Official Secrets is a Timely, Suspenseful Thriller With Stellar Storytelling (Review)

Official Secrets is a Timely, Suspenseful Thriller With Stellar Storytelling (Review)

Ever since receiving critical and awards-season accolades for Tsotsi in 2006, writer/director Gavin Hood has carved a niche for himself in making suspenseful political thrillers, and his latest film, Official Secrets, is another solid entry into the genre. Based on the actual events surrounding real-life whistleblower Katharine Gun, her story has been adapted into a gripping, suspenseful film worth your time and attention for its ominous visuals, engaging performances from its cast led by Keira Knightley, and an eye-opening look at the lengths to which everyone involved went on all sides of Katharine’s case to stand up for what’s right. Read more

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a New American Classic – The Best Film of 2019 (Review)

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a New American Classic – The Best Film of 2019 (Review)

The Peanut Butter Falcon is now playing in theaters and stars Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, John Hawkes, Yelawolf, Mick Foley and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. The film is written and directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. Read more

Adult Interference is a Sharp, Hilarious Comedy Rife With Irreverence (Review)

Adult Interference is a Sharp, Hilarious Comedy Rife With Irreverence (Review)

From the west coast of Los Angeles to the Hollywood of the South in Atlanta, Georgia, film communities come in all shapes and sizes across the metropolitan cities in the United States, and California-based female filmmakers Jacquie Phillips and Stefanie Black converged with actor/writer Ted Welch in the city of Nashville to make their debut feature film Adult Interference, a comedy about a washed-up actor whose unlikely bond with a middle school boy helps him learn important lessons about manhood. Read more

DUTY, HONOUR & IZZAT Unearths Pivotal History of Punjabi Soldiers in First World War (Review)

DUTY, HONOUR & IZZAT Unearths Pivotal History of Punjabi Soldiers in First World War (Review)

From Renegade Arts Entertainment, DUTY, HONOUR & IZZAT is a historical book interwoven with comic elements from writer Steven Purewal, illustrator Christopher Rawlins, artists Claude St. Aubin/ Ruth Redmond, letterer Sean Tonelli and editor Alexander Finbow. It is available to own NOW and you can buy a copy HERE. Read more

It: Chapter 2 is the Best Horror Movie of the Year (Review)

It: Chapter 2 is the Best Horror Movie of the Year (Review)

Forgettable horror sequels are a dime a dozen in Hollywood; they’re almost never anywhere near as good as their predecessors and fail to reach the caliber of the movie that helped lay the foundation (or make a profit for a studio). While It: Chapter 2 is based on Stephen King’s popular novel, the physical copy of which is as heavy as a bag of apples, it still has a lot to live up to thanks to its forerunner that was a smashing hit and a near-perfect horror movie. Based on the box office numbers and reception, Warner Brothers gave returning director Andy Muschietti more than just the keys to the sequel, but the whole garage, its tools, and anything else he wanted in order to make Chapter 2 live up to every bit of the first installment. As a result, It: Chapter 2 is more than just a horror movie. It’s a blockbuster with the mentality of “go big or go home.” Going all out to the very end It: Chapter 2 swings for the fences and hits a home run. At just a hair below its predecessor, it’s not only the year’s best horror movie, but also one of the best horror sequels ever made.

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ROCKETMAN Should Win Oscars: Taron Egerton’s Performance as Elton John is Masterful (4K Blu-ray Review)

ROCKETMAN Should Win Oscars: Taron Egerton’s Performance as Elton John is Masterful (4K Blu-ray Review)

ROCKETMAN lands on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD August 27th. The film, which stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard, showcases incredible performances of Elton John’s beloved songs by Taron Egerton. The Digital, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray releases include over 75 minutes of bonus content including four extended musical sequences, deleted & extended scenes, sing-along tracks and much more. Here is my review of the 4K Blu-ray: Read more

Angel Has Fallen is a Flat & Forgettable Entry in a Franchise That Exists (Review)

Angel Has Fallen is a Flat & Forgettable Entry in a Franchise That Exists (Review)

Gerard Butler has been an action star since leading the box-office smash 300, but his career has seen him lead low-budget action fare from the ridiculous likes of Geostorm and Gods of Egypt to the political action thrillers White House Down and the first two films in the Fallen franchise. The third film, Angel Has Fallen, sadly does not reverse his trajectory onto an upturn, because it’s devoid of entertainment and suspense thanks to a lack of engaging character work and lazy, uninspired action sequences, despite great chemistry between Butler and franchise newcomer Nick Nolte. Read more

The Curse of La Llorona is The Worst Film of 2019 (Blu-ray Review)

The Curse of La Llorona is The Worst Film of 2019 (Blu-ray Review)

The Curse of La Llorona” arrived on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital August 6th. From New Line Cinema and producer James Wan, “The Curse of La Llorona” brings the iconic Latin American legend to terrifying life in an original horror film, marking the feature directorial debut of Michael Chaves, the innovative filmmaker behind the award-winning short “The Maiden.” Here is my review: Read more

The Farewell is A Revealing & Heartfelt Film About Finding Connection Amongst Disconnection (Review)

The Farewell is A Revealing & Heartfelt Film About Finding Connection Amongst Disconnection (Review)

If there are a couple things we all have in common, it’s that we’re all born into a family, and have all felt some form of disconnect at some point in our lives, and Lulu Wang intends to connect audiences of all backgrounds with The Farewell, an honest and heartfelt story about her family and experiences as an Asian American. Open-minded viewers are sure to enjoy her debut feature because it tells a compelling story about how a family remains connected despite their physical disconnection, and does so with inspired visuals, strong performances from its ensemble cast, a screenplay packed with ideas about the Chinese culture, and direction that leaves crowds laughing at one moment and wondering what secrets they’re keeping in the next. Read more

SHAZAM! DC Film Adaptations Are on a Roll (4K Blu-ray Review)

SHAZAM! DC Film Adaptations Are on a Roll (4K Blu-ray Review)

Watch all of the powers and none of the practice when “Shazam!” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD July 16, 2019. David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation,” “Lights Out”) directs New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!,” the origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck,” “Tangled”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies, “The Imitation Game”) in the role of DC Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana and Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack,” “Driven to Dance”) as Billy Batson. Here is my review of the 4K Blu-ray: Read more

Midsommar is an Unsettling & Demented Break-Up Movie For The Ages (Review)

Midsommar is an Unsettling & Demented Break-Up Movie For The Ages (Review)

Let the Festivities Begin

In 2018, writer/director Ari Aster gave us the horror masterpiece Hereditary. It was slightly surprising to see him pump out another movie so fast. Midsommar is different from Hereditary in a lot of ways, but it also shares some similarities. Most importantly, this movie proves that Ari Aster is a force to be reckoned with and that the sophomore slump doesn’t apply to him. Midsommar is a great film. Much like Hereditary, it will be very divisive as well. This movie isn’t for everyone by any means. But if you loved Hereditary, you’ll love Midsommar. Read more