Monthly Archives: September 2018

Movie Review: Halloween goes off the rails at “Hell Fest”

“Hell Fest” falls on the “Why’d they even bother releasing this one?” end of the horror film spectrum. Then you look around at the late Thursday preview audience and see a theater half-full for a movie that was so crappy … Continue reading

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Next Screening? “Hell Fest”

Here is Orlando, city of “Halloween Horror Nights,” home to “Phantasmagoria,” we know a thing or two about spooky live events. We’ve never had a Halloween “get your fight on” invaded by a spree killer, but otherwise “Hell Fest” has … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Will America go mad for “Go,” “The Surrounding Game?”

They must teach this in schools where filmmakers learn the art of making documentaries. While there are many subgenres of nonfiction film — historic, sport, art, nature, biographical profile — one can’t-miss shortcut to getting your film made and seen … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Joey King lusts for “Summer ’03”

It’s taken a while for her to get there, but Joey King’s finally made a movie that cements her growing girl-who-wants-to-be-bad reputation. No “Kissing Booth” this time. With “Summer ’03” she goes full Aubrey Plaza. I’d say watching “Summer ’03” … Continue reading

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Preview, 2019 is the year of Female Superheroes, and Lady Villains — “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”

The year of “Captain Marvel” and “Birds of Prey” begins with “Dark Phoenix,” a new X-Men feature which brings back the non-Wolverine/Fassbender-McAvoy-J. Lawrence cast for a Fox payday and a fresh start. Sophie Turner’s Jean Gray, who turns bad badder … Continue reading

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Preview, horror visits the Convenience Mart in “Open 24 Hours”

Vanessa Grasse stars as a young woman who cannot escape her horrific past in “Open 24 Hours.” Making quite the career for herself, covered in blood (“Leatherface”). This just played at Fantastic Fest. Looks visceral.

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Netflixable? Manga teaches us to Root for the Reaper in “Bleach”

Think of “Bleach” as the Harry Potter of manga, the epic Japanese illustrated books (comics) that inspire many an anime outing. It’s a fantastical struggle between good and many faces of evil waged by teenagers who could hold second jobs … Continue reading

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Want to see “First Man” early? Here’s how!

  October 1, Universal is putting Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy’s Oscar hopes in front of the fans, as they host nationwide “preview” screenings of “First Man,” the Neil Armstrong/Apollo picture. Here’s where it is happening. No, I didn’t alphabetize … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Another emotionally crippled standup steps into the spotlight in “All About Nina”

Mary Elizabeth Winstead made a magnificent drunk in “Smashed,” so it should be no surprise that she kills as a stand-up comic in “All About Nina.”  Drunken/druggy, needy and emotionally-crippled comics are a cultural cliche, like critics “in it for … Continue reading

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Preview, will any of us survive “Anna and the Apocalypse?”

A zombie end-times musical? Already fanboy endorsed at South by Southwest and Fantastic Fest. But they’re soulless zombies themselves, on occasion. Lemmings, actually, and they do love them some hot starlets singing about zombies. So we’ll see about that. It … Continue reading

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