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MOVIE REVIEW: BINGO HELL & BLACK AS NIGHT serve up social commentary with scares in WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE

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The first 2 entries of Amazon’s WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE for 2021 address the issue of gentrification through different lenses of Faustian bargains and vampiric encroachment in BINGO HELL and BLACK AS NIGHT One of the big surprises from last

MOVIE REVIEW: VENOM LET THERE BE CARNAGE is a fun fanboy-fueled follow-up that doubles down.

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Director Andy Serkis joins the merry mayhem of the Tom Hardy-led Marvel franchise in helming this monster vs. monster feature-length battle of the symbiotes. When Venom hit theaters in 2018, there were many naysayers who felt the movie was a

MOVIE REVIEW: THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 scares up a good time as a fun follow-up to the 2019 original

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Directors Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan give audiences another fun visit with Charles Addams’ famous ooky and spooky family as the Addams hit the road in this adventure spotlighting Chloe Grace Moretz’ Wednesday as the lead. One of my favorite

MOVIE REVIEW: THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK delivers in a rich 1970’s set tale that parallels the popular HBO series

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Director Alan Taylor revisits the world of The Sopranos’ five families in this enthralling period tale set during the 1960’s Newark riots. It would be no small boast to say that HBO’s The Sopranos laid the foundation for what we

MOVIE REVIEW: COPSHOP hits that nice exploitation movie meets Tarantino crime film flavor

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Joe Carnahan directs this fun action crime film that feels like Reservoir Dogs meets Bad Times at the El Royale with a dash of Assault on Precinct 13. There’s nothing wrong with having guilty pleasure films; those sinful celluloid secrets

MOVIE REVIEW: THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE is a loving elegy to a mass media icon of the 80s.

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Director Michael Showalter and actress Jessica Chastain present a loving portrait of one of the most vilified figures in reality television and televangelism in Tammy Faye Bakker that seeks to humanize the figure beneath the makeup. When one thinks of

VIDEO: Dune (2021) | First Reaction & Movie Review

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Hot off its debut at the Venice Film Festival, Victor gives his first thoughts and impressions on the transcendent science fiction fantasy #Dune from director Denis Villeneuve. #DuneMovie hits theaters and HBO Max on October 22, 2021 Check out more

MOVIE REVIEW: PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND is an anarchic post-apocalyptic melange of East meets West in Sion Sono’s English-language debut film

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Nicholas Cage channels Mad Max and Snake Plissken by way of Death Race 2000’s Frankenstein in this genre-bending, destined to be midnight favorite. When one thinks of filmmaker Sion Sono, one is reminded of his debut film, 2001’s Suicide Club,

[Fantasia 2021] Capsule Reviews; THE RIGHTEOUS (2021) and ALIEN ON STAGE (2021)

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This year’s Fantasia 2021 Film Festival has had a lot of diverse entries in various genres, here are two we particularly enjoyed THE RIGHTEOUS (2021) (*** of 5) – Though it stars two of the leads from 2019’s Satanic dark

MOVIE REVIEW: JAKOB’S WIFE (2021) serves as a great metaphor for change as empowerment

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Director Travis Stevens follow up to The Girl on the 3rd Floor serves as both a sendup of religious hypocrisy and uses the transformation into a monster as a way to address change and growth after a long term trauma

MOVIE REVIEW: THE NIGHT HOUSE is a haunting portrayal of grief beneath a supernatural veneer

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Director David Bruckner’s latest casts Rebecca Hall as a widow dealing with the sudden loss of her husband amidst a crisis of existential dread in a tour de force performance. The power of grief can bring many emotions to the

[FANTASIA 2021] MOVIE REVIEW: HELLBENDER is a captivating supernaturally tinged coming of age tale

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Director Toby Moser and the Adams Family’s tale of a girl’s awakening to a world of witchcraft is one of the best films of the Fantasia 2021 Film Festival. The supernatural and witchcraft, in particular, have long been used as

[FANTASIA 2021] MOVIE REVIEW: WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR is one of the best specialist horror documentaries you can experience.

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While you might dismiss Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched as yet another digest capsule horror documentary, film historian and director Kier-La Janisse opens up the world of this particular film niche into something even a casual observer would want to

MOVIE REVIEW: DON’T BREATHE 2 is an ill-advised franchise revisit that just doesn’t work

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Writer/director Rodo Sayagues attempts to flip Stephen Lang’s villain from the original film into a John Wick-style action hero in this follow-up that doesn’t land at all. Writer Rodo Sayagues and director Fede Alvarez created one of 2016’s most-talked-about horror

[FANTASIA 2021] MOVIE REVIEW: AGNES is about the search for identity amidst the trappings of a possession horror film

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Director Mickey Reece helms this often confounding would-be horror that serves up a nunsploitation possession horror for its first half before turning into a quiet character study with shades of 2019’s Joker. When Agnes first starts its running time, a

VIDEO: Marvel’s WHAT IF Episode 1 ALL EASTER EGG Breakdown Spoiler Review | Disney+ MCU Live Reaction

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Check out Victor’s breakdown of ALL the Easter Eggs from Hedy Lamarr to Shuma-Gorath in his spoiler reaction and review of the SEASON PREMIERE episode 1 of WHAT IF? on Disney + Enter the multiverse of unlimited possibilities. Marvel Studios’

TV REVIEW: Marvel’s WHAT IF? is some of the most compelling content under the banner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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WHAT IF? is Marvel’s answer to the Twilight Zone and creates some new compelling twists on its established canon that should please hardcore and casual fans alike. As a kid, I was a big fan of the What If? comic

MOVIE REVIEW: FREE GUY is the rare video game themed movie that works.

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Director Shawn Levy directs this original ensemble romantic comedy that channels Stranger Than Fiction by way of The Lego Movie. Several years ago, I remember being very impressed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s The Lego Movie. Here was a

MOVIE REVIEW: THE GREEN KNIGHT is one of the year’s best character journeys on film.

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Director David Lowery delivers a lush and visually sumptuous Arthurian fantasy epic with some of 2021’s most compelling on-screen performances. It’s been almost two decades since I got my degree in English literature, but far and away one of the

MOVIE REVIEW: A QUIET PLACE PART II (2021) is the rare sequel that is as good or better than its original.

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Writer/director John Krasinski delivers one of the best big-budget genre films in several years; one with heart, grit, and the importance of family firmly at its core. It’s only been in the past few years that high-concept horror films have