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REVIEW: THE RHYTHM SECTION combines the formula of the current Bond film series with a dash of La Femme Nikita & John Wick in a paint-by-numbers would-be franchise starter.

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Blake Lively headlines this would be grounded take on a ‘Nikita as Wick’ revenge/spy/thriller from the producers of Bond. While it has some innovative scenes, it suffers from pacing issues & a thin screenplay. Producer Barbara Broccoli has minted gold

NEWS: Check out all the Theater Pre-Order Bonuses & Exclusive Merch for BIRDS OF PREY

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DC and Warner Brothers’ latest entry into its DC Extended Universe of cinematic interpretations of DC Comics’ characters, BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION ON ONE HARLEY QUINN), hits theaters next Friday, February 7, 2020. As many of the

PODCAST: Cult Following #96 – THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)

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Cult Following returns after a year-long hiatus with hosts Victor Moreno and Jasparino coming back to talk about some of their favorite cult movies and news and updates in the world of film and film ephemera! On Episode #96, the

REVIEW: TIM BURTON’S LOST VEGAS at The Neon Museum brings the world of the director to life in a unique immersive experience

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It goes without saying that Tim Burton is one of my all-time favorite film directors. The man’s work has transcended genre to become a genre in and of itself to the point where seeing the phrase, “A Tim Burton Film,”

REVIEW: Richard Stanley’s COLOR OUT OF SPACE is an engrossing and immersive journey into the heart of madness.

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Solid performances and exemplary editing and cinematography elevate Stanley’s mid-budget film into a unique and artistic exploration of H.P. Lovecraft, albeit one with shades of films we’ve seen before. Much has been made of the legend of director Richard Stanley

PODCAST: Baby Ghost (1995) View & Spew Review

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A mischievous baby sea-monster is released from its enchanted entrapment to wreak havoc in an office building and annoy everyone – including the viewers. A movie made for kids that kids wouldn’t watch so watch us older men critique it

PODCAST: STUNT ROCK (1980) View & Spew Review

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STUNT ROCK (1980) is filled with stunts, rock n roll, wizards, demons, and a shrouded keyboardist. All the way from Down Under and into our hearts comes an ignite you on fire, kick you in the face, and jump off

REVIEW: THE TWO POPES is an intriguing docudrama with two of the year’s best acting performances

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Fernando Meirelles’ examination of the papal legacy of Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins) and the rise of Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) is simple yet enthralling, even if it does come close to being a hagiography at times. One of the

REVIEW: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER plays to the fan-service choir in delivering a complacent finale to the Skywalker Saga.

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While J.J. Abrams’ film largely answers the questions set up in THE FORCE AWAKENS, he does so in a largely uneven film that seems largely designed to checkmark fan expectations while going out of its way not to rock the

PODCAST: POWDER HEADS (1980) – View & Spew Review feat. special co-host Catherine Mary Stewart

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In this very special episode, we are joined by cult film legend Catherine Mary Stewart to discuss her 2nd film: ‘Powder Heads’ (1980). This low-budget ski-comedy from Canada comes with multiple warnings of South American drugs and loose women, and

REVIEW: BOMBSHELL tackles the early ramifications of #MeToo at Fox News Network, but struggles to find a relatable protagonist despite the subject matter.

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Jay Roach’s dramatization of the rise and fall of Roger Ailes at Fox Network benefits from strong performances from Margot Robbie, Kate McKinnon, and an unrecognizable Charlize Theron using the template of films like Vice and The Big Short, but

REVIEW: THE IRISHMAN is Scorsese’s captivating epilogue to his exploration of the life of the mafioso on film

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Taken along with GOODFELLAS and CASINO, THE IRISHMAN explores the melancholy and regret in the life of a former mob hitman set against the backdrop of the rise and fall of the Teamsters Union. Early on in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas,

REVIEW: THE GOOD LIAR is an intriguing game of cat and mouse pitting Helen Mirren and Ian McKellan in a grift spanning decades.

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Helen Mirren and Ian McKellan are at the top of their game in this engaging film full of scams and grifting with a dark underside at the bottom. It goes largely without saying that the strongest asset in The Good

REVIEW: Honey Boy offers an intimate and harrowing look at the dark side of fame as a child star.

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Writer and actor Shia LaBeouf channels his youth as a child star and the contentious relationship he had with his father into a raw and affecting script and performance in this beautifully directed film from Alma Har’el. When I was

REVIEW: DOCTOR SLEEP is a worthy follow-up to Kubrick’s THE SHINING that enrichens the original while giving us a sequel with a compelling premise.

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Writer/director Mike Flanagan (Hush, Gerald’s Game) successfully tackles the herculean effort of reconciling Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of THE SHINING with two Stephen King novels and delivers a film that works for fans of the film and books alike. The Shining

REVIEW: PARADISE HILLS aims to be a dark fairytale on the importance of agency and individuality, but loses itself in placing aesthetic over a compelling storyline

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Writer/director Alice Waddington’s PARADISE HILLS boasts lush and imaginative visuals in costume and production design, but the film’s point is lost in its emphasis on style over substance. It’s evident in viewing PARADISE HILLS that Alice Waddington has something to

REVIEW: TERMINATOR: DARK FATE strikes a timely note with a franchise reboot and a twist on a familiar classic.

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While it treads on familiar ground for long-time fans of the franchise, Tim Miller and James Cameron’s reboot of the Terminator franchise takes a wise step in grounding the film with some timely cultural notes. If the tagline “I’ll Be

PODCAST: OLD MAN (2004) – View & Spew Review

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Our unofficial-official Halloween episode of 2019. Join the Beards this week as they subject themselves to the micro-budget horror of OLD MAN. A couple moves into a home where a gruesome murder took place and are terrorized by an octogenarian

PODCAST: SPACE RAIDERS (1983) – View & Spew Review

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Strap-on your space-beards and grip your asteroid blasters for the latest episode of View and Spew where the gang discusses ‘Space Raiders.’ This scrappy low-budget classic from legendary schlock producer Roger Corman features a jaunty alien, space-pies in the face,

REVIEW: COUNTDOWN is an surprisingly enjoyable Halloween season popcorn flick that is playfully self-aware of its unwieldy premise.

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At first glance, the premise of Countdown, an app that tells you when you die and supernaturally conspires to make it happen, is somewhat groan-inducing. But despite some flaws, it’s still an enjoyable ride. Countdown, on the surface, comes across