Once Were Brothers

ONCE WERE BROTHERS Review — Robbie Robertson and The Band in an Electrifying and Edifying Music Documentary

Once Were Brothers review — the story of a rock group, not too different from many stories of rock groups, but a fascinating and at times heart-wrenching tale. The Band, led by Robbie Robertson, lasted less than a decade, but the group’s influence is undeniably eternal. They backed Bob Dylan when he went electric, inspired the…

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THE LODGE Review – Snow Problem

Staci Layne Wilson’s The Lodge review says it’s both chilling and chilly — a cold winter’s must-see. If you like weird, wintry chillers, then The Lodge should be on your list of must-sees. Using a harsh and unforgiving landscape as the backdrop to an isolated dwelling to great effect (think: The Shining or The Thing),…

The Gentlemen review

THE GENTLEMEN Review — a Criminally Insane Comedy of Manners

Staci Layne Wilson’s The Gentlemen review says it’s a testosterone-soaked love-fest with a killer cast. While one may think more of Noël Coward or Robert Altman when it comes to classic comedies of manner, writer-director Guy Ritchie certainly deserves a place at the table with his newest action thriller, The Gentlemen. This frenetic flick depicts…

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil review

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Review – Strange Brew

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil review — Cutesy with a touch of genocide, it’s a curious curveball from Disney. While this movie is called Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, it’s mostly about the now-awakened Sleeping Beauty and princess-to-be Aurora (a cloying Elle Fanning). Maleficent (a commanding Angelina Jolie) skulks about with enormous CG batwings here and there…

Judy Review

JUDY Review – Zellweger Shines Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Judy review — Renée Zellweger’s performance as the troubled Judy Garland far surpasses the rest of the film. It’s an age-old sob-story: Hollywood chews up child actors and spits them out as broken adults. Judy Garland (Darci Shaw) was no exception, but she did have more talent than most. She was already a box office…

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DON’T LET GO Review — Actually, You CAN Let Go Of This One

Don’t Let Go review — Time travel can be a tricky beast, and the filmmakers couldn’t quite wrestle it into submission.  The time travel conceit often presents a slippery slope. Sometimes it works marvelously in movies, other times it’s a mess. Sadly, the latter is the case with Don’t Let Go, a flick with a…

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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK Review – Perfect Popcorn Scares for Summer

Staci Layne Wilson’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark review says it delivers chills and thrills and is the perfect springboard into Halloween season. Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series is the stuff of legend. Urban legend, that is. Let’s face it: if you read the books all you…

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MIDSOMMAR Review — It’s a Cruel, Cruel Summer

Midsommar review — Ari Aster, the director of Hereditary, doubles down on the dread in his follow-up feature. Dani (Florence Pugh) is a young woman with literally no one in the world. Her family is gone and while her long-term boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) is physically there, he’s emotionally elsewhere. Grasping at straws, a grief-stricken Dani…

Annabelle Comes Home Review

ANNABELLE COMES HOME Review — Get the Guest Room Ready!

Annabelle Comes Home review — Her tagline is: “Miss me?” Fortunately, she still hasn’t worn out her welcome with this sinister third installment. Determined to keep the possessed doll known as “Annabelle” from killing anyone else (see: the first two Annabelle movies), demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) lock the haunted…

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Rock Doc Roundup – Films Featuring Bob Dylan, David Crosby and Bill Wyman

Staci Layne Wilson provides a rock doc rundown of great movies to watch now, and others that are up and coming. The past year has been something of a golden age for music movies, with the Oscar-winning success of Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born. At the moment, The Dirt and Rocketman reign supreme…

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