Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell Writer: J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 18, 2016 FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM by Newt Scamander is, as everyone in the wizarding world knows, a key textbook at Hogwarts. Should you, dear reader, not be up on the minutiae of the wizarding world, FANTASTIC BEASTS was first introduced in author J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER series as a book read at school by Harry and his classmates. Rowling then went on to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HARVEST

THE HARVEST movie poster | ©2015 IFC Midnight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan, Leslie Lyles, Peter Fonda, Meadow Williams, Nolan Lyons Writer: Stephen Lancellotti Director: John McNaughton Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: New York theatrical and VOD, April 10, 2015; Los Angeles theatrical, April 24, 2015 Too often, thrillers with child/young adult protagonists are either BAD SEED/THE OMEN-esque – nothing wrong with these, except that they tend toward the predictable – or the cleaned-up-to-the-point-of-anemia PG-13 model. THE HARVEST is neither. There are several points where we get a little ahead of where writer Stephen Lancelotti and director John McNaughton are leading […]Read On »

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THE HARVEST: HENRY director John McNaughton returns to feature horror with a fairy tale twist – Exclusive Interview

THE HARVEST | ©2015 Poor Andy LLC

Chicago-born director John McNaughton has had a way of memorably provoking audiences, starting his feature career off with a shocking bang with 1986’s HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Launching the careers of Michael Rooker and the late Tom Towles, McNaughton’s you-are-there look at the thrill-kill adventures of a somehow empathetic murderer redefined realism in indie horror. But if his next underseen, alien-head changing movie THE BORROWER might have gone even further into gonzo fear, McNaughton would soon prove that his talents went far outside the genre. Showing a talent for raw characters, McNaughton’s versatility veered from the Eric Bogosian […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JOHN CARTER

JOHN CARTER movie poster | ©2012 Walt Disney Company

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston, Polly Walker, Daryl Sabara Writers: Andrew Stanton & Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, based on the story “A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs Director: Andrew Stanton Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: March 9, 2012 There’s a very fine line in science-fiction/fantasy between playing it straight and lapsing into preposterous solemnity on one side and self-parody on the other. In this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “A Princess of Mars,” director Andrew Stanton and […]Read On »

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