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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS Review — Not Exactly an Instant Classic

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms review —  a rare Disney miss. Nobody bats 1,000, not even Disney. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is an overstuffed, under plotted confection that will likely end up like that one lonely, leftover chocolate chocolate in the box that looked enticing, but once everyone took a small nibble…

Carrie Keagan and Jack Bennett on the set of Fetish Factory

Zombies + Burlesque = FETISH FACTORY From Our Very Own Staci Layne Wilson

Staci Layne Wilson fills you in on how she cooked up the fabulous Fetish Factory right here at home in Hollywood.   Recipe for one sexy, scary movie: Ingredients:  Zombie Makeup Killer Cast Spooky House  Add the writer, director, producers and financiers, then blend until smooth. Pour into Amazon Prime and enjoy. Cabaret of the…

Can you ever forgive me review

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME Review — The Tender and Terrific Tale of a Misanthrope

Can You Ever Forgive Me review — Melissa McCarthy gives the performance of her life as prickly protagonist you hate to love. Who would have believed a film about an acerbic, alcoholic misanthrope, played by an actress known for her raucous, broad comedies, could be so moving, intimate and ultimately sublime? Can You Ever Forgive Me became…

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HALLOWEEN Review – Boos and Blades Abound!

Halloween Review – Staci suggests you answer the doorbell for more Michael Myers mayhem. The original “scream queen” Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, which she originated in director John Carpenter’s 1978 killer-classic Halloween. In this 2018 sequel, the traumatized survivor comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the…

First Man Review

FIRST MAN Review — He Thinks It Scored, She Thinks It Bored

First Man Review — The Sci-Fi Rock Guy Loved It as you’ll see in his video. His Wife At Home In Hollywood? Not So Much. Jim’s take: Lisa’s take: I didn’t intend for this to be a he said/she said type First Man review, but really, I can hardly believe we were watching the same…

Beautiful Boy review

BEAUTIFUL BOY Review — Raw, Relentless and Repetitive

Beautiful Boy review — Stellar performances have difficulty breaking through the excruciatingly glum cycle of addiction, recovery and relapse. Along with cooler temperatures, falling leaves and hurricanes, autumn ushers in a time of solemn, serious and significant films at your local cineplex, or, more accurately put, your local art house theater. These are films about…

The Body Review

INTO THE DARK: THE BODY Review – Corpus Delicti in a Delectable New Series

Into the Dark is a daring dive into the streaming world by Blumhouse Productions because unlike most anthology series, these installments span the length of a feature film. This means bloodthirsty horror fans will be treated to a brand new, full-on scary movie the first Friday of every month courtesy of Hulu. Each episode is…

Bad Times at the El Royale review

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE Review — Dark, But Not Quite Delicious

Bad Times at the El Royale Review — The drama simmers, but doesn’t quite break into a rocking and rolling boil. At first, this film’s potential seems so great you might be tempted to make a date immediately and buy tickets. Bad Times at the El Royale has: A powerful cast, including Jeff Bridges, Jon…

A Star is Born Review

A STAR IS BORN Review — A Classic is Born Again and Better Than Ever

A Star is Born Review: Possibly the only remake I’ll ever rave about. In preparation for the release of what looks to be one of the biggest films of the year, I re-watched the 1954 version of A Star is Born with Judy Garland and James Mason, and the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand and…

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Tour Lady Gaga’s House — Where the Sizzling ‘Star Is Born’ Chemistry Began

Lady Gaga’s house in Malibu is inspiration central I know a thing or two about Lady Gaga’s house, which she calls her “Gypsy Palace.”  I did a feature on it for HGTV before she moved in, and one of my besties lives on the same street. Walk your Doodle down the drive, and you’ll occasionally…

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