Movie Review: THE POWER

THE POWER movie poster | ©2021 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Rose Williams, Charlie Carrick, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Nuala McGowan, Emma Rigby, Diveen Henry, Paul Antony-Barber, Shakira Rahman, Clara Read Writer: Corinna Faith Director: Corinna Faith Distributor: Shudder Release Date: April 8, 2021 THE POWER has a title with threefold meanings. It refers to the electricity, which is in short supply in 1974 London. It also encompasses the hierarchy of the hospital where the story takes place. Finally, it concerns the malevolent force that pervades the building when the lights are out. The power shortage is due to a miners’ strike in Great Britain (this is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE COURIER

THE COURIER movie poster | ©2021 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, Angus Wright, Zeljko Ivanek, Kirill Pirogov, Anton Lesser, Maria Mironova, Vladimir Chuprikov Writer: Tom O’Connor Director: Dominic Cooke Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: March 19, 2021  THE COURIER begins with the onscreen statement, “This film is based on true events.” This is accurate. Whether those events happened the way they’re depicted here or not, THE COURIER is a cracking good period spy thriller. By 1960, both the United States and Soviet Union had enough weapons to wipe out humanity (and presumably most other organic life on the planet). Many people […]Read On »

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MOVIE REVIEW: GODZILLA VS. KONG

GODZILLA VS. KONG movie poster | ©2021 Warner Bros./Legendary

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza Gonzalez, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Demian Bichir, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Kaylee Hottle Writers: Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein, story by Terry Rossio and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields, based on the character Godzilla, created by Toho Co. Ltd. Director: Adam Wingard Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 31, 2021 GODZILLA VS. KONG is the fourth entry (after GODZILLA, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, and GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS) in Warner Bros./Legendary Entertainment franchise that encompasses both of the title beings, as well as their […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CRISIS

CRISIS Movie Poster | ©2021 Quiver Distribution

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly, Guy Nadon, Michelle Rodriguez, Greg Kinnear, Indira Varma, Mia Kirschner, Luke Evans, Scott Mescudi Writer: Nicholas Jarecki Director: Nicholas Jarecki Distributor: Quiver Distribution Release Date: February 26, 2021 CRISIS is a well-intentioned and-well shot – on 35mm, no less – thriller about the opioid epidemic. Director/writer Nicholas Jarecki has a lot on his mind here – so much, in fact, that he’s got three distinct plotlines running here. One of these never links up with the other two, which is among the film’s several problems. A serene, snowy landscape is interrupted […]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: RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON movie poster | ©2021 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh, Alan Tudyk Writers: Qui Nguyen & Adele Lim, story by Paul Briggs, Don Hall, Adele Lim, Carlos Lopez Estrada, Kiel Murray, Qui Nguyen, John Ripa, Dean Wellins, story ideas by Bradley Raymond, additional story contributions by Helen Kalafatic Directors: Don Hall & Carlos Lopez Estrada, co-directors, Paul Briggs & John Ripa Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Release Date: March 5, 2021 RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON is a charming animated quest that goes more or less exactly where we’d expect. It moves […]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: THE SINNERS

THE SINNERS movie poster | ©2021 Brainstorm Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kaitlin Bernard, Brenna Llewellyn, Brenna Coates, Aleks Paunovic, Tahmoh Penikett, Lochlyn Munro, Michael Eklund, Keilani Rose, Jasmine Randhawa, Natalie Malaika, Carly Fawcett, Jerry Trimble, Loretta Walsh, James Neate, Elysia Rotaru, Dylan Playfair, Jen Araki Writers: Courtney Paige & Erin Hazlehurst & Madison Smith, story by Courtney Paige Director: Courtney Paige Distributor: Brainstorm Media Release Date: February 19, 2021 THE SINNERS is one of those movies where the direction is better than the acting. Debuting feature director Courtney Paige creates beautiful, rich images, and gets good performances from her cast. The script she wrote with Erin Hazlehurst […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MAURITANIAN

THE MAURITANIAN movie poster |©2020 STX Films

Rating: R Stars: Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley Writers: M.B. Traven and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshrvani, screen story by M.B. Traven, based on the book GUANTANAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, edited by Larry Siems Director: Kevin Macdonald Distributor: STX Films Release Date: February 12, 2021 THE MAURITANIAN is based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s nonfiction book GUANTANAMO DIARY (edited by Larry Siems, as is noted in the credits), which details his decade-plus of detention in that facility. The film, directed by Kevin Macdonald from a screenplay by M.B. Traven and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshrvani, screen […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH movie poster | ©2020 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith, Darnnell Britt-Gibson, Lil Rel Howery, Dominique Thorne, Martin Sheen, Robert Longstreet Writers: Will Berson & Shaka King, story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas Director: Shaka King Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 12, 2021 JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH concerns two real-life figures, 1960s Black activist Fred Hampton, and FBI informant William O’Neal. We’re in 1968 Chicago, with periodic interview sequences set later, in 1989. As depicted here (and as discernable in the historical record), Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) […]Read On »

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