Anthony Francis

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Film Review: ‘It Lives inside’- Atmospheric Horror With A Cultural Backdrop

Director Bishal Dutta understands the importance of atmosphere. Making his feature debut with the new demonic horror film “It Lives Inside”, Dutta takes time presenting his characters and story, slowly unfolding his tale of terror and creating a proper sense

Film Review: ‘Cassandro’- An Inspiring Tale Of Acceptance

In director Roger Ross Williams’ “Cassandro”, Gael García Bernal gives a performance of vibrant beauty. The actor’s presence here is one of purity and warmth earning the early talk of a long overdue Oscar nomination.   Written by David Teague

Film Review: Hidden Strike- A Big, Loud, Waste Of A Martial Arts Legend

Since I was a teenager, I have been a disciple of the legend that is Jackie Chan. Many of his late 70s and a good amount of his 80s Hong Kong films are classics or close to it. At the

Film Review: ‘Failure’- A Great Ted Raimi Anchors A Gripping Thriller

Alex Kahuam’s “Failure!” is a well-written character piece that gives actor Ted Raimi a role that shows off the actor’s underused depth of talent.   As James, a man teetering on the precipice of financial and familial ruin, Raimi is

Film Review: ‘That’s A Wrap’- A Clever, Giallo-Tinged, Slasher Homage

Shown at this year’s Florida based Popcorn Frights Festival (and premiering this weekend at the 2023 Frightfest London), Marcel Walz’s “That’s a Wrap” is a new low budget horror film that is stylish and quite entertaining.   Writers Joe Knetter

Film Review: ‘The Adults’- Regret, Ennui, And The Bond Of Family

Giving the first deeply layered performance of his career (his best to date), Michael Cera is extremely good in Dustin Guy Defa’s smart, moving, and ironically titled “The Adults”. Cera is Eric, a thirty-something who has come home to visit

Film Review: ‘Sorry We’re Closed’- The Effects Of Covid On The Restaurant Industry

Peter Ferriero’s new documentary “Sorry, We’re Closed” is an informative piece that shows the struggles of restaurant owners during the perilous and dangerous time of Covid-19. The Covid pandemic showed the world America’s true face. The imbeciles who populated the

Film Review: ‘Summoning The Spirit’- A Monster Movie with A Soul

Jon Garcia’s “Summoning the Spirit” is something special. In the horror genre, movies about a monstrous Bigfoot exist as the smallest of sub-genres. In truth, there are only two good ones; Charles B. Pierce’s 1972 cult hit “The Legend of

Film Review- Kill Shot: Somewhat Passable Old School Action Flick

Director Ari Novak’s “Kill Shot” starts off pretty well, as it uses its opening moments to firmly lock in a sense of unease through silence and movement. A young Afghan girl (Anaya Patel) moves through an illegal drug manufacturing plant.

Film Review: ‘Padre Pio’- A Haunting Treatise On Faith And Fascism

Filmmaker Abel Ferrara is a strange cat and one hell of a cinematic artist. Shia LaBeouf is a strange cat and a damn good actor. Ferrara’s latest, “Padre Pio” brings these two unique personalities together for a tale of spirituality,