“Halloween Kills” Is a Cheesy, Bloody Fun Slasher

Halloween Kills Review

Michael Myers and Halloween have remained a staple of the season for over 40 years. He has haunted audiences, just as he has haunted Laurie Strode and Haddonfield, Illinois. You always know what to expect going into these films. Michael Myers survives his latest near-death encounter and is once again

TIFF Review: ‘Official Competiton’ Is a Masterful Showbiz Satire

Official Competition Review

“How do people see me?” is a question pondered by Humberto (José Luis Gómez) on his 80th birthday. A leader in the pharmaceutical industry, he begins to reflect on his legacy. Wanting to be remembered for something that will have a lasting impact is a desire for many. That can

TIFF Review: ‘The Forgiven’ Is a Hot Cast of Names in an Average Drama

The Forgiven Review

A party at a castle in the Moroccan desert brings together rich snobs in writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s The Forgiven. The “rich white people doing bad things” narrative is becoming a genre in and of itself, but they can make for good entertainment (see Knives Out and Ready or Not

Fantasia 2021 Review: ‘All the Moons’ Is One of the Best Vampire Films of All Time

All The Moons Review

Our image of a vampire is simple: A frightening figure all in black with fanged teeth and a thirst for blood. If you cross one’s path, don’t expect to live. Their image has made it hard not to consider them monsters. Even just by looking at Bela Lugosi’s depiction of

Fantasia 2021 Review: ‘The Last Thing Mary Saw’ Is a Queer Horror Tale of Supernatural and Spiritual Malevolence

The Last Thing Mary Saw Review

The Last Thing Mary Saw is quick to envelop you in its atmosphere. In its very first seconds, first-time feature writer and director Edoardo Vitaletti swiftly establishes a dark and suffocating environment. Through the film’s cinematography, Southhold, New York, in 1843, seems to live in constant fog and candlelight but

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborly Advice Leaves Much to Chew on in ‘Werewolves Within’

Werewolves Within

In Werewolves Within, Harvey Guillén’s Joaquim describes the whodunnit he finds himself in as a “dinner theatre murder thing.” One where he’s having “a horrible time and can’t go home.” Understandable, since this detective story involves a werewolf. Based on the medieval fantasy game of the same name, the film

‘Luca’ Is a Heartwarming Adventure That Celebrates the Underdog

Luca Movie Review

Italian director and storyboard artist, Enrico Casarosa, has established what kind of stories he wants to tell. His short film La Luna, and now his feature debut Luca, are both films set in Italy and inspired by the filmmaker’s childhood. The films’ characters coming of age in an individualistic and unique way,

‘Cruella’ Is a Punk Infused Blast and the Best of Disney Live-Action

Cruella Movie Review

It’s the adrenaline. The feeling of being surrounded by a group of people all in eager anticipation. A range of emotions and a crescendo of sounds make the setting feel like it’s pulsating. Then, the lights dim, and your favorite rock star rises from beneath the stage surrounded by fog.

‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Fails to Capture the Soul of a Legend

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Lee Daniels chooses to open his biopic on Billie Holiday’s life provocatively – with an image of grotesque violence and inhumanity. A lynching. A horrifying act of hatred that Holiday lyricized in the song “Strange Fruit.” In 1937, the year where a bill to ban the lynching of African Americans

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo in Lionsgate Comedy Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar Teaser Trailer

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Trailer

Lionsgate has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming film, Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar, starring Kristen Wiig (Wonder Woman 1984) and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids). Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar  will center around best friends who leave their hometown behind to embark on a

Promising Young Woman Review: Emerald Fennell’s Debut Feature Veers From the Sweet Tale of Revenge It Promises

Promising Young Woman Review

In Charles Laughton’s, The Night of the Hunter, the film’s misogynistic serial killer protagonist, Rev. Harry Powell, says, “Not that you mind the killings. Your book is full of killings. But there are things you do hate, Lord. Perfume-smelling things. Lacy things. Things with curly hair.” Writer-director Emerald Fennell perfectly

Amazon Releases Official Trailer for Chemical Hearts

Chemical Hearts Official Trailer

Amazon has released the official trailer for their upcoming film, Chemical Hearts starring Lili Reinhart (Riverdale). The film is based on the novel of the same title by Krystal Sutherland about a young man Henry (Austin Abrams) who falls in love with a mysterious young woman (Lili Reinhart) from school.

The Old Guard Review: A Cookie-Cutter Action Thriller That Is Saved By A Kick-Ass Charlize Theron And Intriguing Mythology

The worst thing to be said about The Old Guard is that it feels like the Marvel shows made for Netflix, in that it feels mostly like it's saving up the good stuff set up for a sequel. The good news is that The Old Guard kicks so much ass

Netflix and Pearl Studio Provides First Look and Cast Announcement For New Animated Film Over The Moon

Over the Moon

Netflix and Pearl Studio have announced that newcomer Cathy Ang, Grammy winner Phillipa Soo (Hamilton), newcomer Robert G. Chiu, Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians), John Cho (Searching), Ruthie Ann Miles (All Rise), Emmy nominee Margaret Cho, three-time SAG winner Kimiko Glenn (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Artt Butler and two time Golden Globe winner

“Miss Juneteenth Authentically Tackles the Complexities, Expectations, and Sacrifices of Black Motherhood”

Miss Juneteenth Review

Written and directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples (Writer, Queen Sugar), Miss Juneteenth debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and I was lucky enough to attend the premiere. From its deeply complex performances to some of the beautifully lit imagery choices and the rich scenes that eloquently depict the struggles

Paramount Pictures Body Cam Now Available on Digital and On Demand June 2 + Free Digital Code Giveaway

Body Cam Movie

Paramount Pictures Body Cam movie starring Mary J. Blige and Nat Wolff is now available on digital! The film centers around a cop (Mary J. Blige) who is investigating a murder of her collegue involving supernatural forces. To celebrate the release I am giving fans a chance to win a

How to Build a Girl Review: Beanie Feldstein Is Exuberant in a Coming-Of-Age Tale That’s Flattened By Its Message

How To Build A Girl Review

Based on the best selling semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Caitlin Moran, director Coky Giedroyc, mostly known for her work in television, brings How to Build a Girl to screen. It’s the story of Johanna Morrigan, a British teenager growing up in 1990s Wolverhampton who reinvents herself as