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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 >

SHORT FILM OUTING: L.A.’s DANCES WITH FILM FESTIVAL to showcase a short that caught our fancy

I’m a fan of a short film that can tell a complete story and foster a solid atmosphere in only so many screen minutes. Accordingly, if you happen to be in Los Angeles in time for the Dances With Film Festival, on september 1st do yourself a favor and check out “A Good Couple,” a dreamy psychological thriller from filmmaker Robert Gregson. Gregson’s short stars Julie Ann Earls and Alex Mandell ... more >

Nearly thirty years later he’s back: “CANDYMAN” | MOVIE REVIEW

Directed by Nia DaCosta Stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett Co-written by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld and Nia DaCosta "Candyman" is now out in theaters Earlier this week I re-watched the original “Candyman” from 1992 in which a pair of enterprising though credulous graduate students (Virginia Madsen and Kasi Lemmons) seek to catalog and/or debunk Chicago ... more >

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 >

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 >