Category Archives: Movie Reviews

‘Backstabbing For Beginners’ Review: Et Tu Ben Kingsley?

Based on Michael Soussan’s memoir, Backstabbing for Beginners tries to mix a heavy dose of truth and sprinkle it with thriller elements. For the most part it succeeds thanks to another standout performance from Ben Kingsley. 

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‘The House of Tomorrow’ Review: Coming-of-Age Drama Has A Great Future

Discovering movies that are absolute gems is a personal fixation, and one film that continues to resonate is The House of Tomorrow. It hits select Los Angeles and New York theaters today, and if you’re into perceptively written coming-of-age stories, this narrative should be worth your time and effort . . . 

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‘I Kill Giants’ Review: Madison Wolfe Powers Memorable And Enriching Tale

 

I Kill Giants, based on the comic book limited series from Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura, is a dark fantasy/coming-of-age drama that refuses to pull any punches, delivering a knockout story in the process. Spotlighting under the radar films is always a joy, and I Kill Giants snugly fits  into that category.

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‘Josie’ Review: Sophie Turner Shines In Slow Burn Mystery

Josie is a slow burn thriller that, while infused with a film noir aesthetic, thrives as a character driven drama. The less you know about the film the better, as spoilers may ruin your viewing experience. Thus I’ll tread lightly in my review.

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‘Annihilation’ Review: Sci-Fi Story Gets Lost In The Shimmer

Venturing into the great unknown can be fear inducing and seductive, and with Annihilation we are given an entirely new universe called the Shimmer. With Natalie Portman at the ready and Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland commandeering, what could possibly go wrong? While possessing a few quality moments, Annihilation isn’t as fantastic as it makes itself out to be, and many cinephiles will leave with the theaters with the bitter taste of disappointment.


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Nicolas Cage Sleazes It Up In Pulpy Motel Thriller ‘Looking Glass’

When you drink orange juice, do you love a bit of pulp in the liquid, even if that stuff gets stuck between your teeth or leads to a necessary wipe on the mouth? Nicolas Cage’s latest film Looking Glass oozes sleaze from the get go, and while some viewers may become disenchanted with this lurid noir, others will eagerly sink their teeth into another memorable Cage vehicle.

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‘The Campus’ Review: A Horror Flick That Scores With Low Budget Swagger

 

The tagline for the new horror film The Campus is “Morgan’s going to die tonight . . . a lot.” That’s the perfect summary for this J. Horton directed indie flick that, though intentionally tongue-in-cheek by design, hits the mark.

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‘Mom And Dad’ Infuses Punk Rock Storytelling In A Suburban Nightmare

People love to talk about the power of a perfect pop song, but what about punk? Director Brian Taylor (Crank) has infused his storyteller with no-nonsense adrenalized filmmaking, and while that aesthetic (like punk) has its detractors, the fans willing to enjoy the refreshingly hellish train ride known as Mom and Dad are in for a treat.

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Review: ‘Bullet Head’ Is A Pit Bull Thriller With A Ton of Bite

I have no idea if writer/director Paul Solet’s decision to stuff Adrien Brody in a piano was a not so subtle homage to Roman Polanski’s The Pianist. I also wonder if Solet loved the wish fulfillment endings of Carlito’s Way or Point Blank, but that’s neither here nor there, as though Bullet Head offer a few cinematic call backs, it’s a movie that stands on its own feet – even if it begins with man’s best friend . . .

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CinemAddicts Ep. 77: ‘The Shape of Water’ ‘Call Me By Your Name’ ‘The Post’

Episode 77 of CinemAddicts covers a ton of ground movie wise. Anderson recaps his love for Coco and we offer up our thoughts on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. My love for Call Me By Your Name has previously been expressed, but there’s also a bunch of new flicks that are covered on the show (The Post, The Shape of Water, Downsizing, All The Money in the World, The Disaster ArtistThe Ballad of Lefty Brown). More details below!

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