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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Book Review: SNOWBLIND by Maria Alexander

SNOWBLIND book cover | ©2020 Ghede Press

Writer: Maria Alexander Price: $13.70 Publisher: Ghede Press Publication Date: June 1, 2020 SNOWBLIND is the third installment in author Maria Alexander’s Bloodline of the Yule trilogy, following her Stoker Award-winning SNOWED and its sequel, SNOWBOUND. The books posit the intriguing mythological notion that jovial Santa Claus, aka St. Nicholas, and evil Krampus are in fact two aspects of the same being, the Klaas. Charity Jones is a teenager who is also a brilliant mechanical engineer. Our narrator in SNOWED, she falls for the mysterious Aidan MacNichol, who turns out to be the son of the current Klaas. In SNOWBOUND, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SHADOW IN THE CLOUD

SHADOW IN THE CLOUD movie poster | ©2020 Vertical Entertainment/Redbox Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale, Taylor John Smith, Callan Mulvey, Benedict Wall, Joe Witkowski, Byron Coll Writers: Max Landis and Roseanne Liang Director: Roseanne Liang Distributor: Vertical Entertainment/Redbox Entertainment Release Date: January 1, 2021 SHADOW IN THE CLOUD combines a (low-budget) WWII fighter plane action drama with the classic TWILIGHT ZONE episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” The mixture is so natural that it prompts the question: why has it taken so long for anybody to do this particular blend of genres? The film starts with a WWII-era cartoon about “gremlins,” the ostensibly fictional critters that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Rating: R Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Chris Lowell, Molly Shannon, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Steve Monroe, Samuel Richardson, Alfred Molina Writer: Emerald Fennell Director: Emerald Fennell Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 25, 2020 PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN starts out seeming, well, promising. Cassie (Carey Mulligan) is just turning thirty, still lives with her parents (Clancy Brown and Jennifer Coolidge), and works a low-paying job at a coffee shop. She likes her co-workers, including supervisor Gail (Laverne Cox), and won’t accept a promotion when one is offered. Turns […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLUMHOUSE’S THE CRAFT: LEGACY

THE CRAFT LEGACY movie poster | ©2020 Sony/Columbia

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Caelee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan, David Duchovny, Julian Grey, Charles Vandervaart, Donald MacLean Jr. Writer: Zoe Lister-Jones, based on characters created by Peter Filardi Director: Zoe Lister-Jones Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: October 28, 2020 (theatrical, VOD); December 22, 2020 (DVD, Blu-ray, digital) BLUMHOUSE’S THE CRAFT: LEGACY is a sequel to 1996’s THE CRAFT. Both films deal with teenaged witches. The difference is that, in the original, young women getting together and finding their power resulted in divisiveness and death. THE CRAFT: LEGACY, however, is nothing if not woke. The result […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FORGET ME NOT

FORGET ME NOT movie poster | ©2020 Trinity Creative Partnership

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Tobias Menzies, Genevieve O’Reilly, Gemma Jones Writer: Mark Underwood, story by Rebecca Long, Steve Spence, Mark Underwood Directors: Alexander Holt & Lance Roehrig Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnership Release Date: May 9, 2016 (U.S. theatrical); December 17, 2020 (home video) FORGET ME NOT, per IMDB, was actually made in 2010. This accounts for the youthful appearances of leads Tobias Menzies (THE CROWN, OUTLANDER, GAME OF THRONES) and Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma in the current run of STAR WARS projects). Will Fletcher (Menzies) is a London musician, charming when playing folk-rock on his guitar in a London club, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CURSE OF HOBBES HOUSE

THE CURSE OF HOBBES HOUSE | ©2020 4Digital Media

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mhairi Calvey, Waleed Elgadi, Makenna Guyler, Kevin Leslie, Emma Spurgin Hussey, Jo Price Writer: Wolf-Peter Arand, story by Juliane Block & Wolf-Peter Arand Director: Juliane Block Distributor: 4Digital Media Release Date: December 15, 2020 THE CURSE OF HOBBES HOUSE begins with an elaborate narrated prologue, voiced over still artwork illustrations. It’s a bit confusing, at first, because we hear about a “great war” with big explosions, but this turns out not to be the Great War, i.e., World War I. Instead, it’s a pre-history event in what is now England. An evil king called Dormant kills […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ARCHENEMY

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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: WANDER DARKLY

WANDER DARKLY movie poster | ©2020 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Sienna Miller, Diego Luna, Beth Grant, Vanessa Bayer, Brett Rice, Aimee Carrero, Tory Kittles, James Landry Hebert, Dan Gill, Ethan Cohn, Lamont Thompson Writer: Tara Miele Director: Tara Miele Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: December 11, 2020 WANDER DARKLY is one of those movies where even to explain the premise may be to spoil it. So, we’ll go with the set-up. Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna) are an unmarried couple living together in Los Angeles with their adorable baby daughter, Ellie. They’ve recently bought a house. Matteo and Adrienne’s mother, Patty (Beth Grant), can’t stand each […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLACK PUMPKIN

BLACK PUMPKIN movie poster | ©2020 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Ellie Patrikios, Grayson Thorne Kilpatrick, Dogen Eyeler, Curt Clendenin, Matt Rife, Ryan Poole, Connor Weil, Tasha Dixon, Jordyn Lucas, Gemma Brooke Allen, Malaak Hattab, Alix Schwartz, Brittany Belt, Jacques Derosina, Drew Ochsner, Sundeep Konero, Wesley J. Szabo, Timothy Wade, Shaeda Maghaddam, Joseph Barone, Christopher Demaci, Jo Osmond Writer: Ryan McGonagle Director: Ryan McGonagle Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date: December 8, 2020 BLACK PUMPKIN bills itself as “a twisted tall tale.” It’s a Halloween movie, complete with a HALLOWEEN-esque score (by Chris Kooreman & Edo Plasschaert, performed by Beat Royalty), coming out just in time for … […]Read On »

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