Movie Review: THE PUBLIC

THE PUBLIC movie poster | ©2019 Greenwich Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright Writer: Emilio Estevez Director: Emilio Estevez Distributor: Greenwich Entertainment (theatrical), Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (all media) Release Date: (theatrical) April 5, 2019 THE PUBLIC takes its title from the Cincinatti, Ohio Public Library, where most of the action is set. It is a fact that quite a few homeless people in cities all over the U.S. use public libraries not only as sources of information, but also as daytime shelters to get in out of the elements. It’s […]Read On »

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Review: ALIEN 40th ANNIVERSARY SHORTS

ALIEN 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHORTS | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: Unrated Stars: James Paxton Writers: Noah Miller, Chris Reading, Aidan Brezonick, Kailey Spear, Sam Spear Directors: Aidan Brezonick, Benjamin Howdeshell, Noah Miller, Chris Reading, Kailey Spear, Sam Spear, Kelsey Taylor Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: streaming, March 29, 2019; home video (with ALIEN 40th ANNIVERSARY release), April 23, 2019 The landmark science-fiction/horror film ALIEN is turning forty this year. Directed by Ridley Scott and scripted by Dan O’Bannon from a story he wrote with Ron Shusett, ALIEN introduced us to the working-class crew of the spaceship Nostromo, doing the futuristic equivalent of laboring on a cargo ship. A […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DUMBO

DUMBO poster | Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Alan Arkin, Roshan Seth, Sharon Rooney, Sandy Martin Writer: Ehren Kruger, based on the novel by Helen Aberson & Harold Pearl Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: March 29, 2019 The new live-action DUMBO is an oddity. The title character, a baby elephant who flies thanks to his oversized ears, is an extraordinary CGI creation. If Dumbo’s eyes are too large for a normal elephant, they are still profoundly expressive. Though DUMBO relies heavily on visual effects, its uncanny valley problems are […]Read On »

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Movie Review: US

US movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Madison Curry Writer: Jordan Peele Director: Jordan Peele Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: March 22, 2019 Spoiler alert for those who have not seen the trailer for US: the movie, written and directed by Jordan Peele, concerns a family menaced by their exact physical doubles. It’s impossible to discuss US without saying at least this much. As with his feature debut, GET OUT, Peele has a great deal on his mind. Leaving the press screening, this reviewer overheard a young woman going into great […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GRETA

GRETA movie poster | ©2019 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Jeff Hiller, Colm Fiore, Stephen Rea Writers: Ray Wright and Neil Jordan, story by Ray Wright Director: Neil Jordan Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: March 1, 2019 GRETA starts out with an interesting riff on the stalker theme. It is helped hugely by its stars Isabelle Huppert, who plays the title character, and Chloe Grace Moretz as Frances McCullen, a young woman who pays dearly for a good deed. Frances is relatively new to Manhattan, rooming with her high-spirited friend Erica (Maika Monroe) while mourning the loss of her mother. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD | ©2019 DreamWorks Animation

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Jay Baruchel, America Ferrara, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington Writer: Dean DeBlois, based on the novels by Cressida Cowell Director: Dean DeBlois Distributor: Universal/DreamWorks Animation Release Date: February 22, 2019  The first HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON film was released in 2010; its sequel came out in 2014. Based on a series of novels by Cressida Cowell, they were charming tales of a boy and his dragon, plus interspecies cooperation, with exciting action and some scary threats. Now, to round off the story, here’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT

THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT | ©2019 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald, Ron Livingston, Larry Miller, Rizwan Manji Writer: Robert D. Krzykowski Director: Robert D. Krzykowski Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date (theatrical and on demand): February 8, 2019 It may seem hard to spoil THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT, seeing that two big plot points are in the title. However, while those events have weight and give the movie their shape, writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski is much more interested in the effect these have on the title character, Calvin Barr. Calvin is played in the film’s “present” (apparently […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ST. AGATHA

ST. AGATHA movie poster | ©2019 Uncork’d Entertainment

Rating: Unrated Stars: Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson, Seth Michaels, Trin Miller, Jason Warner Smith, Justin Miles Writers: Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, Clint Sears Director: Darren Lynn Bousman Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date (theatrical and on demand): February 8, 2019 ST AGATHA will remind horror fans of everything from ROSEMARY’S BABY to THE BEGUILED to the SAW films. It’s not so much that director Darren Lynn Bousman (who, not coincidentally, helmed SAW II, III, and IV) and screenwriters Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, and Clint Sears are trying to copy the plots of those […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SERENITY

SERENITY movie poster | ©2019 Aviron Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Clarke, Jeremy Strong, Rafael Sayegh Writer: Steven Knight Director: Steven Knight Distributor: Aviron Pictures Release Date: January 25, 2019 SERENITY, the new movie that is absolutely not to be confused with Joss Whedon’s 2005 science-fiction drama, starts out as what feels like a heartfelt modern homage to the film noir of yore. Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) – an assumed name, natch – is scraping out a living as a charter fishing boat captain. Baker currently lives on Plymouth, a picturesque island, apparently somewhere off the Florida coast, where […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GLASS

GLASS movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures/Blumhouse

Rating: PG-13 Stars: James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard Writer: M. Night Shyamalan Director: M. Night Shyamalan Distributor: Universal Release Date: January 18, 2019 GLASS is the third in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy about men with unusual abilities. This began with 2000’s UNBREAKABLE, which starred Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a seemingly ordinary security guard who discovers that he’s nearly indestructible after surviving a train crash. In the course of figuring out who he is and what he should do, David befriends Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson). Elijah has […]Read On »

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