AUTHOR | Anthony Francis


FILM REVIEW: “My best worst adventure”

Directed by Joel Soisson Starring Lily Patra, Pan Rugtawatr and Geoffrey Giuliano It is not often that a modern film about teenagers avoids turning them into cliches. Even more rare is the film that doesn’t talk down to its audience. It is refreshing to see a film such as Joel Soisson’s “My Best Worst Adventure,” a sweet coming-of-age story in which Jenny, a young woman, is sent to Thailand ... more >


Starring Noah Urrea, Kolton Stewart and Sofia Rosinsky Directed by Scott Boswell With a nod to the dreamlike opening to Paul Brickman’s 1983 classic “Risky Business,” writer/director Scott Boswell’s “A Wake,” opens (and ends) with an ambient melancholy led by a moody score from Tim Halo. After the death of a teenager, his family struggles with the emotions of loss that come with his passing. ... more >

THE HORROR FILES | “The Madness Inside Me” is a well-rounded thriller of psychological manipulation

“Revenge, the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in Hell” -Sir Walter Scott Directed by Matthew Berkowitz Starring Merrin Dungey, Devon Graye and Jennifer Gelfer Matthew Berkowitz’s “The Madness Inside Me” takes the clarity of the need for revenge and twists it into a sexually-charged thriller of self-discovery and psychological manipulation. Madison (an extremely good ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: ” Candyman” (another point of view)

Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett Directed by Nia DaCosta Cinema needs more women filmmakers, more films created by people of color. Horror cinema needs to be much more creative. Director Nia DaCosta takes care of each of these issues with her strikingly excellent direct sequel to 1992’s “Candyman,” which stands (in this critic’s opinion) as the ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: Guy Pearce as a gruff cop in “ZONE 414”

Directed by Andrew Baird Starring Guy Pearce, Travis Fimmel and Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz In 2012, Guy Pearce started in the sci-fi film “Lockout,” The actor played a man who was going to prison but is offered his freedom if he rescued POTUS’s daughter who had been kidnapped by inmates of a prison. (Sound familiar?) Director John Carpenter thought so and successfully sued the screenwriter ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: M. Night Shyamalan’s “OLD”

There seems to be a wave of hatred against the films of M. Night Shyamalan. Armchair internet wannabe critics love to trash his work these days. This is completely unfair. While it may seem that his ability to make a great film is behind him, Shyamalan has only truly stumbled once or twice. Save for his two director-for-hire studio films “The Last Airbender” and “After Earth," I believe the ... more >

REVIEW: “After the end,” a film about the search for new beginnings

The world has been thrust into darkness. Inside a house, gloved hands fumble around, searching for sustenance. A masked young man enters a bedroom, and in a sharp cut, he sees two dead and diseased bodies. We smash cut to the daytime on a sunny, open road as the man travels by bike in a quiet and seemingly lifeless world. “After the End”, is a film about isolation in the time of a deadly virus. ... more >