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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Night House” starring Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg and Stacy Martin and directed by David Bruckner

The new thriller “The Night House” indeed has its share of jump scares, though thankfully this rather clever and intelligent supernatural thriller from director David Bruckner (working from a screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski) has much more on its mind than simply inducing fright in the viewer—which it certainly accomplishes. The filmmakers give us no time to breathe as we are ... 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 >

“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: “Life and Life,” forget about the politics of incarceration and enjoy the wonderful music that these talented musicians are able to create

Amid the ongoing discussion about prison reform, something often lost is that many of America’s incarcerated prisoners have something to offer society beyond “going straight.” The new documentary “Life & Life” visits several of those individuals, whose talents for music bring them popularity inside, and could be their redemption on the outside. Director NC Heikin’s main subject is Reggie ... 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 >

“Broken Diamonds” | REVIEW

Deadpan and natural comedic situations infused with pathos is difficult to successfully pull off. Writer-director James L. Brooks proved himself to be quite the master at that style of filmmaking. After his massive success with 1983’s “Terms of Endearment,” many Hollywood dramedies tried to reach for that golden ring that Brooks made look so effortless on screen. Most failed or could never find ... more >

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro,” “FEAR AND LOATHING IN ASPEN” | REVIEW

Weston Cage Coppola, Blake Lindsley and Jay Bulger
Directed by Bobby Kennedy III

In 1970 Hunter S. Thompson began a bizarre run for sheriff of Pitkin County, Col., where he ran on the “Freak Power” ticket. The title of Thompson’s ticket is a pushback on the prejudice toward the local hippies from his opponent Carol Whitmire. Coming on the heels of the documentary “Freak Power: The Ballot or the Bomb,” which examined the same subject, writer/director Bobby Kennedy III’s “Fear ... more >