Movie News

REVIEW: “Godzilla vs Kong” (2021)

Sometimes a movie’s title says it all. That’s definitely the case with “Godzilla vs. Kong”, the fourth film in Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse following two “Godzilla” movies and 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island”. It should go without saying, but you don’t enter into something called “Godzilla vs. Kong” with expectations of an emotionally layered and deeply nuanced […]

REVIEW: “Godzilla vs Kong” (2021)
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Dark Comedy

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Title – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Director – Milos Forman (Man On the Moon) Cast – Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Douriff, Danny DeVito, Will Sampson, Christopher Lloyd Plot – Troublemaker and criminal R.P McMurphy (Nicholson) is transported to a mental facility run by Nurse Ratched (Fletcher) where he is to be evaluated […]

Classic Review – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
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Amazon Prime

Carnival Row

 Amazon Prime          Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne   Jarred Harris   Suspense, Fantasy, Drama A serial killer is loose in Carnival Row, and the government turns a blind eye (as always) to lower class citizens. The human Rycroft Philostrate (bloom) is a detective or P.I. looking into the deaths of some fae […]

Carnival Row
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Drama

Netflixable? Teen Italians, in love and facing tragedy — “Caught by a Wave”

Young love is tested by illness and honesty issues in “Caught by a Wave,” a scenic Italian romance set against a sailing backdrop. The leads are pretty and the locales romantic, but the scenario is generic and the pacing funereal in this dry-eyed weeper of rehab and regattas. Sailing camp on the isle of Favignana […]

Netflixable? Teen Italians, in love and facing tragedy — “Caught by a Wave”
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Drama

My Salinger Year (2021)

THE DEVIL READS SALINGER   The literary world is filled with plenty of famous authors that have gone on to cultivate a mass following with their works; becoming classic within their own right and touching the lives of many individuals and many generations around the world. Of course, the inane quirks and obscure facts are […]

My Salinger Year (2021)
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Action

Spanish Netflix Series “Sky Rojo” Will Return for Season 2 in July

After its release just 10 days ago, Netflix has announced that their female-led action series “Sky Rojo” will return for its second season on July 23rd. The series is from the Spanish award-winning producer and writer Alex Pina, the creative mind behind the most watched non-English show on Netflix, “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”) […]

Spanish Netflix Series “Sky Rojo” Will Return for Season 2 in July
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Crime

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

There is no doubt that Breaking Bad is genius. It shows how “the impossible”—like the notion that an innocent, deferential science teacher could transform into an evil, mass-murdering, money-laundering meth kingpin within a couple of years—becomes “possible.” And, even more strikingly, the dichotomy between lead character Walter White and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman is brilliant. […]

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
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Drama

Golden Voices

Golden Voices is a charming little oddity from Belarusian filmmaker Evgeny Ruman, who clearly co-wrote the screenplay (with cinematographer and first-time screenwriter Ziv Berkovich) from experience. Ruman immigrated with his family to Israel in 1990, along with another 185,227 Soviets from the former USSR. 

Golden Voices

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Crime

Movie Review:China’s Oscar contender “Better Days”

“Better Days” is a searing indictment of bullying culture and China’s insanely intense college admissions system, all tucked into a sadly compelling romantic thriller. The added-attention of an Oscar nomination gives a welcome boost to a movie much of the world missed in late 2019, but one well worth enduring and embracing. “Enduring” because Derek […]

Movie Review: Bullying as a romantic thriller — China’s Oscar contender “Better Days”
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Drama

SXSW 2021: “Bantú Mama”

Destiny is a funny thing. When things go from bad to worse, fate plays a trick to change everything in an unthinkable way, to make things happen for the right people at the right time. Emma (Clarisse Albrecht), an Afropean woman, got herself into legal trouble when she was caught transporting drugs in the airport […]

SXSW 2021: “Bantú Mama”
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Drama

SXSW 2021: “Are You Still There?”

Accidents happen on the road. Whether it’s the result of a crash, fight, or just a dead car battery. But what can we do to come out of such a situation? Do we just call for help or try to be proactive and fix the situation by ourselves? It’s hot weather conditions and Safa (Safa […]

SXSW 2021: “Are You Still There?”
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Crime

SXSW 2021: “The Criminals”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5. In a very strict culture, two people who love each other must get married first before they are allowed to get close to each other. If intimacy occurs before marriage, it can be punishable with something as harsh as a death sentence. Nazli and Emre, escaping their homes, hope […]

SXSW 2021: “The Criminals”
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Horror

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather’s grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) and his family. This is one of those cornerstones of horror that you’re always aware of even if you’ve never […]

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
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Crime

Robbing Banks with PTSD – Cherry (2021)

Not everyone’s going to have an easy life. So this is about a young man (Tom Holland). He goes from college dropout to Army medic, and he serves two years in the Iraq war. He has PTSD when he returns home, which leads to drug addiction. This is an expensive habit to maintain, so he […]

Robbing Banks with PTSD – Cherry (2021)
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Comedy

Netflixable? A “Bad Trip” that goes a prank or two too far

If Hollywood is going to give screenwriting Oscar nominations to “Borat” movies, brace yourself for pranks, pranks and more pranks pictures. “Bad Trip” is more at the “Bad Grandpa” with Johnny Knoxville end of the practical joke pictures spectrum. A little edge, a few confrontations with angry rural America, waaaay too many bodily function/bodily fluid […]

Netflixable? A “Bad Trip” that goes a prank or two too far
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Action

REVIEW: “#Alive” (2020)

It may be tempting to write “#Alive” off as just another zombie movie. In a way that’s what it is. This South Korean survival thriller from director and co-writer Cho Il-hyung doesn’t bring anything particularly new and it certainly doesn’t reinvent the horror sub-genre. At the same time, it’s hard not to enjoy its nimble […]

REVIEW: “#Alive” (2020)
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Drama

Movie Review: “Six Minutes to Midnight”

“Six Minutes to Midnight” is the sort of high gloss “programmer” Hollywood and Pinewood (and Shepperton, etc.) used to turn out by the dozens. The plot has Nazis, spies, action and preposterous coincidences and improbabilities, a “talks too much” villain, cheap thrills and sentimental sop. But thanks to a game cast and a clever and […]

Movie Review: On the eve of war, it’s “Six Minutes to Midnight”
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Festivals&Academy

SXSW Day 2 (I’m Fine, Twyla Moves, US vs Reality Winner, Here Before, Tom Petty, Recovery)

Hey everyone! After a rough start to the South by Southwest Film Festival Day 2 proved to be much better. In fact, I liked all 6 films I watched today to one degree or another. Hooray! So let’s get started with the recaps! I’m Fine (Thanks for Asking) I have to say COVID is proving […]

SXSW Day 2 Log (I’m Fine, Twyla Moves, US vs Reality Winner, Here Before, Tom Petty, Recovery)
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Festivals&Academy

SXSW Day 1 (Kid Candidate, Introducing Selma, Islands,Demi Lovato, Hysterical, The Lost Sons)

Hey everyone! Today begins the first day of the South by Southwest Film Festival of SXSW. This is my first year attending the festival and of course I attended virtually this year. Hopefully next year I can go down to Austin and attend in person (which is something I was planning to do last year […]

SXSW Day 1 Log (Kid Candidate, Introducing Selma, Islands,Demi Lovato, Hysterical, The Lost Sons)
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