GIVE ME LIBERTY
“This is a film with many uncomfortable passages, and it has a way of telling us its truths with too little varnish. But its comforts have a rough-hewn charm, from a paper cone used to play a vinyl record to a suite of understated, naturalistic performances that keep us engaged even when the film stumbles.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE Media Network
A SPIDER IN THE WEB
“There are good spy movies out there — there are even good, or at least entertaining, movies about the Mossad, and about the intersection between big business and authoritarian regimes. A SPIDER IN THE WEB gets too wrapped up in its own sticky elaborations to qualify.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE Media Network
ANGEL HAS FALLEN
“…the point of the series is that it provides visceral and violent action, delivering plenty of jolts mixed in with a dash of humor.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies
“ANGEL HAS FALLEN is what I’m sure most people probably expect it to be.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential
READY OR NOT
“In some ways, this is covering the same ground – albeit in a horror context – as last year’s CRAZY RICH ASIANS” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies
“READY OR NOT is a beautiful film to look at, even after the blood starts to spray across the family heirlooms.” – John Black, Gruesome Magazine
“READY OR NOT is great fun within a package of biting wit and criticism; it’s a film that ultimately communicates the lengths that the rich will go to maintain their fortune and reputation, even if it comes at the expense of others.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE Media Network
“There’s not a whole lot wrong with READY OR NOT, but it could have been more than what it is.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential
John Black reviews 47 METERS DOWN:UNCAGED.
Sean Burns goes deep into spoiler territory with his essay on Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME.. IN HOLLYWOOD.
Robyn Bahr reviews GOOD BOYS and discusses the rise of the ‘Gritty Middle School Comedy’.
It is believed to be the first time a movie got an R rating for sex, drugs, and language ‘all involving tweens.’ This is no AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies
“GOOD BOYS tries its best to make you laugh and never attempts to extend its reach too far beyond that.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential
“Much of GOOD BOYS follows the idea of plunging its protagonists into a world unknown, where drugs, sex, and romantic relationships start penetrating their lives as they begin their first steps toward growing up. It’s scarily accurate to the middle school experience, especially in how it navigates the concept of crushes and confusion about one’s evolving hormones.” – Greg Vellante, EDGE Media Network
WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE
“Blanchett is one of the finest actresses working in film today, easily moving between comedy and drama, and who threads the needle here in handling both.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies
Spoilerpiece Theatre and special guest Deirdre Crimmins look at SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, LUZ and Fantasia Fest (and catch up with last week’s episode featuring Kris Jenson and Meagan Kearns)
Daniel Kimmel blogs on writing
Bob Chipman looks at politicized attacks on THE HUNT and violent video games following the El Paso mass-shooting tragedy
Robin Bahr talks veteran actors at The 2019 Emmys and reviews WHY WOMEN KILL and OUR BOYS.