Civil War - Alex Garland - Movie Review

‘Civil War’ Movie Review

Alex Garland has a penchant for mutually assured destruction. His writing and, in recent years, his directing revolve around this theme; the Danny Boyle sci-fi masterpiece and Garland written Sunshine (2006) consists of characters debating the moral repercussions of saving another spaceship at risk of losing humanity; Garland’s Annihilation (2018) climaxes with a symbiotic reflection of …

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ARCADIAN - Interview with Editor Kristi Shimek

‘Arcadian’ Interview with Editor Kristi Shimek

Kristi Shimek is Arcadian’s editor and one of the people responsible for helping to create the post-apocalyptic tension in director Ben Brewer’s horror thriller. Arcadian is a story of survival, where ferocious creatures that go bump in the night are after a father and his twin boys. The film stars Nicholas Cage as the dad, Paul, with Jaeden Martell and Maxwell …

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Monkey Man Movie Review - Dev Patel

‘Monkey Man’ Movie Review: The Aggressive Stunt Thriller Lands All Its Punches

Dev Patel exploded into global consciousness in Slumdog Millionaire, the 2008 British smash hit that opened the Western world’s eyes to the cinematic possibilities within India. Since then, Mr. Patel’s roles have largely been in Western films with an Indian setting – the two Marigold Hotel movies, the biopic Lion, and a few thrillers. But even in …

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‘A Different Man’ Movie Review: Schimberg’s Fascinating Metatextual Black Satire

In Aesop’s Fables, a set of tales told to children to imbue them with socially correct morals, exists the story of “The North Wind and The Sun.” The iconic fable describes how the anthropomorphic entities of the Wind and the Sun argued between themselves on the best method in getting someone …

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‘Drive-Away Dolls’ Movie Review: A Lightweight Labor of Love

Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke’s Drive-Away Dolls – directed by Coen, written by the pair, and edited by Cooke – has been a long time in the making but arrives at a strange juncture in the Coen extended family’s careers. When Joel and Ethan Coen announced a temporary split and solo projects after decades of operating as the Coen Brothers, all eyes …

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Asphalt City Movie Review

‘Asphalt City’ Movie Review: Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan in Paramedic Drama

Certain movies make a splashy entrance into prestigious film festivals, and while making a grand entrance, those films take time to appear in cinemas. In some cases, that can be a good thing. Recent examples include Martin Scorsese’s Killers of The Flower Moon, which earned ten Academy Award nominations. Whereas other films from …

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In the Land of Saints and Sinners Movie Review

‘In the Land of Saints and Sinners’ Movie Review: A Character Drama Disguised as an Action Movie

Liam Neeson might have one of Hollywood’s most exciting career trajectories. From his Oscar-winning work in the 1990s (Schindler’s List), his career pivoted in 2008. Neeson’s hit action film Taken turned him into a different kind of actor. Flash forward twenty-two years, and he has morphed into an action star. That delivered universally enjoyable cinema …

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Road House Movie Review

‘Road House’ (2024) Movie Review: Doug Liman’s Wannabe Miami Vice

Road House, from director Doug Liman and starring Jake Gyllenhaal is now streaming. Should we compare remakes to the original? This central question guides most film critics when they compare a modernized version of a popular film made decades ago. Some say we shouldn’t hold the original as the only …

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The Tourist Series Season 1 Review - Netflix - Jamie Dornan

‘The Tourist’ Season 1 Review: An Irishman with Amnesia in the Outback

With a compelling story centered around self-discovery, season 1 of The Tourist is the next thing you should put on your watchlist. The Tourist is an Australian thriller series centered around a man (played by Jamie Dornan) who wakes up in the hospital with amnesia. It made the licensing rounds, first premiering on the BBC, …

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Sleeping Dogs Movie - Russell Crowe - Interview with Writer and Director Adam Cooper

‘Sleeping Dogs’ Interview with Writer and Director Adam Cooper

In Sleeping Dogs, co-written and directed by Adam Cooper, truth is a point of view through the memory of ex-homicide detective Roy Freeman. Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (recently in Land of Bad) stars as Freeman, a man in crisis with a memory that is quite broken. Freeman is a recluse, and his home is …

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Knox Goes Away Movie Review - Michael Keaton - Al Pacino

‘Knox Goes Away’ Movie Review: An Exciting Prospect with Middling Results

Michael Keaton has been considered one of the generation’s best (and most popular) actors. Besides his oozing on-screen charisma, he is arguably one of the most likable people in Hollywood. This includes his starring roles in iconic films including but not limited to Batman, Batman Returns, and Beetlejuice. Those films made him a household name that …

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‘The G’ Movie Review: A Smart and Unusual Crime Thriller (Glasgow Film Festival)

The G, from writer-director Karl R. Hearne, is an unusual crime thriller in that its central character is a woman in her sixties and the insults of aging are central to the crimes at its core. But the unusual intelligence of The G is that it knows that physical weakness means little if …

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Coup! Movie Review

‘Coup!’ Review: A Covid Conscious Satire (Glasgow Film Festival)

Punctuation can speak volumes. The latest feature from writer-director duo Austin Stark and Joseph Schuman – Coup! – joins the ranks of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! and Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! in adding an exclamation point to a punch title, immediately suggesting a zany, irreverent take on social paranoia during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. As the world recovers from war …

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Amelia's Children Movie - Interview with Gabriel Abrantes

‘Amelia’s Children’ Interview with Writer & Director Gabriel Abrantes

Amelia’s Children is the latest movie from writer and director Gabriel Abrantes. Starring Carloto Cotta (as twins!), Brigette Lundy-Paine, Anabela Moreira, and Alba Baptista, this is a horror movie about mothers and sons and well, a whole lot of creepy. Edward, our main character, is adopted. His search for his origins takes him to Portugal where …

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One More Shot Movie Review - Scott Adkins

‘One More Shot’ Review: A No-Holds-Barred DTV Spectacle

James Nunn’s One Shot had the biggest potential out of any direct-to-video actioner Scott Adkins led in so long: an action film staged like a one-take in which Adkins would topple as many baddies as possible as if the audience were playing a video game. And while it certainly contained its moments of pure spectacle, …

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Restore Point Movie Review - Glasgow Film Festival

‘Restore Point’ Review: A Sleek Sci-Fi Thriller at Glasgow

The year is 2041, and death before one’s time does not necessarily mean the end of one’s life in Robert Hloz’s sleek sci-fi thriller. Restore Point takes its title from this new technology, managed in a central database in a nondescript metropolis of tarnished chrome (perhaps Prague in the future, though signs of its …

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5 LBS of Pressure Phil Allocco Interview - Movie with Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, and Rory Culkin

‘5Lbs of Pressure’ Interview with Writer & Director Phil Allocco

5Lbs of Pressure, the newest film from writer and director Phil Allocco, showcases a dangerous world where people live between the cracks of society. Starring Luke Evans, Rory Culkin, Alex Pettyfer, Stephanie Leonidas and Rudy Pankow, the film is 15 years in the making and is so worth the wait. In the movie, …

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Bring Him to Me Review - Interview with Director Luke Sparke

‘Bring Him to Me’ Interview with Director Luke Sparke

Bring Him to Me, director Luke Sparke’s new movie starring Barry Pepper, Jamie Costa, Rachel Griffiths, and the legendary Sam Neill, is out now, and we had a chance to catch up with him and get all the details about the thriller. Bring Him to Me is a gritty crime showcase that feels like a noir graphic novel. The …

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