Movie Review: BULLET TRAIN

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Rating: R Stars: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martinez Ocasio, Sandra Bullock, Logan Lerman Writer: Zak Olkewicz, based on the novel MARIA BEETLE by Kotaro Isaka Director: David Leitch Distributor: Columbia/Sony Release Date: August 5, 2022 BULLET TRAIN moves like its namesake, increasing in velocity until the film seems to be going at two hundred miles an hour. The screenplay by Zak Olkewicz, adapted from Kotaro Isaka’s novel MARIA BEETLE, takes pains to explain things (often more than once), but it’s wise to hang on tight to the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BODIES BODIES BODIES

BODIES BODIES BODIES movie poster | ©2022 A24

Rating: R Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Myha’la Herrold, Rachel Sennott, Chase Sui Wonders, Pete Davidson, Lee Pace Writer: Sarah DeLappe, story by Kristen Roupenian Director: Halina Reijn Distributor: A24 Release Date: August 5, 2022 In the film BODIES BODIES BODIES, there’s a game called “Bodies Bodies Bodies.” We are told it’s essentially the same as “Werewolf.” Pieces of paper are handed out. One secretly designates the killer. The lights are turned off, the killer selects a victim, who must lay down and keep quiet. When the “corpse” is found, the finder exclaims, “Bodies bodies bodies!” When the lights are […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RESURRECTION

RESURRECTION movie poster | ©2022 IFC Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Rebecca Hall, Grace Kaufman, Michael Esper, Tim Roth Writer: Andrew Semans Director: Andrew Semans Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: July 29, 2022 RESURRECTION’s title doesn’t really prepare the viewer for what the film is about. To be fair, it’s hard to immediately think of a title that could. Indeed, without getting into spoilers, it’s hard to explain why RESURRECTION has a storyline with specifics we haven’t seen before. Here’s the set-up. Margaret (Rebecca Hall) is a successful executive at a biotech corporation. She is protective – maybe a bit too much – of her daughter Abbie […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NOPE

NOPE poster | ©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Keith David, Terry Notary Writer: Jordan Peele Director: Jordan Peele Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: July 22, 2022 NOPE has a title and trailer that suggests it’s going to be about people reacting with unexpected common sense to horror movie tropes. That’s not what NOPE turns out to be. This in itself isn’t a demerit; no movie should be judged by how it does or doesn’t adhere to its advertising, which is often created separate from the filmmakers. However, NOPE is an uneven mixed bag. Director/writer Jordan […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER movie poster | ©2022 Marvel Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi (voice), Russell Crowe Writers: Taika Waititi & Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, story by Taika Waititi Director: Taika Waititi Distributor: Disney/Marvel Release Date: July 8, 2022 Because these elements are on the poster for THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, it’s presumably not too spoilery to say the following: First of all, for those who saw Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Asgardian god of thunder, being miserable and out of shape in the last AVENGERS film, he quickly regains the muscular physique so popular with sculptors of ancient deities. He also wields a new […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PRINCESS

THE PRINCESS movie poster | ©2022 Hulu/20th Century Studios

Rating: R Stars: Joey King, Dominic Cooper, Olga Kurylenko, Veronica Ngo, Alex Reid, Ed Stoppard, Katelyn Rose Downey Writers: Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton Director: Le-Van Kiet Distributor: Hulu/20th Century Studios Release Date: July 1, 2022 (Hulu) THE PRINCESS is set in what looks like a fairytale kingdom, in what looks like the never-never days of yore. In the opening, as a pretty, fantasy-type Celtic score plays, we see a high castle tower above a lake. Within the tower is our Princess (Joey King), wearing a white satin wedding dress, sleeping on a bed adorned with flowers, across the room […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE

GOOD LUCK, LEO GRANDE poster | ©2022 Fox Searchlight/Hulu

Rating: R Stars: Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack, Isabella Laughland Writer: Katy Brand Director: Sophie Hyde Distributor: Hulu/Fox Searchlight Release Date: July 17, 2022 GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE feels in a way like 2022’s answer to PRETTY WOMAN. It’s not a traditional romance, as such, but it does present a very upbeat view of sex work and that profession’s practitioners, to say nothing of the good it does for the customers. Nancy (Emma Thompson) has been widowed for two years, a former teacher who has never been with any man except her husband. Despite whipsawing ambivalence, she has booked […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A TOWN FULL OF GHOSTS

A TOWN FULL OF GHOSTS movie poster | ©2022 No Sleep Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mandy Rubio, Andrew Fisher, Ali Alkhafaji, Lauren Lox, Keekee Suki, Mike Dell Writer: Isaac Rodriguez Director: Isaac Rodriguez Distributor: No Sleep Films Release Date: June 17, 2022 A TOWN FULL OF GHOSTS is a relatively decent found-footage horror movie. Director/writer Isaac Rodriguez, who also serves as cinematographer, makes good use of the J. Lorrain Ghost Town location in Austin, Texas. The film is economical and also brief, clocking in at just sixty-seven minutes, including end credits. On the one hand, suspense doesn’t get much time to build. On the other hand, this allows the characters t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BLACK PHONE

THE BLACK PHONE poster | ©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, Ethan Hawke, E. Roger Mitchell, Troy Rudeseal, Miguel Cazares Mora Writers: Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, based on the short story by Joe Hill Director: Scott Derrickson Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 24, 2022 THE BLACK PHONE is an adaptation of Joe Hill’s short story. Directed by Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill, THE BLACK PHONE alternates its primary point of view between thirteen-year-old Finney (Mason Thames) and his little sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw). It’s 1978, and Finney and Gwen live with their […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ABANDONED

ABANDONED movie poster | ©2022 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emma Roberts, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Shannon Writers: Erik Patterson & Jessica Scott Director: Spencer Squire Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: June 17, 2022 ABANDONED is a very particular kind of haunted house story. It begins outside an isolated home at night. The porch light is on. We hear a bloodcurdling scream, a crying baby, a young woman pleading, then gunshots. Forty years later, we see the same house in daylight, at the end of a tree-lined dirt road. We still hear a baby crying. This turns out to be little Liam, son of Sarah (Emma Roberts) […]Read On »

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