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Review: Scott Cooper’s Antlers Turns Smalltown Horror into Something Truly Horrifying

October 21, 2021 | By
Review: Scott Cooper’s <em>Antlers</em> Turns Smalltown Horror into Something Truly Horrifying

Scott Cooper is quite an interesting filmmaker. After directing Jeff Bridges to an Oscar with his debut Crazy Heart, Cooper chose to delve into genre with Out of the Furnace, and he’s never really looked back. That crime-thriller led to a real-life gangster flick (Black Mass) and a Western (Hostels), and with Antlers, Cooper... »

Film Review: Last Night In Soho’s Stylish Demeanor Cannot Save its Ineffective Plot

October 20, 2021 | By
Film Review: <em>Last Night In Soho</em>’s Stylish Demeanor Cannot Save its Ineffective Plot

Filmmaker Edgar Wright has made a name for himself with his stylish, cleverly original offerings that span a multitude of genres. From the comedic Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End, to the serious and action-packed Baby Driver, Wright has typically combined a unique aesthetic with original content to produce memorable, entertaining films.  His... »

Review: Ghostbusters Afterlife Offers a Terrific Modern Spin on the Classic Comedies

October 9, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Ghostbusters Afterlife</em> Offers a Terrific Modern Spin on the Classic Comedies

If you’re a second-generation filmmaker, there has to be some degree of wanting to separate yourself from your familial legacy by creating your own. It was obvious from Jason Reitman’s earlier movies, Thank You for Smoking and Juno, that he had seemingly received his father Ivan Reitman’s knack for character and storytelling through genetics,... »

Review: Halloween Kills Slashes Most of the Fun Out of Michael Myers

October 9, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Halloween Kills</em> Slashes Most of the Fun Out of Michael Myers

Saying that a film is “not bad” but caveating that statement by noting that it’s the 12th entry in the franchise is not really a compliment. Unfortunately for Halloween Kills, the sequel to the 2018 franchise reboot by Director David Gordon Green, that statement is about as good as it’s going to get. Much like... »

NYFF Review: Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is Gloriously Bombastic…  but Also a Bit of a Slog

October 8, 2021 | By
NYFF Review: Denis Villeneuve’s <em>Dune</em> is Gloriously Bombastic…  but Also a Bit of a Slog

There has to be some level of anticipation and expectations when it comes to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, not only because it’s the French-Canadian filmmaker’s first movie since Blade Runner 2049, and not just because it was delayed by a year, but also because it’s a much-read and in some circles beloved sci-fi classic by... »

Review: The Last Duel is a Return to Historic Greatness for Sir Ridley Scott

October 8, 2021 | By
Review: <em>The Last Duel</em> is a Return to Historic Greatness for Sir Ridley Scott

How glorious is it that Sir Ridley Scott has returned to the historic epics he’s done so well before? The Last Duel is unlike Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven, though, because it’s a much more human story than either of those, as well as one that relates very much to our world today. It’s... »

Review: Venom: Let There Be Carnage Wears Out Its Welcome Far Too Quickly, Even for a Sequel

September 30, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Venom: Let There Be Carnage</em> Wears Out Its Welcome Far Too Quickly, Even for a Sequel

2018’s Venom wasn’t exactly a bastard step-child for Sony Pictures or for Marvel Studios, who graciously stepped in to help Sony deliver two of the best Spider-Man movies to date, but its sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, comes out three years later, maybe with not the same level of excitement of Marvel’s own... »

Review: No Time to Die Should Have Been a Better Send-Off for Daniel Craig

September 29, 2021 | By
Review: <em>No Time to Die</em> Should Have Been a Better Send-Off for Daniel Craig

When you realize it’s been six years since Spectre, the previous and penultimate installment of Daniel Craig’s James Bond “pentalogy,” was released, it’s strange to think of No Time To Die as both a direct sequel and a conclusion to Craig’s run.  The movie was delayed more than a year due to COVID, and... »

NYFF Review: Joel Coen Gathers Stunning Below-the-Line Crew for The Tragedy of Macbeth

September 25, 2021 | By
NYFF Review: Joel Coen Gathers Stunning Below-the-Line Crew for <em>The Tragedy of Macbeth</em>

Opening night of the 59th New York Film Festival showcased the world premiere of The Tragedy of Macbeth, a passion project for director Joel Coen. There is a lot of passion and a fair deal of project in this film, both demonstrated by Coen’s masterful, if at times staged, combination of the work of... »

Review: The Many Saints of Newark Adds So Much to The Sopranos Legacy

September 21, 2021 | By
Review: <em>The Many Saints of Newark</em> Adds So Much to <em>The Sopranos</em> Legacy

Maybe you’re like me and haven’t watched The Sopranos since it concluded its 6th season on HBO 14 years ago, or maybe, at the height of the pandemic, you already rebinged the entire series on HBO Max to prepare yourself for this prequel movie from creator David Chase.  Directed by Alan Taylor, who had... »