »

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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

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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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