Rian Johnson Carves Out an Appetizing Whodunit with Knives Out (Review)

Rian Johnson Carves Out an Appetizing Whodunit with Knives Out (Review)

Nothing brings family together like murder or fortune, right? Just in time for the holidays, Knives Out is exactly the type of after dinner affair you want to attend. An all-star cast featuring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans,  and Jamie Lee Curtis (just to name a few)? A murder mystery that’s not only clever, but also relevant? I mean, seriously. What’s not appealing about this original movie from writer and director Rian Johnson? From the start, Knives Out is endlessly entertaining, and by movie’s end, you’ll be asking yourself if you’ve had a more fun time at the movies this year. 

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The Tides of Waves Are Messy, But Always Powerful And Compelling (Review)

The Tides of Waves Are Messy, But Always Powerful And Compelling (Review)

Writer-director Trey Edward Shults first found a filmmaking home for himself with A24 after the Sundance success of his debut feature Krisha, and both parties continued their working relationship together through the psychological drama It Comes At Night. Now, Shults has crafted a new film with the niche studio in Waves, a family drama centered around the trials and tribulations of an African-American family living in Miami, Florida.  Read more

The Report is an Intense Political Thriller That Leaves You Feeling Galvanized (Review)

The Report is an Intense Political Thriller That Leaves You Feeling Galvanized (Review)

There is one thing to confirm after seeing The Report: Adam Driver is one of the best actors working in Hollywood and he can do no wrong. He shines in The Report portraying Daniel J. Jones, a senate staffer that worked on uncovering the truth surrounding the CIA’s post 9/11 Interrogation Program. His performance coupled with the tight screenplay and poised direction from Scott Z. Burns make for a very well put-together film. Read more

The Holidays Are Off To A Hilarious and Heartfelt Start With Last Christmas (Review)

The Holidays Are Off To A Hilarious and Heartfelt Start With Last Christmas (Review)

After surprising audiences with A Simple Favor, a self-aware parody of the romantic thriller genre, director Paul Feig collaborates with actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson on Last Christmas, a romantic comedy based on the iconic song from singer-songwriter George Michael and his band Wham!. Feig blended an intriguing mystery and his trademark comedy to perfection with the former film, and in Last Christmas, merges his sense of humor with a heartfelt and humanist drama about overcoming personal dysfunction and becoming a better person with enjoyable, if at times sugary results. Read more

Doctor Sleep is a Glimmering Follow-Up to Stephen King’s The Shining (Review)

Doctor Sleep is a Glimmering Follow-Up to Stephen King’s The Shining (Review)

There seem to be very few tasks more difficult in movie making than trying to make the next chapter in one of the most iconic horror movies (and books) made over 30 years ago, no? Not only is this a difficult task, but you’re also trying to adapt a follow-up to the story of The Shining that not only pleases fans of the movie adaptation by Stanley Kubrick, but also one that its author, Stephen King, approves of. (He publicly has stated that he hates the Kubrick film.) With King’s properties being a hot commodity in Hollywood right now, Doctor Sleep, even if not handled properly, still easily could have been a cash grab. But thankfully, director Mike Flanagan handles Doctor Sleep with confidence and impeccable attention to detail, with the final result being a wholly satisfying next chapter in Danny Torrance’s story.

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THE KITCHEN: Andrea Berloff’s Directorial Debut is Destined to Become a Cult Classic (Blu-ray Review)

THE KITCHEN: Andrea Berloff’s Directorial Debut is Destined to Become a Cult Classic (Blu-ray Review)

The Kitchen arrives on Blu-ray and DVD November 5, 2019. From New Line Cinema and BRON Creative come the gritty, female-driven mob drama “The Kitchen,” written and directed by Andrea Berloff, who was nominated for an Oscar for Original Screenplay for “Straight Outta Compton.” Based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC Entertainment, the film stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids,” “Tammy”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip,” “Night School”) and Elisabeth Moss (TV’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” TV’s “Mad Men”) as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Read more

GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail is a Monstrous Blood-Soaked Black Comedy That Kicked My Ass. Hard (Review)

GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail is a Monstrous Blood-Soaked Black Comedy That Kicked My Ass. Hard (Review)

Heavy Metal icons GWAR are returning to comics with their upcoming original graphic novel ‘The Enormogantic Fail’ to be published by Renegade Arts Entertainment and released on November 7th, 2019.  Featuring writers Matt Maguire (art too) and Matt Miner; artists Liana Kangas, Lukasz Kowalczuk, Matt Lejeune, Katie Longua, Jeff Martin and Kelly Williams; cover artists Jonathan Brandon Sawyer and Josh Jensen (colors); letters by Taylor Esposito; editor Brendan Wright and publisher: Alexander Finbow. Here is my advanced review:

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The Lighthouse is a Magnetic & Mind-bending Horror Film With Artistic Flair (Review)

The Lighthouse is a Magnetic & Mind-bending Horror Film With Artistic Flair (Review)

A24 has gained a solid reputation for distributing unique arthouse horror films, from the psychological drama It Comes At Night and Krisha from Trey Edward Shults and Ari Aster’s two features Hereditary and Midsommar to Robert Eggers’s 2015 Sundance smash, The Witch. This weekend brings their release of Eggers’ followup feature, The Lighthouse, which delivers in every facet of its status as an excellent exercise in arthouse genre film, from its haunting, surreal imagery and black-and-white cinematography to stellar performances from Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, and open-ended ideas about masculinity and companionship. Read more

Dolemite Is My Name is a Hilarious & Triumphant Return To Form For Eddie Murphy (Review)

Dolemite Is My Name is a Hilarious & Triumphant Return To Form For Eddie Murphy (Review)

Following a string of box office bombs, Eddie Murphy has mostly been absent from the silver screen, with his last two starring feature films being the mediocre comedies Mr. Church and A Thousand Words. However, this weekend, he returns to cinema with a powerhouse comeback performance and a strong hand in producing Dolemite Is My Name, a biopic about “The Godfather of Rap” Rudy Ray Moore’s rise to stardom upon the creation of the blaxploitation icon Dolemite, and it stands as one of the best movies of the year thanks to strong performances from its ensemble cast, a sharp script rife with hilarious dialogue as well as intimate character moments, and a soundtrack authentic to the funky sounds of the 1970s. Read more

GALAXY QUEST 20th Anniversary Steelbook from Best Buy (Blu-ray Review)

GALAXY QUEST 20th Anniversary Steelbook from Best Buy (Blu-ray Review)

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the uproarious classic GALAXY QUEST, arriving in our solar system in a Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Steelbook exclusively at Best Buy from Paramount Home Entertainment on October 22, 2019. Here is my review: Read more

HARPOON is a Work of Genius & Munro Chambers is a Force to Be Reckoned With (Review)

HARPOON is a Work of Genius & Munro Chambers is a Force to Be Reckoned With (Review)

From Epic Pictures and writer/director Rob Grant comes the horror thriller HARPOON. Produced by Kurtis David HarderMichael Peterson (Knuckleball), the film stars Christopher GrayEmily TyraMunro Chambers and narrator Brett Gelman. The film is now available on demand and in select cinemas. Here is my review: Read more