Many people, including myself, consider Stanley Kubrick’s version of The Shining to be a classic horror movie. Therefore, a sequel seemed ill-advised and unnecessary, at best, and a disaster-in-the-making, at worst. But, I decided to give this movie a chance and tried to view it with an open mind. After all, Mike Flanagan, the director of Doctor Sleep, has slowly built up a solid resume of horror projects. Oculus, Hush, and Gerald’s Game were all lean, effective movies. More importantly, Flanagan’s sprawling miniseries remake of The Haunting of Hill House illustrated his ability to tackle and reimagine a beloved film classic.
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Skillfully constructed and entertaining beyond measure, Cyrano, My Love is one of this year’s most enjoyable films, and whether or not you love the stage (or subtitles), this French feature comes highly recommended.
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There is a lot to love about Gwen, the feature directing debut from William McGregor. Is it a thriller with supernatural elements or is it a straight ahead drama centering on a family tragedy?
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Shane Carruth is best known for his critically acclaimed and ambitious features Primer and Upstream Color, and now he’s front and center as an actor in the inspired horror thriller The Dead Center. Take a listen to Episode 104 below, as Anderson Cowan and I discuss The Dead Center, Semper Fi, and Wrinkles the Clown!
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Joker is a character study of madness. Traditionally, these sorts of movies will show a person descending slowly from relative normalcy towards insanity. Joker, however, is focussed on one Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who is already a 9 or 10 on the crazy meter as the film opens.
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On episode 103 of CinemAddicts, Anderson Cowan and I cover Running With the Devil, Monos, It: Chapter Two, Ad Astra, and Villains. Most importantly, Cowan’s feature directing debut Groupers is also discussed!
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Ad Astra, which roughly translates as “through hardships to the stars” is the type of serious-minded sci fi epic that is rare in an era of movies glutted with superhero franchises or Star Wars and Star Trek reboots.
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Combining outlandish comedy humor and thriller elements can often make for an uneven blend, but “Villains” succeeds thanks to winning performances and inspired direction from Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. It all starts off with a dream of Florida . . .
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Based on a Sophie Kinsella novel, Can You Keep A Secret? is a romantic comedy that should appeal to enthusiasts of the genre. There’s more layers behind that romcom sheen, and if you dig a bit of improvisation in your cinematic cocktail, Can You Keep A Secret? may also be up your alley.
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Set in the mountains and rivers of Colombia, Monos captures the eye with its visual scope but also grabs us with its surprising sense of claustrophobia. A story that lives and breathes pure cinema, Monos is simply hard to put into words.
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