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Brendan Fraser in brilliant comeback but “THE WHALE” was lost on us | FILM REVIEW

A reclusive English teacher tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter
Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink and Ty Simpkins
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky is a divisive filmmaker, his latest film, “The Whale,” will be a divisive film. Brendan Fraser stars as Charlie, an obese man (weighing close to 600 pounds) who is eating his way to an early grave.  Charlie is a teacher who keeps his camera off for his online class, as he doesn’t want his students to see his girth. He lives alone and is mourning the death of his true love. ... more >

The uncertain nature of human connection explored in “THERE, THERE” | REVIEW

A rewarding film experience
Starring Lili Taylor, Jason Schwartzman and Lennie James
Directed by Andrew Bujalski

Andrew Bujalski's “There There” has the rarest of abilities to capture the natural conversations between people who are moving through their life journeys, seeking self-worth, and looking to define themselves. This is an honest and organic film, impeccably performed by its excellent cast. Filmed during the pandemic lockdown, Bujalski’s experimental work is a series of six two-character segments ... more >

“God Forbid: The Sex Scandal That Brought Down A Dynasty” | THE REVIEW

Sex, violence, language, church!
Tom Arnold, Michael Cohen and Ted Cruz
Directed by Billy Corben

The hypocrisy of religion, the bigoted truth about the moral majority and the bawdy sexual proclivities of Jerry Falwell Jr. and his swinging wife are front and center in Billy Corben’s sharp documentary “God Forbid: The Sex Scandal that Brought Down a Dynasty." The film dives right into the nasty business of yet more disreputable goings-on in the American Christian community, thanks to its ... more >

Top performances by Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne bolster an uneven “THE GOOD NURSE” | REVIEW

From FilmNation Entertainment
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain and Denise Pillott
Directed by Tobias Lindholm

In Tobias Lindholm’s “The Good Nurse,” the sharply-refined lead performances from Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain are so strong that they make viewers forget about a screenplay that doesn’t always live up to their work. Written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917,” “Last Night in Soho”) and based on the book by Charles Graeber, the film focuses on the crimes of Charles Cullen, a nurse who, over ... more >

In “TERROR TRAIN” everyone is a suspect | REVIEW

Starring Robyn Alomar, Mary Walsh and Nadine Bhabha
Directed by Philippe Gagnon

If 1980’s “Terror Train” is considered a slasher film classic by horror afficionados Philippe Gagnon’s 2022 “Terror Train,” likely, will not. Written by Ian Carpenter and Aaron Martin, the new version of “Terror Train” takes the original film’s plot and drains the fun and creativeness out of it. After its screening during the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, the film finds itself premiering ... more >

“TÁR”; with her commanding turn as an orchestra conductor enamored with Mahler, Cate Blanchett likely moves to pole position for a Best Actress Oscar | OUR REVIEW

Starring Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant and Nina Hoss
Directed by Todd Field

Sixteen years later writer and director Todd Field has returned to directing with “Tár,” an artful array of cinematic tics with a strong message concerning the nearly-unwinnable war against the puerile arguments of the cancel culture generation. Consistently interesting, Field’s screenplay is full of ideas and sharp dissections of the world we live in today, all revealed through a memorable ... more >

“MOLOCH” is an effective supernatural thriller leavened with a terrific ambient score | MOVIE REVIEW

When something ancient is after you
Starring Sallie Harmsen, Anneke Blok and Markoesa Hamer
Directed by Nico van den Brink

An ancient terror hidden deep in a bog is the source of the evil held in the creepy Shudder original film “Moloch." While lifelong horror aficionados might not get the benefits of full-on frights (we horror fans have seen it all), the film’s eerie aura is quite effective and holds a sense of unease throughout. In this effective supernatural creeper, Sallie Harmsen is Betriek, a widowed ... more >