Movie Review: LIMBO

LIMBO movie poster | ©2020 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Lucian Charles Collier, Scottie Thompson, Lew Temple, Richard Riehle, Peter Jacobson, Lauryn Canny, Veronica Cartwright, James Purefoy Writer: Mark Young Director: Mark Young Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date: August 4, 2020 LIMBO takes place in the realm indicated by the title. Neither Heaven nor Hell, here Limbo is a dusty room that looks like an unused ‘30s warehouse office. The souls of the departed come here to be judged and sent to their ultimate destination.’’ The soul that occupies this version of Limbo is that of Jimmy Doyle (Lew Temple), who died as the result of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOST

HOST movie poster | ©2020 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb, Radina Drandova, Caroline Ward, Edward Linard, Seylan Baxter Writers: Gemma Hurley & Rob Savage & Jed Shepherd Director: Rob Savage Distributor: Shudder Release Date: July 30, 2020 HOST, not to be confused with Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 monster movie THE HOST, the 1998 telefilm also known as VIRTUAL OBSESSION, the 2013 release starring Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons or any of the other over 450 films of that title (per IMDB), is now streaming on Shudder. The new HOST has the distinction of being shot, set, edited and released during […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FIGHT

THE FIGHT movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lee Gelernt, Brigitte Amiri, Dale Ho, Josh Block, Chase Strangio Directors: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: July 31, 2020 THE FIGHT is a documentary about the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU. More specifically, as we are informed by a supertitle near the start, THE FIGHT is about four of the hundreds of lawsuits that the ACLU has brought against the Trump administration. In THE FIGHT, we follow four lawyers from the ACLU’s New York headquarters. Lee Gelernt, who specializes in immigrants’ rights, seeks to reunite parents and children who have […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OLD GUARD

THE OLD GUARD poster | ©2020 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Martinelli, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo Writer: Greg Rucka, based on the graphic novels by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Leandro Fernandez Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 10, 2020 THE OLD GUARD is about a group of Immortals. Mythology about immortality has been around for as long as humans have been telling stories. There’s no automatic reason to think that one new variation has ties to a specific older variation. Well, unless in the new variation, the Immortals all have swords, can sense each […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AMULET

AMULET movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Angeliki Papoulia, Imelda Staunton, Anah Ruddin Writer: Romola Garai Director: Romola Garai Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: July 24, 2020 AMULET is a stylish, satisfying writing/directing feature debut from Romola Garai. Garai, a topnotch English actress (THE HOUR, SUFFRAGETTE) who does not appear here, demonstrates that she can get fine work from performers, and that she knows how to create an atmosphere that glides from dreamlike to nightmarish. We follow Tomaz (Alec Secareanu) in two timelines. In one, he is a young wartime guard at an Eastern European border crossing deep in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A DEADLY LEGEND

A DEADLY LEGEND | ©2020 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kristen Anne Ferraro, Andee Buccheri, John Pope, Judd Hirsch, Corbin Bernsen, Daniella DeCaro, Eric Wolf, Jean Tree, Lori Petty Writer: Eric Wolf Director: Pamela Moriarty Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date: July 24, 2020 A DEADLY LEGEND is a deceptively generic title for a horror movie that has impressively complex mythology. Unfortunately, the narrative ambitions exceed the grasp of director Pamela Moriarty and writer Eric Wolf, but their efforts to do something new are admirable. In fact, the storytelling is so dense that it’s a bit surprising to find that A DEADLY LEGEND is not based on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GHOSTS OF WAR

GHOSTS OF WAR movie poster | ©2020 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Theo Rossi, Skylar Astin, Kyle Gallner, Alan Ritchson Writer: Eric Bress Director: Eric Bress Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: July 17, 2020 GHOSTS OF WAR is largely a haunted house story set in 1944 Nazi-occupied France. That’s how the setting is identified in the opening crawl. We’re with a squad of five young American soldiers. Our first introduction is to Chris (Brenton Thwaites), who awakens in a dark clearing, with his comrades sleeping nearby. He either sees or hallucinates something in the surrounding forest. In daylight, we meet the rest of the group. Kirk (Theo […]Read On »

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Miniseries Review: DEADWATER FELL

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Stars: David Tennant, Cash Jumbo, Matthew McNulty, Anna Madeley, Maureen Beattie, Anneika Rose Writer: Daisy Coulam Director: Lynsey Miller Network (North America): Acorn TV Release Date: January 10, 2020 (U.K.); April 6, 2020 (North America) DEADWATER FELL premiered in the U.K. in January 2020, and is now available in North America on Acorn TV’s cable and streaming service. The four-episode miniseries, written by Daisy Coulam and directed by Lynsey Miller, is set in the present, in the charming-looking Scottish village of the title. Everybody knows everybody in Deadwater Fell, where modern amenities like cellphones exist in houses that open the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RELIC

RELIC movie poster | ©2020 IFC Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote Writers: Natalie Erika James and Christian White Director: Natalie Erika James Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: July 10, 2020 RELIC is a horror movie that deals with senile dementia. For a lot of people, this will be a form of gilding the lily. Dealing with a parent’s real-life cognitive decline is often so devastating that it’s hard to muster much added alarm about the possibility of a supernatural dimension to it. Director Natalie Erika James and her co-writer Christian White elicit some pathos, but in trying to mix tragedy with […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BEACH HOUSE

THE BEACH HOUSE movie poster | ©2020 Shudder

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Liana Liberato, Noah Le Gros, Steven Weber, Maryann Nagel Writer: Jeffrey A. Brown Director: Jeffrey A. Brown Release Date (Shudder stream): July 9, 2020 THE BEACH HOUSE, from both its title and its set-up, seems like it’s going to be one kind of horror movie. Emily (Liana Liberato) accompanies her boyfriend Randall (Noah Le Gros) to his family’s vacation home in coastal Massachusetts. It’s before “the season,” and apparently neighbors are few. Then another older couple, Mitchell (Steven Weber) and Jane (Maryann Nagel), turn out to already be in residence. Mitchell claims he’s an old friend […]Read On »

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