Film Review: ‘Smile’

Horror films permeate theaters year-round now. This is not a negative; the genre is famous for offering chills and thrills, tricks, or treats. Ideally, these thoughts pleasure those who seek out horror as an escape or identity. Over the years,

Film Review: ‘Blonde’- The Fetishization Of An Icon

Director Peter Bogdanovich was famously angry with his friend and colleague Bob Fosse for making “Star 80”, the film that told the life and tragic death of Bogdanovich’s then girlfriend Dorothy Stratton. One can only imagine the level of disgust

Film Review: ‘The Munsters’- Rob Zombie’s First Live-Action Comedy

Rob Zombie’s remake of “The Munsters” is the strangest of messes. It is a film directed by a man who claims the original is an important influence, yet the existing product fails to show the reverence one would expect. While

Film Review: ‘The Stranger In Our Bed’- An Intruiging Mystery

In the effective opening shot of the new thriller “The Stranger in Our Bed”, a woman stands over a makeshift grave, her face bloodied and her hands holding a shovel. As a police car approaches, the woman (covered with dirt

‘The Woman King’ Review: Epic Storytelling Gives Way to Modern Ideals

Commitment to characters and stories about our collective history has fueled films for generations. Covered less often are stories about the tribal nature of Africa and its peoples, the customs, and the traditions for better or worse. Bringing these stories

Film Review: ‘Pearl’- Mia Goth Captivates In A Horror Prequel

Director Ti West and his lead actress Mia Goth wrote the screenplay for “Pearl” in just two weeks during a lockdown in New Zealand while waiting to shoot their Horror film, “X”. With very few exceptions, Horror sequels are unwise.

Film Review: “Barbarian’- All Is Not As It Seems

It is the rare modern Horror film that impresses. If today’s genre pictures are to hold any surprises at all, the insipid modern styled movie trailers almost always spoil them. Zack Cregger’s clever “Barbarian” sets out to give genre audiences

Film Review: ‘The Movie’- The Horrors of Fandom

As the latest horror-thriller “The Movie” explores, fandom certainly has a dark side, especially in today’s unhinged world. Writer/director Michael Mandell makes his feature filmmaking debut with this take on letting fan worship get way out of hand. Bonnie Root

Film Review: ‘Pinocchio’- A Shrill And Grim Affront To A Beloved Classic

In Robert Zemeckis’ version of the classic Disney tale “Pinocchio”, Joseph Gordon-Levitt does a fantastic job voicing Jiminy Cricket. His vocal styling is near to that of Cliff Edwards (the singer who was the voice of the beloved character in

‘Out of the Blue’: Film Review- A Literate Erotic Thriller

Acclaimed filmmaker and playwright Neil LaBute has one of the most unique voices in American Cinema. After a decade-long slump where he morphed into a director for hire of ridiculous Hollywood misfires (“Lakeview Terrace” and the abysmal remake of “The