AUTHOR | Anthony Francis

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Mescaline! Murder! Sensationalistic journalism! “THE ACID KING”

“Satanic Panic” is a very real fear that gripped the United States in the eighties and nineties. Over those decades, there existed over 10,000 unsubstantiated cases of Satanic ritual abuse and death. By the late nineties the panic began to spread to other countries. The media and the church unleashed a terror campaign. Though not as large an issue as it once was, the fear persists to this ... more >

“We all come from dust, and to dust we’ll all return,” THAT COLD DEAD LOOK IN YOUR EYES (REVIEW)

Leonard (Frank Raharinosy) could be one of the worst chefs in New York City. His boss (Max Casella) tells him his lemon chicken “tastes like prostate cancer.” His navigation of life and his personal relationships is no better, as Leonard has lost his girlfriend Marie (Nora Arnezeder) within the first few minutes of the film, as he became too judgmental regarding her close bond with her father ... more >

“RED NOTICE” in so many words | OUR REVIEW

Starring Dwayne Johson and Gal Gadot Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber With a budget of almost two-hundred million dollars and twenty-million-dollar salaries for its three stars, the new Netflix release “Red Notice” exploded onto the streaming service this past weekend. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds are the three big-name stars that are a studio head’s dream ... more >

Eleanor Lambert is all poise in the slow-brewed thriller “TIME NOW” | OUR MOVIE REVIEW

The past. Guilt, tragedy, regret, what we wish we could leave behind stays with us, sometimes becoming our life's burden. In the new film “Time Now,” Jenny (Eleanor Lambert) returns home to Detroit years after a falling-out with her family, when her brother Victor (Sebastian Beacon) dies in a car accident. To make sense of her brother’s life in the city, Jenny interacts with his inner circle ... more >

THE LABYRINTH OF CINEMA, the final film from Nobuhiko Ōbayashi and a love letter to cinephiles

Experimental filmmaker Nobuhiko Ōbayashi was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2016. His team of doctors feared the director had only three months to live. Ōbayashi defied the odds (although he was very ill) and made two more films before his death (three years after his diagnosis), 2017’s “Hanagatami” and this year’s “Labyrinth of Cinema” which was completed in 2019. In the ... more >

Ben Whishaw, dominant and poised, mesmerizes in “SURGE” | REVIEW

Directed by Aneil Karia Starring Ben Whishaw, Ellie Haddington and Hammed Animashaun Alienation is unhealthy, it is not good for the psyche. Fading into the background with no friends or acquaintances, people who go unnoticed would do almost anything to have their voice heard and for someone to see them. Loneliness and an uncaring world can drive some people to madness. In Aneil Karia’s ... more >

FROM THE SLASHER FLICK DOSSIERS : “There someone inside your house” (REVIEW)

Directed by Patrick Brice Starring Sydney Park, Markian Tarasiuk and Asjha Cooper The slasher film has always been one of the most popular genres in horror films. It can be argued that slasher horror was born of “Psycho.” If that film was the grandfather of the slasher genre, the spark was lit fourteen years later with Bob Clark’s 1974 treasure “Black Christmas” and became a full-blown inferno ... more >