Movie Review: PANDEMIC

PANDEMIC | © 2016 New Artists Alliance/XLerator Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen, Missi Pyle, Mekhi Phifer, Paul Guilfoyle, Danielle Rose Russell Writer: Dustin T. Benson Director: John Suits Distributor: New Artists Alliance/XLerator Media Release Date (theatrical): April 1, 2016; (VOD) April 5, 2016 Although it’s been way overused, the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT super-shaky, handheld camera approach still makes sense for some movies. Unfortunately, PANDEMIC isn’t one of them. A decent premise – a small military squad attempts a rescue of survivors in a pandemic (read zombie) infested  Los Angeles with a good cast has to do unnecessary battle with the decision to shoot the […]Read On »

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DVD Review: RETREAT

RETREAT movie poster | ©2012 Magnet Films

Rating: R Stars: Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, Jamie Bell, Jimmy Yuill Writers: Carl Tibbetts and Janice Hallett Director: Carl Tibbetts Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Release Date: February 21, 2012 DVD and Digital RETREAT is an entry in the subgenre of an isolated couple being menaced by a stranger. There’s a twist here, with the possibility of a pandemic lurking outside the door. What’s actually happening is something of a surprise,  but the screenplay by Janice Hallett and director Carl Tibbetts doesn’t set up the mystery in a way that keeps us guessing excitedly or fearful for the characters. Married […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Director Jason Connery crashlands into AREA 51

John Shea in AREA 51 | ©2011 Syfy

Area 51 is the real U.S. Air Force base where it has been rumored for decades that the remains of alien spacecraft and possibly some actual aliens have been locked away from prying eyes by the military. AREA 51, the movie premiering on Syfy tonight at 9, takes this set-up and asks what would happen if visiting journalists, while being steered away from the base’s most unusual sights, were inadvertently the trigger for all hell breaking loose. Bruce Boxleitner, Rachel Miner and Jason London star as beleaguered Air Force personnel, with Vanessa Branch and John Shea as the reporters. The […]Read On »

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