AUTHOR | Anthony Francis

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Juice, sweat and bike-riding desperados: “OUTLAWS”

A story of betrayal and life and death choices
Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee and Simone Kessell
Directed by Stephen McCallum

In the opening moment of “Outlaws” (scored to the Doom-tinged sound of the song “Lunacy” from the ambient-Rock group Swans), a leather-clad motorcycle gang cuts through the night streets like riders of an oncoming Apocalypse. It is a moment that immediately grabs and foreshadows the aura of the film. Director Stephen McCallum immediately assures us that his first feature film, while not ... more >

REVIEW | Stefano Sollima’s adaptation “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” takes almost everything from the novel and completely throws it out

New Republic Pictures / Midnight Radio / Outlier Society
Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner-Smith and Jamie Bell
Directed by Stefano Sollima

In Tom Clancy’s excellent 1993 novel “Without Remorse,” a former Navy Seal Vietnam Veteran named John Kelly loses his pregnant wife in a car accident, befriends a former prostitute, helps her kick drugs, and finds her murdered by her ex-pimp who almost kills Kelly as well. Seeking revenge by murdering pimps and drug dealers, Kelly decimates a drug ring, goes on a mission to rescue POWs and ... more >

“I lost my family for a case that I was just not able to close,” woes and the fracas of a big time L.A. police investigation in “City of Lies”

Film was in a holding pattern for three years
Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker and Toby Huss
Directed by Brad Furman

After being canned for three years (allegedly due to pressure from the Los Angeles police department) Brad Furman’s “City of Lies” was rolled out last month. Although it would have benefited from a longer running time and deeper examination into the facts (this story would shine as a three-hour street crime epic), Brad Furman’s procedural gets to the meat of the inquiry into the murders of the ... more >

Ben Wheatley’s “IN THE EARTH” (REVIEW)

Virus movie. It's happening.
Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith and Hayley Squires
Directed by Ben Wheatley

The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on the entire world. 2020 and, so far, 2021 have been devastating economically but, most importantly, socially. People are struggling everywhere to maintain their finances and their homes while a demon in virus form breathes its devilish fire on our planet. I’d presume the new film “In the Earth” was borne of this time, even though writer/director Ben ... more >

“I’m fine (Thanks for Asking)” | REVIEW

Out in the street with your kid
Kelley Kali, Wesley Moss and Deon Cole
Directed by Kelley Kali and Angelique Molina

Shot in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic, the new film “I’m Fine (Thanks for Asking)” finds a single mother struggling to provide shelter and a good life for her young daughter after the unexpected death of her husband. Danny (played beautifully by co-writer and co-director Kelley Kali Chatman) has taken her young daughter Wes on an extended camping trip. The reality of their situation ... more >

Magic trick | “MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE,” our review

Film opened the ongoing Annapolis Film Festival
Miya Cech, Leonardo Nam and Kannon
Directed by Kate Tsang

Formulaic, “Marvelous and the Black Hole” is a coming-of-age tale that eventually wins over its audience with performances and an accessibility. Miya Cech is quite good as “Sammy,” a rebellious teen with repressed emotions regarding her deceased mother. Carrying a bad attitude that is only getting worse, Sammy acts out. Disrespect to adults (including back giving lip to her dad and sister) ... more >

“Taking the fall” or how time decides who our truest companions will be | REVIEW

Katie Gill, Munro Chambers and Roland Buck III
Directed by Josh Marble

“The problem is, people think the party is over after college... they stop trying, stop doing new things...” The pressures of today’s society can be hell on anyone. Growing up is hard for everyone. Navigating the culture for millennials is a minefield and when one has been gone for a lengthy period, that person may not change but life and society moves on. The pressure that weighs on Tyler ... more >