Movie Review: THE CURSED

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Kelly Reilly, Alistair Petrie, Roxane Duran, Amelia Crouch, Max Mackintosh, Pascale Becouze, Tommy Rodger Writer: Sean Ellis Director: Sean Ellis Distributor: Neon Release Date: February 18, 2022 THE CURSED (not to be confused with director Wes Craven’s 2005 contemporary werewolf movie CURSED) is a new take on the Beast of Gévaudan legend. To be more precise, director/writer Sean Ellis positions his THE CURSED as a kind of sequel to that legend. Those who are not familiar with this piece of French folklore need not fear – it will be explained to us in due […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INCARNATION

INCARNATION movie poster | ©2022 Cinedigm

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Taye Diggs, Jessica Uberuaga, Michael Madsen, Rich Paul, Antonio Jones Writers: Isaac Walsh and Tyler Clair Smith Director: Isaac Walsh Distributor: Cinedigm Release Date: February 18, 2022 INCARNATION is one of those titles that could mean a lot of different things. In this case, there’s a demon who’d like to get into our world. Director Isaac Walsh, working from a script he wrote with Tyler Clair Smith, has made a pleasingly tight movie that’s essentially a three-hander. Brad (Taye Diggs) and Jess (Jessica Uberuaga) are a happily married couple who are delighted to move to Southern […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THEY LIVE IN THE GREY

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Michelle Krusiec, Ken Kirby, Ellen Wroe, Madelyn Grace, Mercedes Manning, J.R. Cacia, Willie S. Hosea, Audrey Moore, Jaden Tran Writers: The Vang Brothers (Burlee Vang & Abel Vang) Directors: The Vang Brothers (Abel Vang & Burlee Vang) Distributor: Shudder Release Date: February 17, 2022 THEY LIVE IN THE GREY refers to ghosts. It likewise refers to the living, who are haunted not only by the dead, but also by their own grief and rage. Written and directed by the Vang Brothers (Burlee and Abel), THEY LIVE IN THE GREY starts with shots of desolate fields, then […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DEATH ON THE NILE

DEATH ON THE NILE poster | ©2022 20th Century Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Kenneth Branagh, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, Letitia Wright Writer: Michael Green, based on the novel by Agatha Christie Director: Kenneth Branagh Distributor: 20th Century Studios Release Date: February 11, 2022 DEATH ON THE NILE was shot on 65mm film, to be projected in some theatres in 70mm. This fact alone may induce viewers to see it on the big screen, as so many films now are shot digitally. In fact, DEATH ON THE NILE has plenty to offer besides […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LONG NIGHT

THE LONG NIGHT Movie Poster | ©2022 Well Go USA Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Nolan Gerard Funk, Kevin Ragsdale, Deborah Kara Unger, Jeff Fahey Writers: Mark Young and Robert Sheppe Director: Rich Ragsdale Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Release Date: February 4, 2022  THE LONG NIGHT has a title with a double meaning. The immediate one is the period suffered by young couple Grace Covington (Scout Taylor-Compton) and Jack Cabot (Nolan Gerald Funk). The other one is a prophesied event. Grace and Jack ditch New York City to first visit his parents, then go to stay in an old, isolated Southern plantation house (THE LONG NIGHT was shot primarily […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS

GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS movie poster |©2022 XYZ Films Releasing

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Thomas Hobson, Tara Perry, Phil Morris, Angela Bettis, Joseph Ruud, Tim Blake Nelson, David Arquette Writers: Jordan Wayne Long and Tara Perry, story consultant Sean Anthony Davis Directors: Matt Glass & Jordan Wayne Long Distributor: XYZ Films Releasing Release Date: February 3, 2022 GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS is a rather bland title for a well-executed tale of period folk horror. The movie owes a debt to two other films. To name these would give the game away. Suffice to say that it’s a respectable homage to one, and a big improvement on the other, though it […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SLAPFACE

SLAPFACE Key Art | ©2022 Shudder

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: CONFESSION

CONFESSION Key Art | ©2022 Uncork'd

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Stephen Moyer, Colm Meaney, Claire-Hope Ashitey Writer: David Beton Director: David Beton Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date: January 21, 2022 (theatrical), January 25, 2022 (digital) CONFESSION begins as a what’s-going-on-here type of mystery. Victor Strong (Stephen Moyer) is writing letter of apology/confession to his daughter. He’s bleeding from a gunshot wound, in the office of a Catholic church, preparing to talk with the unsuspecting Father Peter (Colm Meaney). Victor expects that what he has to say will greatly upset the priest. It certainly doesn’t help that when Victor makes his presence known, he’s training a gun […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LAST NIGHT IN SOHO

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Blu-ray | ©2022 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp, Michael Ajao, Rita Tushingham Writers: Edgar Wright & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, story by Edgar Wright Director: Edgar Wright Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: October 29, 2021 LAST NIGHT IN SOHO is a 2021 release that is entirely worth catching up with on home video/streaming. Director Edgar Wright, who co-wrote LAST NIGHT IN SOHO with Krysty Wilson-Cairns from his premise, is known for playful takes on horror (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, THE WORLD’S END), fantasy (SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD), and action (HOT FUZZ, BABY DRIVER). While there is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DRY

THE DRY Blu-ray | ©2022 IFC Films

Rating: R Stars: Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, John Polson, Julia Blake, Bruce Spence, William Zappa, Matt Nable, James Frecheville, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Joe Klocek, Sam Corlett, BeBe Bettencourt, Claude Scott-Mitchell Writers: Harry Cripps and Robert Connolly, additional writing by Samantha Strauss, based on the novel by Jane Harper Director: Robert Connolly Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: January 18, 2022 (Blu-ray/DVD; also available on Showtime)  THE DRY is based on a novel by Jane Harper. The film, directed by Robert Connolly, from a screenplay by Connolly and Harry Cripps, with additional writing by Samantha Strauss, has a literary texture. […]Read On »

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