AUTHOR | Anthony Francis


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 >

“THE FIVE RULES OF SUCCESS,” directed by Orson Oblowitz and starring Isidora Goreshter, Roger Guenveur Smith and Jonathan Howard (REVIEW)

“The Five Rules of Success” reaches for the stars, swings for the fences, and shoots for the moon with its visual style. Writer/director/cinematographer Orson Oblowitz has crafted a film that is always stunning to look at and involves the audience in its disturbing story through artful design and intense direction. An ex-con (an extremely good Santiago Segura, referred to as only “X”) is ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: Mark Wahlberg stars in “Joe Bell,” directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, with Reid Miller, Connie Britton and Maxwell Jenkins

This is the time for important social issues to be dealt with through the world of cinema. Prejudice and misplaced hatred are at the forefront of the current America and any film that deals with bullying of the LGBTQ communities (especially the youth) have an unfortunately relevant place in our theaters. Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “Joe Bell” is a film that wants to speak out against the hatred ... more >